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This cartoon is from FB. I don't know who created it, but they definitely know from cats. 


Yamiche (the cat, not the much awarded and highly esteemed journalist) has a strong need to be both present and inconvenient while one is getting dressed. As soon as one lays out their jeans, socks, t-shirt, etc. on the end of the bed, she is THERE. She sits on them. I have to push her off my clothes so that I can put them on, and as I’m putting on my shirt, she is already on my jeans staring up at me with her “I dare you, Woman” eyes.

She is a fierce shoelace enthusiast. Seriously, I have barely decipherable scratch marks on both my hands from these morning wrestles to tie my shoes while she attacks the laces. I was laughing so hard this morning when Len said, “That’s why I have a decoy shoe.”


I had been noticing (but not very much) that sometimes one of his shoes is on the floor in the closet, next to the stool he sits on when he’s putting on shoes.

“I wave around an extra shoe, and then put it down for her to attack it while I quickly tie my shoes.”

So that’s how today is going to be.


Len took this photo a year ago. We had camped with our son and his wife and their two dogs at Governor Thompson State Park. The whole week had been lovely warm September weather, then that Friday night the temps plummeted to 30-degrees and we were all so frozen that we got up to discuss the situation before dawn. Our son, who sort of lives by “if you can’t fix it, you might as well go fishing” motto – decided to go fishing. Len went with him. I stayed at the campsite with my daughter-in-law and the two dogs, one of whom was lame from the cold (Bean has had complicated surgery on one leg, he limps when he’s cold). It was a beautiful morning. The mist is golden from the rising sun in a town 200 miles north of here.


Gary Cozette - Chicago skyline.

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
― John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir

Jennifer Beiriger - Small child, looks suspiciously like Jennifer.

“She can't help it,' he said. 'She's got the soul of a poet and the emotional makeup of a junkyard dog.”
― Stephen King, Under the Dome


Jennifer Beiriger – That cat is limned and rimmed with light.

“Cats are marvelous creatures - they either adapt to circumstances or decide to make circumstances adapt to them. Either way - they win.”
― Will Advise, Nothing is here...

“The line between insanity and mysticism is thin; the line between reality and unreality is thin. Liminality as a spiritual concept is all about the porousness of boundaries.”
― Esmé Weijun Wang, The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

Jennifer Beiriger – Ice

“The wind makes you ache is some place that is deeper than your bones. It may be that it touches something old in the human soul, a chord of race memory that says Migrate or die - migrate or die.”
― Stephen King

"Those who loved the most, those who were obsessed with love, it was they who took the frost."
- Jonas Gardell, Death

Mary Kay Friedel – A Black & Blue / Guinness & Blue Moon, enjoyed at the Yardarm with a friend who has since passed away.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And auld lang syne.

We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.


“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” ― Abraham Lincoln














Oh my gosh —- a decoy shoe. Brilliant and I’m laughing Awesome pictures and quotes.

1. I learned a new word (“liminality”) which is super evident in my life right now. 2. It’s eye-opening to realize how much I adjust my routines around 1 cat: getting dressed, sleeping, eating, showering, cleaning, where I sit... I never really thought about it! Your husband is really smart!

Love the picture of the "little gator," and the quote: "soul of a poet... emotional makeup of a junkyard dog." <3 Thank you for your posts, MaryBeth. Patricia
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I didn't even notice the gator on her blue shirt! Takes a Floridian to see a Floridian?? Thanks!

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Quarantine Diary #507 YES #507!

Didn’t I announce back in March that my Quarantine Diary was done?

Argh. Never say never.

I assumed after two vaccines it was okay to meander the world as long as we are mindful of kids and people with fragile immune systems. So put on the mask in public places and don’t be overtly stupid.

Making Memories?

This morning the Washington Post has an article about how we make memories. Interestingly, just because we say we are “making memories” doesn’t mean we are. Most little kids will not start making many memories until they are around age 8. Memories get stuck in our mind if they involve several senses and we are going slow enough to pay attention. If one WANTS to remember something, stop paying attention to everything else that is going on, focus in on the thing you care about using more than one sense. Recall it again later. Deep sleep on it overnight and good luck with that.

Three Things & One Announcement 7/16/2021

Thinking Outside the Box: 

Len once told me this WWII story. The first generation of bomber raids from England to Germany resulted in a terrifying number of bomber planes being shot down. Experts carefully examined the returning planes to create detailed reports of the bullet holes as they tried to understand how to reinforce the planes to make them safer.

Three Things 7/7/2021

Israel’s Health Ministry this week announced that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine — one of the world’s most effective shots — was offering only 64 percent protection against infection and symptomatic illness caused by the delta variant.

The vaccine was still highly effective at preventing severe illness and death, the ministry said.

(I read this in the Washington Post, though it’s other places also.)

7/5/2021 Three Things (Don’t miss Highland Mitzi)

Last year was the Covid quarantine so most of us didn’t do very much over the 4th of July holiday.

This year, with half Americans now vaccinated there’s more freedom to do things and be with people.

Three Things (Well, Four) 7/1/2021

Bill Cosby is out of prison on a technicality. The judge said 40-year-old Britney Spear still can’t run her own life. Yesterday 88-year-old war criminal* Donald Rumsfeld died comfortably in his bed.

My gut is twisting. How are you? Power, injustice, and money still row the boat that we’re all on. This nation is playing whack-a-mole with justice, hope, and human rights. It feels ominous. I thought I would just mention this in case you thought it was just you that felt assaulted this morning.


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