Category Archives: Living Together

She thought she said ‘gray’

birthday-cards-owl-quote-2Lori was an avid bicyclist. She belonged to two long-distance clubs and they travelled. There were five other single women in the group. Yes, they were competitive and a bit aggressive – however the women had a bond. They were all – nonchalantly- on the look out for: Rodney Right- Mr Big – The One.

Most of the men in the group were married, engaged or rabid riders who only kept track of their time.

One Saturday, the group pulled over in a huge park and stopped to have a bite to eat  (Quest Bars and Water.) Lori noticed a friend from work across the park and peddled over.

Her pal, Suzanne was with a large group of men and Lori  was intrigued.  She spent 30 minutes chatting with Suzanne and rapidly meeting a passel of people. Then, her group was off and she caught  up with them. 

Janelle, the loud girl in the group yelled back to Lori that they guys looked pretty “Gray” code for: old and not available. Lori kept quiet. There were a two men who were very friendly and handsome.

The next day, Lori called her new-best-friend Suzanne, to chat and really to ask about the very cute, older, guy in he turquoise blue riding ensemble. Mr Salt and Pepper Hair had been very attentive to Lori. Suzanne was out riding her bike when she answered Lori’s call.

Above a cacophony of street noises they chatted. Before Suzanne hung up – Lori asked about the cute older guy. And she heard he was “Gray.” Click.

No problema. She liked older men.

It took several phone calls, a little Google research,  and time before our friend Lori realized Mr McDreamy  was Gay not Gray.

Next!

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via Daily Prompt: Gray

 

 

Paul Ryan’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good Plan- Danger

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Last week, President Trump’s sketch of a budget underscored how little interest he has in the nation’s social insurance programs —

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from the civilian discretionary budget that funds many of the government’s social efforts.

“No other Congress or administration has ever put forward a plan with the intention of having fewer people covered.”

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Under the House Republican plan, 24 million more Americans will lack health insurance by 2026, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Of those, 14 million will lose access to Medicaid

and “choose” not to spend money — money they don’t have — on health insurance.

 

Millions more near-poor people in their 50s and early 60s will likewise be left without a policy they can afford.grandparents-1054311__340

 

Among those who survive, more are likely to report themselves in poorer health.
• Their rates of depression are likely to rise.
• Critically, their finances will certainly suffer.
• This provides a direct glimpse into how cutting off health insurance won’t just reduce access to health care among the poor.
• It will ricochet across society.

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Just Say No – Do Not Accept

 

If American history provides any sort of guidance, it is that continuing to shred the social safety net will definitely make things worse.

Email: eporter@nytimes.com; Twitter: @portereduardo

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All of the above was lifted from the New York Times article by Eduardo Porter at the New York Times

 

 

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Saturday Night: Living Solo – treats or treaties?


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Saturday Night – flying solo, Sweetie?

No Doubt about it…When you live alone –  Saturday nights, you can put on a green mud mask, take a leisurely bubble bath, condition your hair with that super-stinky-phenomenal-very expensive-pink lotion, hop in bed with a dinner of popcorn and wine– and watch The Crown, Big Little Lies or Billions.

You can read all the glossy magazines, talk on the phone and plan the following day’s calendar, complete your Gratitude list, touch up your nails, do 20 minutes of yoga…and binge on Netflix. And, make the Triple Chocolate Brownies for Book Club the next night…In your nightgown.

You get the last glass of that fabulous Kapriva Chardonnay; the last Piece of my heart Pizza, or the slice of triple chocolate cake from Le Grande Cake Maker…and you can watch Free Premimum Channels on  On Demand…every night.

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Living together: Dose of Reality

Most Guys – don’t get “All of the above.”

Men are creatures of habit, and in need of real meals- on a daily basis.

(Note to self: Popcorn with protein packing Parmesan Cheese does not a meal make…)

Living together requires compromise, meal planning, give and take, negotiations, agreements, and a treat treaty now and then…

Trade off? You have a best friend, a partner, a live-in confidant, someone to share Life With on a Daily Basis…and to multiply the joy with – and delete some of the duress – who really doesn’t care about the stinko conditioner, who likes Frank Sinatra and will grow to love quinoa, Malbec and popcorn, ‘Big Little Lies, Bull, ‘and ‘The Good Wife’ and will introduce you to a whole new world…

What? You’ve never heard of Suits, NCIS, the Super Bowl, the World Series, THE PGA, the WCC, the AT&T…

It’s all about sharing…

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Doubt

Famous Dive Bar hits the skids

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It was truth, not legend, that your shoes would stick to the dirty, sticky, old never-been-cleaned carpet at the bar.

Guys wearing running shoes or tie-up dress shoes didn’t notice. If your wore flip-flops to the bar – you only made that mistake once. Girls in ballet flats complained loudly that they couldn’t lift there shoes off the floor.

Sticky floors was the least of the problems. New Bartenders were hired – seemed like every other month. Arollo was the bartender who lasted the longest. He was as slow as molasses, we thought he had zero personality, and had no filter. Until he barked out something that caught attention and caused pause.

He would say anything that came to mind. If the patrons all looked too serious, he would blurt out an  attention getting quip.

Here are the “Top Five Arollos” we loved:

If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would ya know?

Dude! Gotta be nice to your children. After all, they are going to choose your nursing home.

Hey! All those who believe in psychokinesis – raise my hand.
If you were going to shoot a mime, would you use a silencer?

Psst! What’s another word for Thesaurus?

Arollo came and went – and we never forgot  his droll, off the wall wit.

When the Dive Bar bit the dust, we had “Remember The Arollo Day”

Most said, Half Witticisms were flying.

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Mystery Solved: Why were those people Marching on Saturday?

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People who are surprised /confused by the millions of people who showed up to protest on Saturday – Read this:

“Women are marching because our children deserve a Secretary of Education who cares and knows about education.”

“Women are marching because our family and friends deserve healthcare”.

Did you know that before the Affordable Care Act, newborns in the NICU would hit their “lifetime caps” on health insurance coverage. That’s right, Babies who had never felt the sun on their skin could no longer get health insurance.


”Women are marching because Domestic Violence Crisis Centers and After School Programs deserve funding”.

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”Women are marching because we all deserve clean air, clean water, and national parks.”

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”Women are marching because we believe the children protected by the DREAM act deserve to be here and they deserve to live with their parents, not in orphanages and foster homes.


And most of all, Women are Marching because we have the right to. The right to protest and speak out against our government is the First Amendment. That’s right,The VERY First Amendment. (see below)

 It is one of our most fundamental American rights.

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Dismissive remarks– Saying that we’re “whining, immature, man-haters, throwing little temper tantrums” will not stop us. It will not stop us from fighting for you. And we are fighting for you because you deserve these rights too.

And, no! We’re sure not marching because Trump won…

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”We’re marching because he wants to take all of the things that we hold dear away. All of the things that we’ve been fighting for for generations.


“And we’re not giving up easily.

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”Anyone who thinks we’re marching because we “lost” just simply isn’t listening. We’re fighting because we refuse to lose more.”

The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition.  It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices.  It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.  It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.   

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A Brand New Year!

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Happy New Year~ May it be The Best

Mope on a Rope

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Duncan was a dullard.

For a good time, he would dress up in women’s clothing- that got old fast. His wife had a fit. Never mind that he looked better in that little black sheath than she did…

He “got into nature” for awhile and created Natural Incognito Ensembles and frightened all the children in the neighborhood.

He was a man who did double crostics all day long- lapsed into a jigsaw puzzle mania on a monthly basis and fed the ducks.

His wife called him her Melancholy Baby.

Initially, his Trust Fund was magical and liberating. He quit his job as a CPA, threw out all his pocket protectors and bought a Honda. His wife laughed – aghast that he would go so “vanilla.” Where was his joie de vivre?

She took him by the hand and together they bought a red Jaguar.

She drives it. He thinks it’s too flashy. She likes flashy.

Duncan tried learning how to make Kim Chi and Kombucha. It was so ghastly to smell and see -his wife had a stunning cottage built in the back for Duncan to use a play room. And there he is day after day.

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