Monday, October 28, 2019
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
all photos from morguefile.com
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
|My own little Jeeves, dearly departed|
I told myself it must be one of the sounds he’s programmed with to show something’s wrong. For a few moments I continued eating. When I felt a sucking sensation on my bare toes under the table, I looked down. Jeeves was working away, vacuuming my feet. He’d drawn blood from my left big toe. I slammed him onto the charger and weighed him down with my large dictionary.
That night, a soft whirring noise awakened me from a restless sleep. My first thought was that the ceiling fan needed oiling. Then I felt it. Something tugged on my hair. It pulled. Harder and harder. I switched on my bedside lamp and tried to sit up, but couldn’t. Jeeves was eating my hair, pulling it out by the roots. I stuffed a pillow on top of him and jerked my head away.
I trapped him between two pillows to avoid shock. Using that morning’s paper, I succeeded in wrapping him and carrying him to the trash container, which I wheeled to the end of the driveway so the automated garbage truck could forklift it and dump it into its hopper tomorrow.
Atop the chair, I seemed to be safe from being shocked and vacuumed, but I couldn’t stay there forever.
What to do? I had to get him out of the house. I realized I was breathing heavily and my thumping heartbeat was competing with his low, menacing rumbles.
I drove off, relieved to be rid of the pest. That night I went to bed, secure in the knowledge that my house was rid of the alien, metal enemy.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
|My new newsletter and Facebook header|
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Friday, May 10, 2019
Janet Bolin, Linda Wiken, Vicki Delaney, me, Daryl Wood Gerber (Avery Aames) and Sheila Connolly--by Daryl (Canadians to the left, Americans and one Irish American to the right)
Elisa A. Varey, me, and Laura Oles, by Elisa
Me, Grace Topping, and Kristin Kisska at Malice Go Round
Me, Julie Hennrikus, and Sheila again by Carol Pouliot
Stylized photo by Elisa of me and Mary Lee Ashford (with Steve Carter in the foreground), lamenting the flooding back where we're both from in Iowa and Illinois.
No picture of my and my daughter at the banquet SITTING NEXT TO ANN HILLERMAN! Darn!