Winter is Stupid. Foiled Girl’s Trip Makes Author Mad.

Those of you in warm climates may not understand, but life is generally more difficult during the winter months in Minnesota. A short story to support this bold yet oh-so-softly phrased statement is below. I’d planned a February girl’s trip to my lake house in northern Minnesota. The plan was for me and one bestie to get up there, crank up the heat, haul the … Continue reading Winter is Stupid. Foiled Girl’s Trip Makes Author Mad.

Reacher . . . My Boy is Back!

I just binge-watched all eight episodes of Reacher. It wasn’t my plan. I started watching at 7 pm, but I could NOT STOP. Finishing around 2 am, laughing and smiling with the last surprising scene of the amazing show, hubby George—who felt the same as me—turned off the lights and we went to sleep. Dreaming of Alan Ritchson wasn’t a bad way to pass the … Continue reading Reacher . . . My Boy is Back!

The Importance of a Good Box Spring

Stop. Give me a minute. Listen, I realize the topic is as boring as rock maintenance and lightbulb fragility, but you might learn something. Our old mattress was at the end of its long life. My back was achy every morning and the mattress had two body-impression scoops and a raised ridge down the middle. The great expense and pain in the neck of shopping … Continue reading The Importance of a Good Box Spring

Animal Kingdom. A Freaking Rollercoaster I Can’t Get Off.

I feel nuts. I haven’t written anything in so long it’s making me crazy. Come on, Annabelle, that’s not the reason. I just finished binge-watching five freaking seasons of Animal Kingdom. And no—not Mutual of Omaha’s WILD Kingdom—the show from ancient times. And no—not the Disney show either. It’s the TNT drama. Be bloody aware—it’s like you’re a lion ripping-into-a-fresh-kill addicting. I couldn’t turn it … Continue reading Animal Kingdom. A Freaking Rollercoaster I Can’t Get Off.

30 Ways to Deal with the Pandemic! A Vexatious Flashback.

I wrote this blog about six months into the quarantine but never published it. Probably because I aspired to a high number of inspiring things to do but depressingly gave up when I couldn’t think of 30. Sad? Yeah. But such was the state of my reality and frame of mind. Reading the list now brings me back to how crazy and lonely life was. … Continue reading 30 Ways to Deal with the Pandemic! A Vexatious Flashback.

7 Reasons to Give Up and Go Back to the Stone Age

Before you say, “Hey Annabelle, these are NOT real problems.”  I say, “Yeah, I get it. But shut up. Mama’s in a ranting mood.” Apple TV I had no intention of buying into another subscription service for streaming, we already have too many, but I was forced into purchasing a new iPhone and it came with a FREE one-year trial to Apple TV. So, I’m … Continue reading 7 Reasons to Give Up and Go Back to the Stone Age

Shows I’m Watching in the Middle of the Night

The Politician HIT, HIT, HIT! I absolutely loved both seasons of this smart, quick, well-written, terrifically cast show. I mean come on. . .Bette Midler alone as the right arm and political advisor of the wonderful Judith Light is worth the viewing. She can do absolutely no wrong and the two of them together are a joy to watch. Bette threatening to hit the road … Continue reading Shows I’m Watching in the Middle of the Night