Wednesday, January 25, 2012


we are at our house...i notice that there is smoke starting to fill up the upper ceiling area, the wood stove is not smoking inside...i see a spot in the ceiling where there is smoke puffing out, so i go outside to look at the roof & chimney area...i can see sparks & smoke, so i run back inside to get my phone...i am telling melian about the fire as i try to dial 911...i am having a very difficult time with the phone, as i am panicking a little bit...finally, i get in touch with the dispatcher, who says she is sending a crew...then, two cars pull up in the driveway, one being pushed by some guy, another comes up & it is joey...then a few more, and i see dean out there as is about 6 or 7 cars & i am freaking out...i am wondering WHAT are they doing here? i run outside to tell them all to move their cars as the firetrucks will be here soon...they are working on this as the tankers pull i am opening the door for the firefighters, a solid black german shepherd runs past me inside the door and up the stairs...i think oh, no! a drug-sniffing dog, and one of my friends runs up the stairs after the dog...after they get the fire out, we are in the living room talking...there are a lot of people at my house! the black shep comes back downstairs, and my friend says all is well...i have Rhiannon with me on her leash, and she is growling at the shep, who is trying to be all friendly...i am talking with the firefighters about this, and gradually Rhiannon makes friends with the fire-dog...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

grey mist

with coconut oil in my hair and cheap merlot
in my glass
i am living the aftermath
of misty drizzle calming day
read and cat-snuggle
dog snacks!
wash the laundry/the dishes!
a nap happened
even went to work
stoke the fire and
freshen that glass

Sunday, January 22, 2012


i have gone to visit d. in NYC to see a show with we are leaving the venu walking to the subway, i tell him about a dream i had the night before where i rode my bicycle out of a place, carrying a friend...we get to the house where we will be staying the night, a relative or friend of his...a dachsund meets us at the door, but d. shushes him and he goes into the other room...i am thinking about how i cannot stay long because i must catch the train back, when i realize that it is not midnight yet, we left the show early! i try to tell all this to d., but it comes out all jumbled, so i laugh and say never mind...we climb into my surprise we are holding each other, caresses and a very lovely is fantastic...later he must get up for work, and tells me that i could stay and meet up with him later if i wanted occurs to me that i could do this! no work in the a.m., and i am in NYC! i say but i don't have my camera, and i've no $$$, but hey, i could take pictures with my phone...then when he is getting ready to take a shower he turns to me and says very sternly, "no weirdness. you & i have been friends for too long"...i answer yeah...but the feeling is not a good one, so i decide to leave and catch the next train out...


dry grey wood
smitty's hunting cabin
hornets nests shed snakeskin

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Meritage Kick

My recent Meritage kick has included the following worthy wines:
  • Kendall-Jackson "Summation"-(50% Mendocino County, 34% Sonoma County, 15% Napa County, 1% Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Luis Obispo Counties )
  • Sterling "Meritage" - (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot)
  • Apothic Red -(Syrah, Zinfandel, Merlot)
  • Cupcake "Red Velvet"-( Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah)
  • Artisan/Palette Reserve "Meritage" - (5 different undisclosed grapes)
  • Robert Mondavi "Meritage" - (41%Merlot, 35%Cabernet Sauvignon, 11&Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec, 3%Cabernet Franc)
  • 14 Hands "Hot To Trot" -(Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon with Mourvedre)

    They all wish they were The Winery at La Grange's Meritage!

Beer and a Book

Finally reading 'Finnegan's Wake', after all these years. I have had this copy since my "Crown Books" days, and am excited to be into the hefty read!

Yard's "Ales of the Revolution" Tavern Porter was more bubbly & less heavy than I thought it would be. But was it ever delicous! Very drinkable, especially on the cold wintry day when I tried this porter. This craft brew was made following a recipe developed by George Washington for his field officers. The brewery is located in Philadelphia, PA of course!
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Thursday, January 05, 2012

dream pieces

Richard Peabody comes to visit...

i have shelves and shelves of my books that i am going to donate/release/sell...i am going through them with a friend, we are writing our names in them...(
as i move location through the dream, books come with me, more and more of them) i am at a flea market and showing the books to the proprietor, she is very excited, and we enjoy going through them together...i say that i think my books will do very well for her we look at some of the children's books, a young customer shows interest in them!

Sunday, January 01, 2012


The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Terry Gilliam), 2009

Where The Wild Things Are

Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese), 2010

Public Enemies (Michael Mann), 2009

Green Zone (Paul Greengrass), 2009

Crazy Heart


  • PrairyErth by William Least Heat-Moon, 1991

  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, 1990

  • Shadowrise by Tad Williams, 2010

  • Shadowheart by Tad Williams, 2010

  • The Year Of The Flood by Margaret Atwood, 2009

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, 2008

  • Nickel And Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, 2001

  • Oryx And Crake by Margaret Atwood, 2003

  • Zero History by William Gibson, 2010

  • Bait And Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich, 2005

  • Kraken by China Mieville, 2010

  • Horns by Joe Hill, 2010

  • Ghostwritten by David Mitchell, 1999

  • Blood Rites by Barbara Ehrenreich, 1997

  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell, 2010

  • Djibouti by Elmore Leonard, 2010

  • Inside Wikileaks by Daniel Domscheit-Berg , 2011

  • Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, 1974

  • Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis, 2004

  • Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre, 1938

  • Girls To The Front by Sara Marcus, 2010

  • Waking The Moon by Elizabeth Hand, 1995

  • Floating Worlds by Cecelia Holland, 1976

  • The Beacon At Alexandria by Gillian Bradshaw, 1986

  • Still Here by Ram Dass, 2000

  • Wildwood by Colin Meloy, 2011

  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett, 2009


  • Moo-Hoo – Terrapin Beer Company, Athens GA

  • My Antonia – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton DE

  • Islander IPA – Coronado Brewing Company, Coronado CA

  • First Growth - Creek Ale – Chatoe Rogue/Rogue Ales, Newport OR

  • Oxymoron – Left Hand Brewing Company, Longmont CO & Terrapin...

  • Loose Cannon – Heavy Seas/Clipper City Brewing Company, Baltimore MD

  • Punk IPA – Brewdog Ltd., Fraserburgh Scotland

  • Glacier Harverst '10 – Harpoon Brewery, Boston MA & Windsor VT

  • Reunion '10 – Terrapin...

  • Sanctuary – Full Sail Brewing, Hood River OR

  • Demo – Magic Hat...

  • Namaste – Dogfish Head...

  • Wake And Bake – Terrapin...

  • Ellie's Brown Ale – Avery Brewing Co., Boulder CO

  • Lucky 7 – Evolution Craft Brewing Co., Delmar DE

  • Crickett's Nocturne – Crickett Hill Brewing Co., Fairfield NJ

  • Exile ESB – Evolution...Hopfish IPA- Flying Fish Brewing Co., Cherry Hill NJ

  • Monumental IPA – Port City Brewing Co., Alexandria VA

  • King Crimson - Peak Organic Brewing Co., Portland ME

  • Spiral Jetty IPA – Epic Brewing Co., Salt Lake City UT

  • Exit 9 – Flying Fish...

  • Wilco Tango Foxtrot – Laguntias Brewing Co., Petaluma CA

  • Kilt Lifter – Moylan's Brewing Co., Novato CA

  • Clown Shoes Brown Angel – Mercury Brewing Co., Ipswich MA

  • Fat Tire – New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins CO

  • Ranger – New Belgium...

  • Trippel – New Belgium...

  • Hoptober – New Belgium...

  • Harvest Pumpkin Ale – Sam Adams...

  • Bonfire Rauchbier – Sam Adams...

  • Rotator – Widmer Brothers Brewing, Portland OR

  • Snow Day – New Belgium...

  • Pitch Black IPA – Widmer...

  • Milk Stout – Left Hand...

  • Smoke On The Water – Heavy Seas

  • Winter White Ale - Bell's...

  • Porter Pounder – Ass Kisser Beverage Co., San Jose CA

  • Black Radish – Weeping Radish/Farmbrew, Jarvisburg NC