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Hodge Podgery

9 Jul

My synapses have been on overtime lately.  I’m a whirling dervish of energy and excitement.  I’d like to blame it on my giving up gluten and potatoes (I know I know..nothing to live for), but there’s something brewing in the inner regions of my psyche that have been dormant for so long.  Truth is I feel so much more me lately.  I keep thinking I’m as me as I’ll ever be, but then there’s another layer I had forgotten I locked away in a closet.

I did give up gluten, which has meant more time in the kitchen cooking delicious items.  Look at those gluten free pizzas with mushrooms and carmelized onions.  So delicious too.

“I get lost in my mind..lost in my mind….lost…I get lost…loooooooooosssssssssst.”  Pardon me while I sing along to Head and the Heart singing Lost in My Mind.

I’m also addicted to upcycling and repurposing.  My kiddo said this is how all hoarders start out.  She may have a point, except I’m not one for things lying about.  Except as I glance over at my art table it’s covered in paint, sea glass, canvases and my coffee mug with a naked woman with swinging breasts.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s a picture.  Genius.

Maybe physically feel better and it’s rewiring my mental.  I haven’t been feeling out of sorts, but lately I feel downright childlike.  I have a wonderment and such an appetite for life.  Maybe I’m replacing my bread and potatoes hunger for another.  A hunger to live as if there is a tomorrow of promise.

Now listen to this song….I think you’ll feel the way I do:

I’d love to feel
Your hand touching mine
And tell me why
I must keep working on

Yes I’d give my life
To lay my head tonight on a bed
Of California stars


I’m Winging it in the Rain

18 Jun

I had forgotten one of the benefits of living more South than North is summer storms.  Yesterday, with the sun out, the thunder rolled in and the sky opened and rain fell in a torrential downpour.  Rather than take shelter inside, I walked along the field, feeling the warm rain on my face and felt cleansed from the inside out.  I have learned in the years that have passed me by that it really is the simple things that make me happy.

I think about the scars of a life lived that no longer define me.  They are simply a conversation piece of who I’ve been.  Who I am is much more complicated and less defined than the marks of what has come before.  I’m an evolving being, adapting to the landscape that is sometimes more foreign than a strange planet.  I did not think my journey would lead me here, but I like the scenery.

So, I’m happy.  It took me a while to get here.  I still fret over the superficial things, but I don’t dwell on them.  I’ve become brave in my attempts to maximize what life I do have stretched out before me.  I take chances on things that in the past would have frightened me.  It’s a cliché to say with age comes wisdom, although I don’t always feel smarter.  I just know better.

Which means I’ll walk leisurely in the rain and smile.  I will consider that a moment of pure joy.  I like to collect those moments like beads.  I’ll bring them out like a prayer mala when the harshness of life reminds me that it isn’t all rain in the sunshine.

Pretty profound for a Monday morning, but I’m on my second cup of coffee.  Caffeine makes me introspective and apparently quite deep.  At least in my addled mind.

Bathroom weirdness two

15 May


Ode to Meeko – Guest Contributor – Natalie Johnson

5 Mar

(Sing to Little Teapot)

I’m a little Meeko short and stout.

Here is my tail and here is my snout.

When I hafta pee,

you’ll hear me pout.

Put – my leash on and





27 Feb

I can’t believe there was a time when I didn’t know about Anthony and the Johnsons.  The lead singer, Anthony, is an enigma with a voice even Adele would envy.  His falsetto trill and profound lyrics will lull you to whatever world he hails from.  My favorite song is Hope There’s Someone, a plaintiff love song that usurps every song that came before by singing it raw and plainly, “I hope there’s someone who’ll take care of me, when I die, will I go.”  Which to me starkly resonates the will of us all, we just hope there’s someone who will take care of us.  

I prefer their live recordings, because you never know what you will witness.  It doesn’t matter what version, I love Cripple and the Starfish.  It is a song not meant to be as beautiful as it sounds.  And we’ve all been there when we’re happy in a relationship, when it’s as healthy as it could be, yet we’re waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop and began questioning whether we deserve such happiness.  Just listen to the lyrics, “I am very happy, so please hit me…I am very happy, so please hurt me.”

I could wax poetic about my next favorite song, but you simply must just listen.  Rapture is the kind of song that makes you ache, not just because of the lyrics but the emotion the melody evokes.  It’s about the end of it.  That painful breakup, that saying goodbye to someone you love.  The falling down of everything you’ve known.  Reaching out toward…what?

Some other notables:



Now go listen!


Exactly how I feel today

20 Feb

What I know…..

15 Feb

Love really is blind, it doesn’t waiver when you’re at your worst

Love really is kind, it doesn’t gloat when you’re wrong or down

Love is sweet, it wants a smile just because

Love is heat, it warms you even on the coldest days

Love endures, even in the mundane moments

Love secures, it feels like arms around you when you most need a hug

Love wanes, it fades a little and waits patiently

Love remains, it comes back with a vengeance

Love will hurt, and tears will be shed

Love must flirt and adore despite the outside world caving in

Love makes you sigh happily in your sleep

Love makes you smile instead of weep

Love brings joy to your heart

Love strengthens even when you’re apart

Love can heal all those scars

Love can be etched in the stars

Love is the arms around you in the middle of the night

Love is the hug in the middle of a fight

Love makes you a better you

Love makes everything new

Dogs are so useful

9 Feb


5 Feb

I am amused by the human race.  I sit on my perch, looking out the clear wall at them below.  They talk into devices, punch buttons on them and drink out of cans.  Always in a rush, always scurrying to somewhere else.  The sun warms my face and they don’t even look up at it.  They really don’t know the secret to happiness.

Stop and stretch in the sun every once in a while.

Just Wanting To Know

29 Jan

The sun is shining

The air is cold

Your laughter to hear

Your hand to hold

Just wanting to know

What you’re doing the rest of the day

We could sip on lattes

And read the news

Smile across a table

Twinkle in our blues

Just wanting to know

What you’re doing the rest of the week

Drive the country

Eat pie a la mode

Cuddle in the darkness

Travel that road

Just wanting to know 

What you’re doing the rest of the year

Kisses in the morning

and every night

Intertwined fingers

Spooning tight

Just wanting to know

What you’re doing the rest of our lives.