I recently became aware of SiriusXM.
Lest you think I’m some fancy-schmancy connoisseur of automobile features and perks, you should know that, until recently, I had no idea what SiriusXM was.
An urgent phone call from our Dear Firstborn Son brought news that DFS’s car had died and was unrepairable, and that he needed another car pronto (to be able to get to work everyday). The only used car we knew of with a solid, reliable history that also happened to be immediately available and that could be easily adapted for DFS (he is a “handicapped” driver whose driver’s license requires certain modifications of any car he drives) was my 2011 Subaru Outback.
Since my car was available and was the most promising for DFS (his former car had been a 2005 Subaru Outback, so we were confident my Outback could be adapted appropriately for him), we decided DFS would get my car to replace his. That left me without wheels of my own.
Continue reading We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know
As I looked through my kitchen window yesterday morning, this is what I saw.
[Sidenote: Ignore the little white spaceship-looking saucers high in the trees; those are reflections of my kitchen’s ceiling lights 😛 ]
The angle of the view is the same (same line of sight). The sunrise is the same (well, since each shot was taken seconds apart, the sunrise wouldn’t technically be identical as the sun continued to rise during those few seconds, but let’s just assume it’s the same sunrise for now). The direction of the picture remains a constant due east.
Though the subject matter (the sunrise) of the two shots is the same, these turned out to be very different pictures. IMHO, anyway. They evoke different responses, energies and thoughts and feelings.
All I did was step back, and the entire view changed.
Continue reading Stepping Back
Taking 12 years off from blogging has given me over a decade’s worth of subject matter from which I can develop fresh stories: a decade’s worth of digital pictures with quirky captions, of change and milestones and silliness and tears, of personal growth (I hope) and seasoned insight (maybe) and, perhaps, a few laugh-out-loud blunders along the way.
You’d think I’d be excited to jump right in.
But as I stared at my computer screen this morning trying to figure out where to begin,
unexpected feelings surfaced: a tightening in my chest, a knot in my stomach, a flush in my face as my heart rate rose.
I felt anxious. Maybe even a little agitated (that’s probably too strong a word, but I can’t come up with another for now). In any case, I felt decidely uncomfortable.
And I *like* to write!
I don’t know what happened during my hiatus, but this one-time-professional, seasoned freelancer, multi-published writer with a bunch of books and countless articles to her credit, was nervous.
About a blog entry.
A blog entry that would likely be read by, at max, maybe ten people.
Good heavens! What was I anxious about?
Continue reading You Have to Start Somewhere
Here’s a photo collage of some of the characters you’ll hear about in Joanie Tales. Merlin is our fawn-colored mutt with a black muzzle; Pinot is our yellow Lab who’s fox red with a liver-colored nose; Fred, not ours but DTS’s rescue, is small, white, and fluffy (but huge in heart!); Chessie is our chocolate Lab with golden brown eyes; and Tuc is our black Lab with chocolate brown eyes. The two old-fart humans on the middle right of the collage are me (in the white shirt) and DH (with a white goatee). At the collage’s bottom right corner you’ll find Tuc giving me sloppy Lab kisses. There ya go! Now you have faces with names — all the better to enjoy Joanie Tales with.
L to R: Merlin the Mutt, Pinot the Lab, and Fred the rescue
Until next time,
For some readers, this post will be old news. But since I’m re-entering the blogging world after a 12-year hiatus, I thought I’d begin Joanie Tales with a clean slate. That means I’m assuming that many readers will know next-to-nothing about me or my family or my crazy life or my crazy crew. Here’s your chance to get to know (or reacquaint yourself with, if that’s the case) the people and canines of my world and the acronyms I use as shorthand to reference them:
Continue reading The Cast of Characters in Joanie Tales