Category Archives: Smokey

Cowboy quotes.

Every weekday at noon Smokey watches Gunsmoke, and many days he tells me the most colorful metaphor/simile of the day. Here is a brief sampling. (to be directed at a person who does not take criticism well) “He’s the kind … Continue reading

Posted in Silliness, Smokey, Television | 4 Comments

Money, money, money

Sometimes spending money is fun — buying yarn, going on a vacation, upgrading your phone. But when money is spent simply to maintain the status quo? Not so much fun. Case in point: we are emptying the checking account and … Continue reading

Posted in Antler Lake, Bloopers, Jeopardy!, Matthew, Miscellaneous, Motorcars, Smokey, Technology and The Kat, What's going on | 9 Comments

Pro tip: count noses.

Smokey’s parents moved from Chicago to Palm Harbor FL after my FIL retired. We visited them for two weeks every Christmas; our boys never saw an actual white Christmas (Day) until they were 11 and 6. Generally, we drove the … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew, Smokey, Stories | 7 Comments

Stuff in bullet form.

We are making an unscheduled road trip to Sioux Falls to deliver my 1998 Volvo to Elder Son and GF. This should make his move more pleasant. 2 adults + 12-yo girl + 120-pound dog + cat + luggage in … Continue reading

Posted in afghan, Amanda, Andrew, Animals, knitting, Motorcars, Rural life, Smokey, Squares | 6 Comments

Graduation #6*.

Elder Son graduated from his family medicine residency last weekend on Smokey’s birthday. Younger Son went with us to Sioux Falls to observe and celebrate. That evening we went to a Brazilian steakhouse for the traditional celebratory dinner. Neither Smokey … Continue reading

Posted in Amanda, Andrew, Food and Drink, Matthew, Smokey | 8 Comments

He got his knee replaced and all he got was this lousy t-shirt.

Surgery was Tuesday, just like last time, and he came home on Thursday, just like last time. The difference is that this time the new knee hurts when he walks, but there is absolutely no pain when he is sitting … Continue reading

Posted in Smokey, Smokey knee | 8 Comments

Snow!

I spent the last two mornings in tax training, in preparation for being a VITA/AARP/TCE volunteer tax preparer. Even though I prepared tax returns for 20 years and volunteered in this program last year, the law changes, the software changes, … Continue reading

Posted in Smokey, Winter | 9 Comments

The Christmas train.

My friend Colleen, who used to be the county librarian, now is the director of the county information center aka tourist info. She and Smokey were chatting about something and the upshot was that he set up his Polar Express … Continue reading

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“You’re both crazy.”

Posted in Andrew, Silliness, Smokey | 1 Comment

Wednesdays are for random.

This week YS is in Mexico City doing an install that absolutely positively had to be done before year-end. Last week he was in Chicago, so Ser Percival The Energetic has been with us since the Sunday before last. YS … Continue reading

Posted in Matthew, Percy, Smokey | 5 Comments