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Blogs are like cat boxes.

Blogs are like cat boxes. You go to take care of them and find that it has been twice as long as you thought since you last visited. I have several topics in mind to post, but tonight I took care of my kitchen instead so the health department won’t come and haul me away.

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Posted by on August 11, 2010 in Blogging


Adding to the dome pages

As I slowly work my way through all the boxes I brought back from my parents’ house I found the piece I wrote about my own dome. I built what is now known as the Hobbit House during my last few years of high school. It started as a summer project and as a way to give myself a bedroom after Mother and Dad decided to rent out the big house and live in the smaller one bedroom ranch house, sort of ignoring the fact that although I went to a boarding school during the school year, I wasn’t actually out on my own yet. During the course of building my dome I slept on the pull-out couch in the tiny living room/dining room of the ranch house. I could hardly complain about the lack of space. This tiny room was the original structure my parents built, and they lived in it for several years along with the sewing machine, drillpress, and forge of the fledgling Gerry Mountaineering Equipment Company and my twin brothers. The big house had been built in honor of my arrival five years after my brothers were born.

It would make more sense to construct the dome pages on this site in the order in which the domes were built, but if I wait until I find the folder about the Verde Valley School Dome #1 (which was also the third dome, since my parents turned the empty shell into a comfortable home) I’ll never get started. Thus yesterday, instead of writing a post, I struggled with my scanner and with the lack of control I have when trying to insert pictures into the page. Maybe I need to upgrade, but I’m not ready yet. My first priority is getting into the habit of more regular posting and getting the different static pages I want set up. The other thing I’m not waiting for is finding negatives of the various pictures. For now scans of the photos in my files will have to do. I’m glad adjusting the color is so easy, since many of the blues and greens had faded out.

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Posted by on July 9, 2010 in Blogging, Domes, Family


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Posting frequently? Not so much in my harried life!

I think it will take me a while to get in the habit of frequent posting. After the TNT training hike last Saturday I meant to post right away, and here it is Friday night and I’m just getting to it. Right now my life is pulling me so many different directions. My house looks like the aftermath of a tornado, and I’m trying to  make some progress on it. The jigsaw puzzle I bought right after Mother died a year ago (good memories of doing puzzles together and, wonder of wonder, Dad actually joining in the last few years) was still unfinished until last night. The summer program I am teaching for English language learners is well designed, but takes some preparation if the student’s sacrifice of summer hours is to be worthwhile. And my LLS Team in Training fundraising needs more time if I’m going to meet my goal. Unpacking? Well, even if I managed to put away all the things I brought back from Arizona, I still couldn’t put the car in the garage. There are a few more loads to take to my daughter’s rented storage, and more boxes from school, always a summer problem.

However, I’m going to continue to try to develop the habit of frequent postings. So many books and articles on writing say that the only way to become a better writer is to write, write, write. The difference between trying to do that in journals, whether paper or Word documents, and a blog is that a blog has the potential to provide an ongoing audience, which is intriguing and motivating. Are all the books being overly optimistic when they say, “If you write it (often enough) they will come”? In order to find out, I have to write often enough. So tomorrow I will write another post, probably about our predicted chilly and soggy hike.


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Welcome to my new blog.

“I’ll get down off my soapbox now.” That is how I end many of my conversations with friends. I finally realized that a blog is a soapbox–one where the audience is voluntary, and I can say things once and be heard by many. A few of the topics for which I am known to have soapbox-worthy thoughts and opinions include education, libraries, books, and the life experiences of those of us with retirement in sight but still a ways off. It is also a place where people can follow my longer term projects and activities. Right now the most significant one is my participation in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. If you have arrived at this site from my original “Penny’s Tuppence” blog you know that I started out training for a century ride–that’s 100 miles on a bike. A broken thumb set me back too much to continue that one. (I know it sounds silly, but I couldn’t do the grip-and-twist motion of shifting with my left hand.) I am now training for a hike in Zion National Park. As of this posting I haven’t personalized my web site, but you are welcome to visit and donate! The URL is   I will be personalizing my site soon.