Goodbye, Kipper

He is gone, he of the splay foot and the silky coat. My little buddy, my little Jean Marais beastie. He’s Connor’s cuddle buddy. He’s my alarm clock; even this morning I awoke thinking I’d heard that impatient yowl. He was always quite the talker. And always underfoot: I always feared one day I’d trip…

DIY

Kipper is not amused. Kipper and Connor get on well for the most part. The occasional toy dispute ruffles a few feathers. My first NY breakfast with local syrup for local people. Removing one layer of wallpaper to find another: a southern motif. What the finished version of the sitting room will look like. Cheery!…

Happy Birthday, Bertie

Happy birthday to my little brother today. Here he is looking suave on the Salthill shore on Galway Bay. We had fun during his visit. He’s taking good care of my cat Kipper while I’m in Scotland (and Kipper’s taking good care of Connor). And he keeps me up to date on the local wildlife…

Reasons to be Cheerful

Spring break is over and I didn’t do the eleventy million things I somehow imagined I could shoehorn into that jam-packed week of ‘relaxing’ and (in theory) grading. HA! Always the case, always. Every time I have a little ‘time off’ I draw up a long list of things to do and then proceed to…