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The refrigerators in my house were never discarded.

My parents believed in reduce, reuse, recycle. So the over-the-hill ice boxes were moved to the cellar and/or garage until they quit, then re-used (in today’s lingo,re-purposed) in creative ways.


Bright and beyond dazzling, LED lights illuminate my spacious, stylish, and sophisticated refrigerator. She’s a glamour girl. An ohmigodess.

I admit it, I’m an appliance snob. My audaciously cool LEDs flounce and sashay over shelves, strut and swagger into corners, and hurtle to the depths of the continental-shelf-size freezer. It is not my mother’s GE.

Ah, and the luxury of a roomy fridge…it inspires me to doodle.

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So. What’s in your ice box? Leave a link to a picture or drawing of yours.
Bring joy to the world, one fridge at a time.

Toni 2/12/15




It’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it? 2014 is old news.  But who doesn’t like to recall sweet spots gone by?




Enter: The WordPress.com helper-monkeys.  They compiled a 2014 annual stats report for WWWW. wordpress-love-500x492

Wow. Let’s just say, it’s got glanceability. It put my head in a swivel.


It makes this giglet want to go skoppoloiting across a stage and collect some hoity-toity award. (That’s Old English-speak for a giddy girl who is inclined to frolic and romp at a curious gathering, er, awards ceremony.)

Here’s an excerpt from the WP report:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report. ShabbyBlogsAwesomeButton

You’ve heard about the 90-9-1 rule.

Or maybe you haven’t.

It goes like this: 90% of blog readers never make a comment, 9% comment now and then, and 1% comment regularly. That big white empty comment box can be fiercely intimidating for many of us.


But not for Michelle, Ronnie, Sayra, Mary, Patricia S, Chgojohn, Morgan, Sue K, Grace, Sylvia, CindyPRN, Tina, Terri, pscapp, Ray, lvcaron, Nancy, and Art (miss you, hope you’re busy writing me a new book). This bunch always adds fresh ideas to the conversation, says something original, and leads us in a millioni directions. Stand up and take a bow.



Thank you, all you waggish commenters ~ you are, to cut to the chase, pure honey. You’re the sweet spots that made 2014 mouth-gapingly awesome.

Thanks for the memories.

Oh, and that big white empty box?

 It’s for you, Friends.  


Toni 12/30/14  


Like Erin McKean, I’d love to meet some of the pioneering women of the past ~ Sophie Germain, a mathematician at the time of the French Revolution, Trota of Salerno, who practiced medicine in the 13th century, or Maria Mitchell, the first American woman to discover a comet.


Actually, I’d really really like to meet Erin McKean.


“A good definition is like a good poem: beautiful and worthwhile in itself.”


In my book, Erin McKean is a lexistar. This innovative dictionary evangelist searches high and low — from books to blogs, newspapers to cocktail parties — for new words, new meanings for old words, or signs that old words have fallen out of use.


Word maven McKean launched Wordnik, an online dictionary dedicated to the very spine of our language. Wordnik houses all the traditionally accepted words and definitions, but also asks us (yes, you and me, and no one is looking down their pince-nez at us either) to contribute new words and new uses for old words. It’s an interactive word-lover’s paradise.












So, go ahead….make up new words.  Here’s how.

It’s the holidays, we’re all in overdrive, so grab an egg’n’grog,  and a holiday tune ~ now that’s what I call Happy Hour.  



I admit it, I’m such a Chaser*.  

* a stonking-huge fan of the male a cappella group, Straight No Chaser

Toni 12/28/14