Fishing and writing depend on the same thing

It’s generally bad writing to stretch a metaphor too far, but in this case, I’m going to do it anyway. When I say fishing and writing depend on the same thing I mean, no matter how good the bait, you need to have a really good hook. Baiting the hook So, since we’re going with… Read more »

the mystery of the disappearing blog explains why I haven't been posting

The mystery of the disappearing blog

Okay, we may be done with the overall ennui posts, but there’s still some housekeeping to do before we hit full JMD stride in Ramblings. With that said, let’s discuss my reasons for the mystery of the disappearing blog. How hard can a little writing be? Fair question. First off, it’s not that little. Over… Read more »

This is about how I look when losing my never-ending battle with ennui

My never-ending battle with ennui, part 2

Welcome to the second half of my overly long return to blogging…and active life in general. This is my never-ending battle with ennui, part 2. I’m forcing you to go through these “introductory” blog posts before we get to the good stuff. Admittedly, that’s a relative qualitative statement, but, hey, you’re here reading this. As… Read more »

my never-ending battle with ennui

My never-ending battle with ennui

Nah, I’m not gonna make you look it up. Ennui – a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement. It’s a far greater threat than simple procrastination. Let me walk you through my never-ending battle with ennui. But first, a word from our sponsors… Before I get started, know… Read more »

That sounds like a cool idea

More than a week past my very last birthday BBQ, things are well back in order around the JMD household. During the BBQ, I brought up my desire to plan something big for my roundy next year. The general consensus was “that sounds like a cool idea”. Then I threw it open to the floor…. Read more »

The very last time I spend my birthday cleaning

What a glorious day! The sun is shining, it’s a holiday for many of my friends and it’s my birthday. So, you can imagine what I’ve got planned for the day…cleaning! Yes, it’s the day after the birthday BBQ and that means…bleh. But! This is the very last time I spend my birthday cleaning. The… Read more »

59 is the new 60

No, I haven’t got my overused expressions all mixed up. It’s the final entry into the Very Last Birthday BBQ week. By the time you finish this post, you may not agree, but you will understand why I chose the title, 59 is the new 60. Let’s refresh For those of you just joining the… Read more »

Shop til you drop – Birthday BBQ style

The very last birthday BBQ week has some specific tasks that get done on specific days. These revolve around cleaning, set up, cooking and, of course, shopping. Time for a rundown of Shop til you drop – Birthday BBQ style! Wednesday – Everyday low prices Let’s face it, you could really do all your shopping… Read more »

There’s no place like home

…until you have to clean it. Yes, it’s my birthday gift to myself: cooking, cleaning and serving all for others. But, this is the very last time for my birthday. Starting next year, nothing will cause me to qualify the statement “There’s no place like home”. Nothing new about this Oh goodness, no. I’ve gone… Read more »

Chafing at the bit to BBQ

Continuing on with our very last birthday BBQ week, it’s time to talk hosting. Specifically, serving the food. It’s ironic that, in my last birthday BBQ I’m chafing at the bit to BBQ. Warming up to the idea Even way back when, as I started my BBQ parties, I always battled with timing the food… Read more »