Sugarfoot and Cadbury

Cadbury next to Grace


two of my favourite portrait subjects, tortoiseshell members of my Team Purr, now almost six years old, the formerly feral kittens are part of the daily texture of my life.  Nikon D3100 with Nikon 18-55 lens.

Click on the photo to see it full size, largest side is 1000 px

old poem – Montego Bay Resort (1996)

from The Black Cat Walks Down (1996)


Montego Bay Resort

click here to return to poems' list at the top (for L.)

I waken in the bed
Sunlight begins to fill the room
Opens my eyes wider
But it is not you

The fan spins above my head.
I can hear the surf
The sheets of cotton hold me
In the smallest caress
But it is not you

I stand on the balcony
See the sand and water meet
Feel the wind on my bare chest and legs
Pushing gently at me
But it is not you

Later floating in the sea
Counting clouds then closing my eyes
I feel your hands
Support my head and back
But it is not you

That night when I turn the key
coming back to the room
The empty room
The aching empty room
Is full of you.

took Grace out for a bio break and other stuff


It is milder today still below freezing. With the snow we have had and my aircast and I not the best on uneven snow covered ground I have left all the dog walking to my sister of late.  I took Grace out to the road and managed just fine. This aircast for the diabetic ulcer on my left heel is for the birds.  Am looking forward to shucking it for good.

Checked my car to see if the tires were soft.  Had a little trouble with them last month and they resealed the two front tires.  They seem ok today.

My biggest disappointment of the winter entertainment scene is the dim prospect for Prime Suspect with Maria Bello, which has had low ratings.  Not sure if it is going to continue.   Brian F. O’Byrne has been terrific in this as well. First saw him as The Consultant in The International with Clive Owen.   Kirk Acevedo is great too.  I have a real knack for picking high quality tv shows that get low ratings and get zapped.  One of these that was a huge surprise to me when it got yanked was Smith with Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen, and Simon Baker.  7 episodes about a professional heist crew in 2007.  Going way back a turn of the century western, Nichols, with James Garner.

view from my deck

my Sony ereader and returning library books early

Got my Sony reader for Christmas and have added a number of books, newspapers and magazines to it.  Some from the Sony Reader Store, some from the Gutenberg Project, and some books from my public library.

I have read about 6 books so far and enjoy this book method.

I borrowed Dick Van Dyke‘s memoir from the Midland Public Library and their ebook cooperative, and finished it in two days.  The book was borrowed for 14 days, the default loan period.  That was when the trouble started.  I dropped by at the library on the way home and spoke with one of the librarians who was knowledgeable about ebooks and readers but we could not work out how to return a book early.  I puzzled it out last night.

It may be in the user guide but I did not check there.  As an old tech writer, that was quite a sin.

With the Sony Reader running and a wi-fi connection, open the Books folder from the Home screen.  Change the view of books from cover icons to the text list of books.  Then press the options button and go to the second page of options for that screen and view.  Return library books is an option that you can select.  Only the library books show a check box for you to check to make your selecction of returns.  Press done, found at the top right of the screen.  And back they go.