Saturday, June 07, 2014

Just Like Yesterday, Or 7 Years Ago...

"When anybody asks me what time it is, I always say, "Yesterday, plus 24 hours."

~Jarod Kintz

Some of you reading this post might recognize the graphic above as the template I used for the AOL Journals version of Ellipsis. I think I still have a few readers from that era, but if you discovered me here on Blogger then I now get to give you a glimpse of the early days of my mental blogging meanderings. LOL. AOL Ellipsis was posted to for the first time on August 23rd 2003, and last posted to October 31st 2005, although I had made the trek to Blogger a year earlier, after the ridiculous banner ad drama. I posted my first post here on Wednesday, November 16th, 2005.

Hello Blogsphere...

Remember that show "Suddenly Susan?" The basic premise was that this slightly ditzy girl suddenly finds herself all on her own in the world...and suddenly it all opens up with a lot of previously unforeseen opportunities. Well, after the "Black Tuesday" that AOL just gave to Journal Land, I "suddenly" find myself here. I have a new home. Right now the walls are bare, I haven't met my neighbors, and my furniture hasn't arrived, but it's home. And it's got a great view of the future!

Always, Carly

And that's how I ended up here! At lot has happened since then, I might reflect on those things as we move through the summer, and approach the anniversary of when I began journaling/blogging, August 23rd. There is so much that has happened, that it stuns me when I think about all the changes. Some of them were good for me, others, well, I would give anything if they hadn't happened. But they did, and one learns to deal with them, to make peace with them, and then move on. It's a sink or swim world and one simply has to survive. I curled up in a ball once, and with good reason mind you, but I learned some coping skills from that experience that I carry with me to this day! Hopefully, if I am ever faced with that kind of stress again, I will be able to deal fully with it.

Blogging has done a lot for me. It has been a great catharsis. I don't need to have a million readers. I don't need praise. I don't need to be coddled. All those things are nice, but at the end of the day, I just need a place where I can dispose of what my dear friend Pam called, head noise, that rattles in my mind. The good... and the bad. I have been blessed, because there has been way more good than bad. Way more friends than enemies. Way more happiness than sadness, and way more creativity than lack of it. Yes! I have been, and continue to be, BLESSED.

Can you believe that this summer will mark the 11th year of this blog? Where does time go?

Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Friday, June 06, 2014

A Face In The Crowd: Have A Coke And A Smile :)

"The truest smiles are those which spread across our faces when no one's watching us."

~Minhal Mehdi

Coca~Cola Classic... I am hopelessly addicted. Have been since I was a small child. I know. I know. It's not the healthiest thing in the world, and as I have grown-up I find I actually prefer Diet Coke most of the time, but once in a while, after one of those really bad days, when all you want to do is climb back in bed and pull the covers over you, and pretend the day had never began in the first place, I find a drinking a super cold can of Coca~Cola Classic, right out of the frig, a better cure than Valium! :) I don't indulge often, but I do admit that on any given day, there is a full, unopened can just waiting for me at the back of the refrigerator waiting to make it all better!


Have a Coke, and a Smile. See, even the face in the Coke machine is smiling!

Mood: Happy (Slurp)

~Me :)

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Please Do Not...

"You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of trifles."

~Arthur Conan Doyle, The Boscombe Valley Mystery

In the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't matter, and in fact, it's none of my business, but if you look very closely at the box, protruding from the back of the vehicle in the above photo, you see printed on the box the words... Please Do Not." Hmmmm... "Please Do Not"... what?

It's a mystery.

Unless you know the answer.

Care to hazard a guess, or provide the actual answer?

Hint: The item in the box is a hot water heater. No brand name.

"Not every puzzle is intended to be solved. Some are in place to test your limits. Other are, in fact, no puzzles at all... ."

~Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Mood: Inquisitive

~Me :)

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Joey Pez Isn't A Kitten Anymore

"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods, cats have never forgotten this."


My Joey. He is still technically a kitten, and will be through the summer, but come early October he will turn a year old, and therefore, an adult. Sigh. I think that will be good, I don't have the energy to keep up with his kitten energy, thank goodness I have Dylan and Hendrix for that, but at the same time, I miss my little gray and orange fluff. My Joey Pez. Well, I guess he will always be that, no matter how old he gets. 

My Joey Pez.

~Mood: Happy

~Me :)

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Yellow Daylily In Early Morning

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"When you only have two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other."

~Chinese Proverb

I am really appreciating the flowers this spring. Nothing improves my mood quite like photographing a really beautiful flower. The last few weeks Daylilies (Hemerocallis) have been catching my photographer's eye. They are so alive and vibrant! I wish I could have some in the yard, but they are highly toxic to cats, and I will feel awful if one of the neighborhood vagabonds was accidentally hurt by one. So, I admire the flowers elsewhere! Maybe some day I will have one of the amazing outdoor greenhouses where I can grow all the things I wish I could now. It's a good dream I think.

Mood: Quiet

~Me :)


Monday, June 02, 2014


"It's a match made in heaven... by a retarded angel."

~Woody Allen

Okay, I know, I know..."retarded" is no longer a politically correct term, and as a matter of fact, I don't used that term, but it was socially acceptable at the time Woody Allen used it, and I saw no reason to change it. So if that is all cleared up, let's get to today's blog post.

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See my car, well my former car, Lilith, well I knew there was a possibility that she had made it into Woody Allen's film Blue Jasmine, and here is the maybe, could-be, possible, confirmation. Look at the picture at the top. See the car silhouette in the window, just to the left of Cate Blanchette? Well, I think that might be Alan and I, inside Lilith, as we drove down Lexington avenue, on the day Woody filmed there. Now of course there is no way to know for sure, but that sure looks like my girl, and the sun seems to be in just the right place, plus the two young boys who played Ginger's sons were there that day, we saw them when the film crew broke for lunch! 

"What if nothing exists and we're all in somebody's dream?"

~Woody Allen

Okay, I am going to admit it, it would be the thrill of a lifetime to have accidentally made it into a Woody Allen movie, so yeah, I kinda really want it to be true. But at the same time, the car does look an awful lot like my car, so I am not completely delusional... maybe just partly so. LOL. At least as delusions and mistaken identities go, its harmless. You know the more I look at that photo, the more I am sure of it. It's Lilith. It was her last great hurrah. Less than a month later she died, and we traded her in for a new car. Our Denim Blue, 2013 Chevy Spark, that we named Carl.

It's strange to think that someone may be driving around in my movie star car. My Lilith, an uncredited extra in Woody Allen's amazing film, Blue Jasmine. And they don't even know it.

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Life is odd.

But seriously, it could be her... right?

"Eighty percent of success in life is showing up."

~Woody Allen

Mood: Hopeful

~Me :)

Sunday, June 01, 2014


"Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience."

~Pam Brown

Hendrix. He is the alpha cat. He is the caregiver. The Love Bug. The best friend anyone could ask for. I don't ever have to wonder if I am loved... Hendrix showers me with love. It doesn't matter how I look, or if my Fibromyalgia has stolen all my words, Hendrix is always there to shower me with love. And every night, when it's time for bed, he climbs in and snuggles me, and gives me kitty kisses, and insists on looking me in the eye, which is amazing because most cats don't like looking humans in the eye. He wants me to know... without a doubt... he loves me. Unconditionally.

Mood: Happy

~Me :)