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    Listening for the phone - Jun 29th, 2012
    When I was in high school, my sister (I think?*) wrote a poem that went something like this: [more...]

    A door to nature - Jun 26th, 2012
    Over the past few months, I have realised just how much I miss having my very own front door; a door that I can open up to the great outdoors. [more...]

    Toenails - Jun 19th, 2012
    I went back-and-forth about what I should post today and for a brief moment, I even thought that I might not post at all. But then I remembered that I promised I’d post more—in part to prevent myself from withdrawing from society all together. [more...]

    Counting my chickens - Jun 8th, 2012
    A couple of weeks ago, I sat looking at my eggs. They were held in separate baskets and they looked so pretty; so promising. And, as I do, I began to count them. [more...]

    Memory sparks - May 1st, 2012
    Triboluminescence is awesome! It used to entertain me as a child and it still entertains me as an adult. Or, to translate into Plain English: It’s awesome when you crunch on a Wint-O-Green Life Savers and it makes sparks! [more...]

    Blocked: How you can help! - Apr 16th, 2012
    I have loads of things I want to write about. But I can’t. Some of them need to wait until ‘the right moment’ and others need more refinement in my head. Others are just these random things that I kind of want to share but I don’t really know if they warrant sharing. [more...]

    Paper bird of happiness - Apr 4th, 2012
    When I boarded the bus today, I was met by a pretty little Origami crane that was perched on the seat next to me. It had been made with someone’s bus ticket and it looked very much like it was there for someone to find. [more...]

    Whisky hearts - Apr 3rd, 2012
    Normally, an empty whisky bottle means a cork without a job. But not today. No, today I decided to rescue the cork from my empty bottle of Glenmorangie and carve it up a bit with my pocket knife. (A tool that every good redneck always has on hand.) [more...]

    Chinese jacks - Mar 29th, 2012
    Today’s post is a random memory and a bit of a musing about Chinese jacks. So, let’s go! [more...]

    Ode to a St Patrick’s Day Martini - Mar 15th, 2012
    What’s that? The Martinis! Facebook page is running a poetry competition? Well, how can I resist that? [more...]

    Pinching pennies - Mar 12th, 2012
    As I walked to the bus stop today, I stooped to pick up a two pence coin. It took two seconds—tops. But it made me smile for several moments. It also got me thinking more about the stigma some people put on the act (art?) of picking up loose coins found on the ground. [more...]

    YouTube trails - Mar 3rd, 2012
    I decided to spend the day on the couch in an effort to rid myself of my latest cold. (Two colds since the New Year? Well that totally sucks!) [more...]

    Random thoughts: Simple pleasures - Feb 26th, 2012
    Random thoughts—Week 3: List 31 simple pleasures; pick one and write about it. Last year I was challenged to write a list of 30 things that made me smile and I imagine that this list may include a few duplicates, but I will try to keep those to a minimum. [more...]

    Random thoughts: Top 50 no-gos - Feb 10th, 2012
    Random thoughts—Week 1: List 50 things I’ll never do. [more...]

    Heads will [not] roll! - Feb 7th, 2012
    Hey! Guess what! It’s ‘Share a Random Memory for No Reason Other Than It Popped into My Head Day’! Aren’t you glad you stopped by to read such rubbish? Sure you are! So here goes. [more...]

    Random thoughts: A challenge - Feb 5th, 2012
    Two weeks ago I shared a post that was determined by random. It was a great way to find some inspiration for writing and the randomness of it all entertained me. When I was talking to Rebecca today, we decided that we’d have a bit of fun with the format and see if we could help inspire each other with a bit of randomness. [more...]

    Like the back of my hand - Feb 2nd, 2012
    How many times have we been told that someone is so certain of their directions because they know the place like they know the back of their hand? For most of us, I imagine the answer would be countless times. [more...]

    Fun, all wrapped up - Jan 30th, 2012
    I started this post a few weeks ago with the intention of talking about how Starbursts have changed since I was a kid. But I never got around to finishing it because I didn’t really know what I could say on the topic, other than how awesome the new wrapper design is. [more...]

    Blank slate; inspiration sought - Jan 29th, 2012
    I’ve spent the last couple of hours searching for inspiration. For what, I don’t quite know. I’ve found lists of daily adventures, blogs meant to inspire you to write a book, and all sorts of things that would make a prostitute blush. [more...]

    A random letter - Jan 22nd, 2012
    Today, I decided to let the Internet decide what my post would be. So, I went to Creative Writing Prompts to pick a topic. But I wanted it to be a bit more random than that, so I visited Random.org to pick my topic number. And that number was 109. [more...]

    Got milk? - Jan 17th, 2012
    If you’re American, you may not realise that milk is a very important part of British culture. From the 1946 School Milk Act (an addendum to the Education Act 1944) to Margaret Thatcher, Milk Snatcher and from breast milk ice cream to the order in which one adds tea and milk to a mug, milk seems to be more than just another beverage. [more...]

    Substitutiary locomotion - Dec 29th, 2011
    Back in the day, kids’ movies were pretty gosh-darn awesome. So much so that (I think) they’ve survived the test of time. Movies like Pete’s Dragon (one that my sister and her kids watch regularly) and all of the Hayley Mills movies. [more...]

    Gorillas and cheese - Nov 15th, 2011
    A post about gorillas and cheese? Did I mean grilled cheese? Have I gone mad? Well, yes, no, and probably would be the answers there. [more...]

    If the shoe fits - Nov 5th, 2011
    I’ve been experimenting with footwear since my return to Scotland. Yep, it’s heels for this redneck, if you can believe it. [more...]

    Music to launder money by - Oct 18th, 2011
    There’s an ice cream van that comes around the neighbourhood most evenings around 6:30. When I first heard the magical music, I smiled as I realised that I could grab my money and run down to buy a frozen treat if I wanted. [more...]

    Another light bulb moment - Sep 27th, 2011
    Today my Dad gave me a quick call on Skype to tell me that a parcel arrived for me (I’ve had my post forwarded to the folks’ place) and he wanted to know if he should open it. The parcel was from my utility company and it seemed strange that they’d be sending me anything other than an electric bill, which I get by email anyhow. [more...]

    Playing Make Believe - Jul 18th, 2011
    I met a make believe friend for the first time today in Seattle. Yay! What fun we had wandering around laughing and being silly! [more...]

    Playing make believe - Jul 18th, 2011
    Avid readers of Just Frances will remember that I shared my thankfulness for ‘make believe friends’ this past Thanksgiving. Well, it seems that my sister, Celeste, shared that story with her make believe friends at the same time. [more...]

    Specky four eyes - May 11th, 2011
    A lot has changed since I got my first pair of glasses nearly 30 years ago. (That’s glasses as in specs, not drinking vessels, to clarify for my UK readers.) Back then, ‘big’ was normal for glasses. Back then, my frames were massive and wholly dependent on my parents’ budget. [more...]

    What the hook? - May 7th, 2011
    Moving 6,000 miles away means finally clearing out drawers that have long been left cluttered. It also means finding things that you vaguely remember maybe once having for a specific purpose, but can’t quite remember what that purpose was. [more...]

    Ten things - May 3rd, 2011
    It’s another list day. Yay! Today’s list is 10 things I’ve not done in more than a year but that I am going to work hard at doing in the next 12 months. So here goes! [more...]

    Foto fun - Mar 30th, 2011
    This will be a short post, Dear Reader, because I am very sleepy and am going to be early. But I wanted to let you know that I’m having a bit of fun on Facebook in April by way of a Photo Scavenger Hunt. [more...]

    Hopscotch - Mar 7th, 2011
    Like most kids, I played Hopscotch growing up. It was a great game and really only required a piece of chalk. And since they used blackboards in schools back then, chalk was an easy commodity to come by! [more...]

    The laughter woke me - Feb 19th, 2011
    I don’t think I’ve slept through the night since Paul died. I’ve become a very light sleeper and am woken easily by common household sounds or by a dream that just seems all too real. [more...]

    100 random things - Feb 17th, 2011
    My friend posted a list of 100 random things her daughter wrote about herself out of boredom and I thought I’d give it a shot and create my own list. So, if you’re not already bored, this should help… [more...]

    Catch a falling star - Feb 9th, 2011
    I was standing in the kitchen making dinner when my foster daughter asked me if I’d ever heard the song “Catch a Grenade” which prompted me to ask if it went something like this. [more...]

    La-de-da - Feb 2nd, 2011
    Don’t you love it when you’re sitting there minding your own business and all of the sudden—completely out of the blue—an old camp song pops into your head? [more...]

    Coccydynia - Jan 3rd, 2011
    Remember how I told you I went cross country skiing last week and didn’t fall once? Well, I wish I had fallen once, because it was the second fall that caused current state of coccydynia. [more...]

    Finding Joy - Dec 31st, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. Read more about it here! [more...]

    Finding Joy: December - Dec 31st, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

    It’s all about the unicorns - Dec 7th, 2010
    My foster daughter has this habit of saying “Guess what?” without giving any further clues or context. In the beginning, I would ask for hints or detail, but she would just demand that I guess. And there is no way I’d ever come close so I started to just make up guesses. [more...]

    Finding Joy: November - Nov 30th, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

    YayDay! countdown - Nov 11th, 2010
    Yay! It’s just 89 days until YayDay!! YayDay! is one of my favourite days on the modern calendar. It’s a self-created holiday that I’ve been celebrating since I first began working proper office hours. [more...]

    Clay play - Nov 10th, 2010
    As part of my on-going mission to relax and find a bit of silly joy in life, I broke open a box of coloured clay this evening. I didn’t do much with it today, but I’m inspired now and have a great idea for some fun time with my foster daughter this weekend. [more...]

    Feeling dotty - Nov 9th, 2010
    I’m still struggling with the sadness that came over me yesterday. Not in an “I’m still sad” way but in a “Big episodes of grief really wipe me out” way. So I decided I’d take it easy and doodle for a bit after dinner. [more...]

    Just a doodlin’ - Nov 5th, 2010
    I love to doodle. So today, as I sat waiting for a meeting that took forever to get started, I found myself doodling a bit. The meeting’s theme of social media use seems to have come across in my doodle, too. [more...]

    Finding Joy: October - Oct 31st, 2010
    My 2010 resolution was to find a bit of joy every day. Each day, I thought about the things that bring me joy and posted them on Just Frances where you can share in my joyful things—one month at a time. [more...]

    Copy bird - Oct 27th, 2010
    In the evenings, you will quite often find me and the kid in the living room not talking*: Her on the love seat reading or drawing; me on the couch crocheting, blogging, or—most recently—sketching and drawing. And you can bet that at some point she will come over and start snooping at what I’m doing with great curiosity. [more...]

    A bit sketchy - Oct 24th, 2010
    I signed up for The Sketchbook Project a few weeks ago. It’s a great art project from the Brooklyn Art Library where thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited on a cross-country tour at galleries and museums. After the tour, they will all be part of a permanent collection at the library where they will be available for the public to view. [more...]

    On a happier note - Oct 21st, 2010
    To counter last night’s less-than-happy post, here’s something I’m super happy about! [more...]

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