Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Malady, Milady?

The Mistress is suffering from an unfortunate malady.

But every cloud has a silver lining, so the saying goes, and The Mistress is able to prop herself up to read, which makes her happy.

Occasionally, she can fire up the computing machine too so there is hope for a recovery.

NOTE: A reminder to submit your garden pics by September 30th for the Sixth Annual Infomaniac Garden Event, coming sometime in October, if the Mistress does not expire before then.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Submit Your Garden Pics

If you took photos of your garden this year in anticipation of THE SIXTH ANNUAL INFOMANIAC GARDEN PHOTOS EVENT, you may submit them now.

Bette Midler by Annie Leibovitz
[thanks to Jon for the photo]

Submit a photo or photos of your garden. If you don’t have a garden, send a photo of your houseplants or lawn ornaments. Or for those style queens amongst you, a photo of your artfully arranged cut flowers.

Remember to include a brief blurb about your photo(s).

Please have your pics emailed to me by the end of September and I'll post them as soon as I can, sometime in October.

Photos of previous annual Garden Photos Events may be viewed here.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

My Weekend

How I picture the remainder of my weekend...


And I'm happy about it.

What are you Bitches doing?

Thursday, September 08, 2016

How Big is YOURS?

It has been said that The Mistress has a big one.

A big telly, that is...

It's a 42 inch screen.

How big is YOURS?

Use this guide on how to measure your TV screen, if you don't already know.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge: Your July-August Choices

It's time for you Bitches to have your say.


Tell us what you've been reading during the months of July and August for The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The Mistress's Reading List: July-August

The Mistress read 10 books during the months of July and August.


On SUNDAY, you Bitches will have your turn to tell us what you've been reading during the months of JULY & AUGUST for The 2016 Infomaniac Book Challenge.

TODAY, we look at the Mistress's list of books for July and August.


The Idiot Brain: A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really Up To by Dean Burnett (published 2016)...

“British neuroscientist Burnett...packs an incredible amount of information into an accessible package with this breezy, charming collection of pop neuroscience musings on 'how the human brain does its own thing despite everything the modern world can throw at it.'” — Publishers Weekly

But What if We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman (published 2016)...

"But What If We’re Wrong? visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who'll perceive it as the distant past. Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today? How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown (or—weirder still—widely known, but entirely disrespected)? Is it possible that we “overrate” democracy? And perhaps most disturbing, is it possible that we’ve reached the end of knowledge?"

The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman (published 2016)...

A collection of Neil Gaiman's nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics.

The Voyeur’s Motel by Gay Talese (published 2016)...

The bizarre account of a Colorado motel owner who rigs up the attic into a "viewing platform" to watch his guests having sex, without their knowledge.

And from the same author...

Thy Neighbor’s Wife by Gay Talese (published 1981)...

An exploration of sexuality in America from post World War II through the 1970s.

Light My Fire: My Life with the Doors by Ray Manzarek (published 1998)...

Co-founder and keyboard player of The Doors, Ray Manzarek chronicles his friendship and collaboration with Jim Morrison and brings us an insider's perspective on life with the band.

I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny by Bob Newhart (published 2006)...

Iconic comedian Bob Newhart's observations of his life and career. The Mistress picked this up at a yard sale. Twenty-five cents well spent.

My Secret Mother by Phyllis Whitsell (published 2016)...

Nurse Phyllis Whitsell tracks down her birth mother who, despite what she's been told by her adoptive parents, is still very much alive. Phyllis spends nine years caring for her birth mother, without revealing her true identity to her.


Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles (published 2016)...

A madcap Swedish crime romp from the author of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley (published 2016)...

Heartbreaking and heartwarming. A dachshund named Lily has a lethal brain tumor (The Octopus) on her head. Her human companion, Ted must learn to live with it. You don't have to be a dog lover to appreciate this book but if you are, I suggest you read it. Grab a box of tissues (oh yes, you will weep) and delve in.