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June 1 to 10, 2011

Posted in When it RAINs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2011 by Mj Rains

What I’ve come across this week when I had time, when I felt enthused with summer, when I was battling the heat, when I was delighting in the air-conditioning, when I was watching a thunderstorm, when I was watching tv, when I was tweeting and texting and emailing and facebooking and writing (or trying to) and not reading at all….

EJ 6 Yasmin chairs

Perfectly pink…

Free People Clothing….

One depressed kitty….

One perfectly pink flower chair for the modern appeal…

My war protest…I’ve been busy people!

Who wouldn’t want this?….

My So You Think You Can Dance favorite dance….

This makes me cringe…but I’d still love a pair…

A piece of poetry:

Love is not logical, but has its own
Peculiar philosophy. I know
I shall stay here now.

(-Jenny Joseph)

And lastly, Nicole Richie looking incredible….

Happy Summer All!

10 Things to say to Mom…

Posted in When it RAINs with tags , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2011 by Mj Rains

Thanks for all the orthodontia.

The card is in the mail. Sorry it’s late, and yes, I’m still a procrastinator in spite of everything you did to help with that.

The clothes you wore in the eighties – where are they? And don’t be hurt when I call them vintage.

Sure, I cried every morning at day care, but I’m so proud of your career.

The crazy rules I fought at age 16? Thanks for sticking by them.

…Oh, and a general apology for that whole year. OK, decade.

My sex life is satisfying and safe, you don’t need details.

I’m moving back in!  Ha- ha, just kidding.

It’s all your fault that I just spent $100 on organizing bins at The Container Store.

And hey, Mom, how’s your crazy week going?

– Via the A List in Glamour Magazine

I would also like to add my own ten:

Mom, how do you sew that perfectly straight line in my chair covers?

Why is Dad going to the casino again?

No, I’m not cutting my hair short and perming it, okay?

Thanks for being there every day when the baby was born. I don’t think I would have survived.

Is that wallet an endless supply of  money for the kids each week?

What kind of gum do you have with you? (At first I typed by accident “gun”….now that’s a thought…)

We’re getting a puppy and you’ll have to baby sit it…what do you mean “no way” ?

When we have the Memorial Day picnic at your house I promise I won’t get too drunk to help you clean up.

Mom, I always love you…even if I don’t say it a lot.

I hope you have a great, care-free day…And hope you win at the casino!

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Ruth tells my mother about her hallucinations…

Posted in Esoteric, When it RAINs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2010 by Mj Rains

I may be at my wit’s end for I have diligently working on blogs, writing short stories, revising a novel, drawing some new illustrations, and taking the Gotham Writer’s Workshop online fiction course. October is rocking people!

But I’ve just felt the need to share this strange yet true story. My mother’s neighbor is a lovely lady named Ruth, 91 years old now, who still lives on her own. My mom stops by occasionally to check in on her, bring her some lunch, or a piece of pie she’s made. They sit and talk, for Ruth is alone most of the time…well, sort of.  My mother was amazed to hear about the visions the older woman has been having. Now, one thing must be made clear here before I go on; Ruth is taking some pretty strong meds, including, uh, a morphine patch.  But her delicacy in sharing what she is seeing, and her renowned sense of what is true for her makes this Wit wonder…

Ruth tell my mother that her husband, dead for 18 years is upstairs. He came the night before, with a nurse, and Ruth was relieved. Ruth asked them what they were doing here. Her husband said he was going upstairs. Ruth told the nurse that she better stay and take care of her husband, because she couldn’t anymore since she was in bad shape herself. They went upstairs to her husband’s old room, and Ruth saw them later that night, the nurse taking her old husband to the bathroom.  This was all clear to her, she could see them plain as day, and she was awake, not dreaming.

She tells my mom about the radio station that perpetually plays in her head. She hears the songs, some oldies, and the radio announcer talking, pretty much all the time. This part, flicks on a little light in my head…where have I heard of this happening before??

Then, the other day, when my mom stopped in (she brought Ruth some left over dinner and slice of cake) Ruth told my mother that a woman was walking up the staircase. My mom, of course, got up to check, went upstairs, but no one was there. When she came back down, Ruth understood that Mom couldn’t see the woman, but insisted she could. “That’s nothing,” Ruth said. “There are two guys in the hallway over there trying to open a box. It’s a pretty big box. They’re having a hard time.”  There were no men. There was no box. Then she tells my mother that there were some kids sitting on her couch. “You can see them right now?” my mom asks. “Yes, of course,” Ruth says. They weren’t bothering her in the least.

I’m sure I don’t have to explain, my mother was a bit freaked out. We started talking about the possibility of Ruth maybe seeing dead people, ghosts, something supernatural. I haven’t looked it up, but I’m sure there are side effects to the medications the older woman is taking. Still, the story stops me in my tracts. I’m working on converting this into a short flash fiction piece for my writing class. I always love a good, creepy story.  A true one is sometimes stranger than fiction….

More later….

Celebrating another 4th at the Uncle’s…

Posted in When it RAINs with tags , , , , , , on July 3, 2010 by Mj Rains

We’ll be hitting Uncle’s party around 2 pm on the July fourth, and won’t see the road until late that night after the huge assortment of fireworks has hit the air, and come down precariously close to where we’ll be sitting.  Viking helmet, anyone?  Please remember to eat, drink, and be safe this weekend as we celebrate the country’s birthday!!

Happy Independence Day to all from the Wit Continuum.



Posted in When it RAINs with tags , , , , , , , on April 13, 2010 by Mj Rains

What can I say?  I took the Sony Cyber-shot everywhere this weekend.  Here are some results.

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