Life is for the birds --
and the bees and the flowers and the trees and the moon up above, and a thing called love -- Jewel Akens

Thursday, January 31, 2013

So, Lana and her husband have invited me to their place for a Superbowl party. They're cooking chili. What should I take, besides my drinks? Anything new and interesting out there?
About that casserole, Scott -- it was all right, but I'm not inclined to try it again. It wasn't too dry, but it could have used more flavor.
Test post

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Flowerbox by Janis Gore
Flowerbox, a photo by Janis Gore on Flickr.

The last couple of weeks have been hard for the widow.

But not everything is.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It was raining when I woke at 12:38 a.m., and 4:05 a.m., and it's raining at 6:55 a.m.

UPDATE: With this weather, I've had my eye on the arsenic for a couple of days.

Don't panic. I decided on Asian Chili Chicken Noodle Soup instead.

Monday, January 14, 2013

80% chance of rain today. High of 40 degrees F.

UPDATE: We've had 1.37" at 1:50 p.m. And this weather is to continue on for not one, as previously predicted, but two more days.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

This is already a hard day -- harder than Thanksgiving or Christmas. It would have been our 19th anniversary.

And there's an 80% chance of rain.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Fake sherpa

Fake sherpa by Janis Gore
Fake sherpa, a photo by Janis Gore on Flickr.

Since I can't have Sally, I've covered my office chair in this $12.95 fake sherpa from Walmart.

You don't have to walk it or feed it.

It is portable.

Sally in profile

Sally in profile by Janis Gore
Sally in profile, a photo by Janis Gore on Flickr.

A girl shouldn't love someone else's dog this much.

But Sally has been a "therapy dog" in the best way. And her caretakers, Dr. David Ball and his wife Gwen are pretty fine, too.

And I'm contemplating buying a serger. There is a good market here for attractive baby clothes.

I've seen some little girl's dresses here that must have cost a fortune, and would be a snap to sew. I do need to learn smocking, though.
So yesterday I put in two online applications to work in the garden department of Stine Hardware in Natchez -- one for cashier and one for sales.

Remember, I haven't been employed outside the home for nearly 20 years. Might be a good way to get my toes back in the water.

I was recently impressed with the quality of the manager there. She told me today that they should be filling those positions next month. Kathy Young is her name, and don't you forget it.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Clean range

Clean range by Janis Gore
Clean range, a photo by Janis Gore on Flickr.

Big job.

I recommend purchasing a cleaning contract when you buy one of these boys.


Sally by Janis Gore
Sally, a photo by Janis Gore on Flickr.

Me? Oh. I was just eating Blue Bell's Dutch Chocolate ice cream straight out of the carton because it was too hard to scoop into a bowl.

Cross my heart.

Twin Oaks, Natchez, MS

Twin Oaks, Natchez, MS by Janis Gore
Twin Oaks, Natchez, MS, a photo by Janis Gore on Flickr.

Just across the street from Dunleith, the site of the Castle.

The Castle Restaurant and Pub

Pretty approach, isn't it?

I had lunch there with my brother yesterday, and a couple of friends.

The Carriage House is undergoing renovation.

Friday, January 4, 2013


All is calm enough to clean and change the paper in the linen closet, and to break down the Viking range and clean it for the first time since Lyman's death.

Not that I've been using it much. Vidalia Market has terrific deli cooks who put out a tasty cafeteria feast seven days a week. Three veg and a roll or cornbread - $4.99. A meat and 2 veg with bread  - $5.99. Portions are so large I can usually eat twice from a plate

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

All right, I'm ready. I need a job now.

I studied humanities and biology at Reed College, Portland, OR 1974-1977

I have a degree in journalism from SMU, Dallas, TX 1987

I worked at community newspapers for about 6 years in the southern suburbs of Dallas, Las Colinas, TX, and Natchez, MS, mainly in production and advertising. 1988-93

I have recent experience managing a condo rental. 2009-2012

I've kept a blog for over 10 years. 2002-2013

Janis with two brothers

Janis with two brothers by Janis Gore
Janis with two brothers, a photo by Janis Gore on Flickr.

The one on the right called from Little Rock the other night. I had coffee with the one on the left this morning.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I'm becoming fond of Alan Jacobs at The American Conservative.
I'm busy this morning putting a little gloss on the house. Lana and husband Tom are coming for the New Year's good-luck meal.

This year it's smoked ham, frozen black-eyed peas cooked with hog jowl, and cabbage cooked also with jowl, and hot-water cornbread. The friends are from the West and aren't used to the convention down heah.

I'll also take some to the guy who does the yard.

Janis, you say, how can you entertain such a silly superstition after the events of last year? I counter, can you imagine how monstrous things might have been if I hadn't had pork, peas and greens last New Year's? 

UPDATE: That went over well, especially with Tom. He had seconds of everything, and carried a pack of sliced ham for sandwiches home with him.

(Yeah, Mr. C again.)

More like this, please.

Of course now, she might say her music is like blogging, and who am I to tell her what to do? And I wouldn't blame her.

I sho' 'nuff ain't givin' her any beauty advice. She don't need mine.
Suzy Bogguss

She has such a fine voice, I wish her music selections were better.
Suzy Bogguss with Chet Atkins
Happy New Year, y'all!

Mwah! Consider yourself kissed on the cheek.