Paraphernalia of Life

Stuff. That’s what I have, and not much of it.

My burnt thumb is all better. No I did not spill the cookies when I burned my thumb, thankfully.

I actually don’t enjoy baking at all. I do it but I don’t enjoy it. But that’s life, living with another person and two dogs. You do things you don’t enjoy anyway, just to be kind. And Paul loves to have cookies. He really hates store-bought cookies, too. He also hates store-bought ice cream, now that I’ve spoiled him by making it every week. It’s so simple with my ice cream making machine that I don’t really mind doing that job. As long as he buys the cream at the store, I can make the ice cream.

What I have not done in a very long time is make dog cookies. Remember when I used to make those?

New batch of peanut butter dog biscuits

I wonder if the dogs remember them. I think they do because every time I make cookies for Paul, and I’m sitting there scooping out the batter into balls for the cookies, my Kip is there beside me, waiting for me to put the bowl down for him to lick out, but I never do. I used to do it for him when I made dog cookies (This entry has spurred me on to make dog cookies today… they deserve a treat just for them.)

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On another topic, Paul’s “new” truck (it’s a 2012 Ford F-150) is starting to become a problem. The driver’s side door has been frozen locked now twice. Once right after he bought it and then again today. Luckily, he could get in on the passenger’s side because that door hadn’t frozen locked. But this is not good.

I went and bought two different brands of battery operated lock de-icers and he tried both of them today – neither of them worked. He may not have let them warm up enough, I don’t know, but he said he got in on the passenger side. But now I’m thinking that this was pure luck. It’s only a matter of time before he comes out to two frozen locked doors and can’t get in his truck at all.

I have researched this online and it’s a very common problem apparently. I don’t think there is a cure either. I told him he needs to go over to the Ford dealer and pose the question to him – what can be done? Can anything be done? This is not acceptable – living in New England and not being able to open your locked vehicle in the cold weather.

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New topic – Paul’s boat.

Paul at work

The day before yesterday his boat conked out and he was stuck out in the ocean. I don’t know the details of what exactly went wrong – it’s always something with a boat, and he has experienced just about every possible problem over the years. So he just waited out there until a friend, Hugh, came along in his boat and Hugh towed him in. (BTW, Hugh has written a book called Marblehead’s First Harbor: The Rich History of a Small Fishing Port.)

Great! What if Hugh hadn’t gone out lobstering? He does have my cellphone with him, but he is very lax about charging it regularly, and I always worry that it won’t be charged up. He said if there were no Hugh, he would just wait for anyone.

Anyone? Really? In New England, on the Atlantic Ocean, in mid-December? Who does he think is going to be moseying along? Santa?

Actually, Santa and Mrs. Claus made their appearance at The Landing in Marblehead Harbor on Friday as start of the annual Christmas Walk.

The woman who plays Mrs. Claus was in my class all through school.

We met in kindergarten and graduated high school together. She used to wear a white wig for playing Mrs. Claus (the Clauses come by lobster boat into the Landing each year to a throng of the town’s parents and children). But now she uses her own shock of white hair and doesn’t need the wig!

So the Christmas season has arrived here. Let the shopping begin.

Enough from me. Keep on keeping on… if possible.


Bex & Co.


It’s in every one of us to be wise;

Find your heart, open up both your eyes.

We can all know every thing without ever knowing why.

It’s in every one of us, by and bye.

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Gregory Alan Isakov – my new favorite musical artist

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10 Responses to Paraphernalia of Life

  1. Bex says:

    No warm spot here either… just outside in the driveway. I read that the liquid spray stuff is not good… that it can clog up the works inside the lock and down into the door and then it can freeze up even worse.


  2. TopsyTurvy says:

    It’s that time of year for freezing problems. Last week, the tailgate of DH’s SUV frozen with the lock open! You could close the hatch and the latch would move but whatever would lock the latch into place didn’t lock. If you lifted the hatch it opened right up again.

    DH suggests that you get one of the liquid deicers for Paul’s truck door. He says the liquid spray ones work best. And once the lock is open then the best thing to do is put the vehicle somewhere warm so the water in the lock will dry out.

    We were lucky that it warmed up after a few days so our lock problem was solved, because we don’t have anywhere warm we can put our cars. No garage and no carport.

    Glad to hear Paul made it back home safe and sound!


  3. What a mellow man Paul must be, to trust the universe to bring him safe home to you. Love your new folk favourite!


  4. Glad your thumb is not too bad. I “steamed” mine recently by reaching over the teakettle spout before gaining sufficient altitude. šŸ˜‰
    It’s a good thing that Hugh came along. That must be a creepy, bad feeling, having the boat die on you!
    Frozen door-locks are surely a pain! Would covering it with duct tape keep water from getting in, or is it condensation from inside the cab?
    Your cookies look quite tempting. Yumm! Dog cookies are a great idea. Bobo has recently discovered the joys of beef jerky! I have to get the dog-sized treats for him, though, as he tried to swallow the smaller “kitty strips” whole. With the larger size, he bats it around the living room and has to fish it out from under the couch before settling down to gnaw on it.


  5. mz. em says:

    I loved the post today and your photos. Homey. Paul is a lucky guy to have you to bake him his favorites. I do any baking except my turkey pot pie. Although Mr. F has said he would like it if I made him a fruit pie. Not so much for the fruit but for my crust.

    Glad to hear that someone came to Paul’s rescue out there on the sea. This would give me the heebee geebies.

    When I lived in Kansas, I had a vehicle that the locks would freeze up. I remember having to enter from the passenger side. That was a good idea for Paul to go to the dealership and tell them about the problem. Hopefully they have dealt with this before and can tell Paul what to do.

    Your puppers are so lucky to have you to make them cookies. I’ve tried three recipes for Bailey the Cat and none of them turned out right in that he sniffed them and then walked away. He’s so picky.

    I do like your new favorite singer, Gregory Alan Isakov. But then, I like folk singers and songs.


  6. Daisy says:

    I’m not a big fan of baking cookies either, but I do like the finished product. This is the best time of year to do it. Cute pictures of Mr. and Mrs. Claus!


  7. Bex says:

    Eric, he always takes cookies and fruit and his PB&J sandwich and his water bottle when he goes to work on the ocean. He’ll come home a lot of times with the apple not eaten, or the cookie, but never the PB&J.


  8. Eric Mayer says:

    Man, Paul is pretty laid back about being stranded on the ocean! And in December no less. I suppose he’s used to being out there on the water but it’s amazing to me. Better make sure he has a supply of cookies next time he goes out.


  9. Bex says:


    Be very careful and slow when you are outside helping to shovel… do not slip and fall please!!


  10. Sandy From Iowa says:

    Great update blog today.
    For someone that dont like to bake you do a top of the line baking…I sometimes can smell it all the way to Des Moines Ia.
    Lucky Paul to have you to fix his favorites…fuzzies also.
    WOW…glad someone came along to help him and boat…I hate to think of him alone out there just waiting for help .
    I do hope they can get his frozen door taken care of .
    We have a huge snow storm going on ,so I am enjoying inside right now till it stops and than will be going out to help shovel ;-/


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