computerwithcatSo, I’ve been on vacation from my muggle job this week and I’ve been — wait for it, wait for it — WRITING!  I KNOW!  I’m as shocked as you are!

In fact, because it has been as hot as Heck here at the Palatial Horvath Estate, I haven’t been doing much of anything EXCEPT writing.  It takes way too much effort think about going outside. Thank goodness my municipality keeps calling me to tell me it’s hot.  I’m not sure I would know if they didn’t keep calling me.

The Search For A Post, A Blogger’s Tale

fairytaleOnce Upon A Time… there was a girl who wrote a blog.  Although it was not all she wrote, and although she did indeed have other tasks to perform, the blog did demand that she doth update it regularly.

“Dance, little writer!  Dance!”  it would yell as it cracked a whip over her head.

And she did dance.

“Scurry, little writer!  Scurry!”

And lo, she scurried.

“Write, little writer!  Write!”

And verily, she did write blog posts and keep the blog updated regularly.  And the blog, it was pleased.

Ode To A Stink Bug



Here the Palatial Horvath Estate, we’ve entered the season no one ever talks about – The Invasion Of The Stink Bug season. Earlier today as I was sitting and listening to the latest batch of my insect companions buzz around, I was moved to write some poetry (of course). And thus I am proud to present…



Ode To A Stink Bug


O Stink Bug, O Stink Bug
High up on the wall,
How can you walk
Upside down and not fall?

Interview With A Groundhog

groundhogAs you may know, on Groundhog’s Day our esteemed weather forecaster Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow and so predicts an early spring.When I heard this news, the thermometer at the Palatial Horvath Estate had not yet topped twenty degrees.  I wondered if perhaps Phil was insane.  I wondered if I’d misheard and/or misunderstood.Then I had a thought.  It took me a moment to recognize it, but a thought it undoubtedly was.  What, I thought, what if Phil is not the only member of the subspecies Marmota monax with the ability to predict the weather?

This opened up some intriguing possibilities.  I decided the only way to be sure was to go talk to the groundhog living under the shed in my backyard.  Perhaps, I thought, he would be able to confirm or disprove Phil’s meteorological observations.  Following is a transcription of our interview.


It’s been a couple of weeks since I updated the blog – sorry about that. The Palatial Horvath Estate, although not on the coast, was in the direct path of Hurricane Sandy. I lost power on Monday night October 29th, and didn’t get it back until Friday night, November 2nd. The Horvath Family Manse, and my elderly mother, lost power on Monday and got it back on Saturday.

We were two of the lucky ones. Many people in the area lost power for significantly longer. Some of them had just gotten it back when they lost it again after the storm on November 7th that slapped the coast with snow.

Happy Day

So, today is my birthday. It’s one of those “milestone” birthdays that you either try to ignore, or celebrate intensely to dull the pain.

I’ve gone into a very thoughtful time approaching this birthday, and that’s good. Every once in a while it’s good to look at where you are and where you’re going. It’s just a shame we tend to wait until we’re older to do it. I had so much more energy to deal with this sort of thing when I was twenty.

By the way, I am not turning twenty for my milestone birthday. In case you were wondering.