About Jim

I think this is the part where you are to write something clever and witty about yourself. I’m solidly locked in middle age and content with myself. I love to travel to see and experience new things, new foods and new drink. I also like to cook and bake mainly because I like to eat. And I found out that I’m pretty good at both. I'm not a professional blogger nor do I want to be. I'll leave that to others while I'll kick back and post whatever suddenly pops into my brain. I'm more spontaneous anyway. And the rest we’ll just kinda sorta figure out as we go along. Feel free to leave comments or even just to say "Hello". Find me at: https://mnghostt.wordpress.com. Find me on Instagram at: ghosttrider77

Let’s run off to some place warm.


7004415-oia-greece-santoriniRun off to some place warm.  Well, almost anywhere right now would be warmer than central Minnesota.  But the Greek islands sound wonderful right now.  Nice blue-green water, nice beaches, warm breezes, and the food.  Ugh!  I’d weigh a ton after a week or two there.

Yeh, it would be nice to hop on a plane with my passport and a suitcase and rush on outa here.  It would be nice to let someone else deal with this weather or, at the very least, not have to worry about weather like this for  awhile.  It would be nice to sit at an outdoor cafe as the night stars started coming out having a nice dinner with some good company.  Yeh, Santorini is definitely on my bucket list.

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Christmas Evening


IMG_0005-XLEveryone has gone home for the day.  There were two loads of dishes washed in the dish washer and two in the sink.  But most things are put back where they belong and the final load in the dish washer is cooling down so I can put that away.  And then I’m off to bed.  My back is incredibly sore right now and a warm bed is going to feel glorious.

My two granddaughters were something else to watch today.  They were so pumped up and excited that today was Christmas.  They were so excited to see the presents under the tree and there were a number of squeals of delight when they saw them.  It’s wonderful reliving Christmas thru their 4 year old eyes.

But everyone has gone home like I said.  It’s church mouse quiet right now except for the two cats who have decided to come out of hiding now that the girls are gone.  It will be a good night to sleep.

Christmas Eve


IMG_0003-XLIt’s quiet out there tonight.  There’s not even the sounds of planes flying overhead on their run into MSP.  Traffic is next to nothing on the main road out back of my house.  The only thing that’s missing is snow falling gently down from the sky.  No such luck with that one tonight.

I’m thinking tonight of my friend Laurie who was living down in Florida.  She’s one of those people that you meet on-line and form a friendship with.  The good Lord only knows what happened to her.  I sent my usual “Merry Christmas” email to her this year and it came back undeliverable.  Well, we will still think good thoughts for her and for her to have a wonderful holiday.

I teased my friend Maria with the idea that Santa Claus was bringing me an elephant this year for Christmas.  Why not?  I’ve been good this year.  Sorta.  I’m pretty sure I won’t wake up to an Asian elephant in my garage.  It’s a wonderful thought at the very least.

I found the fireplace channel tonight while preparing a light supper.  That’s what we call the channel that shows a fireplace with burning fire and Christmas music plays in the background.  This year there is no Mister Hands putting logs on the fire or stoking the fire for that matter.  No, this year there’s a marmalade cat that won’t sit still.  Weird programming on the TV any more.

So another year is almost past.  It’s been a long time since that one Christmas spent alone in eastern Turkey.  It’s good to be back in the world and away from all of that.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Merry Christmas Miss C!