Mar 8th 2017 09:24 am Habitual Offender

I apologize for missing a few days, but I am traveling this week; this morning I am in Demopolis, “the City of the People.” For your perusal, I have pulled from the files an old A&J from 1989. There was a lot of this sort of interaction in the early years of Arlo & Janis. Janis’ self-image was not very strong, to say the least. She matured considerably over the years and, as a result, began to be drawn better.

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90 Responses to “Habitual Offender”

  1. TruckerRon on 08 Mar 2017 at 9:27 am #

    JJ, I haven’t written much fiction, but I have experienced surprise at how the characters develop themselves in my unconscious, how even their accents that I hear in my head change.

  2. Charlotte in NH on 08 Mar 2017 at 10:03 am #

    I am happy to see that Our Fearless Cartoonist has opened the gates of the Village and we Orphans can come back and visit with our friends!

    Good morning to Debbe, I have really missed you. Ghost, are you out there? Emb, please post the link to the Eagles’ nests again, I want to see them too. And the Giraffe; hope the cameras are correct now.

  3. JBDaphne on 08 Mar 2017 at 10:15 am #

    Demopolis founded by the Vine & Olive Colony. Nice town.

  4. emb on 08 Mar 2017 at 10:50 am #

    Here’s the Decorah N site:

    Park has stopped that live giraffe stream. Emailed a query / mom.


  5. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 08 Mar 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Such a habit that I have enjoyed over the past 25 years.

  6. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 08 Mar 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    Oops 35 years. I don’t want to shortchange my wife!!!

  7. Jackie Monies on 08 Mar 2017 at 1:44 pm #

    Well, I have had the chance to revive the habit of being kissed after four decades of not being kissed. I found meaningless or meaningful kisses to be equally enjoyable.

    And I seem to have rid myself of any insecurities I may have harbored. Apparently I am good at kissing.

    Must be like riding a bicycle? Maybe I should try riding a bike again? Maybe I could ride one even of I couldn’t before.

  8. Symply Fargone on 08 Mar 2017 at 2:10 pm #

    Symply could not watch the giraffe video; got upset!

    Funny Janis and I had something in common in our chronological adolescence; bad self image. glad we have both cleared that up.

    Hellos to all Villagers past, present and lurking….

  9. Debbe on 08 Mar 2017 at 2:13 pm #

    Good Afternoon Villagers…

    What happened??? Came back later in the evening and the Village Door was shut….oh well, it’s opened now….Amen

    Finally got my email account opened…..

    Ian, in his infinite wisdom shut off antivirus per Window’s request when upgrading….he forgot to enable it…….so deeply embedded was this virus….laptop went to doc. :)

    And happy belated birthday Miss Charlotte.

    Has that giraffe given birth yet??

    Dad is doing fine, just shuffling alone. He rolled out of bed the other morning and hit the corner of the night stand….bruising a couple of ribs. So he’s not been sleeping well, so for now he’s sleeping in the recliner.

    Some sixty degrees here…and snow on Saturday…..hahahahaha….in like a lion and out like a lamb.


  10. Debbe on 08 Mar 2017 at 2:15 pm #

    Hey SF, saw that on the news the other day….we’ve bred a generation of voyeurs.

  11. Debbe on 08 Mar 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    ….so much has changed on the above website….sigh….

  12. Debbe on 08 Mar 2017 at 2:26 pm #

    GR ;)

  13. Debbe on 08 Mar 2017 at 2:40 pm #

    Thank you GR for the Eva link….this is excellently done…

    …I have really missed my music this past 60 some days…..lots to catch up on….I promise I won’t over link ya’ll :)

  14. Smigz on 08 Mar 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    Jackie, it sounds like you have been having some fun!

  15. Debbe on 08 Mar 2017 at 3:10 pm #

    It does at that, doesn’t it Smigz :)

    Can’t remember my first kiss, but I can tell you who and when ‘that’ first happened :)

  16. Jackie Monies on 08 Mar 2017 at 3:20 pm #

    Best trip, best vacation in my life. And had been everywhere before. Company was great. That makes a difference doesn’t it?

  17. Debbe on 08 Mar 2017 at 5:10 pm #

    Jerry, how’s Elvis and the kitten? Have you been following Breaking Cat News?

    \Guess where I get my news? Missed you too. Hope and pray all is well with you and yours

  18. emb on 08 Mar 2017 at 5:28 pm #

    Wind has died down. The chirps you hear [still?] are probably House Sparrows near the apartments downstairs.

    No reply / a newborn giraffe yet. First ‘live’ video was from a news story. There’s no money to make by replying to an email from halfway across the nation. They may not understand value of PR.


  19. Debbe on 08 Mar 2017 at 6:24 pm #


  20. Debbe on 08 Mar 2017 at 6:40 pm #

    …and you know WHO

  21. Smigz on 08 Mar 2017 at 6:49 pm #

    Debbe brought back the music!

  22. Dennis Ewing on 08 Mar 2017 at 6:54 pm #

    On the subject of critters, my daughter went and got a cat about 8 years ago from one of the organizations similar to the Humane Society. She was spayed. So here we are 8 years later and she is dropping kittens. What the heck? Is there a time limit on spaying?

  23. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 08 Mar 2017 at 8:12 pm #

    Strip of 03.08.17:

    Some years ago, I decided that, if a job is worth doing right, it’s worth paying a pro to do it for you.

  24. Jackie Monies on 08 Mar 2017 at 8:52 pm #

    Here is my gift to the Village, time in a bottle. Don’t wait until there’s no time. Do what makes you happy and do it now my friends.

  25. Jackie Monies on 08 Mar 2017 at 8:55 pm #

    And another gift, remember these are the days. There’s only here and now. Don’t wait to live.

  26. Jackie Monies on 08 Mar 2017 at 9:13 pm #

    And finally a wish for all of us in the Village, forever young.

  27. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 08 Mar 2017 at 10:13 pm #

    Permit me to add that, if you have something nice to say to a person, DO it! You never know when it’ll be too late. I am so thankful that my HS friend who died just before Halloween lived long enough to read that she was held in high esteem. Flirtatious? No; a simply statement of facts. By the time she was diagnosed with glioblastoma, she was already less able to comprehend & death ensued 13 weeks later. There was no other warning, and we had reconnected less than 2 years earlier after a gap of 57 years.

  28. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 08 Mar 2017 at 10:14 pm #

    “simple” – sheeesh.

  29. Mark in TTown on 08 Mar 2017 at 10:23 pm #

    Debbe, something nice and peaceful:

  30. Mark in TTown on 08 Mar 2017 at 10:25 pm #

    And another:

  31. Jackie Monies on 08 Mar 2017 at 10:28 pm #

    You are so right. There is no way back and we may have no tomorrow’s, we have today to say and do what we can. I mean this in a positive way my friends. Just don’t keep putting it off. If ever you wanted to live, do it today and make today the best day of your life.

    Tell someone you care, you are appreciative, you respect them. It doesn’t have to be huge. I do this every single day, try to connect with those I encounter randomly even. You can change lives but the one who benefits most is you, for your life will truly change.

  32. Mark in TTown on 08 Mar 2017 at 10:58 pm #

    I think emb will like these pictures:

  33. Ghost on 09 Mar 2017 at 12:25 am #

    Debbe ;) Welcome back, hon. I don’t ever…

  34. Old Bear on 09 Mar 2017 at 1:16 am #

    GM Debbe
    And B’ugs back at you

  35. Debbe on 09 Mar 2017 at 4:57 am #

    Good morning Villagers…

    Going to get up to almost 70 here in SIN today….then it’s all down hill tomorrow…….rats!!!

    Have to prep Dad for doctor’s appt. today, and that’s not fun. He fusses while I sponge bathe him, and I just growl back at him. I try to soak his feet is warm sudsy water a few times a week all the time he growls. The foot doctor said it helps with circulation.

    My friend Wilma is taking us. Maybe we’ll take a little road trip out by the lake afterwards. Dad like’s road tripping.

    Oh, and he has this clock that on the hour the clanging of bells, train whistle, and the power of a locomotive goes off. It is light sensitive…Amen. Heard that clock go off one morning at five am and about hit the flipping ceiling….Dad was up.

    Going to start back on my cross stitching again…have put it aside for several weeks now.

    Love today’s real time…and there is a lot of truth to that…a purring cat on your lap does help with stress…little Miss Fluff and Puff is one of those here.


  36. Debbe on 09 Mar 2017 at 5:00 am #

    GR ;) always will be……

    ….and if you listen, one can tell the differences in their voices….two great singers.

  37. Debbe on 09 Mar 2017 at 5:03 am #

    Mark, thanks for the links….saved them under ‘stress relief’ :)

    What I enjoy about the video of ‘While My……’ was the energy Prince put into that song. And also the fact that George’s son was playing guitar….he favors his father in more ways than one.

  38. Debbe on 09 Mar 2017 at 5:04 am #

    GM old bear

  39. Debbe on 09 Mar 2017 at 5:12 am #

    don’t ya know this had to hurt :)

  40. Debbe on 09 Mar 2017 at 5:29 am #

    Oh my cat….just had to share this with the whole village…..what a tribute to Naomi Judd

  41. Mark in TTown on 09 Mar 2017 at 6:41 am #

    Debbe, one word for that cat video: Ouch! I was working yesterday and one of the kittens decided it would be fun to leap at the back of my mesh-backed chair while I was in it. I nearly jumped out of the chair when those claws hit my back.

  42. emb on 09 Mar 2017 at 7:36 am #

    Parent fussing w/ nest material around 2 eggs, but not far enough off for me to see if there’s a third. Didn’t one of you report 3? Peace,

  43. Trapper Jean on 09 Mar 2017 at 8:42 am #

    Good morning all!!

    Debbe, my mom did not hear alarm clocks, so Daddy got her one that went “woop woop” and got progressively louder. It would wake up everybody else in the house, but not Mom.

    I haven’t been working on my cross stitching lately, either. I have several projects I need to do for friends, but I had to order the fabric to get it big enough. And I have several pieces started that I have put back for one reason or another. As the saying goes, if God lets me live long enough to finish the projects I have right now I might never die!

  44. Debbe on 09 Mar 2017 at 8:57 am #

    Jean, this clock would wake the dead, but as I’ve said it is light sensitive and does not go off at night unless the light is on.

    Yeah, I’ve had this cross stitch project going for well over 30 years :) Do I hear the word procrastinator???

    Good morning Jackie :)

    Dad’s bath is done, feet soaked and I’ve worn him out….napping now. Time to do a little cleaning in the kitchen.

    Dad has a very little appetite…one time he left some food on his plate, and wanted a cookie….I looked at him and said if he had room for a cookie, he could finish cleaning his plate…yes, I feel like the parent here, but I would not have it any other way. On the wall hangs a little sign that reads “Be nice to your children…they pick your nursing home” :)

    There are times I use that leverage to get him to eat and drink more liquids….works for me and more importantly for him.

    Mark, hope you don’t get cat scratch fever (there’s a song there somewhere)

    Think I’ll check on the Iditarod…..mush on.

    later friends……

    has that giraffe been born yet?

  45. Jackie Monies on 09 Mar 2017 at 9:25 am #

    Good morning. Up early for me. It is a beautiful day in Oklahoma. Lay in bed not wanting to get up. Walked out on private patio and decided to be inspired to replant that area where many of herbs live with herbs and annuals today.

    It is that kind of day. But first I must go buy bird seed, a 100# to refill feeders, cat and dog food, go to post office and hardware store.

    There are a lot of friends who will want to hear about travels with Dickens.

  46. emb on 09 Mar 2017 at 9:53 am #

    TIP BlogSpot. It’s really Polyhymnia, a Muse. Peace,

  47. The Man Formerly Known as sandcastler™ on 09 Mar 2017 at 10:00 am #

    Today’s offering shows Jimmy is owned by a cat(s).

  48. Mark in TTown on 09 Mar 2017 at 10:31 am #

    Yes Debbe, there is a song there:

  49. Jackie Monies on 09 Mar 2017 at 11:06 am #

    Well reality can hit fast! Monday at 8.30 a.m I have to be at hospital for knee replacement preoperative testing! I didn’t even realize I had appointment. Time to open mail.

    Living on Tulsa Time.

  50. Ghost on 09 Mar 2017 at 11:08 am #

    To “The Man Formerly Known as sandcastler™” from “The Ghost Formally Known as Ghost Rider 6″:

    Where the heck are you, man?

  51. Smigz on 09 Mar 2017 at 11:30 am #

    Hi, sand! Missed you!

    Debbe, I used to have a hard time getting my Mom to eat and drink, too…but she would always remind me when it was time for her tea and cookies. I used to tell her that she was lucky I was a better kid than she was. ;) She agreed.

  52. Jackie Monies on 09 Mar 2017 at 11:33 am #

    Sand we miss you so much. Are you back in Texas at the ranch?

  53. Jackie Monies on 09 Mar 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    Here’s an inspiring video for all of us who might be thinking of slowing down. Shot in 1982 and 35 years ago, Tina Turner and Proud Mary. Still touring with a great body and totally awesome legs.

    And this by the way is one of her longest versions with lots of dancing and legs, both slow and easy and fast and rough. Wake up call.

  54. Jackie Monies on 09 Mar 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    And here’s her 77 th birthday video. Ain’t giving up at all even if my legs are shorter.

  55. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 09 Mar 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    Debbe: If Daddy isn’t eating and wants a cookie, I would almost be inclined to give it to him. I know, empty, bad calories, but sometimes just eating something is an accomplishment. Hey, it’s your call. I feel your pain

  56. Jackie Monies on 09 Mar 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    I agree. I fed my mother a far more fat laden, calorie laden diet than I would eat. She was so malnourished and dehydrated when I moved her to Oklahoma that I decided that if she’d eat it hardly mattered at her age and went for stuff like bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy, mashed potatoes and gravy, fried chicken livers.

    Not my diet but mama was my mama.

  57. Debbe on 09 Mar 2017 at 4:04 pm #

    Back from the doctor…Dad has gained two pounds, blood pressure 127/73, and oxygen level was at 92….Doc told him that what ever it was I was doing….to keep it up.

    Steve, I do give him his treats…his favorite is the devil’s food, chocolate covered cookies from, you got it, $ General…hey, $1 a box, and I have to hide them. He drinks two generic ‘Boosts a day plus a multi vitamin….doc approved of that.

    Oh, and Steve, thank you so much for your input…it is very much appreciated.

    Chicken livers!!! Oh my cat…I’ve got to get some tomorrow…local Marathon/eatery has them frying all the time. Wilma, my friend, works there on a part time basis…she just celebrated her 67th birthday. She’s been my life line here, and I do compensate her, I never take a friend for granted…never.

    Jackie, I had heard Tina has her legs insured for a million dollars…..”proud Mary keeps on burning”….if one has the bucks, vanity is not too far behind :)

    ….AND YES, it was about time the Sandman dropped in….and how is Loon???

    …gottta go, the Five is on

  58. Debbe on 09 Mar 2017 at 4:07 pm #

    Mark….why did I know you’d post that link??


    Smigz…love your memory, thanks for sharing it with us :)

  59. Jackie Monies on 09 Mar 2017 at 4:55 pm #

    Debbe this post is for you. It is a pizza shop known as Sam and Ella’s Chicken Palace or sometimes Sam and Ella’s Chicken House. They do not serve chicken. They do have thousands of chicken figurines and kitchen decorations, all kinds of things brought in by customers.

  60. Debbe on 09 Mar 2017 at 5:15 pm #

    Jackie, when growing up we had a cookie jar that was a chicken. The lid was the hen laying on her nest, and the base (where the cookies were stashed) was her ‘nest’. Think I’m going to look for a pic of it…..

  61. Debbe on 09 Mar 2017 at 5:21 pm #

    This is almost a look a like……loved that cookie jar :)

  62. Debbe on 09 Mar 2017 at 5:22 pm #

    You’ll need to scroll down a little to see the big picl

  63. Mark in TTown on 09 Mar 2017 at 5:32 pm #

    Debbe, thanks for the memory. This is what my grandmother stored our cookie treats in:

    Rabbit popping out of a top hat!

  64. David in Austin on 09 Mar 2017 at 6:33 pm #

    One of the centers we have looked at for my father-in-law, whose dementia is progressing distressingly quickly, said that they always allow AND have sweets. In many cases of dementia, the sense of taste is altered and many things lose flavor. Apparently sugar/sweet persists the longest. I’m told that frequently a couple of teaspoons of sugar might be added to vegetables or even protein!

  65. Debbe on 09 Mar 2017 at 7:07 pm #

    Just gave Dad his treat…a chocolate, devil’s food cookie and his ‘boost’. Have fillded up his cup with chocolate milk for those middle of the night ‘runs’….he does love his chocolate milk.

    And David, I do believe you have a point there. I’ve tried juices such as the V8 smoothies (love them) and anything with a little bit of fruity tartness he does not like. Decaf tea and electrolyte fortified bottle water is what I keep next to him.

    Used to reuse a bottle to keep on that table top, then I switched to just a glass…..until I saw little ‘Fluff and Puff” drinking out of the glass :) Dad said she’s the Queen and she can drink out of anything she wants…I now keep a bottle of the water (with lid) and a glass of water on his table.

    Hey, if it brings joy and a smile to his heart….I don’t care….I only told him NOT to drink out of the glass, the bottled water was his….told him I didn’t need to be cleaning up his “fur balls” !!!!!

    Little Miss Fluff and Puff is short legged, beige and white semi long hair with little tufts of fur sticking out of her ears and paws…she is a beautiful cat with a great, curious personality.

    Good night my friends…..

  66. Debbe on 09 Mar 2017 at 7:10 pm #

    But before I go……GR ;) been listening to a lot of Chrissie….oh, what to post….

    went for the video…. :)

  67. emb on 09 Mar 2017 at 7:16 pm #

    Two extracts from today’s emails, one edited:

    Myers, P.Z., biol. prof. (b. 9 Mar 1957). If you’ve got a belief that withers in the face of observations of the natural world, you ought to rethink your beliefs—rethinking the world isn’t an option. A.W.A.Day170309

    Physics happens. Peace,

  68. Ghost on 09 Mar 2017 at 7:54 pm #

    It been a long time since there’s been a golf joke here (have we ever had a golf joke here?), so…

    Two women were playing golf. One teed off and watched in horror as her ball went directly toward a foursome of men playing the next hole. The ball hit one of the men. He immediately clasped his hands together at his groin, fell to the ground and proceeded to roll around in agony.

    The woman rushed down to the man, who was lying in the fetal position, and immediately began to apologize. “Please allow me to help. I’m a Physiotherapist, and I know I could relieve your pain if you’d allow me” she told him.

    “Oh, no, I’ll be all right. I’ll be fine in a few minutes,” the man replied.

    At her persistence, however, he finally allowed her to help. She gently took his hands away and laid them to the side, loosened his pants and put her hands inside. She administered tender and artful massage for a couple of minutes and asked, “How does that feel?”

    “Feels great” he replied. “But I still think my thumb’s broken.”

  69. Jackie Monies on 09 Mar 2017 at 8:23 pm #

    Ghost you should be ashamed. Laughing anyway.

  70. Mark in TTown on 09 Mar 2017 at 8:39 pm #

    Thanks Ghost. I really needed that laugh.

  71. Mark in TTown on 09 Mar 2017 at 8:40 pm #

    Here’s one for Jackie:

  72. Mark in TTown on 09 Mar 2017 at 8:41 pm #

    I know the oyster discussion’s past, but I can’ t resist:

  73. emb on 09 Mar 2017 at 8:41 pm #

    No, he shouldn’t. Delightful. But, if my thumb were broken, not sure the pain could be ignored. Maybe if I were still as young as whenever. Peace,

  74. Ghost on 09 Mar 2017 at 9:38 pm #

    emb, a comedian once pointed out that while in the company of other men, most men will pretend an injury does not really hurt, while if they lightly bump their heads on a cabinet door at home, they will act like they have been hit by shrapnel.

  75. Ghost on 09 Mar 2017 at 9:41 pm #

    Sam and Ella’s? Oh, I just got it.

  76. Ghost on 09 Mar 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    Debbe ;) I seem to recall seeing a video of Chrissie performing on stage while wearing a very short, but not tightly-fitted, skirt. At one point, she turns her back to the audience and bucks her hips, flipping up the back of the skirt and giving what must have been an interesting view to those in the front seats. But I can’t seem to find that video. Since you have undoubtedly seen every one she’s ever made, can you help a Villager out?

  77. Ghost on 09 Mar 2017 at 9:57 pm #

    Debbe ;) Heard yesterday while driving…

  78. emb on 09 Mar 2017 at 11:03 pm #

    That is a FB site. For the rest of us, here’s a website:

    Take a while to exhaust their menu.


  79. TruckerRon on 10 Mar 2017 at 12:16 am #

    Would any of you like to help a small civic orchestra buy some chimes?

    We promise to use them to make beautiful music!

  80. Jackie Monies on 10 Mar 2017 at 12:31 am #

    I did and posted on Facebook for you too.

  81. Jackie Monies on 10 Mar 2017 at 12:36 am #

    Janis’ tub habits look a lot like mine. I came home from this trip to find my helper had put up a bath rack to hold book, wine, snacks, candles, any little things like sponges, scrubbers, things not already on tub.

    I did say my house resembles an up market bed and breakfast or maybe a girls’ dorm room in a private college?

  82. Debbe on 10 Mar 2017 at 5:35 am #

    Good morning Villagers….

    It’s a chilly 33 degrees out there, and the chillier it’s going to get too….The dandylions will need to be covered, I just love dandylions (in voice of Bugs Bunny).

    Dad slept in his twin bed last night, Ian must have shut my bedroom door during the night so as not to wake me. Sweet child of mine (there’s a song there :) ).

    My friend, Tracy, called yesterday, she’s broken her right wrist…fell off the step stool while trying to hang drapes. Had a fifteen year old girl, and paid at that, to come in and clean and such….it didn’t work out. Tracy is a neat freak, she is the type and does hang her clothes out on the clothes line in the dead of winter.

    Anyhoo, she’s wanting Ian to come in a couple of days a week to clean and such for her….she knows I’ve trained my son well.

    Dad’s up…gotta go…

  83. Jackie Monies on 10 Mar 2017 at 5:42 am #

    Good morning Debbe. Are you never going to ever get to sleep in?

    Bad as chicken house duty?

  84. Debbe on 10 Mar 2017 at 5:54 am #

    Dad got dressed and wanted to lay back down for a little while….he is very short of breath…damn asbestos. He’s not smoked in over 40 years. I did tell you that the railroad paid him off before the ambulance chasers started advertising on television. They knew then.

    He’s up…time for breakfast and meds……


  85. Debbe on 10 Mar 2017 at 6:44 am #

    GR ;) you’re such a slut puppy, why certainly I can oblige you and raise your blood pressure…..lookout at the 2:16 cardiac arrest :)

  86. Debbe on 10 Mar 2017 at 6:49 am #

    And a good morning to you, Jackie.

    I’ve always been an early riser. Actually, sleeping until 5 am is a luxury (I’m in bed by 10 pm), Dad starts stirring around 6ish, and I like to have a little time to myself and a couple cups of COFFEE. He’s had his meds, breakfast and is now taking his ritual morning nap in the recliner.

    Actually it’s 7:46 here. The blog is an hour behind me.


  87. Debbe on 10 Mar 2017 at 6:51 am #

    Just look at those ears….this cat puts Dumbo to shame :)

  88. emb on 10 Mar 2017 at 8:25 am #

    Second parent just landed, presume w/ fish, which it is tearing at. ‘tare’, not ‘teer’. Peace,

  89. Smigz on 10 Mar 2017 at 9:08 am #

    Debbe, for what railroad company did your Dad work and when? My Dad worked for New York Central, which became Penn Central, from 1952 (’53?) till his passing in 1971.

  90. TruckerRon on 10 Mar 2017 at 9:17 am #

    Thanks, Jackie!