Pull Up a Chair: Spend Time Doing Things That Make You Happy.

By: Saturday January 19, 2013 5:00 am

It’s been cold outside for a lot of Firepuppers wherever you may be. So, many of us are finding indoor activities or choosing a particular goal and going through all the steps necessary to achieve the satisfaction of completion. Challenging? Maybe, but it’s usually a fun journey.

I’ll show you the result of my latest project,


Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday December 29, 2012 5:00 am

A recent discussion on an Over Easy thread got me thinking: where would be my ideal place to live, if I could move anywhere? With a brand new year just around the corner, we might chat about where we’d like to live if money, family location, or jobs weren’t a constraint and we could just pick up and go anywhere.

Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday December 8, 2012 5:00 am

And a good Saturday morning to all as we come to you once again from hard along the banks of the mighty Little Manatee River. I arrived back in Florida last Saturday afternoon after having spent the last seven months in New Hampshire dealing with my sister’s estate. I still have a number of big tasks to do with the estate and her trust but I can do them from down here.

Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday December 1, 2012 5:00 am

This week I am the owner of a monster truck. At least it seems like that to me.

Through a series of events, and needing something I can use to carry large household items in, I found and had this baby (pictured above) fixed up. Now I’m feeling a tiny bit overwhelmed.

Many of the things we learned growing up were roles we play as girls or as boys, and something about opening the hood of a truck is just intimidating. Yes, I can find the oil, and add water, and even windshield washer fluid. This is a pretty basic engine, too. It just isn’t natural to me, though.

Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday November 24, 2012 5:00 am

Good morning pups of fire and welcome to Thanksmas, or is it Christmasgiving?

Either way, it’s officially that month between Thanksgiving and Christmas where people really don’t want to be at work, while the poor retail workers absolutely dread being at work, and where there are an average of 7,532,816 things that we need to get done between the beginning and the end of the holiday season. There are gifts to buy and wrap, cards to send, meals to prepare, trees to decorate… At this time of year, children look ever forward with anticipation to all the loot they are going to receive from tired parents and doting grandparents, none of whom get any credit for their efforts.

Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday November 10, 2012 5:00 am

What did this election mean to you? For my part, I am relieved that the President was returned to office, even though I live in an area that saw complete rejection of progressive ideals. I credit voter suppression for waking up voters throughout the country. Early voting here turned out long lines, and the people in line with me on the first day of early voting were an amalgamation of types not usually seen at the Chamber of Commerce here in flyover land, North Texas. What did you see at your polls?

Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday October 13, 2012 5:00 am

Recently I ran up against an exercise of ‘salesmanship’ that I suppose we all encounter a lot, reminding me there are lots of ways of living we can be glad not to have to practice. Usually when we go shop for something, there’s a need to have it. Sadly, there are some among us who have gotten themselves into a bind that makes them go about misrepresenting what they’re charged with getting us to think we need.

Pull Up a Chair: Stirring the Pot

By: Saturday September 29, 2012 5:00 am

Have you ever made a conscious effort to make a change in your life, and how did that work out? Only say it if you’re willing to. Trust me, I’ve made changes that I wouldn’t share here, and I think I’ve been fairly open about who I am and what I share. But, if there’s something you want to share, or read, or vicariously experience…

Pull Up a Chair: Giving You the Best That I’ve Got

By: Saturday August 4, 2012 5:00 am

I’m going to riff on Margaret’s theme from last week’s PUAC about how we treat each other. Ya got yer golden rule, aka the Ethics of Reciprocity, which may not speak to everyone’s specific or general belief system. But, did you know that most faith systems have a version of Do unto others?

Pull Up a Chair: Beach City, Here We Come.

By: Saturday July 14, 2012 5:00 am

Since it’s SumSumSummertime, I thought we could talk about the beach. Doesn’t have to be the Kona Coast in Hawaii, but that IS nice. (And, yes, Mr. Tuttle, Hilo is fabulous too.)

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