Heed not Steve

Category: General

Good Night Moon And…

Eh, so I’m up past my bedtime and I looked for the strawberry moon. But I can’t see it.


It’s out there somewhere. The internets said it’s today.

But You know what else is today?

My older son’s birthday!


He’s turned XXXIII years old.

We haven’t seen him today. Instead, we’re taking him and his wife to dinner on Friday. He’s got his own birthday gig happening today; I’m sure. He’s got a great circle of friends and love and I’m glad.

So anyhow. That’s all. I’ve got to get to sleep.

Good night strawberry moon, wherever you are.

And Happy Birthday, Cos! I love you!

And Now, An Incomplete List Of Songs I Don’t Want Stuck In My Head:

1: The theme to Matlock



One Day At A Time

Today, at work, I got a text from Lucie. She sent me a screen shot of an event she’d put on her calendar.

Here’s the event:


As of today, Lucie and I have been married 10,000 days!

Married 10,000 days, all-day, Baby!

Framed like that, it’s hard to fathom. Unlike the years, you can’t really reflect on all of the days.

It’s a lot of days.

But, I know this; there’s been many, many more good days than not. I feel warm and happy contemplating it.

I’m a lucky man.


So, here’s to a Happy 10,000th Day-a-versary, Sweetie!

I love you.

Like Petunia Only Not

Okay, after brainstorming names for our puppy yesterday, we landed on Xochitl. Xochitl is a Nahuatl/Aztec name which means flower. It’s pronounced either so-cheel, or so-chee. We’re going with the second pronunciation, so-chee.

She still doesn’t answer to it. But at least we have something, other than Hey You, to repeat at her endlessly as we try to get her attention.

She’ll figure it out.

Yesterday was take your new puppy to work day, for Lucie and Xochitl

No-Name McGee

Today we brought home a puppy.


It’s been over a year since we had to put down our previous dog, Lola And almost another year before that since we had to put down our first dog, Rufus. It was nice not having dogs underfoot, but we’ve been talking for awhile about getting another one.

We mostly knew we wanted a smaller dog this time. And, although we’d have preferred an older dog, the puppy gods spoke. So, we ultimately got a Chihuahua-Pug mix, a Chug. She’s eleven weeks old.

We’ve only had her for about five hours.

She’s nice little dog. She’s settling in. She’s friendly and playful and kind of has that Pug aloofness. Basil, out blue tuxedo cat, is taking the puppy in stride. Luna, our tortoise shell cat, is a little freaked out. But then, she’s always a little freaked out.

Anyhow. Here’s what the puppy looks like:

Little Miss No Name

I imagine we’ll have her named in a day or two

I’ll let you know when we figure it out.

Hasta la…

Happy Birthday Mom!

this birthday
more years
than candles


And it’s a good thing!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

I love you.

On This Monday Morning

cold winter day
a flower in her hair
my Valentine


© Steve Mitchell 2022 

Happy Valentine’s Day, Sweetie!

I love you! ❤️

Biding Its Time

Here’s a thing: I have a cold.


I don’t have covid, no.

Unfortunately, a cold and a mild case of covid, share many similar symptoms. I’ve got a little bit of congestion. I’ve got a bit of a runny nose. I’ve got a tiny bit of a headache. It all started very vague and mild, and I’m prone to sinus congestion to begin with. But…

a symptom is a symptom.

So, I’ve taken a half a dozen or more rapid tests in the last month. The holidays were busy with visiting. I don’t want to get covid, but I’m vaccinated and boosted so the risk of serious illness is low. However, I also really, really, don’t want to give anyone covid. I don’t want to be the vector which puts someone else in the hospital, or worse. With that looming in my mind, before and after every social contact, I tested.

swab swab swab

Every test was negative.

By Saturday night, though, Lucie felt terrible and my symptoms became less vague and more nose-runningy. To make matters worse, I’ve read the antigen tests might not always detect covid, especially the omicron variant.

What do you do? The antigen tests keep saying negative but what if they’re wrong? How do you proceed?

Well, that’s when I scheduled a PCR test. Even with a scheduled appointment, I was in line, in my car, waiting to swab, for over an hour. I guess it’s a good thing. More people testing is better.

Anyhow, the results came back negative. Lucie also took a PCR test and her results were negative as well.

So that’s a relief.

I guess it’s just a cold.


It’s just a plain, old, ordinary cold.

It’s been awhile.

Happy Birthday!

winter break –
he chats with his sons
he hears his dad’s voice


Happy Birthday, Dad!

I love you.

Hope It Was A Good One

… merry Christmas to all! And to all, a good night!

except for you, Chad.

You know what you did.


Merry Christmas!!