If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages.  ~Elaine Liner

And we can’t have that.

I’m willfully unemployed, have a lot of time on my hands, and was born with a genetic need to write.  I’m blessed with a train-wreck of a back that I deal with, because what else, and I have multiple tabs open in my brain at all times, so society is clearly better off if I expend my energies at a computer rather than rattling around out in the greater world without adult supervision.

In 2004, I married the most wonderful man in the world for me — I shared that fairytale story here:  https://playingfortimeblog.com/2013/01/30/behind-every-good-woman-is-a-good-man/.  I also have an adult son and a step-son who add much to my life.

I’m an introvert who loves people in small doses, especially when I can make them laugh.  I’m perfectly happy to spend days on end in my much-loved 4th-story loft with my books, computer, iPad and phone, and I like figuring out how technology works so I can do the things I want to do.  In addition to a few good friends in the real world, I enjoy a rich social life via WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook.

One of the many sweet bonuses attached to marrying Kim is that he’s a great cook, so I surrendered my Suzy Homemaker credentials and turned into the princess I always wanted to be.  Life is good.


“My mother always told me I wouldn’t
amount to anything because I
procrastinate. I said ‘Just wait.'”  ~Judy Tenuta


“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.”  ~Marcel Pagnol



“Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, “Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?” …Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, “We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay.”
― Charles M. Schulz


Girl Power


42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kat Millar
    Jul 02, 2013 @ 22:08:28

    Hey there my friend Judy!!! I am so thankful that I found you! Love love love your blog! I hope you are happy and smiling! you know I adore you!!
    Kat 🙂



    • Judy Smith
      Jul 03, 2013 @ 06:03:31

      Kat, how wonderful to see you!! Yes, other than my blog and Facebook, I’ve sort of dropped off the face of the earth for a while. I’m so glad you tracked me down, and I’ll send you an email today. Love you!!



  2. jlpiallat
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 16:04:21

    I love your blogs, your photos are very beautiful. I’ll be back… I also have a second blog on old pictures.
    SENSUALITE | La beauté à l’état pure



  3. ionutmarius2004
    May 07, 2013 @ 10:06:52

    OK Thank you very much!



  4. ionutmarius2004
    May 07, 2013 @ 04:26:21

    Very beautiful! SUCCESS!



  5. Rosemarie
    May 04, 2013 @ 13:13:48

    Saw your toemail post. Really like your blog and all the things you think.



  6. Moment Matters
    Mar 08, 2013 @ 15:59:41

    Judy, how are you?

    Good news, I would like to personally hand you the “BEST MOMENT AWARD“. Congratulations and enjoy the rest of the day!



  7. bronxboy55
    Mar 07, 2013 @ 07:07:50

    I’m sure you’re tired of hearing this, but you look much too young to be retired. And it’s nice to hear someone say they like their life. I’m going to try doing that more. My life is good, too — thank you for the reminder.

    Congratulations on getting this blog going. It’s excellent.

    Keep writing, and take care of that back.



    • Judy Smith
      Mar 07, 2013 @ 08:22:41

      I think I’m in love. Tired of hearing it? Au contraire! Nor would I ever tire of hearing that someone enjoyed my blog — I get so much enjoyment out of it and I love that other people stop by to look and read. Thank you, as well, for the good vibes about my back — it’s doing much better these days and that makes me nearly delirious with happiness. Life truly IS good! Great to have you here — come back often.



  8. Teresa
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 21:53:50

    I’ve recently switched my food blog over to be self-hosted which I hope will make it more user-friendly in the future. As a result, if you were following Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen via email, WordPress, or using RSS feeds through Google Reader or some other way, you are no longer subscribed. If you wish to continue receiving future posts from my blog you will need to re-subscribe. Sorry for the inconvenience, Teresa.



  9. jennypellett
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 10:38:52

    I worked with a Judy Smith once in London and wondered if you were her…no, but I liked your blog anyway!



  10. Stacie Chadwick
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 14:17:31

    I’ve somehow messed up my gravatar and it’s a weird smiley face. It’s me, Stacie!



  11. Miss Snarky Pants
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 11:59:32

    I’m going to virtually slap Joy Patton for you. She can’t just call you Martha Freaking Stewart and get away with it. Unless, of course, she has some good insider trading tips I should know about…

    Writing is a solitary hobby/profession, isn’t it? It’s clear that you, like me, really use the blogosphere to its fullest capacity. I’ve made so many dear friends through blogging. Who knew that would happen? In some ways, reading about others’ lives really helps you get to know them in a way that might not be possible in person. In conversation, we often stop listening and start thinking about what we are going to say next. That doesn’t happen when I’m reading someone’s blog. I just enjoy their words, their story.



    • Judy Smith
      Feb 18, 2013 @ 19:51:50

      Well, see, Joy has earned the right to be cheeky (and more) by virtue of the fact that I’ve known her practically from the time she was born and she and my sister have been best friends since they were five years old. And she knows things …

      I totally agree with your philosophy about writing and the blogosphere. Although writing can be very hard work if you do it right, it’s a wonderful perk that I get to retain my solitary status and still connect with fabulous people every single day!



      • Miss Snarky Pants
        Feb 19, 2013 @ 09:59:21

        I s’ppose Miss Patton shall remain unslapped, but now I’m curious as to what she knows about you. Do you have vast bookshelves filled with fancy pants scrapbooks? Do you crochet pot holders? Can you make a floral centerpiece entirely out of paperclips and a hole punch? Hmmm, people don’t hurl Martha Freaking Stewart insults at others for no reason. If you tell me you have an entire room dedicated to gift wrapping, I might suffer from the vapors and collapse.



        • Judy Smith
          Feb 19, 2013 @ 10:11:00

          If I told you what she has on me I’d have to kill you. For starters, I have nearly 1800 recipes on my Pinterest boards … and I don’t cook. Bottom line, I haven’t accumulated a Federal rap sheet yet, so Ms. Joy is clearly wrong about the MF Stewart thing. The rest of it shall remain my little secret … for now.



          • Miss Snarky Pants
            Feb 19, 2013 @ 10:38:42

            You may have lots of recipes, but you HUBBY cooks, so that’s entirely justifiable. It’s no different than having a drawer full of menus from local restaurants that deliver. There must be something else…but what? Hmmmmm.



            • Judy Smith
              Feb 19, 2013 @ 10:45:19

              And just for the record, I CAN cook. Just not as fabulously as my Kim does. And doesn’t it just taste ever-so-much better when someone else (who happens to love you) does all the planning, shopping, cooking, and clean-up? And forget it, I’m not tellin’ …



              • Miss Snarky Pants
                Feb 19, 2013 @ 11:43:52

                I wouldn’t know. Matt does cook for me on occasion, but I don’t think he’s ever done all the planning, shopping, cooking and clean-up, but he DOES work full-time and I don’t, so I’m more than willing to give him some slack in that area. He is a great cook, though. I think he’s just a natural at it. I have to work very hard at it. 🙂



  12. Joy Patton
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 09:24:42

    Have you become Martha Freaking Stewart….or what? Love the blog posts, but I’ll never try your recipes unless you’ve tried them first 🙂 Yes, I told Rita to check out the new blog.



    • Judy Smith
      Feb 18, 2013 @ 19:52:37

      Smart girl! And smart-a$$ as always. You’re right, I should always try them first, but I was hoping to set up a sort of test kitchen in the greater blogosphere. 😉 Thanks for reading!



  13. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 18:18:36

    One additional thing we have in common. My prince charming also does all the cooking. I’m allowed to feed and put out fresh water for the dogs. I gave up cooking when we married 27 years ago.



  14. Carrie Rubin
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 13:04:37

    As an introvert myself, I know of what you speak. But if only my husband would cook…

    Thanks for stopping by my site. I appreciate it! I look forward to stopping by when I can and reading more of your posts. 🙂



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