About Me

OK, a lot of website/ blog owners have a little bit of personal information about them somewhere on their sites. This is mine. I know. You’re thinking “she’s much too beautiful to be true”.  I get that a lot. But I am also a mature, compassionate, dedicated tree-hugger and do what I can for the unfortunate slugs of society, like the homeless who live under our freeway overpasses. I bake oatmeal cookies and knit warm afghans and deliver these things to them. ;)

bathing beauty?Lorraine O’Connor
Born Dec. 29, 1930

Two really swell daughters. Five grandchildren.   (Ta-Dah!)  Sure can’t forget the newest kidlet……my first Great-Granddaughter, Ms. Nola Grace Q. who just turned one year old a couple of weeks ago.  She is extraordinarily, spectacularily gorgeous and has inherited all the grey matter contained in her parent’s heads, her grandparent’s heads and most definitely……her Great-Grandmother’s huge head.  [It's hard to be humble]  MizKitty has one daughter, Jennifer, 32, she’s Grandma’s li’l peach. Kitty is a Website Designer extraordinaire.

And the other daughter is Kelly, who has four kidlets and lives in Florida.  There’s Jessica, just married a bit ago and attending Law School.  [First lawyer in the family!]  Ben, the oldest, is a sophomore at Notre Dame, there on a football scholarship.  Kelly is a teacher, she loves kindergartner size rugrats. I spent a day in her classroom once.  Once was more than enough. Being stuck in a room full of five-year-olds every day would be my idea of Hell.

Made in Milwaukee

“I don’t belong to any organized political party, I’m a Democrat” (Will Rogers)

  • Member of Women in the Air Force (WAF), U.S. Air Force. From late 1949 to 6 mos. pregnant 1954.
  • Divorced in 1980, Had a really swell career with the CIA. Retired in 1993.
  • Volunteered a couple days a week at our great big hospital and big beautiful U.S. Humane Society shelter in Milwaukee. Like animals better than people sometimes.
  • My cat, Rambo,  R.I.P — A real He-Man Tabby Guy.
  • May 2008 — Snickers moved in.  Snickers is a pretty girlie-girl and carries about 99% ‘Maine Coon’ genes.  She is (in her own mind)  a Princess.
  • My shiny new DSL–TV, broadband, DVR, 626 or so channels, Video on Demand, and Stuff I will probably never understand how to use…..
  • Milwaukee’s Humane Society.  People for the Ethical Treatment of  Animals — Humane Society of the U.S. — Defenders of Wildlife Org,   Sierra Club,
  • Singers — Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Il Divo, Dido, Sarah McLaughlin  and  many more ~~~Andre Rieu & Strauss Symphony Orchestra
  • My granddogs, Lucy and Rosie– & my grandcats, Ruby & Kingston,  who, much to their surprise about a year ago, got a big lanky loving sister named “Doris” [Dorie] — a Greyhound rescued and adopted by Jennie & Brian from yet another defunct race track  —- Slowly but surely these gambling dog race venues are rapidly becoming extinct in the U.S.   Hallelujah.  Another victory in the ending of all exploitation of our domestic pets!!
  • “All My Children” soap opera  [I've been watching this show faithfully since 1980.  Oy.  Maybe I should "get a life", eh?]
  • Authors Robin Cook, Michael Palmer, Tess Gerritsen, Peter Clement, James Patterson, John Grisham,  Michael Crichton,  Tom Clancy, Patricia Cornwell, James Grippando, Lisa Scottoline, Janet Evanovich,  Harlan Coben,  Diane Mott-Davidson, Lilian Jackson-Braun — and so on and so on.
  • My  NYTimes Sunday Crossword puzzles. I am so goldarn good I work the puzzles in ink.

Pro-choice, animal welfare activist, environmental kook, fanatic feminist. Just an all-around good kid.

(like to see that lovely photo collage designed by my talented daughter again? click here)

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Esther(Arnold)Ritke August 2, 2014 at 11:40 am

Hi Lorrie: Just one of the Fickle Pickles. Moved back to Wisc a year ago. Hope all things are going good for you. Enjoyed your blog – you still have the sharp wit and good sense of humor. If interested would love to hear from you As Ever Esther

Lorraine November 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm

[I e-mailed Sharon after I moseyed on over to the *Autumn Leaves* site.....discovered it was abandoned in 2006 (the last name of an administrator for the site listed) and is merrily....I suppose?......floating endlessly in cyberspace]

There was a *Join Here* link displayed on the sidebar, which I tried but of course, nothing happened.

Sharon Ostrow November 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I’d like to join Autumn Leaves. How do I go about that?

I post at different places such as Xanga, Blogger, and Open Diary. I really like Autum Leaves but am getting nowhere as far as learning how to join.

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