The Little Pink Trailer

Shortly before we got married, we went shopping for a trailer.  We had checked on all the different forms of married student housing and we couldn't afford any of them.  There was a huge trailer park a few blocks off campus and the rent was only...

51st Anniversary

Tomorrow is the 51st anniversary of our engagement.  I was a senior in high school and he was a freshman in college.  His parents were not amused.  Mine were sadly resigned.  The only time I ever saw my mother cry was the day we left town to move our...

Free Books! (Sort of ...)

Our public library is fantastic.  It's in a beautiful new building with meeting rooms as well as the main library, and there's a large children's area as well.  There are lots of DVD's and CD's to borrow.  There are large-print books.  The card...

Remembering the Big Brick House

When I was about 10, we moved into the coolest rental house ever.  It had so many rooms downstairs that we never used any of the upstairs rooms, except that Mom used to hang laundry in the big room when it rained.  My sister and I used one of the...

The Long and Short of it

I can barely remember a time before computers.  Hah!  That's not true.  But I'll bet my kids can hardly remember.   The first time I ever touched a computer was for a Christmas job I had at Macy's.  Nobody liked to go in the computer room and...

State Band Contest, circa 1960

That was the first year, as far as I can remember, that we went to the state contest.  It was tons of fun, arriving at the school in the wee small hours of the morning to load ourselves and all our instruments into school buses for the trip.  When I...

OCD in One Particular Adult

You can ask anyone - Dad was an odd duck, which meant he fit right in with the rest of the family!  He tended to do things in streaks, long or short, which might mean he was compulsive.  One I remember vividly when I was probably 10 or 11:  he...

Artificial Time

Daylight Savings Time; don't you love it?  I just lost a perfectly good hour and won't get it back until next fall.  Whose brilliant idea was it, anyway?  Oh yes, that's right, it was good old Ben Franklin.  He must have been chuckling when his little...

I'm Sure There's a Moral to This Story

When my sister was a baby, we lived upstairs in Grandpa's farmhouse.  It wasn't ideal, especially for Mom, but we got along.  The best part for me was my two aunts, still living at home.  One was in high school and came upstairs every day after...

Learning to Drive

There must be some sort of genetic trend toward "Fear of Driving."  I've mentioned my mother's one-speed method - fast or not moving.  Believe it or not, I can remember Dad teaching Mom to drive.  We had an old coupe - the kind with no back seat. ...

Some (confusing) Thoughts on Capital Punishment

First of all, I wonder who thinks up the methods used to kill people legally.  Do you suppose it's done by committee?  That would explain a lot. In theory, I believe in capital punishment.  I understand that there are evil people in the world with...

Seeing Snow

A friend recently mentioned that he had seen snow once.  When my daughter was very small, probably about 3 years old, it snowed in Texas.  We used to say it snowed every 10 years whether we wanted it to or not.  She saw her big brother out playing in...

Men are from Mars

My husband has an earache and couldn't sleep.  His solution to the problem is to go outside at 4:00am and shovel snow.  We were supposed to get 2" - 4", but I'm pretty sure there's more than that.  He actually went out a little after 3:00am.  I should...

Nothing to Write Home About

Nothing's happening here.  Tomorrow, the furnace/air-conditioning guy is coming to inspect our furnace, etc.  That's a thrill.  He's supposed to make a quick run-through of the house and look at all the plumbling, too.  That sparked a wildly...

Running for Office in a Small Town

When I was a kid, my father ran for office a few times, winning some, losing some.  I always liked it when he was running for something because we got to go to lots of church suppers.  In a small rural area, there's a church supper at least two or...

THE APPLE TREE

The apple tree stood proudly in the best place on the farm.  She was not in the barnyard, but nearer to the farmhouse.  She was the first tree planted and therefore oldest.  There were many other fruit trees on the farm, but none so beautiful and none...

Funerals and Me

On the occasion of the death of my sister's boyfriend (They were together over 30 years - I think that makes him a little more than a boyfriend.), I began to think about funerals I have attended and the disasters that seemed to attend with me. ...

Funerals and Me

On the occasion of the death of my sister's boyfriend (They were together over 30 years - I think that makes him a little more than a boyfriend.), I began to think about funerals I have attended and the disasters that seemed to attend with me. It...

Another day of running errands ...

I did manage to stitch for a while first thing.  I always wait for the dining room to get enough natural light, so I guess it must have been 8:30am.  We left the house around 10:00, went to the bank and the pharmacy, where only 1 of my 4 prescriptions...

The Family Drummers

I've talked about Dad and his drums before.  He had a whole professional set - two snares, a bass drum and some very nice cymbals besides the earlier mentioned bongos.  The whole set was second-hand and had someone else's name on the bass drum.  He...

Trains in the Night

We live just across an orchard and a road from the railroad tracks.  There are two sets of tracks and lots and lots and lots of trains!  So many trains come through here that they often pass each other behind our house.  I've always loved trains, so I...

Anyone else have weird dreams? (For Tanner)

I think this one is a result of the car commercial with the zombie in it. In the dream, my husband and I live in an apartment building on the 4th floor.  One side of the building is completely open and your apartment is reached by a ladder that...

I've Been Thinking ...

Oh yes, I'm aware that I probably shouldn't do so much thinking.  It can only lead to problems.  I overthink everything.  I can't make a decision because I paralyze my poor little brain with too many possibilities.  Most of them are ludicrous, but I...

Another Summer Vacation

When I was fairly young - younger than 12, I think - the whole family, all 4 of us, went to Methodist Choir Camp.  It was for adults.  There was an orchestra, so Stella the Cella got to go, too.  We went twice.  The camp was held by a large lake.  We...

Seeing into the Future

My mother-in-law had to go to the doctor today for a blood test.  Whenever my husband takes his parents anywhere, I go along to help with logistics.  As I was walking her slowly across the waiting room, I had a flash of myself in 20 years, holding...