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...

Eating Humble Pie - in Response to Please Cheer me Up!

As I've been not-so-subtly reminded, I should be more grateful for what I have, which is considerable, rather than complaining about my health.  After all, I'm 69 years old, not a kid, and there are bound to be physical problems.  If not, a person...

Please Cheer me Up!

Wow, am I ever having a bad day.  I have acid reflux and that got me up around 12:30am.  I went back to bed for about an hour from 3:00 - 4:00am.  Got up at 4:30.  Watched the 2-hour season finale of Downton Abbey - Damn, not Matthew!!! Made a...

The Ultimate Camping Adventure

There were almost no wild animals involved, but that's about the only thing we missed. We bought 5 acres of completely undeveloped land about 40 miles north of Houston with designs on building a cabin and retiring there.  We used to go up there to...

Childhood vacations

Mom & Dad just loved to go places.  I'm the same way.  The first family vacation we took was to Chicago for a 3-day weekend.  Mom made us wait until she thought we were old enough to behave.  I was 10 and my sister was 7.  We went to the zoo, of...

Baking the Bongos

Dad was a drummer.  He played with some friends of his in a series of dives.  Sometimes, they played for lodges, usually polka music!  He was really good.  He didn't believe in the drums drowning out all the other musicians.  He said drums supplied...

Still bragging about my kids!

I bragged about my son, now here goes on my daughter.  She started reading at 2 1/2.  Yes, she did!  My neighbor (who has a son the same age) didn't believe it, either, so I had my daughter pick up the newspaper and read half of the first story. ...

Childhood, Pre-Sesame Street

By the time Sesame Street came on the air, my son had already taught himself to read.  He was 4.  I only helped if he asked me - I didn't want to push him.  The first word he read was "Bupoo," which we eventually figured out was "Whirlpool" and there...

About Cats ...etc.

We aren't cat people or dog people.  We've had both over the past 50 years, plus gerbils, polliwogs, etc.  We currently have 2 black cats, ages 18 & 16.  I keep tellling my husband they're old enough to go to work now, and that special food they...

Going to the Doctor

Am I the only one who dreads going to the doctor, even for a regular visit?  I have to go every 4 months because of all the medications I take.  I have to be monitored for possible side-effects and to be sure the dosages are correct.  That sounds...

Anyone for a Romance Novel? Here's another chapter!

CHAPTER IV, THE ADVENTURE BEGINS                 It was still dark the next morning when Charlotte awoke.  Horatio was no longer in bed with her.  She was grateful for the privacy so that she could use the chamber pot without embarrassment. ...

YUMMY POTATO WEDGES

My Husband took me a local restaurant.  We ordered and headed for the salad bar.  The waitress came back out of the kitchen and said the baked potatoes weren’t ready yet and asked what we’d like instead.  We both ordered potato wedges and they were...

My Exciting Saturday

My husband's asleep on his living room chair; his cat is asleep on his lap; my cat is asleep on the bed.  And here I am - not sleeping! This morning, we drove a few miles to a good butcher shop and bought a bunch of meat.  It's fun to do that. ...

Early Memories

What's the first thing you can remember?  How old were you? My first memory is of running around and around the couch in the middle of the night, dragging my blanket behind me.  My father, who was supposed to be babysitting, was sound asleep...

Keeping you Priorities Straight

As a child, I found a lovely gold medal in a box in one of Mom's drawers.  When I asked her about it, this is what she told me: When Mom was 14, she started taking cello lessons from a private teacher who drove 30 miles to her house.  One of her...

Trying to Type

I cut my little finger on a can lid.  Awwww, poor me!  But it's amazing how often I need that little finger, especially to type.  It is healing slowly because the cut was so smooth and deep.  I have a big fat bandage on it now, so it takes perfect aim...

Anyone for a Romance Novel? Here's Chapter 3

CHAPTER III, HUSBAND AND WIFE                 They rode through what remained of that first night and all of the next day, stopping only once to eat and rest the mules.  Carla dozed on Horatio’s shoulder and woke up stiff and cramped.  She...

Things My Mom Taught Me

Mom was a dandy.  She died in 1984 at the age of 60 and I still think about her and miss her every day.  She and Dad (who died in 1983 at the age of 63) were married for 41 years.  Dad died just 2 months short of their 42nd. Anyway, back to Mom. ...

Where is everyone?

Did everyone else take the weekend off? Really, there's nothing going on here.  We've gotten about 4 inches of snow - so far - and it's still coming down.  My husband went out and shoveled while it was snowing a little less.  Now you can hardly...