Another Month has Passed

Damn, when people say that time flies, they aren't just whistling Dixie!  I think I'm mixing my metaphors, and I'd stop if I could figure out what a metaphor is and how not to mix one.  But never mind that.   I tried and tried (and tried and...

Easter Sunday

By the time I was a teenager, Easter Sunday had become something of a work day.  Our church had three services.  There was a sunrise service, usually at 07:00am, an "extra" service at 09:30am and the regular service at 11:00am.This is how it went in...

Smoooooth Operator

Mom was a telephone operator for about 5 years, until the direct-dial system took over in about 1955.  How did everyone manage on an antiquated system while the world progressed?  I'll tell you how.   If a child picked up the phone and asked,...

Being Invisible

Remember when you were a little kid and people would talk about important grown-up stuff in front of you because they thought you were too young to understand?  Well, I understood plenty!  I tried to keep that in mind when my kids were little.   ...

Our Wedding - Not up to Today's Standards!

We got married on August 3 because we couldn't afford to live on our own until I got a job down at school.  We went down before school started so I could go to an employment agency.  I also went to the agency for the college.  There were some perks if...

Snowed In - Happy Spring!

All our poor innocent trees are trying to bud and we have tiny shoots coming through the ground.  There are confused birds everywhere - do we mate and lay eggs?  Do we hunker in the trees and puff our feathers?   We've had later snows than this...

So, What to Write About Tonight?

We just finished watching 2 of our favorite TV shows - "The Amazing Race" and "The Good Wife."  Book titles get underlined.  What about TV show titles?  Who cares?   I had a good day today - the first entire good day in a long time.  I got up...

My Sophomore Year

I'm talking about high school, you understand - if I went back to college, I'd still be a freshman!  Anyway, when I was younger, I thought being 15 years old and a sophomore in high school would somehow be magic.  I thought I'd meet boys, older boys,...

Can I Do It? Can I Meet My Future?

I am frightened - very frightened.  It usually happens at night like this, but more and more often it hits me during the day.  Every day that passes brings it all closer and I don't know if I can do it, if I can survive.   I have neuropathy,...

Just One of Many Aunts

Dad had 7 sisters and 2 brothers.  Most of them are dead and gone now.  I believe only 2 women remain.  This a story of romance, so if you don't like romance, tune out now.   Auntie was a spinster, or an old maid, if you prefer.  She lived with...

So Many Trips to the Doctor!

Mom (actually, my husband's mom, but since I don't have one of my own, I borrow his) has an infected cyst on her chest.  It burst some time last week, and when the doctor saw it, he just about had a cow.  He swabbed it and sent it in to be tested.  He...

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...