Oh No! Not Again!

Well, crap.  I hurt my back again, after having just one fairly normal day.  This time, all I did was turn over in bed.  I'm starting to think this may be a more or less permanent condition.  At my age, how much can I really expect?  I've had back...

Strange Tidbits

One thing about getting old - you sort of pick up little hints and goodies if you're paying attention at all.  A good portion of my little oddities have to do with making things easier!  (Go figure.)   My favorite hint that came from someone...

More Errands, Minus Me

My back is still not doing too well, although I've progressed from using a crutch to using a cane.   Hubby went to Burger King (or Booger King, as my son used to say) to get lunch to take to his parents' with him.  While there, he will make up a...

Starting School

I didn't go to kindergarten; it wasn't available in our tiny town when I was old enough.  Mom thought, for some reason, that I would be at a terrible disadvantage if I started out cold in the 1st grade.  I don't know why she thought so.  After all, as...

Wearing Many Hats

We all know that Moms do a lot of different things.  Sometimes they do them all at once!  But even kids can get in a little over their heads once in a while.   When I was in the 6th grade, I was assigned a clarinet solo for the regional music...

Banana Cream Pie

The birthday lunch for Auntie was a success.  She had a cod sanwich with cole slaw.  Hubby had a seafood basket with cole slaw.  I had a meatloaf manhattan.  Auntie and I had banana cream pie - Yum!!  Hubby didn't have any, which is why he's now 7 lb....

OOOOUUUUUCCCHHH!!!

If anyone has missed me (which I doubt), I pulled my back on Sunday morning.  Silly me, I tried to get dressed, never realizing how strenuous that could be ...   I seem to be coming out of it okay this time without use of the emergency room and...

Annoying Things my Mother Did

I've talked about Mom a lot.  I think just about everything I've said made her sound like a saint - except maybe her erratic driving.  Anyway, she did manage to irritate me pretty often, especially when I was little.   Did your mom ever spit on...

Going to the Zoo

When my son was in kindergarten, his class took a field trip to the zoo.  As a mother who did not work outside the home, I felt I should be one of the chaperones.  I was assigned three children, including my own.  I've always thought that if we're...

Just a Picture in the Paper

When we were married, I had met many of my husband's relatives, but his family is huge.  I knew there would be many more.  Soon after our wedding, we began to get not-so-subtle suggestions that we should have a baby.  Of course, he still had three...

Running Errands ... Sooooo Exciting!

First we went to the post office.  The in-laws had birthday cards to be mailed.  Then we went to the bank to deposit a check they gave us for their medicines.  Then we went to the green recycle center to dump 6 bags of trimmings.  Hubby has been...

How I Snared my Husband

I was a junior in high school and he was a senior, though he's only 4 1/2 months older than I am - just one of those things where we were born shortly before and after the cut-off date.  Anyway, my class was quite large for our little school and we...

What I Did Last Summer (circa 1955)

Going camping with my family was an interesting exercise.  Dad was a freak for mountains, so we bought a used tent and headed out.  We didn't bother with sleeping bags.  How cold could it be in August?  Our first night in the mountains,  we put heavy...

He can Do It All!

My husband is a true wonder.  He can fix anything, build anything, etc.  He has installed and repaired every possible plumbling fixture; he can fix a car - well, the old kind, before they all had computers- and he has laid tile several times, plus...

Look, y'all, No Cavities!

Went in for my 6-month dental check-up today.  What a hoot that is.  Hubby and I went together.  He always comes out and tells me what all they talked about.  I don't know how he manages to carry on a conversation with someone's hands in his mouth.  I...

How I Learned to be a Mother

When my sister and I were very small, she had asthma.  It was very severe, and you must understand that this was over 60 years ago, so there were no inhalers, no pills, nothing.  There weren't any allergy tests to speak of, either.  The doctor would...

Got Mom to the Doctor and Back!!

Yay!  That's another one down.  She doesn't have to go back for a whole month.  Of course, we'll be over at their trailer fixing, cleaning, making shots, delivering food and medications, mailing their letters, doing their banking, etc., etc., etc. ...

It's 03:55am ...

I wish my cat would learn to tell time.  She got me up at 03:00 instead of 04:30.  I don't know why ... she doesn't seem to be hungry.  Her litter box is in good shape.  Maybe she's just lonely.  I gave her a good rubdown and now she's sleeping.  That...

Just Glad to Get Through the Day

My cat is already in bed snoring.  I'll join her shortly and probably drown her out.   My father died 30 years ago today.  I was 39 years old.  Even when you KNOW someone's going to die, you (or at least I) can't be prepared.  Every day that...

Modern Medicine and Me

I'm always hurting my back.  I'm tall - lots of tall people have back trouble.  Anyway, I hurt it once about 30 years ago.  Wait, it gets more interesting in a minute.  My doctor sent me to have an MRI.  So, I'm laying there with this dumb machine...

It Must Be My Motherly Face

  Okay, so I'm round - face & everywhere else - and motherly-looking.  That must be the reason people tell me their life stories and confide their deepest fears to me.  I really should have been a psychiatrist.  Even back when I was thin,...

Equal Pay for Equal Work

When I was working in the good old television tuner factory, I had to make a daily run to the accounting department with several different reports that I had to type.  There was a man working there who was only a few years older than I.  We used to...

Giant Strawberry Plants?

Our neighbor gave my husband several (5, I think) strawberry plants.  They're supposed to get very tall, like 18" - anybody ever hear of such a plant?  We have no information on how to plant, feed or grow them, other than that they need to be about 2'...

Snaggletooth's Revenge

When my husband was in college, I worked at a television tuner factory in the Shipping Department.  I sat at my little government-style metal desk just a few feet from the door to the dock.  It was so cold in the wintertime that I kept a small blanket...