There's a Reason ...

  I like a good scary movie or story once in a while - once in a great, long while!  When I watch a movie or read a book, I can nearly always find the point of no return, the point at which the story goes from normal to abnormal.  You know it when...

A Lovely, Clear Night ...

  We were still in Texas, I was working at Macy's and our little dog, Fawz, was still putting along.  I had taken Fawz out for his Ten O'clock Tinkle.  It was a beautiful night, clear and cool, and I walked out into the yard with him.  Usually, I...

Our Local Lawyer

  Hubby called a local lawyer who handles a lot of elder care issues.  The lawyer was very nice about giving free advice over the phone.  He quoted a price for helping hubby's parents with their impending financial disasters.  Hubby and the lawyer...

My Dark Turquoise Imaginary Tunic

  Months ago, I ordered some clothes from a catalog. I've used this particular catalog on a number of occasions and they usually do well.  Anyhoo, among other things, I ordered a pair of wide-leg dark turquoise knit pants and a matching tunic. ...

Cleo the Cat Loves Flowers

  We stopped on the way to Aunt Wanda's memorial service and purchased a small batch (four) of pink roses.  We left the best two on her grave and brought the other two home with us.  I put them in a small vase and left them on the kitchen counter....

Bunches and Bunches of Cousins

  Aunt Wanda's memorial service was lovely.  It was very low-key and satisfying.  We all gathered by the graveside and told little stories about her, then her three surviving sons placed her ashes in the grave and covered it gently with earth.  ...

What Should I Say about Wanda?

  My Aunt Wanda died in January, but I didn't know it until I received a forwarded email message about a memorial service to be held today.  It will be a day-long endeavor to reach the family cemetery for the graveside service followed by a family...

Granny gets High

  At the risk of offending someone, let me just say that when my mother-in-law gets high, she's very funny, in a weird sort of way.   The first thing she said when we arrived in her hospital room was that my entire family had just been in to...

What a Zoo!

Can't linger today, boys and girls.  My mother-in-law is back in the hospital again.  The people at the home who are supposed to be taking care of her left her support hose on all night and the hose rubbed a blister on top of her foot.  For a...

Vicious Vet

My husband got a call from the vet's assistant yesterday afternoon reminding us to take away my cat's food at 10:00 PM.  Oh, and by the way, she added, take away the water, too.  I could almost hear her smirking.  Of course, if you starve one cat, you...

On the Road Again

  I must have been in 7th or 8th grade - we got the best class trips in those years.  We got on our little yellow school busses very early in the morning and set off for Greenfield Village.  It would take us about 5 hours to get there - or so we...

The Big Trip to Chicago, circa 1961

  It was a big deal.  The Lion's Club sponsored the high school band on a trip to Chicago to march in the Lion's Club International Convention Parade.  We started working on our routines several months in advance.  We had to start out practicing in...

Silver Lining on a Big Black Cloud

  Having seen what is happening to my in-laws, who have never seemed to understand what growing old would mean, has made us think.  Hubby now says we have come to the time in our lives when we should consult an Elder-Care attorney to protect some...

Always a Bridesmaid - not!

I've been a bridesmaid only once in my life, and even then, I was called a "Junior Bridesmaid" because I was about 10 years old.  Aunt Mary was set to marry Uncle Bob (well, he wasn't Uncle Bob quite yet) and my sister and I were to be in the wedding...

Good News and Bad News

  The good news is, it's not termites.  The bad news is, it's carpenter ants.  We've been seeing these big black ants occasionally for a while now.  They're mean and they bite!  The Terminex dude showed up, looked at our little piles of sawdust,...

How Depressing!

Oh, Eyevey, I've sunk to the bottom of the barrel, held down by all those grammatical errors.  It's 3:40am and now I'll never get back to sleep.   My mother-in-law has always used "to" and "too" interchangeably.  My sister can't distinguish...

Lunching in the House

  While my daughter was visiting, we were all sitting in our usual spots Monday afternoon.  She was on the couch, I was on my blue chair and my husband was sitting on his brown chair over by the big front windows.  We were all chatting about...

Perfecting the Royal Wave

  My in-laws loved the parade!  It was worth the logistical nightmare that six people went through to get them there and back.   Hubby and I and our daughter went to the nursing home an hour before Mom's "pick-up time" to help her change into...

I Should be Sleeping!!

The time is now 02:54 and I can't sleep.  I need to get some sleep because my daughter is coming today.  Perversely, I can't sleep because my daughter is coming today!!  What's a mother to do?

My First Man

Before you get all excited, let me clarify - I mean my first male teacher.  His name was Mr. Tucker and he had been teaching 6th grade since before I was born.  He taught my father, and probably most of Dad's brothers and sisters, too.  In fact, my...

Remembering Uncle Irv

  I was watching Wheel of Fortune tonight, and when the interviews got underway, I suddenly sat bolt upright.  The contestant on the far right was a dead ringer of my Uncle Irv.  I had totally forgotten that Uncle Irv even existed, but now I can...

A Little Reminder

Something Proto-gnostic said reminded me of a technique I developed as a child that still serves me well today.   When I was a kid and filled with dread over something - an upcoming test, punishment for something I'd done wrong, a visit to the...

Getting Organized

  My daughter arrives in 6 days.  Before she gets here, I have to try to organize the few cleaning jobs that are left to me.  My husband does almost all of the cleaning.  He complains about it daily, but he still does it!  All I have to do is keep...