Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Football season is well underway and my husband is happy when Ohio State takes the field. He is even more overjoyed when they win.
  • Yes, I am still thinking about the beach, the ocean, the sunrises, being with family. To try and let go of those fond memories too quickly would be like attempting to pry a favorite blanket in desperate need of washing, from the clutches of a child.
  • When it comes to cooking, I am a "to the t" person. If it says add a tablespoon, that's what is added. I get out my little measuring cups and spoons and follow the recipe in front of me.
  • First timers at the beach this year were my nephews Sean and Aaron. They added tons of excitement to the "Beach Bunch."
  • Sept. 21, 2009, the sunrise at the beach was as usual- exquisite. Standing on the top deck of the beach house right beside the ocean, we witnessed the sun wake, stretch its long colorful arms, yawn widely, and douse the sky with pick smiles. The ocean waves giggled beneath tickles of golden fingers.
  • The afternoon rain has added a chill to the gray October day. If it were March, it would definitely be said the month is "coming in like a lion". But here it is the first day of October, and soon the trees will gradually slip out of their dresses of summer green, and replace them with vibrant red, yellow and orange.
  • Because of so many moves over the years it has been easy to let friendships fall into the cracks caused by many miles in-between. A few months ago, I looked up the phone number for a girlfriend in Ohio and dialed the number. I hoped it was still valid, since we hadn't spoken on the phone for close to 12 years. I am so glad I made that call! I learned she has been through a round of chemotherapy for cancer.
  • A few weeks ago, I had an epiphany. It used to be, when I heard of people not speaking to one another for years, I was totally puzzled by the concept. Recently, I found myself in a situation where I can now understand how quickly people can be torn apart by misunderstanding and by differences of opinion. The hurt that is caused can make the most joyous of hearts stiffen with the pain.
  • Most often, for the past 34 years, it has been Tom praying at a hospital bedside, the sterile white sheets tucked under the chin of a loved one. Recently, I was the one on the other side, holding his lone hand sticking out from under the pale green checked blanket.
  • Does it ever boggle your mind when you think about how many different kinds of candy there are? Not only are there tons of brands, but those brands tantalize your taste buds with milk, white and dark chocolate varieties. I am advised to stay away from such delights, since the sugar content in those delectable bites has a tendency to skyrocket my sugar level to the moon.
  • Probably 20 years ago, my mother and I were both going to the same elegant place to attend meetings, but within a few days apart. "I'll leave a note for you behind the big picture in the bathroom," my mother said. And when I arrived, tucked behind the edge of the picture depicting nature in its colorful glory, was a tiny folded piece of paper with hugs from my mother.
  • Sometimes there is so much whirling around in my brain, it feels as if a tornado, a hurricane, and a tidal wave all got together for a tea party and no one stayed around to clean up afterward.
  • Behind me and to my left, my brother, Gerbert, sits on a brown desk chair with a cushion the same color as the first green grass of spring. My parents bought me the chair many years ago to match my antique secretary where, before the days of computers and e-mail and big office desks with ample room for sprawling papers, I sat to compose handwritten letters.
  • July 4th was spent in Ohio, where the cool refreshing weather was as sweet as a Popsicle. There were eight of us family members sitting in mesh lawn chairs alongside thousands of others at the W.D. Packard Music Hall. On a large stage, the W.D. Packard Concert Band kept everyone entertained with songs like "The Star Spangled Banner", "Liberty Fanfare", and "A New Birth of Freedom."
  • Having the ability to see family members on the computer is fabulous. It makes me not so lonesome for my siblings. The other night there were four of us chatting.
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