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Stuck In Halloween Mode

“Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog” “Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing” “For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and babble” “Double, double, toil and trouble, Fire burn, and caldron bubble” William Shakespeare Ah, I love Halloween!  I remember Halloween… […]

October brings variety

Today I am remembering fun things I have done in October. I am sure you have many things to remember as well.  First and foremost, October is packed full of such a variety of things to do.  It has a feel, that no other month has.  When I was very young, I felt sad that […]

Remember this movie?

Halloween is just around the corner and horror movies are on every screen around. I remember the “good ones” from the past, do you? How about, “Don’t worry ‘bout it m’aam, Cujo won’t hurt him. ”Hurt him, my foot, that big scary rabid dog sure wasn’t “Old Yeller” (Cujo 1983). Do you remember the heartbreaking […]

Halloweens Past

Well, it’s about time for the “Great Pumpkin” to return to our television screens.  “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, first came to me in 1966 and has stayed around for forty seven years.  As most of us know, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is an animated television special, based on the comic strip, […]

Ragweed, Ah yes! I remember.

Allergy sufferers are quickly remembering the reason they suffer in the fall. With the wheezing and sneezing, I feel the dastardly ragweed affecting my life. And, everywhere I go there are dozens just like me. Yes, it is time for my annual fall visit to my wonderful doctor. After antihistamines, decongestants and Tylenol, I give […]

Missing The Pools

It will soon be time to close the pool for the year. Though I love fall, I also love seeing my grandchildren, nieces and nephews enjoying the opportunity to swim and miss that when the pool closes. Of course, years ago, when my own children were young, we didn’t have a swimming pool at home. […]

Creepy Crawleys

There has been a lot of talk about pumpkins this year and some people are concerned that their might be a shortage come time for carving. All this discussion about growing pumpkins takes me back to my childhood. I grew up on a farm and we grew many different things. One of the most impressive […]

Labor Days Past

I love summer but I am never sad to see it end. Fall in our house has always been the time of new beginnings, much more so than even New Years. We have always celebrated the end of summer with a family picnic. When my children were small, we would go to my husband’s family’s […]

Signs of the Seasons

With fall approaching, I can not wait for the trees to show their beauty. I love the many colors of foliage that spring forth before our eyes, like a beautiful painted canvas. Remembering years past, I recall how different each year’s showing of color has been. I wonder if this season of color will be […]

Ever Seen A Baker’s Cabinet?

I was recently going through some things at my mother’s house and came across kitchen cabinet with a flour bin. I always called them a baker’s cabinet. Wow, did it ever bring back memories. How many of you have even seen one? The cabinet has a base with doors and drawers on the bottom for […]


Yesterday, I was reading a book about the superstitions of people from ages past, and was reminded of the ones I have encountered along life’s road. Oh, what we store in our memories. It’s no wonder I have senior moments, with all of this in my storage files. However, here are a few for you […]

Where are Grandma’s videos when she was younger?

While at the beach, enjoying a much needed vacation, I overheard the family sitting next to me discussing beach videos.  It seemed the mother had made a video of the children playing in the waves and on the sand, using her phone.  She decided to give grandma a quick live view of her grandchildren having […]

Dogs On Vacation

Well, this week I am still thinking vacation, but with a little different slant.  Last week, I was refreshed, ready to conquer the world again.  Breaks will have that effect on us.  Breaks from the dole-drum of daily life.  Off to beautiful surroundings, beaches and great food.  But, this week I am back to reality. […]

Vacation Trips of the Past

I love to travel and going to the beach is one of our favorite family vacations. I must admit, however, that the trip is slightly different now that my children are grown and have children of their own. In the past, the trip to the coast seemed significantly longer-in part due to road conditions and […]

If you want a rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.” Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat And  the thunder roars… yes, it is another stormy, rainy day (Sunday) in Jefferson County.  Torrential rain…  downpour… cloudburst… deluge… drencher… flood… inundation… monsoon… rainstorm… […]

Picnic Memories

Today was a beautiful day, so we decided to go to the Smokey Mountains, for a much needed, relaxing picnic.  With my out of town family guests, children and grandchildren, our caravan headed out to the mountains. We anticipated cooler temperatures and the cool creek water to subdue the effects of 90+ degree temperatures at […]