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Tough Cookie – I’m In Trouble Now

August 5, 2011

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My daughter is a tough cookie.  She works in a male dominated field after attending a male dominated college.  Her parents are both strong personalities (no! really?).  She breeds and shows big dogs and has had to fight back unethical breeders and customers who tried to destroy her reputation.  She’s works hard for her accomplishments […]

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Shaped Bubbles

July 29, 2011

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One of the coolest toys for my nephew and daughter was the year she got this giant bubble maker for a birthday present.  The shaped bubbles were the greatest fun to watch, like this one that my nephew stretched waaaaaaay out. Word for tomorrow – FANTASY.  If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for […]

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Viewer of That New Thing Called TV

July 18, 2011

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It is hard to believe, but once upon a time there was no such thing as cable television.  No pay-per-views, no channels from other states or other countries, and no way to tape a favorite show.  If you missed it, you had to wait until the summer to see the re-runs, when the regular programming […]

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Trading Places Was Not For Me

July 17, 2011

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My sister and I have enjoyed a close relationship for our entire life.  As we started our families, I was a working mother, she was a stay-at-home mother.  I didn’t particularly want to work, but I had significantly higher earnings than my favorite boy toy.  She loved staying at home with her children, something she wanted […]

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Ribbons of Loyalty

July 16, 2011

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I’m slowly reading a book called “Loyalty:  The Vexing Virtue” by Eric Felton.  It’s a fascinating book, discussing the good side and bad side of loyalty, how loyalties can conflict us, and how the ribbons of loyalty cannot be explained (my wording, not his).  In an early chapter, Felton talks about the role of loyalty in […]

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Immediately Start Laughing

July 10, 2011

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My husband and brother-in-law love their jokes, often dragging my sister into them.  She gives it back pretty good too.  One Christmas, she sassed her favorite boy toy one time too many.  Since I had the camera aimed at her, he decided to wrap his hands around her neck.  She immediately started yelling, making him laugh even harder.  Catching […]

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Weary Tonight

July 7, 2011

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I’m too weary tonight from my travels to do the post that I intended.  Instead, here is a picture of the birthday girl all dressed up and going in to work. Word for tomorrow – GASP.  If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word A Day”. To see […]

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Resistance Is Futile

July 6, 2011

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My favorite boy toy and I love watching science fiction, especially Dr. Who and Star Trek – all of them.  Can anyone say “the trouble with tribbles“? There are so many favorite phrases.  From the Borg in Star Trek, The Next Generation came “resistance is futile – you will be assimilated”.  The Dalek’s on Dr. Who […]

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Happy Birthday Firecracker Baby!

July 4, 2011

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Happy birthday today to the greatest collaboration I’ve ever had with my favorite boy toy.  I did not rob the cradle to marry that man :)  He only LOOKS like he’s 16 years old. Word for tomorrow – BLOGGER’S CHOICE.  If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word […]

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Bar Owned By Grandparents in Chicago

July 3, 2011

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My husband’s grandparents owned a bar for many years.  They made a good living at it – enough for my mother-in-law to have nice clothes and a nice lifestyle.  “Bud” was actually her stepfather and she adored him.  When he served in the Pacific during World War II, she sent him school pictures and wrote […]

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Scale Says I’m Fat

June 30, 2011

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For those of you know me, you’re going – really?  This is a news flash how?  For those who have not met me, I am yes – pretty darn fat.  Getting on the scale is no fun and it never was. This is not a new problem in my life.  I was so fat as […]

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Culture Norms Are A Pile of Moose Muffins

June 29, 2011

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I really despise the norms of culture – i.e., what polite society thinks I or others should or should not be doing. My earliest exposure to it was with my cousin.  She was born with Down’s syndrome in the 1960’s.  At least one doctor, maybe more, was very clear with my aunt that the fault […]

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Well Water Is the Pits

June 25, 2011

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Growing up and living in rural areas means having well water.  I know there are places with good tasting and safe to drink well water, but I didn’t have that. My childhood home had water that stunk like rotten eggs – yep, sulfur – and was so mineral laden is could ruin any appliance or […]

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Called On The Phone

June 21, 2011

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In this picture, my daughter is not yet walking or even crawling.  Within a year she would be and then the fun began.  As soon as I’d get on the phone, she raced off to get into as much trouble as she could.  Her specialty was climbing up on the kitchen table, then walking off […]

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Husband For All These Years

June 8, 2011

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In my post as to why I don’t miss film, I mentioned that my wedding pictures were turning into sepia due to the colors fading.  I still love them and I love my favorite boy toy even more.  We’ve been married way longer than we haven’t been married. Here we are, young and happy.  We’re […]

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Frivolous Costumes Make Little Girls Happy

June 7, 2011

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One thing about little girl, they love to dress up.  The more frivolous the costume, the better it is. My sister and I had one dress that we just loved to dress up in the most.  My recollection was that it was silky feeling with a stiff netting around the skirt.  It was long and […]

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Film – I Don’t Miss It

June 6, 2011

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I love digital photography.  I can take an unlimited number of pictures, although I might need extra storage on my computer to do so.  If the colors are a bit off, the picture is too dark or too light, or just needs to be cropped down, I can adjust it easily through Photoshop Elements.  If I […]

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Result? Becoming An Eagle Scout

June 4, 2011

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My father became an Eagle Scout when he was 14 years old.  As part of the work towards this, he had to buy the ingredients for and cook a meal over a campfire for his troop.  I actually have the ingredient list in his handwriting, as well as the note he wrote the troop leader […]

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Health Of A Baby

June 3, 2011

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My hairdresser will be having her first child shortly.  She was upset to find out that it is likely to be by C-Section, as the baby is breech in such a way that it cannot be turned around.  I know from my own experience that it’s hard to wrap your head around this being necessary for your […]

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Grace, My Great-Grandmother

May 23, 2011

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My great-grandmother was named Grace.  She was the oldest of nine children, born in 1884.  She was of Irish-German descent, her mother having defied her Irish family to marry a German Anabaptist.  Her mother was disowned because of that action and for the rest of her life, only had contact with a single sister.  Grace’s youngest […]

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