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Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017
My electronics graveyard (03/25/17)
Hi neighbors. Spring is finally here and I can't wait to get my houseplants back out onto the porch. They always look so out of place in the house, I can tell they are longing for the great outdoors. Well, longing or not, out they go as soon as all threats of frost are over...
Be patient, things happen at their own time (03/18/17)
Hi neighbors. Is it too much to hope that winter has finally folded its tent and left Vernon County to allow spring to blossom? Time will tell. As with most things, resolution only comes with the passage of time. Patience is a virtue I have been told, and I have figured out there is no difference and no preference when patience is involved. It doesn't really matter if you have patience or not; actually patience isn't something to "have" or something to achieve...
Special days in March to commemorate (03/11/17)
Hi neighbors. Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour tonight when you go to bed. It's time to "spring forward" again. Oddly enough our spring-like weather may turn the clock back to winter standard time with threats of cold temperatures and even snow ahead this week. The weather will be what it will be, as we all know...
Here and there (03/04/17)
Hi neighbors. Although most of my columns have a loosely tied theme, sometimes I want to just chat about whatever comes to mind. Big news around the globe for several years has been global warming. Some people deny the existence of this phenomenon but most think we are fast approaching a tipping point past which there is no return...
While searching for one thing (02/25/17)
Hi neighbors. My 'sister mother' (the agreed on connection between my son's mother-in-law and myself) and I were chatting on the phone the other day about genealogy research and reports. She mentioned she did not have a program to start a database for a family tree. I told her I would find my old program and send it to her...
President's Day (02/18/17)
Hi neighbors. Monday is President's Day. Most government offices will be closed including courts, post offices and schools. Due to the change in the laws in 1968 several holidays were moved to Monday observances to offer more three-day weekends to employees in an effort to cut back on absenteeism...
Celebrating Valentine's Day! (02/11/17)
Hi neighbors. This Tuesday is Valentine's Day, are you prepared? If you think you'll just stop and pick up some flowers on the way home from work, you should know most florists run out of roses (the flower representing passionate love) a day or two before Valentine's Day. There is a language of the flowers, and if you don't know it you should learn it if you are in a relationship with a lady...
What will be will be (02/04/17)
Hi neighbors. Groundhog Day was Thursday and Pete saw his shadow so six more weeks of winter weather was foreseen. Of course, the season of winter doesn't end on the calendar for six more weeks, but there's no reason to let facts like that interfere with a great tradition...
Changes are a coming' (01/21/17)
Hi neighbors. This year it looks like another weekly winter -- winter weather one week followed by spring weather the next week. This is tolerable to me. I can move my schedule around to just drive my car every other week. I can buy two weeks worth of groceries on one shopping trip...
An old favorite is back (01/07/17)
Hi neighbors. One of my Christmas presents was the complete boxed set of all eight seasons of "Monk" the television show. Long-term readers of this column will remember when, this show first aired and how caught up in it I was. Nicknamed the defective detective, Adrian Monk was a character with multiple problems. The show begins with him just coming out of a three-year near catatonic state brought on by the sudden car bombing death of his wife...
Heads up for Santa! (12/23/16)
Tonight is the night! You'd better keep your telescopes facing north and your ears open for the sound of jingling harness bells. Yes, Santa is on his way! It's much too late to wonder which side of the list your name is on tonight. Santa already has you tagged as having been good or bad...
Christmas is coming! (12/17/16)
Hi neighbors. I hope many of you got to attend the Christmas parade this year. Although it was cold, there wasn't any snow or ice as is too often the case. Unfortunately, it was too cold for me to venture out; but I did enjoy the nice photos in the Nevada Daily Mail...
Moving on to the holiday season (11/12/16)
Hi neighbors. I'm writing this before the election results are in; but no matter who won, I am so glad this race is over! There has been much uproar and mud slinging on both sides. People seem fevered over their chosen candidate. Now that the race is won (for one and lost for another) maybe we can all get over politics and get back to taking care of our families and country...
Riding the train (10/08/16)
Hi neighbors. I hope all is well in Vernon County. This past week I have been in Des Moines to visit my daughter and her family. One of the items on my bucket list has been to ride a passenger train. Although I've never mentioned it to my family, I've also had a secret desire to ride in a boxcar on a train...
Keeping busy at 78 RPMs! (10/01/16)
Hi, neighbors. Although the weather has been nice this past week, Hurricane Jenny hit Nevada with full force. My daughter was down from Des Moines to visit for a couple of days, and my normally uncomplicated and slow paced days were catapulted into whirlwind speeds...
The Autumnal Equinox (09/24/16)
Hi, neighbors. Thursday was the first day of fall. Here is some info about it from the website of The Old Farmers Almanac, founded in 1792. The first day of fall is also called the autumnal equinox and falls on the 22nd, 23rd or 24th, depending on the calendar. This is the start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere. (No wonder birds fly south in fall!)...
Remembering September 11 (09/10/16)
Hi neighbors. Tomorrow, Sept. 11, is best remembered for the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, and the attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. Like other national tragedies, we all remember where we were and what we were doing when we got the news...
Last fling of the summer (09/03/16)
Hi neighbors. I hope you are enjoying the last long weekend of summer. Labor Day weekend is heralded as the last summer fling before the fall schedules lock us all into our autumn and winter routines. Many families celebrate together with reunions, backyard barbecues, short vacations and trips to the lakes for boating, fishing and skiing...
New shows coming soon (08/27/16)
Hi neighbors. Time shuffles on. Although Solomon stated that there is nothing new under the sun, every September television producers try to change that truth. The new fall season starts on television! Actually, a few things have already started. Zombies are a big draw again this year -- at least the producers hope to keep the dead half alive another season. ...
Get out and about (08/20/16)
Hi neighbors. My daughter sent me pictures of her and her family at the Iowa State Fair via email today. She lives just a block away from the fairgrounds and goes every year. Usually friends and family converge on her home for a two to four day stay to attend...
The good old days at school (08/13/16)
Hi neighbors. Now is the time to really appreciate the free days we still have till school starts again. It won't be much longer before weekends will again be the only time to plan for family outings. School will start soon and the daily routines for all family members will again revolve around that activity. Planning, shopping and scheduling seem to become a full time job for the family secretary. In most families, this job description falls on Mom...
Back to school? (08/06/16)
Hi neighbors. August is here and the countdown to summer's end is already being announced with back to school sales. How would you feel about having year round school? We already have summer school. Some could take classes scheduled for the next year and gain more credit hours for graduation and free their next years schedule for additional classes of interest...
The running of the candidates (07/30/16)
Hi neighbors. I have never been so weary of elections as I am now with the current presidential debacle. With three months left till Election Day, I cannot wait for it to come and pass. I no longer can stomach the thought of either of the current candidates representing America as its president...
A loved one passes (07/23/16)
Hi neighbors. This last week I attended the funeral of a beloved aunt. She was 89 years old. She was my father's sister and was the only remaining family member of that generation. Although there was more than a 20 year age difference, we felt very comfortable talking with each other and we had become good friends. She had been home-bound for a few years but though we seldom talked face to face, we did have one to two hour chats on the telephone fairly often...
Support systems we all need (07/16/16)
Hi neighbors. As we get older we all need help now and then. I'm at that stage in my life when I need help with certain chores around the house: mowing the grass, cleaning carpets, painting and gardening. We all have things to do that often require more than one person to get them done...
Story Telling (07/09/16)
Hi neighbors. Tomorrow the Vernon County Historical Society will meet in the Bushwhacker Museum for a regularly scheduled quarterly meeting. Starting at 2 p.m., the meeting will include a presentation by Ron McMillian as "Hagaoda," the Native American storyteller. You may have seen him in the Living History tent during Bushwhacker Days...
Happy Independence Day! (07/02/16)
Hi neighbors. Many people across America are having a three-day weekend to celebrate Independence Day, July Fourth. Along with picnics, parades and party going, many Americans will display the American Flag -- Old Glory -- in some fashion. Do you know how to display the flag properly? There are rules of respect for the flag. The United States Government website offers these simplified tips as well as a PDF booklet that includes more information. Here is that posting from the USAGov website...
Keep your cool! (06/25/16)
Hi neighbors. If you are like me and don't plan on a trip to Alaska this year, you need to get ready for the heat. If you have air conditioning, use it wisely. It's time to check your house and prepare it just as you would for winter blasts. Make certain all the windows close all the way. ...
Happy Father's Day! (06/18/16)
Hi neighbors. Tomorrow is Father's Day! I hope everyone has plans to spend time with their father, grandfather or other father figure in their life. I cannot imagine having a childhood without a father, or of losing a father during childhood. Yet every day we hear of fathers who never participate in family life, are never around or have died while their children are young...
Bushwhacker Days are here again! (06/11/16)
Hi neighbors. It's been a hectic week with all the Bushwhacker Days events and the carnival in town. I love to hear the giggles and screams of delight as children rediscover the fun of Nevada's 52nd annual event. Although most adults work, students are out of school and eager to take in all the sights, sounds, smells and money-spending opportunities on the Square every night. ...
Enjoy the rest of spring (06/04/16)
Hi neighbors. I hope everyone is enjoying the cool days and nights. The swimming pool will soon be the most popular place in town, next to the ice cream shops. It is a while till summer, but while it is still cool, everyone thinks summer can't get here soon enough...
Memorial Day memories (05/28/16)
Hi neighbors. Happy Memorial Day weekend! As a child growing up in Wichita, Kan., most of my memories of my father's family involve holiday trips back to Missouri when my father had a day off and there was no school. Memorial Day always involved a trip to the cemeteries, a picnic at the park and a family gathering at my grandmother's house. ...
Back to Iowa to visit family (05/21/16)
Hi neighbors. I've spent this last week in Des Moines, Iowa, visiting my daughter's family. The weather was a little cooler than here in Nevada. As usual, I had a wonderful time visiting and spending time with my granddaughter and son-in-law as well as my daughter!...
Enjoying the changing weather (05/14/16)
Hi neighbors. May is here and flowers are blooming everywhere! Roses are beautiful this year and in full bloom everywhere I look. These last couple of days with warmer weather reminds us that spring is pretty much gone, with nothing to look forward to but thunderstorms and tornadoes. Summer is just around the bend. I've already had to turn on the air conditioner once!...
Flossie's little house in the big back yard (04/30/16)
Hi neighbors. If you recall from last week, Flossie had determined she needed a storage shed. In the process of searching for the perfect storage shed she fell in love with the little sheds that look like houses. She bought one with a front porch and three windows and a single door. Her first decision was to put the little house on a small lot she had by a local lake. That didn't work out for several reasons...
Flossie gets a cabin on the lake -- sort of (04/23/16)
Hi neighbors. Flossie came by the other day and wanted me to go shopping with her. She had made up her mind while having her morning coffee that day that she wanted a storage building and was determined to have it up and ready by supper. We went to several hardware and lawn and garden type stores. ...
Out to the movies (04/15/16)
My children and I had gone to the theater to see "Batman vs. Superman" which is a very long movie. Recently remodeled, the theater had installed new seats, which were greatly appreciated! Unfortunately, remodeling left some problems that have always been my pet peeves anyway. First, there are no bright ceiling lights on at any time; so finding a seat, or even finding the steps to climb when going in or coming out of the movie is difficult. I hope they correct this...
Thoughts on spring (04/02/16)
Hi neighbors! Although we still have some cold nights ahead, it seems spring has sprung! Now we can cautiously stop worrying about ice and snow and start worrying about thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes. On a personal note, I celebrated another birthday yesterday! It was nice to have family around to celebrate and share a movie with. It's always a shock to wake up one morning and realize you've gained a year overnight...
Hanging with family (03/26/16)
Hi neighbors! I've just gotten home from a vacation with my daughter in Iowa! It was great fun and felt really good to get to spend time with her and her family. While my daughter taught a couple of hours of dance lessons at her studio, my granddaughter, Alyssa, and I had a wonderful adventure at a nearby mall in Des Moines...
Ageless gardening (03/19/16)
Hi neighbors. While at a store the other day I noticed vegetable and flower seeds for sale. It startled me for a moment because I thought it too early for thinking too much about planting corn or green beans. Then I realized that it wasn't too early at all...
Saint Patty's Day (03/12/16)
Hi neighbors. This Thursday, March 17, is Saint Patrick's Day, a.k.a. St. Patty's Day or Feast of St. Patrick, and celebrates the memory of Ireland's beloved patron saint. It is both a religious and cultural celebration. The date marks the traditional death of the saint. In the early 17th century, it was made an official Christian feast day observed by the Church of Ireland, the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church...
New beginnings (03/05/16)
Hi neighbors. March is a busy month for many of us. We have to start planning our flower and vegetable gardens. Spring starts on the 20th; St. Patrick's Day is on the 17th. I've always heard peas have to be planted by St. Patrick's Day, even in planted in snow!...
Things put off for another day (02/27/16)
Hi neighbors. Monday will be Feb. 29! 2016 is a Leap Year and that means one more day is added to the year. Since this only happens every four years, we should think of some way to best utilize the free day. In my opinion the day should be spent in one of two ways: doing something constructive, or taking a one-day vacation. Since it falls on Monday, we should start celebrating (at least the vacation idea) today!...
Windstorm Flossie blows her top (02/20/16)
Hi neighbors. With all the high winds, many people have had shingles blow off or other roof problems. My pal Flossie came over the other day and stated her roof flew away. I asked her if she wanted some coffee although she was already having a shaking fit...
President's Day history (02/13/16)
Hi neighbors. Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and Monday is President's Day. A good gift for tomorrow would be a credit card to be used on Monday. President's Day was implemented in 1879 by an act of Congress for Washington government offices as a federal holiday. In 1885 all federal offices were included to celebrate. In 1971 it was determined to be celebrated each year on the third Monday of February; but was still titled Washington's birthday...
Happy Valentine's Day and relive or make new memories (02/06/16)
Hi neighbors. next Sunday is the big day for people in love! I hope you are prepared with cards, candy, wine, flowers, a night out on the town and a nice dinner. During my years as a reporter for the Nevada Daily Mail, each year I would do one or two articles about how various couples defined "love" and how they expressed it to their beloved. I have interviewed starry eyed teenaged couples and couples who had been married and deeply in love for more than 60 years...
New Year and new budget (01/30/16)
Hi neighbors. While getting my papers gathered up for tax time again, it became obvious that I was not doing a very good job of staying organized. This hits me every year. I make a new commitment and stick to it for the first quarter of the year. Somewhere between the second and third quarters my enthusiasm wanes and my organizational skills start to flicker...
Waiting out the ice (01/23/16)
Hi neighbors. This week surprised us with our first ice coating. It arrived in the middle of the day so no one anticipated the first step out the door might not end well. My daughter-in-law called me to come and get her. She had fallen on the ice trying to get to her car in the parking lot. She assured me she was now on her feet again, but afraid to move. As we talked, some people came by and helped her get to her car and into it. Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers!...
January observances (01/16/16)
Hi neighbors! Although January is half over, there is a still lot of time to celebrate some of the monthly events designated for January alone. Of course, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on the 18th this year. There are programs on television, in school and other events across the nation to celebrate this man's heroic efforts to bring justice and dignity to all people in a peaceful manner. ...
Getting away from winter (01/09/16)
Hi neighbors. We are into 2016! Do you still have to think before you write the date? How many checks have you had to toss so far? Don't worry, by August it will all feel normal. Although we have yet to have a snow in 2016, I'm pretty certain that will change in February. Until then I am happy to look out my window and see a heavy frost each morning; a little ice on the windshield that needs scrapping and cautionary frost on the back porch steps...
Merry Christmas! (12/19/15)
Hi neighbors! The countdown is almost over. By this time next week Christmas will be just another memory. Many people around the world celebrate Christmas Day as the birth of Jesus and hold religious ceremonies to reconnect to the meanings and founding principles of their beliefs...
December fun for the family (12/12/15)
Hi neighbors. The one thing nice about calendars of seldom known holidays and special events is that it gives a platform for some family fun. In case you didn't know, December is Bingo Month and Write a Friend Month. How long has it been since the family got together to play Bingo? A silly, old-fashioned game you say? Try it with your children and see how it goes. Tip, let them take turns being the "caller."...
The best Christmas gifts ever! (12/05/15)
Hi neighbors! Only 20 more days till Christmas, are you ready? I don't know if it's my old age, or if things have really changed that much; but it doesn't seem like people get as excited about Christmas as they used to. Shopping starts so early now, and takes away from Thanksgiving and even Halloween gets nicked in the bud by Christmas marketing...
Happy Thanksgiving! (11/21/15)
Hi neighbors. Time is getting short to prepare for Thanksgiving. Not to even mention Christmas shopping. Do you have favorite recipes for special occasions? Most of us do -- if not recipes to cook, then favorite dishes to eat. The traditional Thanksgiving with sweet potatoes cooked with brown sugar, butter and marshmallows seems to be a family favorite...
Wild Geese and guns (11/14/15)
Happy Birthday Amber! Hi neighbors. There is still time to do things outside. Better take those walks and photos of the outdoors while you can if you don't want snow or out of focus shots due to shivers. One thing I like most about fall is hearing the geese flying over, calling out to everyone on the ground the announcement that winter is on the way. "Come fly!" they honk to each other and to all of us landlubbers. I've always wished I could!...
Holiday season begins again (11/07/15)
Hi neighbors. Have you started Christmas shopping yet? Or are you one of those who have it all bought, wrapped and trimmed by Aug. 31? My children usually get a lot of their Christmas ordering done online. I do some shopping online but I like ordering from a paper catalog, and unless you order two months ahead of when you need something, you might not get what you ordered until after Christmas...
The Kindness of Strangers (10/17/15)
Hi neighbors. Throughout my life I have always felt that there were always people nearby to help me in times of need. I will admit to not having many close friends, but I have never ran out of helpful strangers. One day this week my friend Doris and I had gone out to take some photos of the fall leaf changes. We drove around Nevada some time, but noticed far more bag worm problems than beautiful trees...
Making choices is an autumn tradition (10/10/15)
Hi neighbors! I don't know why most big decisions need to be made in the fall. Things like insurance company plans. My health insurance plan has to be updated every year by the end of October. Large books are sent out to review. I think it would take more than a month to figure them out. I usually end up keeping the same insurance provider that I already have...
Get outside and enjoy the sunshine! (10/03/15)
Hi neighbors. I hope you all had an opportunity to see the full Blood Moon this week! I know here in our part of Missouri, it was not very impressive, however there were lots of photos from NASA posted on the Internet. It seems people in Europe got a better view. That's OK. The Blood Moon doesn't come around often and Missouri offers just as beautiful a lunar sight to see each month...
Flossie's end of the world, zombie alarm (09/26/15)
My friend Flossie is usually a reasonable woman. However, with all the new "end of the world" scenario movies and zombie Apocalypse television shows around these days; she has become a little paranoid. She had an electronic alarm device installed in her home. For the first month she turned the alarm on just before she got into bed. By the time she settled down and started dozing off, a voice rang out in her living room "The alarm is now armed!"...
Cleaning a teapot and dreaming of fun (09/19/15)
Hi neighbors. Fall is here and we still (hopefully) have a few fun weekends before the snow flies and the temperatures drop. I learned something new this week. When you have any question about anything, go to Google. Did you know several thousand readers have asked how to remove melted teapots from an electric burner and how to then clean the burner? Yes, I am certainly not the first and most likely not the last to ask that question. ...
Odds and ends and things I'm at odds with (09/12/15)
Hi neighbors. Another Sept. 11 has passed. It still hurts on so many levels. It's one of those events that you will never forget what you were doing when you heard about it -- like the assassination of President Kennedy. Just saying the words brings back mental pictures of how you first heard about it...
Watch out for ticks! (09/05/15)
Hi neighbors. With hunting seasons approaching, lots of hunters are teaching their children about gun use for the first time. When we talk about safety in the woods, don't forget to warn them of the tiny killers many forget about. I'm talking about ticks and Lyme's disease. ...
Exploring the joy of writing with others (08/29/15)
Hi neighbors. The Creative Writers group will meet Monday, Aug. 31, in the Nevada Public Library meeting room at 10:30 a.m. Although we usually meet the first Monday of each month, Labor Day holiday forced a change for this month only. The group is growing, although membership changes month to month...
Make time to be outdoors -- it's good for you (08/22/15)
Hi neighbors. Busy days are ahead as students return to school, and working parents tweak their schedules to mesh with their spouse and all of their children's new school activities. Parents who are in charge of the homefront have to find one big calendar to hang up to keep track of appointments for the family; buy small plastic bags and plastic containers for school lunches and help children organize their closets so dressing for school is planned the night before...
A gift for our grandchildren -- a livable world (08/08/15)
Hi neighbors. Maybe it's time for rethinking how we treat our home. Our home -- planet Earth. Maybe we should step outside more, into the green meadow or forest, look at a lake. Take time to see what Earth (without human concrete and steel) looks like...
Keeping cool in the summer heat (08/01/15)
Hi neighbors. In case you're just emerging from suspended animation, it is hot outside! A few days over 100 degrees already and it will probably get hotter before it gets cooler. Observing how people respond to weather is a favorite hobby of mine. Just the other day a neighbor said she couldn't wait for the rain to stop every day. She said it just caused more humidity and did nothing to lower the temperatures. She hoped the hot and dry weather of August would be easier to tolerate...
Odds and ends and things I'm at odds with (07/25/15)
Hi neighbors. I hope a few of you caught the three-night mini-series "Tut" this week. If not, tonight they are to show all six hours back-to-back if you want to tape it. As television shows depicting actual historic figures, they brought a better than most effort to the screen for authenticity and accuracy...
Quiet time (07/18/15)
Hi neighbors! I am glad to be home! When in Des Moines I always hit a couple of bookstores. I found "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff..." by Richard Carlson and have been enjoying reading that again. One chapter was about taking time to just sit quietly for a few minutes. Here's a journal entry about how that turned out!...
Vacation time in Iowa (07/11/15)
Hi neighbors. I've been in Iowa for a week and have enjoyed the cool weather! Mornings are still cool enough for sweaters or jackets and stay cool 'till almost noon. I also got to go to three of my granddaughter's soft ball games and saw her team win!...
Independence Day 2015 (07/03/15)
Hi neighbors. It's Independence Day weekend and there will be flashes of light and loud noises all weekend! Actually all the commotion started last weekend with a large fireworks display in town and several small bursts of "Lady Fingers" around the neighborhood...
The season of family reunions! (06/27/15)
Hi neighbors. The summer season has already hit with heat, mugginess and things to do. People will be traveling for fun-filled vacations and for family reunions. It's that time of year! As the week between two holidays, this is similar to the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Father's Day has passed and the Fourth of July weekend is not yet here. Perfect time for get-togethers with family...
Wedding day for Bill and Amber! (06/20/15)
Hi neighbors. I'm so happy and excited I can hardly control myself! My son Bill is getting married today to his long-term girlfriend Amber. They are so happy together and so in love; only marriage can increase their perfection. When they decided to marry, Bill and Amber went to Texas for Bill to meet her father. ...
Bushwhacker Days plus (06/13/15)
Hi neighbors. I hope everyone is enjoying Bushwhacker Days! Today is the final day so get down to the Square and have a blast! Tomorrow is Flag Day so be sure to display Old Glory with dignity and respect. There are rules for displaying the flag and certain etiquette for carrying, raising and lowering the flag. ...
Planning for June activities (06/06/15)
Hi neighbors. It's going to be a busy month for me. The first of June was my daughter's eighth wedding anniversary to my terrific son-in-law Karl. June 15 is my granddaughter's 14th birthday. June 20 is my son's wedding to my very soon to be darling daughter-in-law Amber...
Memorial Day -- It is a time to remember (05/23/15)
Hi neighbors. This Monday is Memorial Day. Most of us have our own way of celebrating this holiday; and for many of us it includes trips out of town to family graves. In my instance, this includes some little cemeteries in pastures. Most of these rural burial grounds have been fenced to keep grazing cattle out. Although I'd like to think they are fenced to protect the graves; this is a two-way situation...
Armed Forces Day and art (05/16/15)
Hi neighbors. Today is Armed Forces Day! Please take time to thank any members of any branch of the U.S. military for their service and their sacrifices. Remember, these people were not born into military service. They have parents, siblings, spouses and children. ...
Mother's Day and other special days (05/09/15)
Hi neighbors! May is a busy month. Here are some things to anticipate and find ways to celebrate. May 16 is Armed Forces Day; Love a Tree Day, National Sea Monkey Day (remember those?), and Wear Purple for Peace Day (we can all do that!) May 17 is Pack Rat Day (this doesn't apply to any of us does it?) Before you hit yard sales on this day, remember a Pack Rat leaves something behind when it brings something new home...
May days to remember (05/02/15)
Hi neighbors. May is here and there are many reasons to celebrate. I always like the calendars that list bizarre or unique holidays. Here are a few I found. May is Date Your Mate month, Foster Care month, National Barbecue month, National Bike month, National Blood Pressure month, National Hamburger month, National Photograph month, National Recommitment month, National Salad month and Older Americans month...
Giving a hand up to new artists (04/25/15)
Hi neighbors. I hope many of you got to see Jeremy Wiltse, You New Free, and Mood Ring Circus last Friday night right here in Nevada. The music was great and the crowd seemed to enjoy it a lot. My future daughter-in-law Amber, aka Fairy Sunflower, acted as MC and did a great job keeping the crowd eager for more music. All the band members and singers were pros and gave a really engaging performance...
Giving a hand up to new artists (04/25/15)
Hi neighbors. I hope many of you got to see Jeremy Wiltse, You New Free, and Mood Ring Circus last Friday night right here in Nevada. The music was great and the crowd seemed to enjoy it a lot. My future daughter-in-law Amber, aka Fairy Sunflower, acted as MC and did a great job keeping the crowd eager for more music. All the band members and singers were pros and gave a really engaging performance...
The dead can be very fattening (04/18/15)
Hi neighbors. The thing about genealogy is that the dead folk just won't let the living rest. About the time I think I have my database finished as far back as I can go, someone new (well, dead and buried) shows up to challenge my tenacity. My problem is that my database grows outward horizontally instead of staying in a straight blood line backwards. I just hate to see good information get left behind. Many people who find out they are in my database are delighted to glean information from me...
Social events that sound like fun (04/11/15)
Hi neighbors. It's been a good week. The farmers got some needed rain with no tornadoes, and the temperatures have been tolerable. Since I have retired I've tried to become more knowledgeable about the workings of various social network sites. I do participate on Facebook as many of my cousins from across the country also post there almost daily. ...
Easter and Passover (04/04/15)
Hi neighbors. Probably many of you had traditional ways to celebrate another Good Friday. Or perhaps you started observing Passover at sun down on Friday night. This is a weekend of many religious celebrations around the world. But Easter and Passover share some important religious aspects...
Flossie's new herb garden (03/28/15)
Hi neighbors. Flossie stopped by the other day to see if I would help her with building an herb garden. I thought that simple task couldn't be too demanding. I should have remembered it was Flossie that was going to make it. We spent most of the morning trying to design various gardens. She didn't like my favorite garden type, which was a stairway type. The picture on the Internet showed all the mature herbs complimenting each other by color, shape and height...
Dealing with new television viewing (03/21/15)
Hi neighbors. Spring is officially here. Strange how the week before was so much nicer. Oh well, it is official. I hope everyone got a peek at the eclipse yesterday. I write this on Thursday so I'm hoping it was visible here in Nevada. The big, full moon helped make it possible...
St. Patty's Day brings thoughts of spring (03/14/15)
Hi neighbors. While the groundhog might tell us if the last six weeks of winter will be fair or foul, St. Patrick's Day assures spring will arrive within days! My grandmother always said potatoes and peas had to be in the ground by St. Patrick's Day. ...
Celebrating creativity (02/28/15)
Hi neighbors. Although we've had little snow this year so far, we have had frigid temperatures and some snow. We have not always been so lucky and our neighboring states have been suffering through a mini ice age. So I thought I'd review some tips for getting into your house when there is snow and ice and you have no garage...
Want art and entertainment? Plenty available here (02/21/15)
Hi neighbors. Although the weather is cold and maybe a little icy now and then, there is a lot to see if you get out and about this coming week. Tonight at Cottey College enjoy "Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe" presented by the Cottey College Theatre Department. It is in the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts auditorium. Also featured is a costume contest for the best Steampunk contest; so attendees are encouraged to dress up...
Happy Valentine's Day! (02/14/15)
Hi neighbors. Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you have lots of romantic plans for the day and the evening. Often this holiday is attributed to Romans who would draw names on this day to determine who their 'friend with benefits' would be for the following year...
Celebrating the many special days in February (02/07/15)
Hi neighbors. February has lots of reasons to celebrate. As a month it is designated as: American Heart Month, An Affair to Remember Month, Black History Month, Canned Food Month, Creative Romance Month, Great American Pie Month, National Cherry Month, National Children's Dental Health Month, National Grapefruit Month, and National Weddings Month...
Local artists hold informal gathering (01/31/15)
Hi neighbors. Thursday, my friend Doris and my future daughter-in-law Amber attended an open Art Share at the Art Shop on Cherry Street ran by Andrew McNair here in Nevada. We walked about looking at the artwork on display. There were several portraits in oil, a mixed media piece, some sculptures and some photographs. The main feature of the event was the relaxed atmosphere that quickly grew into friendly exchanges about art in its many forms...
Old time shopping methods are still fun today (01/24/15)
Hi neighbors. I hope you all got to spend a little time outside in the sun and warm air this week. We all like to get out. When we prefer to stay inside, either due to the weather or inclination, there are some in-home fun things we all like to do. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of sitting in a porch swing with my aunt pouring over the newest Sears & Roebuck catalog. ...
The importance of family stories (01/17/15)
Hi neighbors. Last Sunday I attended the annual meeting of the Vernon County Historical Society. Officers and board members were voted in during the first part of the meeting. The presentation was given by Geoff Giglierano, the former Executive Director of the Missouri Humanities Council...
Yes, it is winter -- don't take chances (01/10/15)
Hi neighbors. Although winter began on Dec. 21, this last week has really demonstrated to us how winter should feel. I have stayed in my little house and I hope most of you have had that opportunity as well. When I got up this morning, Thursday, I noticed there was no frost or ice on the car windshield. Then I remembered how cold it got last night and realized it was too cold to frost! That's too cold, my friends...
Happy New Year to all of my readers (01/03/15)
Hi neighbors. It is not too late to wish each other a good year in 2015. It seems so odd that 2014 is gone already. Now is a good time to look back and review all we have done in 2014; what has happened in our house, our town, our state, our country and our world...
A new Christmas poem from Flossie (12/20/14)
Hi neighbors. I hope you have all finished your shopping and are ready to just hang out at home and wait for the little fat guy in a red suit to show up. I have finished shopping to the best of my knowledge. I'll try to stay out of stores and off shopping websites until after New Year's Day...
Santa Claus is watching -- I hope! (12/13/14)
Hi neighbors. The time is fast approaching when those little reindeer feet prance around on our rooftops, displacing shingles and kicking off attic fan covers. Soon Santa will dispense chimney soot all over our front rooms, eat cookies, drink milk and leave soot-covered colorful gifts strung around the tree...
Thanksgiving leftovers always abound (11/29/14)
Hi neighbors. I trust we have all loosened our belts and ingested large numbers of carbs, sugars, salts and calories in general. Hopefully there were plenty of family members about to share the food and the guilt of overindulgence. Now that the company has gone home, the stuffed feeling has left us and settled into references to turkey leftovers only. We will have to eat turkey and candied sweet potatoes for another day at least...
Is this the beginning of the end for Thanksgiving? (11/22/14)
Hi neighbors. Many of you have heard me complain over the years about the impending demise of Thanksgiving. This year the first nail went into the coffin of my most beloved holiday. Several large retail chains have decided to ignore the long-held tradition of postponing Christmas sales until the week after Thanksgiving...
Nancy Malcom
The Third Cup