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Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
New meaning for health care deadlines (10/18/14)
Hi neighbors. October begins the decision making time for most people with insurance on what they want for 2015 coverage. Medicare users have from the first of the month until Dec. 7, to notify the good folks at the Medicare offices of their choices. Not actually choices for Medicare itself as that stays constant; but for the other insurances in the private sector that cover what Medicare does not...
Zombies and genealogy (10/11/14)
Hi neighbors. There was good news on television the other night! "The Walking Dead" show opens its new season this Sunday night. Yeah! One of my favorite shows (just below "Elementary," which won't start until Oct. 30). "The Walking Dead" is more soap opera than horror...
October TV needs Monitoring by Parents. (10/04/14)
Hi neighbors. With the beginning of October comes the promise (or threat) from most television stations of 31 days of horror films. Nightly fare will feature horror flicks once shown at theaters. They may include slash and chop movies (where the only reason for the movie to be made appears to be increasing the sale of fake blood and plastic body parts), science fiction or Gothic classic monsters, lots of horror with witchcraft, mythological monsters, and a few bio-hazards thrown in for fun...
Read a book -- don't watch TV (09/27/14)
Hi neighbors. I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather we have been having. It's a good time to sit on the porch in the sunshine and curl up with a good book in the evening. I've been reading a great book by former Nevada Daily Mail editor, Lynn A. ...
Almost autumn in Nevada (09/20/14)
Hi neighbors. The new television season should start soon. In my opinion, not soon enough! I miss my favorite shows and have seen the re-runs at least twice. The appearance of the new shows is definitely something to anticipate. Autumn will officially be here this coming week. ...
A death in the family, Gentry Malcom (09/12/14)
Hi neighbors. It has been a sad week for members of the Malcom family as my childrens' father, Gentry Finis Malcom, passed away suddenly on the 9th. Like most families facing a tragedy, they found themselves unprepared for the event of their father's passing so suddenly. He had been ill for the last year or more, but was in a nursing home and seemed to be stable...
A smorgasbord of September celebrations, holidays (with insightful commentary) (09/05/14)
Hi neighbors. September is upon us and, boy, is it loaded with celebrations and weird holidays. Here are most of them. Starting with the 6th, is one of my favorite days, National Writing Date Day. Try your hand at writing! The 7th lists Grandma Moses Day, Grandparent's Day (another one of my personal favorites!), National Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day, "Neither Snow nor Rain" Day (say thanks to your mail delivery person), Pet Rock Day (do you remember when this started?), Salami Day, and International Literacy Day.. ...
Wrapping up summer, preparing for fall and winter (08/30/14)
Hi neighbors. It is the last weekend of August and we bid goodbye to the last full month of summer. Where did it go? Not that there still aren't lots of things to work on and play with, and hopefully cooler weather in which to do the outside work and play...
School, classes starting everywhere (08/22/14)
Hi neighbors. It is another hot weekend, so stay cool. Go swimming while the pool is still open. If it stays hot all day, go take in a movie at the local theater. There is always lots to do in Nevada. Although some places still traditionally start school after Labor Day (Sept. 1) Nevada is already started. Whatever school you attend, in these days of economic problems, it is often a family responsibility to get children their needed supplies for the school year...
Unrest in St. Louis over shooting (08/18/14)
Hi neighbors. From the news it appears the racism riots of the 60s have returned. I will only touch briefly on the matter of a young man of 18 being shot by police in St. Louis. I don't feel I know enough about the situation to comment in detail. My main concern was why was the man shot? Was he committing a crime? Did it appear to the police that he was carrying or drawing a weapon?...
Stay safe and still do a good deed (08/08/14)
Hi neighbors. I hope everyone has good fans or air conditioning! Or at least lots of water to drink and stick your feet in (well, not both activities from the same container!) Keep popsicles handy and other cold treats. Jell-O is always good, furnishes good flavor, water intake and helps cool you down...
Back in the race -- walking race (08/01/14)
Hi neighbors. What a lovely week it has been! I have finally gotten some energy back and have been making the rounds of all of my old haunts to start some volunteer work. I will be helping out with the genealogy room on Thursdays and perhaps another day as well...
Shaking the sieve on genealogy (07/25/14)
Hi neighbors. I often watch television documentaries about archaeology digs and have noticed that they will take tons of sand, dirt, dust and small rocks and shake them through a sieve to find tiny bits of ceramics, animal bones, etc. Anthropologists and biologists do this to find tiny pieces of once living ancient people or animals like dinosaurs and Neanderthals...
Weird calendar days in July (07/18/14)
Hi neighbors. Although the "normal" calendar shows very little to celebrate during the rest of July, certain so-called weird calendars list strange holidays for every day of any month. Here is a composite example. The 19th you can celebrate National Raspberry Cake Day or Stick Out Your Tongue Day, or play a few games of chess to recognize International Chess Day...
Mid-Continent Library trip (07/11/14)
Hi neighbors. I had an excellent adventure this past week. A friend of mine who is currently celebrating a vacation and I finally made our long-anticipated trip to Independence to visit the Mid-Continent Genealogical Library. She knew the way, at least most of the way, and we had a minimal amount of trouble finding the library. Of course, we did have some "circling of the block" a time or two, but nothing too discouraging...
Celebrate the Independence holiday with family, friends (07/05/14)
Hi neighbors. It is Independence Day weekend! I hope you are having a great and safe, time of it. I have had a wonderful time this past weekend with visitors from Iowa. My daughter, her husband and my granddaughter were all here. My son Bill and his fiancée were both here and a great visit was had by all...
Flossie tackles construction delays (06/27/14)
Hi neighbors. I saw Flossie in her back yard a day ago, and she was hammering small pieces of wood onto 4 foot long 4x4s. I watched for a few minutes before she would realize I was at her back fence gate in the alley at the side of her property. Finally, I could stand it no more -- the kitten was climbing the fence to get me, meowing loudly. I knew my stealth mode would soon be discovered...
How to spend your summer vacation Missouri style (06/20/14)
Hi neighbors. Remember a few weeks ago when we were complaining about the cold? Hold that thought. Turn it over and over in your mind. It might cool you off, might. Many people can't wait for summer. Most of these people like water. Dreams of warm sunshine, swimming, boating, fishing, canoeing, river rafting -- all that stuff -- keep them happy while the snow flies...
Bushwhacker Days -- Fire, flags and fathers (06/13/14)
Hi neighbors. What a weekend! The Bushwhacker Days celebration ends with a big bang with lots of good music, good food, good friends and neighbors having a good time. It is our annual remembrance of a bitter war, homes lost to fire and family lost in battles. Not intended to stir up old animosities, the Bushwhacker Days celebration is meant to remind us all that whatever our differences, we are all one people...
An aged perspective on life through the cycles of time (05/30/14)
Hi neighbors. Another month bites the dust and time moves on to whatever comes next. We have always heard older people say that time moves faster the older you get. I don't think time moves faster. I think we start recognizing the passage of cycles...
How to enjoy Memorial Day (05/23/14)
Hi neighbors. Monday will be Memorial Day. Of course, if you want to wait, Friday the 30th will also be Memorial Day. I don't think your boss will give you both days off as the Memorial Day holiday. You may not get to choose which one to "count" as your Memorial Day celebration...
A true survivor's guide on surviving the stomach flu (05/16/14)
Hi neighbors. This week everyone I know has been ill with the stomach flu. I'm no doctor, of course, but we all have our own notions about how to deal with illness. Here are some things I've tried and that have been suggested to me by my doctor. Yes, doctor...
Jessica and Rick -- living the dream of fiction writers (05/09/14)
Hi neighbors. There are two very popular television shows that feature fiction novelists as their primary characters. In both of these series we see them talk a lot about their writing, go on speaking engagements, teach college students about writing, teach prison inmates about writing (and committing the perfect murder) and trot all over the United States and Europe on book signings...
A few of the things Flossie does not like (05/02/14)
Hi neighbors. Thursday night my friend Flossie called me to see if I was home. Now, Flossie never calls ahead of time. She usually just walks into the kitchen demanding coffee and cake. Thursday though, she explained she did not want to venture out into the frigid air unless she knew ahead of time that I would be there to offer coffee and some hot air to defrost her nose and toes...
Babysitting the grand-dog and becoming well-trained, too (04/25/14)
Hi neighbors. For the last week my son has been in Texas meeting his soon-to-be in-laws. He arranged for a friend to tend to his two cats and asked me to take care of the Corgi named Zeus. Zeus grew up here at my house as a puppy and he seemed quite at home. He has had no problem assimilating his old routine and seems very content to revert to being a spoiled pup...
Hanging on April's promise (04/11/14)
Hi neighbors. As I get older I find myself clinging to habits and avoiding change as much as possible. I like things like I'm used to; whether those things or habits are good or not. I've heard that it takes seven days to establish a habit and three months to ingrain it so much it becomes a habit, instead of something you have to think about before you do it...
The sieve's wish list is a must do before considering a retirement bucket list (04/04/14)
Hi neighbors. As I write this thunderstorms are threatening. My daughter in Iowa said they had snow today. Sometimes, it's hard to know what we want isn't it. How many of us sit around for 60-plus years yammering that we can't wait to retire? But we just wait. April 1 was April Fool's Day and my birthday. As I get closer and closer to retirement age, it seems to get further away...
I Have Found Winter! (03/28/14)
Hi neighbors. About the time Spring finally found Nevada, I visited Iowa and found winter still there! I complain a lot about the cold and snow and ice, so most people would think I would have sense enough to not venture north on the cusp of spring. But I got time off from work and decided I would go visit my daughter and her family in Des Moines...
Spring weather came by, did you see it? (03/21/14)
Hi neighbors. There have been signs for almost two weeks: robins dive-bombing each other, sparrows collecting twigs, squirrels acting like spastic ninjas, children chasing each other around at the bus stops. These are all typical spring phenomena. One day last week I actually left my screen door open almost twenty minutes. The next day I was scraping ice off the car windshield...
Flossie vs St. Patrick's leprechauns 1-0 (03/14/14)
Hi neighbors. Believe it or not, this Monday is St. Patrick's Day. Believe in them or not, many people swear they have had encounters of the tricky kind with leprechauns, wee folk, fairies, etc. My mostly pragmatic friend, Flossie has some chinks in her armor of "scientific thinking" that bare strong resemblances to superstition. Just don't tell her that...
It's that time change time of year (again) (03/08/14)
Hi, neighbors. At 2 a.m. this Sunday morning you must get out of bed and change your clocks ahead one hour. Of course, if you can go back to sleep within 10 minutes, you will find you still miss an entire hour's rest. Some people who are less adventurous set their clocks the night before...
Reading the Daily Mail (03/01/14)
Hi, neighbors. I was saddened to see that the Nevada Daily Mail will go to a four-day a week publishing schedule. I can, however, certainly understand the need to cut costs as much as possible, while still maintaining the same degree of service. I look forward to getting the newspaper every day when I come home from work. When there is no newspaper on Mondays in my mailbox, I still have to remind myself "well, it must be Monday." Now, I will have two days of trying to figure it out...
Work, work, work (02/22/14)
Hi neighbors. Is it spring yet, or should I crawl back under my rock with Phil the groundhog? I called my daughter Thursday morning to warn her to stay home to avoid the blizzard due to hit Des Moines that day. She said she might cancel all of her classes and stay where it was safe. I know her -- she didn't...
Flossie and the Beatles (02/15/14)
Hi neighbors. February is more than half over already! How are you doing with those New Year's resolutions? I didn't make many and most of them have been shelved for other, more pressing demands. Flossie was by the other day and said she was glad she hadn't made any. ...
Enjoy the indoor weather (02/08/14)
Hi neighbors. Nippy weather continues and all that "snow fun" is getting old, even for the children. There is always a lot to do where the heaters work though. Bundle up and take the family out (when the roads are safe) to visit some local businesses and indoor attractions...
Throw a ball at the sun! (02/01/14)
Hi neighbors. It's not spring yet. I can't remember if the groundhog is supposed to see his shadow (meaning the sun is out) and there will be an early spring; or if there will be a longer stretch of winter weather if he does or does not see his shadow. Guess I need to do some research...
I just sound crazy (01/25/14)
Hi, neighbors. Long winter days and cold winter nights remind us all how good it feels to curl up with a good book, in front of a warm fire, while sipping some hot coffee. It doesn't get much better than that. There is at least one thing better: sitting in front of a video of a fireplace, holding a computer and working with a fired up passion to put just the right words in the most entertaining order...
Cold winter chill (01/18/14)
Hi, neighbors. If you aren't tired of running around in short sleeves ,you have to be happy you're wearing a parka! Temperatures can go from 8 degrees to 58 in a couple of days time. Since it is January, cold seems to dominate, of course. And by cold, I mean frigid!...
A memorial to Leta Bell Dotson Malcom (01/11/14)
Hi neighbors. We all lose someone dear to us in our life times. Most of us lose several people close to us by blood, marriage or deep friendship. Each of them was special to us, not simply for what they did, but for who they were. My son called me late Wednesday night to tell me his grandmother had died at the Nevada Regional Medical Center. ...
Can you hear me now? (01/04/14)
Hi neighbors. Welcome to 2014! Things are off to a shaky start I'd say. I am so ready for June -- it doesn't snow in June, nor sleet nor drop to four degrees in the night. Wind chill is not even mentioned in weather reports in June. I am definitely ready for June...
Now what's going on (01/03/14)
OK. Do you have your Christmas tree down or disposed of yet? Are all of your Christmas decorations neatly stored away in clearly-labeled boxes? Have all the snacks you bought or fixed for New Year's Eve been eaten up? Have you finished the last of your New Year's Day ham? Then I guess you are ready for the next thing. But what is it?...
Vacuum week (12/28/13)
Hi neighbors. I always call this week "Vacuum Week." Not because I clean carpets all week, but because it is the time when 2013 holds its breath knowing 2014 is lying in wait just around the corner. People all seem to still be catching their wind from all the Christmas hubbub and none of us want to anticipate 2014 too soon...
He's here! (12/21/13)
Hi neighbors. By this time next week Santa will have fled with the sled and gone back to bed. Wednesday is the big day! We may have a white Christmas after all. I remember what a big thrill it was to get out of school for Christmas vacation. We had two full weeks off ending with the first weekday of January after January first...
Christmas Past (12/14/13)
Hi neighbors. If you are finished shopping and are still shy a few gifts for those "particular" people who always give (and want given) homemade or nostalgic gifts, have I got some ideas for you. There are many homemade gifts related to genealogy and family history. The secret is to find the right format and slant to suit whatever age of your intended gift recipient...
Christmas gifts (11/30/13)
By Nancy Malcom Hi neighbors. With the last weekend of November bringing an end to one holiday and the beginning of another with Black Friday, it is time to reflect on what we want for Christmas. As a young girl growing up in Wichita, Kan., I remember that every birthday wish and every Christmas wish included some type of horse or pony. At 10 years old, I could think of no better job than growing up to be a stable hand and cleaning out stalls at a horse ranch...
Let's talk turkey (11/23/13)
Hi neighbors. It's that time of year again, when everyone is gabbing about grabbing gobblers. I hope you have your turkey already bought because otherwise, you might be eating chicken or ham. I find it surprising that we all wait in anticipation for the big "turkey day" meal, but as much as we enjoy it then, we never eat it again until a year later. Maybe it is the long memory of leftovers and one day of feasting, followed by three weeks of trying to avoid left over food...
I've been working on the family book all the livelong day! (11/16/13)
Hi, neighbors. We have a new tradition in my extended family. Whenever we get together for a holiday, special event or all just happen to be in the same place for whatever reason, we take photos. Everyone takes photos. Then, we make a CD of all the photos from our camera and mail them around. Everyone else does the same, so we all end up with all of the photos. This way, we eventually get photos of ourselves (we being the ones who always pack the cameras and take the photos.)...
Celebrate November (11/09/13)
Hi neighbors. November has a lot going on. And you thought turkey day was the only celebration this month!t It is Aviation History Month -- we have an airport in Nevada for a field trip and a library for the research. Have fun! Child Safety Protection Month is in November as well. It involves more than locking your cabinets and putting those plastic things in your wall sockets. Do a search, find some reliable tips and make you home safe for the children and the grandchildren...
Flossie's scary Halloween trick (11/02/13)
Hi neighbors. I trust we all made it through another Halloween. My street was crowded with superheroes and cartoon characters galore; with a few video game characters thrown in for good measure. There were still traditional witches, goblins and ghosts though...
Happy Halloween (10/26/13)
Hi neighbors. Another "boo!" night is upon us and we had best beware candy that children go "yuck!" in the night. Halloween is the one night of the year when we let all health concerns go out the window -- or up the chimney via steam from the cauldron...
Holidays and Alzheimer's (10/19/13)
Hi neighbors. From the ghosts and goblins to the babies in top hats, this time of year is full of holidays. Holidays are traditionally a time for families to gather and celebrate their love. But if you are a caregiver to a person with Alzheimer's or other dementias, the thoughts of a houseful of guests -- even beloved guests -- can seem overwhelming...
Ten signs of Alzheimer's Disease (10/05/13)
In anticipation of National Alzheimer's Month in November, I will be occasionally dedicating this column to help us all learn more about Alzheimer's disease. Most of the material quoted will come from the Alzheimer's Association website. It holds a wonderful amount of current information on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias...
Easy rider on the stationary bike (09/28/13)
Hi neighbors. It is beautiful weather outdoors -- in case all of you folks are like me and are stuck five days a week indoors at a desk. I love the misty, almost foggy mornings where the grass is as wet as if it had rained. When I first moved back to Missouri from dry weather Kansas I was amazed at the dew and mist covered mornings in the fall. ...
What would Mom say (09/21/13)
Hi neighbors. My mother often said that we don't always recognize what we need when it is right in front of us. Like most children, I figured she was having a senior moment and just trying to sound wise by jabbering nonsense. That's when I was 10. Now that I occasionally have senior moments of one type or another myself, I think about some of her wisdom and begin to understand what she was talking about all those decades ago. I never was a quick study...
Shaking old branches (09/14/13)
Hi neighbors. The other night I was watching a documentary on television about Al Capone, aka, Scarface. Well, in truth, I wasn't really "watching" it. I was flipping through channels looking for something to catch my eye. It was my ear that got caught. ...
Flossie talks about unemployment (09/07/13)
Hi neighbors. Jobs are scarce and finding one in today's economy is as difficult as it is vital to survival. A friend of mine recently relocated to Nevada and is busy looking for a job. Scouring the newspapers was pretty disappointing. Digging through layer after layer of web pages was discouraging and she was about to give up...
Poor Richard revisited (08/31/13)
Hi neighbors. On a whim yesterday I bought a Harris' Farmer's Almanac for 2014. It says on the cover that it is inspired by the original Harris Almanack first published in 1892. There is a picture of Ben Franklin in the corner and the boast that this magazine is "in the same tradition as Ben Franklin's 'Poor Richard's Almanack.'"...
Looking for the missing link (08/24/13)
Hi neighbors. It's that time of year already when you always carry a bathing suit and a sweater in the car. You never know what the weather will be. I do not know how people survive without air conditioning. I do not think I would fare very well if I didn't have air conditioning in my home, my car and where I work. Like most people, I'm spoiled...
What's left to do in August (08/17/13)
Hi neighbors. August is half over -- wow. For those of us who let it slip by scarcely noticed, we have already missed half of the fun! I like to find those weird calendars that have silly things for every day. I enjoy doing silly things now and again. If you do too, it's not too late to get into the swing of things in what is left of August...
Flossie meets the challenge (08/10/13)
Hi neighbors. A couple of weeks ago I sent out a challenge for readers to keep track of a single day and expand it to make it interesting reading for their descendants. Flossie announced that she had met and even exceeded the challenge when she came over for coffee the other morning...
Staying afloat (07/27/13)
Hi neighbors. July draws to an end and August lies in wait before us. Typically August is hot and dry in Missouri and most of the Midwest. If "people say" statistics are correct; most air conditioners break down in August. "People say" also claims more heating units and oddly, house fires, occur in January; babies are born and people die more often between two and four a.m., water pipes break when no one is home, water heaters, toilets and washing machines spring leaks when you go on vacation and your doctor goes on vacation when your baby is due.. ...
A challenge to you (07/20/13)
Hi neighbors. I was recently introduced to a three ring notebook filled with typed pages holding memories of an elderly woman. I was fascinated just flipping through it and reading a few paragraphs at random. Special events of her life were highlighted. The birth of her children, the death of her parents and other family members, the weddings, church gatherings, etc...
Beat the heat (07/13/13)
Hi neighbors. The last few days of temperatures over 100 have convinced me that no one should live without air conditioning. Unfortunately, many people still do. If you are a person living without an air conditioner, please try to find someplace for relief during the hottest times of the day -- from noon through four in the afternoon...
Remembering (07/06/13)
Hi neighbors. Another Fourth of July has come and gone. I hope everyone had a great day! And I sincerely hope everyone took time to remember and to recognize those who have fought to save the celebration of July 4th throughout America's history -- as well as those still fighting today...
Flossie's weekend family reunion (06/29/13)
Hi neighbors. I had just finished the first pot of coffee of the day and was measuring grounds for the next one when Flossie knocked on my back door and opened it before I could shout "come on in." "I brought doughnuts," she said, plopping a small box on the table...
The good ole summertime! (06/22/13)
Hi neighbors. Welcome to summer! Break out those shrinkable garden hoses, soak down the Slip 'N Slide, and get the bathing suits out for the wading pool. This is the time when children are re-introduced to the backyard. Children who have no backyard find their way to the park. Parents plan "play dates" at the swimming pool for their tykes. The heat climbs and no one even notices. Well, no one under 50 any way...
Father's Day (06/15/13)
Hi neighbors. This Sunday is Father's Day! Many people will gather their extended families together for a barbecue or other get-together. The nice thing about Father's Day (speaking as a mother) the Dad's have to cook! Now this is a big production one day a year for many dads. For most mothers it is every holiday -- sometimes including Mother's Day...
Bushwhacker memories (06/08/13)
Hi neighbors. Another Bushwhacker Days celebration has almost passed! There were many events scheduled and most were well attended. I know many people plan time off work a year ahead of time so they can attend. Some have to travel many miles to get here. Many plan family reunions around the Bushwhacker Days week...
Social what? (06/01/13)
Hi neighbors. Do you remember never having a television? I think most of us have always had radios. What about telephones? Radios were always pretty simple. They may have had 10 buttons or knobs on them, but only three worked: on/off, volume and station selection. Early on there were only AM stations...
Memorials -- as varied as our lives (05/25/13)
Hi neighbors. This Monday is Memorial Day. Many of us will take small flags and flowers to cemeteries to honor our deceased loved ones. Memorials are stone markers where our entire lives are sometimes reduced simply to birth and death dates. The majority of Americans live their lives and leave only a rock and a hastily written obituary to mark their time on earth. The lucky ones also leave children and grandchildren to carry on the family name and history...
Our part in Armed Forces Day (05/18/13)
Hi neighbors. Today is Armed Forces Day. America's military is the best in the world and I see no reason to be shy about saying that. I admire all the branches of our military dressed so sharply in so many colors of various dress uniforms marching so proudly in a parade. You go gals and guys!...
Mother's Day memories (05/11/13)
Hi neighbors. This Sunday is a special day for most families in America. It is Mother's Day. Mother's Day is always a good day to celebrate our living mothers, aunts, grandmothers, mothers-in-law, and other older females in our circles of friends and family...
Flossie prepares for spring weather (05/04/13)
Hi neighbors. I went to Flossie's the other day to see her new kitten "Tinkerbelle" and to eat some of her homemade applesauce cake. (Delicious!) Tinkerbelle is a tiny calico with a loud voice and very sharp kitten claws! She had just been weaned when Flossie got her the day before and she was very needy for attention...
Citizens on watch (04/19/13)
Hi neighbors. We all have heard of the unfortunate bombing at the Boston marathon. I haven't kept up with the daily dose of what happened and who might be responsible because I find it just too depressing. But whoever it was they may have helped us wake up to the fact that there is danger everywhere...
Flossie the gardener (04/13/13)
Hi neighbors. The other day I was admiring the swamp that once was my back yard when Flossie came around the side of the house from the high and dry front yard. "Hi neighbor!" she greeted me and gingerly hopped from dry grass clump to rock and finally onto my back stoop...
Spring cleaning (04/06/13)
Hi neighbors. It is finally starting to feel like spring! I've seen crocus in bloom and the brave little dandelions are popping up all over. It was this proclivity to bloom early that inspired early immigrants to bring dandelions with them. Once in the New World they made themselves at home...
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone (03/16/13)
Uncle Pat sat on my grandmother's porch and told a tale that bears repeating. He was a diminutive man, dressed in work jeans with suspenders over a green flannel shirt and a red handkerchief around his neck. He wore a straw hat pushed back on his head...
So this is what they've been talking about (02/23/13)
Hi neighbors. What a week! I guess Mother Nature decided to dump everything on us at once. Others had snow and we did not. Others had sleet and we did not. Others had freezing rain and we did not. Then we got ALL of that in one shot! I hope all of you got through Thursday and Friday without incident. It was a good way to END winter (and I hope Mother Nature is listening.)...
Presidents Day (02/16/13)
Hi neighbors. I hope you had a good Valentine's Day. There were roses and chocolates all over the place it seems. There were even chocolate roses! The next big thing is President's Day on Monday. I don't think chocolate, roses or words of love mean much to dead presidents; but it is the thought that counts...
Saturday mail chorus (02/09/13)
Hi neighbors. You have probably already heard about no first class mail delivery on Saturdays starting some time this summer. Wow. Is the newspaper first class mail? No Saturday newspaper? Maybe there will be a Monday newspaper now instead? Maybe Saturday's newspaper won't get delivered until Monday. Some readers who live in the country have told me they get their newspapers a day late, so I suppose we will all be in the same boat soon...
Always something to celebrate (02/01/13)
Hi neighbors. Another February is upon us and with it another Groundhog Day. Groundhogs are difficult to observe, being the shy little creatures they are, so I have decided to watch for a squirrel to see his shadow. Squirrels, however, move so fast it might be hard to determine if they saw their shadow or not. ...
What are you doing for the next 20 years? (01/26/13)
Hi neighbors. Have you ever wanted to travel around the world? With all those thoughts of mountains and beaches, did the weather or the wind chill factor ever enter the visions of serenity in your head? During the past few weeks I have journeyed to the beaches of Florida, the dry hot dunes of the Sahara, the windy cold and wet Himalayan Mountains, and the muggy jungles of the Amazon. All here in Nevada, Mo.!...
Love is in the air (01/19/13)
Hi neighbors. I've heard that spring turns a young man's heart to fancy, but for my son it seems late summer was the magic moment. He came in one evening, sat on the couch and said he no longer considered himself a single man. I was flabbergasted! "What? You got married during lunch today?" I asked...
Flossie on gun control (01/12/13)
Hi neighbors. Other than the weather, the big talk in my neighborhood is on gun control. Flossie was over the other day for coffee and cake, and she had -- as usual -- her own opinions about gun control. "First and last word on gun control," Flossie took a bite of cake, munched a while and took a sip of coffee. "is NO."...
2012: time to review (01/05/13)
Hi neighbors. Did someone leave the door open? Wow! Talk about cold. If you know the expression "three dog night" we have had some 10 dog nights this week. I suppose that gave us more time to sit around and ponder the coming year; and to review the past year. While you're wrapped up in your blanket, sipping hot coffee in your easy chair, think back on the last twelve months. What do you remember most about 2012?...
Happy 2013! (12/29/12)
Our Congress is contemplating the next few months and how they are going to pay their bills. Welcome to grass roots America, elected officials. Most of them could see a resolution a lot sooner if they weren't trying to figure out which way and how far to lean to make things easier on them...
Merry Christmas! (12/21/12)
Hi neighbors. Christmas is just around the corner and I hope you have your shopping done and can sit down and have a cup of coffee before the visitors start showing up. How many of you will be headed "over the river and through the woods" to visit Grandma's house?...
Flossie writes yellow press (12/14/12)
Hi neighbors. I was in a waiting room the other day. It seems as a senior with a few medical problems I spend an inordinate amount of time in waiting rooms these days. Either waiting for lab draws, X-rays, scans, medications, or to hear results from X-rays, scans, lab draws, etc. You get the idea...
'Our Robin is Read ...' (12/08/12)
Hi neighbors. I have had the pleasure of reading Ellen Gray Massey's latest book and I am very impressed! The book, "Our Robin is Read -- Voices from the Wayside" is a collection of letters sent as a round robin between the Gray family's eight siblings, children of Chester and Pearl Gray. The letters span the time period from July 1944 through July 1970...
Just waiting for Christmas (11/30/12)
Hi neighbors. Thanksgiving is over and now we all just wait for Christmas. Some eager folks had their Christmas music CDs already in the CD player the night before Thanksgiving. They could hardly wait for Black Friday to start playing Christmas songs. Oh, joy...
Cold turkey (11/24/12)
Hi neighbors. Turkey Day is over for most of us and the fun of leftover exploration has already become old. I hope everyone got what they wanted on Black Friday. If not, don't despair. Cyber Monday is still waiting for your hard-earned bucks. For many people the weeks after Thanksgiving leading into Christmas are like the entire year speeded up for a month. As 2012 nears its close, we don't even slow down to see it pass until Dec. 31...
Flossie goes hunting (11/17/12)
Hi neighbors. Many of you might have been spending time outdoors hunting the wonderful Missouri white tailed deer this week. I know many hunters who spend the first day of deer season sitting in a tree stand waiting for the perfect buck to come hopping along...
Back to basics (11/10/12)
Hi neighbors. As usual there is as much debate after the various elections as before the votes were cast. As far as I'm concerned the die is cast, and what will be, will be. We all just need to figure out how to survive whatever future awaits us. As usual, I look for insights into contending with future problems from my ancestors who faced hard times with more grit than I feel I have...
See you at the polls! (11/03/12)
Hi neighbors. The spooks, ghosts, hobgoblins, werewolves, vampires and all other such things have been laid to rest again for another year. They have had enough chocolate, apples, oranges, popcorn balls and various types of chewing gum, and other candies to fill their ravenous little tummies for now. The streets are safe again. Well, as safe as they were pre-Oct. 31, at least...
Happy Halloween (10/27/12)
Hi neighbors. It's almost time for the monster invasion! I anticipate seeing more superheroes than monsters though. With the popularity of Spiderman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Thor, Iron Man and the Hulk, I bet all types of heroes with buckets in tow, will keep the streets busy this Wednesday night...
Scare time again! (10/20/12)
Hi neighbors. As Halloween approaches I reminisce about scary stories of my own past. Now these stories may not conjure up images from Hollywood movies, but they seemed pretty intimidating while living through them. As a child I was always afraid of the dark. ...
Settling in for winter (10/13/12)
Hi neighbors. There has been some frost on the pumpkins this week. I found myself forced to turn on the furnace. How I long for the smell of burning wood! Either as a fireplace or even a wood or pellet burning stove. I just hate the thought of being dependent upon one heat source with another winter coming on so quickly...
Flossie debates Columbus Day (10/06/12)
Hi neighbors. This Monday we can celebrate (and government employees stay home from work) Columbus Day. I'm not certain why we have a Monday holiday to celebrate Columbus Day. The usual reply is due to Christopher Columbus discovering America. Of course it wasn't America when he discovered it. I asked Flossie's opinion...
Cooking up the harvest (09/29/12)
Hi neighbors. Most people today take having food for granted. If you run out of food in your cupboard, there is always a variety of food at the local store. If you can't wait to go shopping, buying and bringing it home to cook; you can go to a local drive-through and be eating a hot meal within 10 minutes...
Opening day of autumn! (09/22/12)
Hi neighbors. Happy Autumn! It is official. Put away the patio furniture. Take in the plants on the porch or deck. There will be frost on the pumpkins any night now. September is almost over, and the next big thing is Halloween! Of course nowadays we call the entire season "Harvest Festival" or some such made-up-to-sell-stuff name...
Nancy Malcom
The Third Cup