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Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
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...
Early Christmas shopping because of Iowa weather (11/15/14)
Hi neighbors. In case you've forgotten, winter does not begin until Dec. 21. Of course, Mother Nature doesn't buy calendars so maybe she is unaware of that fact. Please, if you have any influence on the weather, I'd like a few more weeks of temps in the 60s at least...
Time change, voting and upcoming holidays (11/08/14)
Hi neighbors. It feels like fall now doesn't it? I was glad to hear that some people of supposed intelligence and importance in Jefferson City have determined that it would be better for people and commerce in Missouri to stay with either Central Standard Time or Central Daylight Time year round. ...
Dr. Bill to rescue my Internet connection (11/01/14)
Hi neighbors. Recently (three days ago) my Internet declared itself unavailable. Really? Does this mean we are breaking up? I can't live without my Internet! OK, I could survive without it; but I don't think I want to. As with all catastrophes that involve computers, I called my son. Like he always does, he asked what the computer had to say about it...
Attending sports makes lasting family memories (10/25/14)
Hi neighbors. Now is the awkward time of year, when baseball is striving to reach its peak and football is just getting started. Tailgate parties and all types of hats, shirts and other memorabilia are available to pronounce whatever name is embroidered on it as the best of all...
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?...
Nancy Malcom
The Third Cup