July 31, 2014A-choo!
It's a summer sneeze season and even though I'm on three different allergy medicines, I sneeze so much you should go buy some Kleenex stock. The amount of paper products my family goes through in a week could get me a ticket from the environmental police, and we try to be as green as possible. I continually question why I am the only person in my family capable of changing a roll of toilet paper and I might just start ignoring the empty holder just to see if anyone else rises to the challenge. The overall amount of extra necessities (there's a contradiction for you grammarians) my family needs gets really crazy: a Peri-rinse for one child with a gum irritation, tea-tree oil for my dog's paw, and extra-gentle soap for another with worse allergies than mine. It would be great if Target gave out frequent-driver miles, then I could afford to travel this summer. The list of things to do, purchase, work on, deliver, and fix grows every day. And with summer upon us, a whole new set of wants and needs gets added to the list: airing out sleeping bags, family reunion plans, and mowing the lawn are just a few of the seasonal responsibilities. My neighbor George called to apologize that he had not yet cut his grass for two weeks because he's been so busy at work. Let's remember that having a job is a good thing right now, yet it takes up twice as much time as it used to. I couldn't care less that my cats are getting lost in my neighbor's calf-high grass. I'd much rather my neighbors come over for a cook-out, should we be able to find an agreeable day. Time is tight and the summer only lasts so long. Enjoying the sun and family fun should be at the top of her list. There will always be grass to cut, I hope. Along with a station/personality that gets her need not to look back in September and wonder why she didn't have any fun.
July 30, 2014Paperworks
My wallet 'overfloweth,' and I say that with a sigh. I can hardly close it because it's stuffed with receipts, cash withdrawal statements, business cards, coupons, stamps, and rebate slips I need to fill out. Mashed somewhere in there I have a recipe or two and a stray ...
July 29, 2014Catcher in the Why?
Catching up should be an Olympic sport. It's amazing how much needs to be done in order to go away for a few days only to return to an enormous amount of catching up that needs to be done. If she's traveling for work or a summer family vacation, going out of town ...
July 28, 2014Ready
"Please prepare for landing," the caption directs, as my flight starts it's descend to EWR airport. Dutifully the aircraft crew starts a final clean up, asks passengers to buckle seat belts, put up their tray tables and seats, and prepare for landing. Preparation ...
July 25, 2014Smoothie
"The Queen of smoothies," that's my goal," states my girlfriend, Veronica. This gal has a Vitamix, and she's not afraid to use it! Besides inventing her own masterblends or "Ronnies" as she now lovingly calls her creations (name recognition matters to this mom of 5) ...
July 24, 2014Lynda
Lynda picked me up from the Dallas airport; a previous text told me she'd be in a black Highlander directly in front of the gate I was exiting. ( Sidebar: DFW is a very easy airport to fly in and out of.) I placed my bag in the back seat after moving a few baskets and ...
July 23, 2014Baby Time
Summer babies are being delivered as you read this. Two friends are both due in 4 weeks; there are baby countdowns happening in these hot tests months of the year, no matter what region you live in. The team of people it takes to get one baby delivered is large. It ...
July 22, 2014Jack
"My first baby," posts Addy, complete with a photo of a tiny, kinda ripe tomato. This friends first yield from her garden is an event, since she has never taken the time to plant and tend to a garden. Her first "fruit" so to speak was sliced and gobbled down quickly. ...
July 21, 2014Unsung Summer Hero
Who are the summer unsung heroes? The lifeguard who has been dutifully guarding the community pool you frequent, the landscaper who trims the bushes no matter the weather, the day camp nurse who cares for scraped knees and poison ivy? There are many who are probably ...
July 18, 2014Splenda
A medium coffee (iced or hot) with milk and two Splenda should not be a difficult order to understand, or is it? A drive thru coffee experience has turned into a game of chance for my daughter and I. Usually we hit the same drive thru daily after we go to the gym. Our ...