Thursday, April 17, 2014

Education & Family

Saturday, January 4, 2014

According to the Chinese calendar, 2014 will be "The Year of the Horse." However, in the Smith family, 2014 will be "The Year of the Dragon."

We celebrated Christmas Eve at our daughter Jennifer's home in Oviedo, FL. It was a special night, warm and loving. They had cut down a seven-foot tree and decorated it with many of the old ornaments left over from my childhood. We stopped having a tree at our house because we spend the holidays at Jen's, so she inherited boxes of decorations.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

My Dad loved clams. He would enjoy them raw or steamed or even fried. But, as much as he loved them, he said, "Don't eat shellfish during months without an "R" in their name."

So, apparently, May, June, July, and August are not good months to eat clams, oysters, shrimp or mussels.

I wish I had been aware enough to ask Dad "Why?" But, I was young and dumb and didn't really think about what he was saying.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

All I want for Christmas ……

Ÿ A bathing suit that takes 50 pounds off my body.

Ÿ A Dragon device that lets me speak into my computer and have it type what I say.

Ÿ A new breed of Congress folk who will realize our forefathers never intended for the job to be forever.

Ÿ Friends on Facebook who share interesting topics - not their daily routines.

Ÿ The DVD set of "Boardwalk Empire" so that I can research the era during which our Dad lived in Atlantic City. Perhaps that could lead to my finally writing a book? We don't get HBO, so I've never seen the series.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

My family never believed in quitting. When I asked my Mom if I could discontinue piano lessons, she responded "Why do you want to quit?"

I told Mom that it was going to be hard for me to keep up the piano when I had many other activities. After I took the time to list my involvements, she told me that it was my decision. But, she reminded me that "quitting" wasn't a good thing. She did not want me to get into the habit of quitting when something became hard.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

My mother - Virginia Mandracia Wells - lived her life on two Broadways - one in Manhattan, NYC, and one in Jim Thorpe, PA (AKA Mauch Chunk, PA).

Mom always wanted to be a dancer. When she was a young child, she would make up her own dances and entertain the family. She loved watching movies that showed singing and dancing.

Growing up in the small PA town of Mauch Chunk, Mom didn't have the opportunity to take dance lessons. Her family struggled financially and didn't have any extra money to satisfy the whim of their middle child.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Life can be wonderful and exciting. It can also be boring and dull. But, even boring and dull days can be very comforting.

Some folks laugh at senior citizens who follow a set routine. The young'uns chuckle at the "early bird specials" in restaurants. They chortle at the "early-to-bed, early-to-rise" sleep habits. They poke fun at the shuffleboard games, the low-impact exercises, and the bathroom habits of their elderly relatives.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

I just finished reading the last 25 years of my Thanksgiving columns. I was hoping to get some inspiration for the 2013 version.

I found it interesting how often I named the same things - year after year. Perhaps that is a habit too hard to break. Of course, certain things don't change. I am always (and I don't often use that word) thankful for my family, our health, and our friends.

Maybe I can come up with a few new ones this year?.......

I am thankful for…..

"On Top of the World" in Ocala, FL. Our development is clean, safe, friendly, active, and convenient.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

What has happened to my memory?

As we age, our memory goes the way of the rest of the body - it disintegrates. Someone will ask a question and - knowing that I know the answer - I will begin to respond.

For some reason, the answer gets stuck between my long-term memory and my vocal cords. It sits there, unable to come out, But, perhaps four hours later, like a bolt out of the blue, the answer will pop into my head.

Aha! I didn't lose my memory - it's just tardy!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Now that we reside in Florida, I doubt if we will ever see a snowflake in person again. Oh, sure, we could drive up North in the winter, but that's just foolish. One of our last winter trips to PA resulted in a nerve-wracking drive through a snowstorm in PA, ice in VA, sleet in NC, and a cold rain in SC and GA.

When we drove into FL and saw the blue skies and warmer weather, we vowed not to make a trip north in months with an "R" in their name.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Our grandson Jordan and his wife Cierra live in California. They are both in the Air Force, stationed together. They have an apartment close to their base and they share their home with two kittens and a puppy.

Their puppy is a German shepherd named Dez and he is a little cutie. We have seen pictures of him online and understand why Jordan and Cierra fell in love with him.

What they didn't know when they adopted Dez is that he suffers from canine megaesophagus a nasty disease that requires a lot of care on the part of the owner.