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Linda's Letters

Saturday, May 16, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS @$:Harry Koehler with a 27 inch brown trout, weighing 6 1/2 pounds, caught at the Kunkletown Rod & Gun Club pond.

Recent phone conversation between Harry and Linda:

"Linda, I caught a big fish."

"That's nice dear. How big?"

"Big."

"Bigger than Bubba?"

"Yeah. Bigger than Bubba."

(Bubba is a large mouth bass he caught in Maine several years ago and Harry had him mounted. Bubba now graces a wall in Harry's office/trophy room.)

"It's a brown trout, 27 and inches long. It weighs six and a half pounds."

Wow! Even I knew that was big.

"Did you throw him back?"

"Are you nuts? I'm keeping it. Who would believe me if I didn't have the proof?"

Saturday, May 2, 2015

I have been after Harry for years to go to an eye doctor. But he seems to have an allergic reaction to the word "doctor." So he continues to buy his glasses at Rite Aid or Walmart.

I admit he appears to have 20/20 vision for distance. We can be driving along and he'll see a speck in a field that might be a deer and he'll say, "There's a tick on that deer."

In other words, he only needs glasses for reading and close-up work. While that may be just fine, I'm so tired of hearing, "Where are my glasses?"

Saturday, April 18, 2015

(Reader alert: Please be advised the following article may cause some embarrassment if you read it. But the author believes that by sharing even the most intimate details of one's life, it may help others to know they are not alone. Through humor, it also helps her keep her sanity. Well, that depends on who you talk to, of course.)

I have this "friend." Let's say her name is Melinda. She's going shopping today. She's headed to Bed Bath and Beyond. She's looking for a rubber sheet.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

It was winter. A heavy mantle of ominous foreboding had settled over the village.

Everywhere you looked, it was dismal and gray. The graphite naked branches of the trees against the gunmetal of the sky created an air of somberness that seemed to seep into your pores. Even the whiteness of the snow had become dirty and ashen. It had become a season of 50 shades of gray.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

One of my most favorite writing assignments was when I wrote the cooking column, "Country Cupboard" for the weekly Pocono Post. Each week it featured a local person who liked to cook, or bake, and willing to share their story along with a few of their favorite recipes for the readers.

Besides meeting some really great people, many of them cooked their favorite dishes for me. Talk about perks of the job! Many of those recipes then became favorites of my own family.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Well, I can check one item off my Bucket List.

Operation Wallpaper Removal has been accomplished.

I have some advice for those of you considering wallpapering a room … DON'T DO IT!

Because sooner or later, you're going to want to take it down.

Back in the early '90s, wallpaper was big. Everyone seemed to have at least one room that was wallpapered. I was envious. So when we put on an addition to the house, one room became my computer room/office. This was my opportunity to let my inner interior designer soar.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I had asked if anyone had any retirement advice or observations to send them to me. I heard from Kathryn Kroboth. She said, "One thing you have to remember is, if you want to do something, do it. If you don't want to do it, don't. Go out and enjoy yourself with, or without, the other half. (Sometimes it's better without.)" She added a smiley face with that last part.

Sandy Borger said that it's very important to have a "Date Night." She and her husband, Gene, have "Date Night" every Friday night, without fail. She swears it's what keeps them "young and in love."

Saturday, February 7, 2015

It's my second week of my retirement. OMG! What have I done? I am soooooooooo bored!

NOT!

Sorry. Couldn't help myself. I also can't wipe the stupid grin off my face, which seems to have become a permanent condition.

I wish I could say I've accomplished a lot already but the truth is, I don't think I've got the hang of this yet.

I start out with good intentions.

Like putting away all my office stuff. Monday morning I made piles on the dining room table to go through.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

My dearest Times News readers, there are going to be some really big changes in Linda's World. That's because I am officially a new member of a big club called Retirement. Yesterday was my last working day at the Times News.

I have been extremely blessed to work for the Pencor Services Inc. corporation for 23 years. Thank you, Pencor!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Well kids, it's that time of year again. The calendar says I'm going to be a year older this Tuesday.

As an adult, my birthday has always been my excuse for self-indulgence. You know ... to do exactly what I want to do.

One year, I went to the movies by myself. Nobody wanted to see "Titanic" so I went to a matinee alone, ate my popcorn without having to share the top with all the butter on it, and when I cried my eyes out, no one laughed at me.