Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Linda's Letters

Saturday, January 26, 2013

My niece Jennie Rose, loves celebrating her birthday. In fact, she loves it so much, she calls October her Birthday Month and just finds so many ways to celebrate in 31 days.

I didn't quite do the Jennie Rose thing but I did a pretty good job of stretching out my birthday this past weekend doing all the things I love ... went out to dinner (twice!), shopped (clothing, favorite country stores and antique mall), baked cupcakes, saw a great movie, and spent the actual day with the people I love most in this world.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

I just love surfing the Internet for quirky stuff.

For instance, I learned that January has quite a few notable attributes other than being the first month of the year where we celebrate New Year's Day and kind of marks the halfway point for the winter season.

January is also National Eye Care Month, Family Fit Lifestyle Month, National Personal Trainer Awareness Day and Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. (Wow, what a coincidence! I have my yearly gynecologist appointment on Monday and I didn't even know it was Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. How cool is that?)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Last week we talked about The Kiss. This week, it's The Hug.

Are you a "hugger?"

There was a time when I was not a hugger.

I was very uncomfortable if someone tried to enter "my personal space."

Pennsylvania Dutchmen had a reputation of being "stoical", meaning we weren't very demonstrative. We kept our emotions intact. That included hugging.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A New Year's Eve tradition is ...(no, I'm not going to talk about resolutions, that's too depressing), the Kiss. You know, when the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31-Jan. 1, we find the person we love the most and plant a big old hairy wet one on him. Or her.

I wondered ... why do we do that?

According to one source on the Internet, it says that in English and German folklore, the first person you encounter in a new year, and the nature of the encounter, sets the tone for the rest of the year. The kiss is about strengthening ties you wish to maintain in the future.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

He stood listening to the salesman. I heard him ask several questions of his own. I watched as he looked at the big gleaming radio control helicopter with joyful interest. That little boy at heart was enthralled.

His name was Harry.

We were shopping a week before Christmas and had parted ways for a bit. When I located him, he was at one of those kiosks that set up temporary homes each Christmas, selling seasonal gifts, enticing young and old with their Pied Piper ways.

Not only do you get a large radio control helicopter, but it comes with a little one, too.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The world did not come to an end on Friday, as the Mayans predicted. I never doubted for a moment that it would. I believe it will come in God's time, not man's predicted time.

But for some families in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, the world as they knew it, did come to an end on Dec. 14.

That's when a 20-year-old man murdered 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas traditions can be found in every family.

I've lost some of the traditions of my parents after I had a family of my own and we began making our own.

Like the Christmas tree. As a kid I never saw our Christmas tree until Christmas morning. I was told Santa Claus decorated the tree. I'd wake up and there it would be, in all its tinsel and multi-colored-lights glory! Oh, what a thrill it was to see it with presents underneath waiting for me to open.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

(Sing creatively to the tune of "Jingle Bells.")

Dashing to the store,

In a 149 horsepower Chevrolet,

O'er the roads I go,

Crying all the way.

Christmas bells are ringing,

Should make my spirits bright,

But it's no fun in singing,

A shopping song tonight.

Oh, Jingle Purse,

Jingle Purse,

Jingling all the way,

Oh, what torture, what to buy?

For gifts this holiday.

Hey, Jingle Purse,

Jingle Purse,

Jingling all the way,

Oh, what torture, what to buy?

For gifts this holiday.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

So it was Thanksgiving Day. We had a delicious turkey dinner and then afterward, it was time for our annual Turkey Hunt. Prior to everyone coming, I hid little turkeys around our yard. It helps us get up and moving around after such a large meal, with a little fun thrown in.

Mom opted not to hunt this year. She headed for the porch swing.

"Is it safe to sit on?" she asked cautiously, with reason. One day this past summer, she and I were sitting on the swing when the back of it broke and we got a jolted surprise. No one was hurt, thank goodness.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

OK folks. This is my last installment of "What I did on my vacation."

Remember how I told you our tour guide and bus driver told us as we were leaving the Grand Canyon, "The best is yet to come?"

Next stop was Bryce Canyon.

Yup. It got better.