Sunday, July 31, 2016

Linda's Letters

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.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Boarding the bus the morning we left the Grand Canyon, our tour guide Brandon said, "It only gets better after this." Jack the bus driver said, "The best is yet to come."

I thought, "They're nuts! How could anything be better than this?" We were all pretty much in awe of what we had just seen.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Harry loves to walk and hike. I think he's fairly fit at almost 63 years old. Recently, he went on a walk in mortality.

Our first full day at the Grand Canyon, Connie, George, Harry and I decided to take the shuttle that visits all the different viewing sites along the South Rim. But the shuttle was way too tame for Mr. Antsy Pants and by 10:30 a.m. he told us he was going back and hike part of Bright Angel Trail into the Canyon.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

A few years back, my best friend Connie and I agreed we would do something special to celebrate our 60th birthdays. We're only one month apart. We felt turning 60 was a pretty major milestone. Especially since we both had no clue how we got to be that old so soon!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The opening reception for the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) was held at the beautiful Arizona Historical Society Museum where exhibits tell the story of Arizona.

Besides having a chance to view this fascinating display of its history, we were treated to a delicious dinner made by the Arizona Historical Society from recipes featured in their beautiful full-color hardbound cookbook, "Tastes and Treasures: A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona." Since I collect cookbooks, of course I had to buy one.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Last week I attended the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) annual conference held in Scottsdale, AZ.

I'd like to tell you about an amazing presswoman I met.

This classy lady has dark hair and she looked really chic in a bright yellow stylish jacket with shoes to match.

Katheryn Fiene Firchler-Heires, from Southern Illinois, has three last names because she was married three times.

"I buried all three. And I nursed all three until the end," she said proudly.

She was honored at the conference because she has been a NFPW member for 45 years.