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Observations

Saturday, October 25, 2014

It seems that every year, in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas, my household gets hammered with large and unexpected expenses.

Every year.

In the midst of hoping that this year, things will be different, fate threw back his head and bellowed out a huge belly laugh, "Muah ha ha ha!" and started the fun a month early.

It began with a $1,000 auto repair bill, an oil tank fill at $400, home and auto insurance bills to the tune of $1,200, another $200 auto repair bill and the demise of our microwave oven.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

After being quite sick for the past week, I found that I could not put off making a trip to the store for household necessities any longer.

It took every ounce of strength I had just to get myself cleaned up and presentable enough to be seen in public when all I wanted to do was crawl back into bed where I had spent the past four days.

Shopping took longer than usual and walking up and down the aisles proved to be quite exhausting.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to experience three firsts all in the same day: my first time to the MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, my first real tailgate party and my first Notre Dame Football game.

My journey began on a bus in Tamaqua with everyone on the bus donning a Notre Dame T-shirt except for hubby, myself and one other woman. (Yay team!)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Up to two weeks ago, I have never seen a hummingbird in real life. Since that time, I have spotted them twice, and each time, they have left me standing on the pavement in awe.

I have marveled over those incredible creatures in books, magazines and even video, but for 47 years, they eluded me.

I belong to a Nikon camera enthusiasts group and often see the most amazing photographs of various hummingbirds.

I find that they have the most beautiful colors and I can't help but marvel over their flight abilities.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

By SHERI RYAN

tneditor@tnonline.com

This past week I read the Facebook post of a former co-worker which described her excitement as she prepared to take her American citizenship test.

Originally from England, my friend Rita has very strong feelings toward the country she has called home for 20 years.

I found her excitement toward America and the prospect of becoming a U.S. citizen to be very refreshing in light of the many unpleasant social, economic and governmental issues that have caused many of us to question the status and integrity of our nation.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

By SHERI RYAN

tneditor@tnonline.com

While engrossed in my work at the office the other day, I answered a rather frantic phone call from one of my kids.

"Where is my volleyball uniform shirt?" the panicked voice bellowed on the other end.

My daughter was waiting to be picked up by a teammate to go to an away game in Bangor, and of course, at the most possible last minute, proceeded to gather all of the necessary elements of her uniform so that she could play.

"I told you last night to get your uniform together," I chided.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Are you a nosy neighbor?

Do you enjoy peering out of your curtain to see what's going on up and down your street?

Are Big Brother, the CIA and NSA jealous of your uncanny ability to know everyone's business?

Or, do you suffer from insomnia and long for something productive to do while everyone else in your household is sleeping?

Have you grown weary and perhaps even broke from watching too many late-night infomercials and feel the need to redirect your energy to something more exciting and less expensive?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I see those four words in my Facebook news feed every night.

Every night for over a year now.

It is a message to an angel in Heaven that my friend Jim posts each night since the passing of his beautiful daughter, because he misses her terribly and his heart still aches for her.

Thirty-year-old Jennifer, who had a smile that "brightened the darkest days," waged war against cancer for three years before her body succumbed to the disease.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I can't believe that the kids go back to school next week.

While waiting in line at WalMart this afternoon, I noticed several people with their shopping carts loaded with uniform clothing, binders, crayons, markers, organizers, colorful book covers, snazzy lunch bags, snacks and well, just everything, and I'm standing there thinking to myself "Well I think I have some leftover pens, pencils and paper from last year."

Summer seems to have just zoomed by me and the commencement of the new school year has caught me quite off guard and quite unprepared.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

As I write this column the world is all aflutter over the "sudden" and "tragic" death of gifted actor and comedian Robin Williams.

Nearly every Facebook post I have seen has been about him and how sad it is.

Stories of his life and subsequent death dominate the media.

While my heart goes out to the family and friends that he has left behind, all of the hoopla makes me shake my head, especially when I read that people who never even met the man are crying and "beside themselves," and here's why: Mr. Williams was an adult man who made a choice to leave this place.