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Observations

Saturday, February 22, 2014

While escorting my youngest daughter and her boyfriend to a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at McDonalds last Friday, I found myself to be the source of much amusement to them and several people waiting in the drive-through line when I suddenly stumbled and nearly fell upon stepping up to the curb.

Immediately following the near-fall, I looked up at the teens who turned their heads away from me and struggled to restrain their laughter.

"Nice," I thought to myself.

This wasn't the first time that my "baby" laughed at me for taking a tumble.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

One of the fringe benefits of having friends who are "foodies" is you get to partake in many kinds of delectable delicacies as part of any regular association with said friends.

I have always been a rather picky eater; however, over the past few years, and thanks to my foodie friends, I have tried and come to like many different types of food that I otherwise would have wrinkled my nose at when something different was presented to me.

I have one friend in particular who enjoys creating huge spreads, just as much as he does eating them.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

As most of you know, I am not a big fan of watching football on TV.

Despite that fact, my husband and I decided to go watch the big game with a few friends last Sunday. (Being with friends makes it somewhat less painful.)

On our way there, I noticed a car pulled over on the side of the road in an unlit area.

I looked back to see what was going on and saw that two individuals were attempting to fix a flat tire.

I told hubby that we should probably go back and see if they needed a hand.

"But we will miss the start of the game," he said.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

It's been around since the creation of man.

It has caused wars, financial ruin, division, pain, the destruction of families and even death.

It is a lie.

For some, it is a rare occurrence and for others, it is a way of life.

Sometimes I sit back and watch in shock and amusement as someone will spew lie after lie with such casualness (as if they actually believe their own distorted story), that it makes me wonder if they even live on the same planet that I do.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

When I was growing up, one of my favorite indoor pastimes was listening to my Bill Cosby albums.

If you don't already know, Mr. Cosby made numerous comedy albums back in the day.

I had a few of them and I played them every weekend.

No matter how many times I listened to those old albums, they never ceased to crack me up.

It got to the point where I could quite accurately quote each and every one of his bits.

I think some of my favorite ones were "Chicken Heart," "Tonsils," and "Chocolate Cake for Breakfast," with honorable mention going to "Go Carts."

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Your home is your castle.

You eat there; sleep there; dance around in your underwear there. (Oh come on, you know you do.)

You raise your children, spend time with your friends and perhaps even work there.

You even grow old there.

Your home is important to you and being as such, you know the importance of taking care of your home; your castle.

When something breaks or wears out, you know the problem must be fixed; and in a proper manner.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The brutal temperatures this past week have really made me thankful for having a home and oil to heat it.

My dog isn't too fond of these temperatures either. Normally he wants to run around in the back yard sniffing and digging around in his domain.

Not this week. This week, he's all business.

I feel bad for all of the stray or neglected animals that must struggle to survive outdoors in the killer temperatures.

And what of the homeless? How do they cope?

When I think of the homeless, I associate their existence with city life.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

As I sit and write this week's column, it is early on New Year's Eve.

I am tired as usual and trying to determine if I want to enjoy the festivities of the evening with friends, or simply bury myself beneath a pile of blankets and attempt to stay up long enough to watch the ball drop on TV.

I just finished "creeping" around on Facebook to see what everyone else's plans for the evening entailed.

It would seem that at this time, the majority of the posts I am reading discuss just how horrible 2013 was and how everyone hopes the new year will be different and much better.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The leftovers are in the fridge and I couldn't be happier to be able to take them to work for lunch.

After all, I have been told I do a mean ham for dinner.

The gifts have been unwrapped and the wrapping paper has been all cleaned up.

Well, except for the few scraps that I just noticed underneath the sofa.

I should probably go and pick those up but part of me wants to leave them there as a reminder of the wonderful time spent with my family Christmas Day.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A little over two weeks ago I received a phone call that my grandmother had been taken to the emergency room due to abdominal pain.

I wasn't too concerned as she has been making trips to the hospital for years only to be sent right back home again.

She often had an ice pack on her stomach and no one really knew what to make of it.

We had been told that quite often when seniors are bored or lonely that they make trips to the ER where they get the attention they crave, a hot meal, some conversation and are then sent home.