Normal times or is it?

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Our area is moving into “normal times” or as close as we can get. Our restrictions are expiring and our infection rate is low. Everything is different though. It won’t be like it was. Some places closed permanently (that’s my … Continue reading

Random 5 for November 22 – Doom, change, flu, ancestors, winter

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Am I in Kansas? – This morning I woke up with a sense of doom. Sometimes that happens but it’s usually because I heard a cat hacking up a hairball. This is much more serious. It may be exacerbated by … Continue reading

July 4th memories

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I’ve written about my extended family’s 4th of July picnics before. They were epic (especially to a kid). Even though they ended in the 70s, I get nostalgic every year. Here is a slightly adjusted story from the past. July 4th … Continue reading

Observations on my 2016 family reunion

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There was a surprise! A relative that we haven’t seen in years (maybe even decades) attended. It was a wonderful surprise! There was a lot of catching up to do. We’re not a group that learns. There is always too … Continue reading

Observations on this and that

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My cat Mollie got caught in a mechanical recliner lift this week. Fortunately I was able to stop it immediately and reverse. She lost a large chunk of fur but was ok. Nothing broken. I, however, was not good. That … Continue reading

Passages – Dropping like flies

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We got bad news over the weekend. (Or was it?) A loved relative who has had mild dementia for several years has reached the point where his devoted wife can no longer care for him in their home. He will … Continue reading

R5 for February 15 — socks, technology, winter, deliveries, death

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  The black hole – I lost 3 socks, one half of three different pair, in the dryer last week. It was the dark load so I double checked all the jeans and pants to make sure they weren’t stuck … Continue reading

Family Tales – “The Betty”

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A while back I started a list of funny things I remember. Not surprisingly, my family did more funny things than I did. Things I did were tragic, really sad or in ‘the end of the world’ category. Not that … Continue reading