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Thoughts on Fall

By on Sep 25, 2016 in Autumn, Holidays, Musings | 0 comments

Summer is technically behind us which makes me kind of sad. I love going barefoot, wearing light clothing, swimming, cooking out, and doing all the summery things that summer brings. The arrival of fall harbingers stuff that I don’t find particularly appealing- like sweaters, rain and the approach of the holidays. I am weird, I know. Everyone loves the holidays, right? Well, I really don’t. Thanksgiving is not so bad because we come together as a family and share a meal. But that meal is a lot of work and I find it stressful to get everything ready at the same time and at the right temperature. I prefer our summer get-togethers where the food is casual and the outdoors is the appropriate venue. Christmas is a problem for me because I think the emphasis on gift giving is just wrong. I really would prefer to buy for the little ones only and use the rest of the money to...

Shame On You, Dan Patrick – A Rant

By on Jul 9, 2016 in Musings, Politicians, Politics | 0 comments

Once again I am compelled to wax political. In the wake of the recent police shootings in Dallas, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick thought the appropriate response was to blame the peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters for the violence. He went on to call them ‘hypocrites’ for running when the shots rang out. I did not like Dan Patrick’s platform when he ran for office, and I did not vote for him. I really did not like him calling for the resignation of the FWISD superintendent, Kent Scribner, over the district’s policy regarding transgender bathroom accommodations. But I loathe this insensitive, bigoted man after what he said about the Dallas shootings. He does not represent me, and I am certain he does not represent the views and attitudes of most Texans. I, for one, think the people of Texas should call for his resignation. He clearly lacks good judgement, he...

A Wonderful Passing

By on Jul 7, 2016 in Aging, Musings | 0 comments

I meet with a group of seniors every week to work on writing the stories of our lives down to be passed on to our families. One of the gentlemen in our group ended his weekly essay with the memory of how well his wife had died. That interested me because my mother also died well. She and I had been extremely close, and many years before she died I asked her to try to tell me, when the time came, what she was experiencing. She made no guarantees, but promised to try. When inevitably that awful time did arrive, I was grief stricken to know I would soon lose her. To be honest, I had forgotten about the promise, but she apparently had not. Mother was home and on hospice for a week before she died, and my siblings and I were all with her. Each day, I could tell she was a little less in this realm and a little more in the next. She conversed with us less frequently and seemed preoccupied...

Independence Day

By on Jul 3, 2016 in Fourth of July, Holidays, Musings | 0 comments

The Fourth of July is traditionally a day when flag waving, sparkler wielding revelers down scads of hotdogs, hamburgers, and baked beans along with coleslaw, potato salad and gallons of beer and lemonade. Once darkness descends, the fireworks start and a myriad of “oohs” and “aahs” accompany the glittering explosions in the sky. This is how America celebrates her independence, and I have always loved this particular holiday. This year is especially meaningful to me as I celebrate the first anniversary of my retirement. What a wonderful year it has been. I wake up at the crack of eight, free to do pretty much as I please each day. Now, that’s what I call an Independence...

Please, not The Donald

By on Jun 10, 2016 in Musings, Politicians, Politics | 0 comments

Ordinarily, I am not a very political person. That is not to say that I do not vote or have viewpoints regarding politics and politicians, but I make it a practice to keep my opinions more or less to myself because I have so many friends and family members who do not always align with me politically. But, I simply cannot keep quiet when it comes to Donald Trump. He scares the pants off of me. The very fact that he has gotten as far as he has illustrates just how many people in this country are in line with his rhetoric. America was founded on the idea of liberty and justice for all. We have always reached out to the downtrodden. I know the world has changed since the eighteenth century, but surely, America has not changed so radically that we would elect a man who openly denigrates women, Muslims and Hispanics – a man who believes being rich is more important than being good. Donald...

Support Our Vets

By on May 29, 2016 in Dogs, Musings, Pets | 0 comments

I just took our two dachshunds, Winnie and Mowgli, to the vet for their annual checkups. As soon as we drove into the parking lot, they recognized the smell of the veterinarian’s office and tried to slink under the car seats. It didn’t work though, and once inside, both dogs were examined by our vet, Dr. Jeff, who praised us for Mowgli’s perfect weight and just sighed when he saw that twelve year old Winnie had gained another pound. Both dogs got blood draws to check for Parvo and heartworm, then Dr. Jeff collected stool samples for occult blood and parasitic screening before giving them shots for Rabies and Bordetella. My poor puppies looked plaintively at me to see if we were done and could go home, but alas, I am squeamish about trimming their nails, and I certainly cannot express anal glands, so they had to endure that too. The tab for this was over four hundred dollars. I think...