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Check Out My Check Boxes

Thursday, September 21, 2006

I meant to grab a refill for my checkbook and was sorry to find an empty check box. I don’t remember taking out the last set of checks and don’t remember any order form that should have been sent in.

Thistles Again

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Beautiful trills of birdsong drifted through the bathroom window. As I raised the mini-blind halfway, I expected to see, somewhere, a goldfinch.

Color Me Healthy

Thursday, September 7, 2006

I looked down at my lunch plate feeling pangs of guilt. Something was wrong with the picture. My plate held a hot dog in a soft, white bun leftover from my husband’s company picnic.

Sensations of Summer’s End

Thursday, August 31, 2006

It seems it’s always August before my brother Tom and I make our almost-annual visit to Mill Creek Park.

Sand, Surreys, and Sunsets

Thursday, August 24, 2006

“One thing for sure,” I declared, “I’m not renting one of these again.” “Well, unless we can find one that’s adjustable.

At The Carwash

Thursday, August 17, 2006

(As told by Josie Steeb) I felt great picking up my repaired Escort at the garage and even better knowing that I had paid for the repairs myself.

Whoa, Dude! Don’t Strain the Brain

Thursday, August 10, 2006

I posted the Web site Braingle on my online home page because, like the site says, you exercise your body to say physically fit, so why not exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? It suggests using the Phonetic mnemonic system as one exercise to boost memory.

Sleuth On Ice

Thursday, August 3, 2006

We sweltered as the summer sun fastened its hot rays on the west side of our house. I tried not to move around much that afternoon and found things to keep busy – folding clothes that weren’t put away and trying to come up with a plan for our supper that wouldn’t involve heat.

Ride Away, Ride Away; No One Shall Ride

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Ride away, ride away. Johnny shall ride, And he shall have little cat tied to one side, And he shall have little dog tied to the other, And Johnny shall ride to see his grandmother.

So many books

Thursday, July 20, 2006

I usually read more than one book at a time. I keep a book by my bed, and maybe one in the bag I take to work, but this summer I’m into overload with the books I’ve started.

Picking The Right Pick

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The doctor took one look at Dad’s leg and said we should get to the hospital. The angriest looking leg I’ve seen, his right calf was swollen twice its normal size, feverish, bright red like a bad burn from foot to knee.

Presenting The 2006 Cookbook

Thursday, July 6, 2006

It’s here! Farm and Dairy’s latest cookbook is ready to ship. After some procrastination on my part and with lots of assistance from our staff – the new book – Made from Back O’ the Box – is the 11th edition in our cookbook series.

High-End Hype

Thursday, June 29, 2006

“Pimp My Grill” reads a New York Times headline that grabbed my attention. What’s that about? I’ve heard my teens using the new “pimpin'” slang.

Extreme Makeover – Pet Edition

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Our alarms woke us early on what could have been a sleep-in Saturday, but the appointment I made at the grooming salon was for 8 a.

Extreme Makeover – Pet Edition 2

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Our alarms woke us early on what could have been a sleep-in Saturday, but the appointment I made at the grooming salon was for 8 a.

Fabulous Fatherhood

Thursday, June 15, 2006

I overheard Kathie planning with her dad to watch the X-Men movies (1 and 2) before No. 3 hits theaters this summer.

Angels with Plastic

Thursday, June 8, 2006

Our family had a good laugh recently. Several of us allowed ourselves to be prospective credit applicants when Josie’s college friends did a fundraiser for an on-campus organization.

Jobs for Jo

Thursday, June 1, 2006

With a year of college behind her, Josie moved her stuff back home (it’s always more than you start out with) and jumped with both feet into the job market.

TV’s Season Finishes Larger Than Life

Thursday, May 25, 2006

My Sunday paper’s weekend magazine says, “Cancel your plans, unplug the phone and rev up that Tivo.” The month of May has become the big finale season for TV entertainment.

Just Don’t Say No

Thursday, May 18, 2006

We were talking about school policies. Kathie described to me a school assembly about bullying with an impatient resentment.


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