Category: Everyday Life

Blueberries & ice cream

The recent fiery temperatures didn’t keep me from heading to the West Virginia hills to pick fresh berries. Nor did it stop my mother. We didn’t scavenge in the mountains for wild blueberry bushes. We drove to the peak of Bunners Ridge where lush green treetops mingle with the deep blue sky. There, the bushes…

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A subtle symphony

At my castle in the woods above the lake, a whistling bird bids me good morning. She trills a 30-second solo from outside my open windows. Then, as if on cue, her peer-chorus chimes in. Each bird lifts its own warble or twitter, its chirp or caw. I can’t say that they harmonize in a…

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Teeth & Toes

I leaned back in the dental chair as the hygienist moved a film-holding contraption to 18 places inside my mouth, one after the other. After she positioned the film right she wanted it, she said, “Now, bite down slowly”—18 times. Then, she pushed a button and a new picture of my teeth appeared on the…

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Melon madness

On his way out the door to the grocery store, I asked my husband to pick up a watermelon. “Bring home a good one,” I said. A “good” watermelon is sweet and red. Gary knows how to find one. I taught him what my brother Gerald taught me. Look for battle scars on its rind…

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On the fritz

Our refrigerator is on the fritz. It has gone on strike. In other words, my stainless steel, state of the art kitchen tool is not pulling its weight. Two years ago, after thorough research, we paid a lot of money to an appliance company for a dependable fridge, one that keeps foods cold or frozen…

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Toiletrized

I discovered why there is a toilet paper shortage. Everybody wants to blame the problem on this thing called a pandemic. That never made sense to me, still doesn’t. It seems more sensible that consumers would be far more concerned with eating than wiping when it comes to fear of shortages.  Anyway, I experienced the…

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Duck Tales

Some people take up birdwatching for a hobby. I’ve been duck-watching. Or, maybe the ducks I think I am watching are watching me. A few weeks ago, Gary and I walked out of our front door to find two mallards relaxing in our front yard. The male, his shimmering green hood held high, sat close…

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Rise and unwind

Ask and I’ll tell you that I’m a morning person, but if you knew my A.M. routine, you might disagree. I’m a morning person, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for me to roll out of bed. It’s even more difficult when deep sleep embraces me or when a dream feels real or when the…

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Forevermore

On a blue sky, sunshine-filled day with zero to few clouds I turn my eyes to the sky and say to anyone who may or may not be listening, “There it is—my favorite color.” Few will remember that about me, and that’s OK. What I recall about people in my life—past and present—is sometimes interesting,…

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