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Longing for Lotus Leaf PDF Print
Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:00 AM

Whew! Sometimes, it’s hard to keep up with things.

Just as I was getting into full Thanksgiving mode, we learned Lotus injured her knee and may have to have surgery next week and the family won’t be able to come home for Thanksgiving.

Big - fat - bummer!

I haven’t seen my husband’s sister, her husband or Lotus since they were home for Thanksgiving three years ago. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone and catching up and, especially, decorating the tree with Lotus. My husband and I have it all planned out. We’ll go from Thanksgiving to Christmas in a few short hours.

I am hoping to share the stories behind some of my ornaments and drink hot chocolate and eat pumpkin pie and just have auntie time and make some memories.

My other nieces and nephews are grown and scattered and some have children of their own.

 
On the Other Hand - Count your blessings every day PDF Print
Saturday, November 09, 2013 9:00 PM

If you’ve been on Facebook the last couple of days, you’ve seen the posts of what people are thankful for. During the month of November, you are supposed to say something you are thankful for each day, not just on Thanksgiving. I’m three days behind so I better get busy and catch up.

Day 1: I am thankful for my wonderful husband. He drives me mad, makes me laugh, makes me smile and makes it worth coming home every day after work. We are enjoying each other’s company and working on some small improvements around the house. It feels good.

 

Last Updated on Friday, November 08, 2013 9:41 PM
 
On the Other Hand - Talkin' turkey, no jive PDF Print
Sunday, November 03, 2013 8:00 PM

What place will Thanksgiving have this year?

I’ve written several times of how I feel perhaps one of the most necessary of holidays — the one where we are supposed to count our blessings and be thankful for what we have — is going to be lost in the commercial frenzy known as Christmas shopping season.

Stores are already offering Black Friday pricing to move as much merchandise as they can before the dreaded Christmas markdown. After all, they lose a whole week of sales this year. Trees and tinsel have popped up everywhere.

 
I'll pay the tax PDF Print
Sunday, October 27, 2013 12:00 AM

What you are about to read may come as a surprise to some, most or all of you. At one point, it would have even surprised me. I am voting yes on the city’s .25-percent income tax on Nov. 5. It is 25 cents on every $100 of earned income from a city resident.

If you had the stack of financials I have sitting before me, you would see there really is no painless way out of this hole the city is in without it. There’s been a lot of finger-pointing and blaming going around but ultimately, we are here and we need to work to fix it. It’s going to take “all” of us.

 

Last Updated on Friday, October 25, 2013 7:53 PM
 
On the Other Hand - Bunnies on the brain PDF Print
Sunday, September 29, 2013 12:00 AM

If you’ve met our Little Ringo, the first thing you may notice is his relentless attention to whatever it is that has caught his attention at the time. He has a one-track mind.

Our neighbor girl recently brought home three rabbits for her FFA SAE project and her dad built the hutch for the little furry bundles.

 
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