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Hot Dog! A New Sink

18 Jul
Hot dog!  An old fashioned exclamation of pleasure plus the introduction to my short story.

Best value!  $1.5o foot long hot dog and soda at Costco stores (Note:  chicken caesar salads are also great for $4).  We shared this opinion with Mom, who said she had not had a hot dog in a long time.  Next thing we know, she and Dad ate hot dogs when they ate out and bought some at the grocery.  Of course when we go to the grocery, we are thinking hot dogs and buy some to take home.  The twist in the story comes, when we discovered all our condiments had expired (it had been that long since we had hot dogs at home).  
I proceed to empty contents in the compost bin, some went thru the disposal, followed by disposing the bottles for recycling.  A couple of days later…under the old sink…it smells like ketchup and mustard.  The disposal failed.  New disposal ordered…hmmm…outlet and hoses and connections should be updated…might as well replace the sink too!  (The almond finish of the old sink went with the appliances we replaced 10 years ago.)  One thing leads to another and it may start with hot dogs.  Happy National Hot Dog Day 2017, Wednesday July 19th!

Book Review: Miramont’s Ghost

20 Jun

For my previous book review, I chose Matilda Empress because my niece is featured on the cover.

I chose Miramont’s Ghost because the author ‘Elizabeth Hall’ grabbed my attention.  Elizabeth being my middle name and Hall being my maiden name…I answered to ‘Elizabeth Hall” for over 30 years….no I am not the author….I like seeing my name on the cover 🙂

Miramont’s Ghost is historical fiction.  Most of the narrative is set in France in the early 1900s (before WWI).  It concludes at Miramont Castle in Colorado.  One theme dealt with the dilemma of Adrienne’s clairvoyance which disturbed her family and the community.  Later in the book, Adrienne pivots, realizing her insights could/should solve problems rather than “be the problem”.  This was a history subject I was not familiar with.  I enjoyed the drama revealed in this book.

Book Review: Sewing can be Dangerous by SR Mallery

25 Apr

Sewing can be Dangerous and other small threads…the title grabbed my attention.  As much time as I have spent sewing over the years, I never thought of it as dangerous.  Sooo…how is sewing dangerous?  S.R. Mallery’s collection of eleven short stories have fascinating characters from eleven times and places.

Danger exists in conditions in the garment district, delivering a warning message, communicating directions, disguising passports…to name a few.  My favorite short story is “Precious Gifts” set in the Washington Territory in the 1870s.    Mama bought a new Singer Perpendicular Action Sewing Machine.  You have to read the story to find out why she set up her new machine in the corn field.  The story tells of her passion for sewing, aiding a young Chinook Indian on his Spirit Quest, exchanging gifts and adverting a conflict due to her quilt making magic.  Love it!

Haiku: Work at home today

24 Jan
Office assistant "Eve" approves

Office assistant “Eve” approves

 

Wash, dry, fold laundry,

Reply, click send, scan, save, shred

Eve approves blog post.

Time to turn out the lights.

Time to turn out the lights.

Tree Story

21 Dec
"Eve" was a Christmas present to us Christmas "Eve" of 2006.

“Eve” was a Christmas present to us Christmas “Eve” of 2006.  (She should NOT be on the table cloth.)

If trees could talk….

The six sparkly cane shaped ornaments were my first purchase (early 1970s).  I remember the Christmas Shop well.  It was July in North Carolina!  The shop was cool!  Full size trees were decorated to the max.  Enchanting.  Delightful.

The Christmas Shop, 621 South Highway 64, Manteo, NC 27954 – See more at: http://outerbankschristmas.com/About.htm#sthash.i4bIvfu5.dpuf

According to the history on their website, they downsized and closed the business for 90 days in 2008.  It has since reopened and sounds delightful as I remember.

For more than twenty years I had fresh-cut Christmas trees, they are not talking.  About twenty-five years ago, when “more was more”, I bought this little tree to be a “theme” tree in my master bedroom.  The vision:  white lights and blown glass ornaments.  That plan was in effect for several years.  When my stepdaughter insisted on decorating a Christmas tree each Thanksgiving weekend, she claimed this little one for her room the next 10 years.  The decorations were all of her choosing.

After a seven-year storage period, our littlest tree regularly appears with ornaments selected to remind us of our angels Anne, Grandma Sophie, Kathy and beloved cat Shelby.  Merry Christmas to all!

Tree Story

Tree Story

 

 

Journey with a drop of water

5 Apr

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Journey with a drop of water

in an ordinary stream on an ordinary farm.

Begin at the rusty barbed wire fence in the northeast section.

Consider tumbling, flowing,

floating, pooling, rippling,

swishing, swirling,

bank left

crashing, splashing,

bank right

movement through sunlight and shadow

embrace stones

waltz around pebbles

glide across sand

dive beneath limbs

carry fish

Emerge at the one land bridge.

Elizabeth Frazee  3-Apr-96 (WOW…20 years ago)

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Flash, a Book Review

22 Mar
Cousin Louisa, born and raised on Nina Bay Farm

Flash’s “Country Cousin”, born and raised on Nina Bay Farm

Flash by Rachel Anne Ridge is a delightful, charming first hand account of her homeless donkey who taught the family about life, faith and second chances.

Artfully woven into each chapter are Bible verses…like icing on cake…the perfect topping (for great stories).  Examples: Chapter 4: Run with horses. Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinks with his heart, so is he” or Find your passion. Be a trailblazer. Psalm 32:8 “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”

Yesterday, I thought of Rachel and Flash (and the donkeys/burros at Nina Bay Farm).  It was Palm Sunday.  She reminded us on pages 160-1 that Flash’s ancestors had historic roles in the life of Christ.  Beginning with Mary and Joseph during his humble beginning, as well as Christ’s journey the through Jerusalem which ends at the cross.  In Rachel’s words, “God using the ordinary to do extraordinary feats”.

This time of year Flannel Sheets say…

9 Feb

Come to us,

Welcome, we are here for you.

Relax your head, your neck, your shoulders, your legs, arms, fingers and toes.

Warmth will soon surround and envelope you.

Nestle between us.

Quiet your thoughts.

Drift off to sleep, to dream.

Sooth your soul in the nest we create for you.

Peace be with you.

EF 6-Mar-99

Flash back, could have been yesterday

29 Sep

It was October 1995.

Walking to Meadow

Crrrrisssppcccrrracckllewwooosshh walking through autumn leaves.

Wide trail lined with small trees and undergrowth

Deep ruts from tractor tires

Adjacent to small irregular shaped fields for corn and soybeans

Winding stream with rocky bed to cross twice

The stream

The stream

Broad wings take hawk gliding above tree tops

A mossy granite block marks the place where a one room farm-house stood

I stopped near the end of the road by steep eroded bank

Observing bright afternoon sun’s reflection on a calm pool in stream

A cool gust of wind sends ripples across water

Twinkling stars appear on the surface

My destination is meadow bounded by tree covered ridges

Meadow with island of tulip trees

Tulip trees with bright yellow leaves

Tulip trees with brown flower pods pointed to clear blue sky

Elements earth and sky connect through trees

I found my connection with earth and sky walking to meadow

Elizabeth Frazee 15-Oct-1995

End of the lane

End of the lane

Blast from the Past

23 Jun

Today in history, 1868, the Sholes and Glidden type-writer was patented.  Patent number 79,265 sold for $12,000.  Production began March 1, 1873 by Remington and Sons.  According to Wikipedia there are over 50 iterations of design development spanning centuries.  This is an outstanding example of continuous design improvement in action.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typewriter

Imagine writing the great American novel on this black beauty!

Underwood, right view

Underwood, right view

Underwood from 1930s

Underwood from 1930s

 

Inspiration for this post came from the Bonza puzzle of the day, a new type of crossword puzzle via smart phone app.