Archive for July, 2011


Iced Tea

We drink a lot of tea out here on the high plains.  One time I was flying on a first class upgrade across the Pacific.  They just kept coming around offering drinks… anything I wanted for free… and I kept requesting iced tea.  I don’t have a very strong accent, so when the steward finally […]

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Her House

I never knew the woman.  And when she needed to sell her house to move into an assisted living home closer to her children, I felt sad and a little bit guilty about buying it.  I know that story well… someone needing to leave their beloved place behind… the place they’ve called home, where they’ve […]

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My Resume

It’s a pleasure to do what we do Building houses so neat and so new This job makes me glad And of all the jobs had It’s the top… and I’ve had quite a few – I’ve sold beautiful hats in my store Typed stock market prices galore Taught school for awhile Laid a whole […]

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Maillot Jaune

The two words I know best in French – two of only a handful.  And the handful of French words I know all come from my years of watching the Tour de France. I never want it to end.  Like a wonderful book you can’t put down, but you know with every turn of the […]

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Pat’s Twin Cronnies

The year was 1977.  I don’t remember years the way some old-timers can give you the year of the great ice storm… but since my parents graduated from high school in 1957, I know that it had to be their 20 year reunion when I had these thoughts. It was the casual afternoon gathering in […]

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Chuck Wagon Breakfast

Just another Tuesday morning in Portales.  Our bank president has a birthday and throws another party for us… this time a chuck wagon breakfast with pork chops, grilled peppers, flour tortillas, scrambled eggs and beans.  (And a passel of fritters for those with a sweet tooth!) This bank always treats us!  Great Christmas parties, wonderful […]

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Two Hundred Minus One

I forgot all about it because I was plumb tuckered out.  I was having a great streak.  At least one mile a day, every single day, come rain, ice, wind or shine.  And then one day in July I was apparently exhausted, and I crawled into bed without giving it another thought. Today is the […]

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Tea Pitcher

I have this Fostoria pitcher.  I had to photograph it filled with tea.  It’s only right.  Mine is used for iced tea often, but Grandma’s was filled with tea always.  This one is just like hers, and was a beautiful and meaningful gift from my sister. We had grand meals at Grandma and Granddad’s house.  […]

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I’m Glad

My glads are blooming.  I just planted the bulbs this spring, so they’re making their maiden voyage in the yellow and white flower beds.  And we’ve had rain.  Glorious rain coming down from the heavens!  So… everything looks fresh and new and vibrant. All of that makes me smile and makes me glad, but another […]

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Midnight Storm

I love a good thunderstorm!  As you know, I love to watch it, to hear it, to smell that rain.  Those who know me well know that I also love to watch the radar and see just how big the storm is, where it’s come from, where it’s headed.  And so, last night at midnight […]

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Two Bundles

We have new little bundles to kiss You know I must write about this Baby girl, baby boy Bringing all kinds of joy For our families it’s summertime bliss! – Another great-niece and another great-nephew.  Life is a delight!  And I can’t wait to kiss these little bundles of joy!

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Name That Cream

It has been grueling work.  I have sacrificed my time and energy.  I do it for my fellow man.  It’s the kind of person I am.  I have perfected my new ice cream recipe.  Several have helped with the tasting, and I’m eternally grateful. I got this idea to use buttermilk since I had some […]

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