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Thanks, Dad PDF Print
Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:48 AM

Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there. Enjoy your special day!

I would like to add to “What I learned from my father” on page 3.

Many of you knew my father. He was no-nonsense, very practical and a former Marine. The latter explains a lot. He expected what he asked to be done, no questions asked. He said it, you did it (or made it look like you were).

Does it ever end? I think not PDF Print
Friday, June 07, 2013 11:40 PM

And so it begins.

The flowers are blooming, the shrubs need trimmed, the weeds are ever present.

Summer is here! I know not officially, but who looks at a calendar for these things.

All I know is that I can’t seem to get caught up. When I’m inside, I see all the stuff that needs done outside and vice versa.

Laundry is piling up. Thankfully, most of it is clean and just needs put away. Don’t look in the corners and in some cases, anywhere, because you will find dust, dirt and even some cobwebs. But if you’re coming to see me, you don’t really look at that stuff do you?

I am looking forward to finishing up the “spring cleaning” on the landscaped island in the back yard. Once that’s done, I can trim those mean, nasty bushes with the sharp-as-needles thorns and get that all cleaned up. I will feel so much better and when I look out the back window. I won’t have to turn away and pretend I don’t see it. (I’ve gotten really good at that much to my husband’s dismay.)

Maybe I’ll clean out that closet that has been calling my name. Oops. There I go again. Never happy with what I’m doing.

I don’t know how you guys feel about cleaning house but I find it a little depressing. I get everything done and then I turn around and someone has left their toys out (You know who you are!) and the once-clean kitchen counter is now cluttered with dirty glasses, etc. Who left that there? Couldn’t you see that it was all nice and clean? Don’t you see the dishwasher just to the left? Smh (shaking my head).

I’m just as guilty. I do a drop and run by the sink a lot. I prefer to clean up while I’m cooking. Then, when you’re done, you have those dishes. A vicious cycle I tell you.

Then you get to do it all again — and again and again. Seems a bit silly to me. What’s the point. You get it all just so but it doesn’t stay that way. Does anyone believe you when you say, “I just cleaned that yesterday?” They look at it with a raised eyebrow and I can hear, “Sure you did,” even though it’s not said aloud.

My mother had a system. This got cleaned on this day, that got cleaned on that day. And, she stuck to it. Laundry day was Thursday and if you wanted it washed, it better find its way to the kitchen.

She cleaned and I cooked because we both equally despised the other’s job. It worked out well.

Well, she abandoned me and left with this big house to clean all by myself. (This is not a guilt trip, mom. Really.)

However, how things work out is that she is now cooking where she lives, the one thing she relegated to me.

So, it’s Saturday morning and I have a long list of things I’d like to get done. Of course, I’ve made it in my head so there is no evidence if something doesn’t get done. Smart, right? Heh, heh.

The one flaw with that theory is that all you have to do is look at it and ya know it didn’t get done. However, I can just say it wasn’t on my list this week.


Summer vacation a fond memory PDF Print
Saturday, June 01, 2013 12:12 AM

Ah. Summer vacation.

Staying up late. Sleeping in. Hangin’ out with friends. Just doin’ nothin’.

The 25th hour PDF Print
Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:46 AM

My headline this week may be a bit misleading to some. I don’t want an hour to myself for meditation, relaxation, to read or live vicariously through others on Facebook. I don’t want an hour to take a skin-shriveling bath or work a word puzzle.

Congress caught red-handed PDF Print
Monday, April 29, 2013 8:41 AM

Congress got caught this week trying to “Slick Willy” out of Obamacare. If this program is so great, why isn’t the president all about it? Why isn’t his family enrolling in the program?

Why was it all hush-hush? I read somewhere they wanted to send a message to Obama that the plan wasn’t working out so well. I have an idea; repeal it if it’s so bad.

Here is what Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) had to say Thursday about it:

“I did not support President Obama’s health care law because I did not believe it was the right approach to health care reform, but President Obama and his Democratic colleagues insisted upon ramming through a government takeover of our nation’s health care system against the will of the majority of Americans.

“If Members of Congress wish to exempt themselves from Obamacare so badly, then they should work to exempt all Americans through the repeal and replacement of this flawed law.

“I will continue to work towards repealing this faulty law and replacing it with meaningful health care reform that will give Americans real choices for affordable and accessible health care.”

Here’s the real deal. If Congress is against Obamacare, they can get rid of it. If Congress is against the deficit, they alone have the power to eliminate the deficit. If Congress doesn’t like the fact the budget isn’t balanced, only they can balance the budget. They alone have the power. I can’t do it. You can’t do it. Only they can.

We’ve already seen health-care insurance costs skyrocket since Obamacare’s inception. The insurance companies aren’t going to take the hit. We know that.

If an employer doesn’t supply health-care benefits next year, they do get penalized, but the first year, it’s such a small fine it will be worth it for most. The second year it gets quite a bit more expensive to pass on the option. By the end of the first year, the damage could be done.

I am totally confused as to how anyone, let alone the government, thinks the government, that can’t figure out where all their money goes in the first place, can afford to provide coverage to millions. My guess is it will be just like everything else — the already beleaguered and battle-scarred middle class will take care of it.

But who’s going to take care of us?


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