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Helpless But Not Hopeless - #EzraStrong

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:13:57 -0600

Brain Tumor. Pediatric Brain Cancer. Surgery. Chemotherapy. Those words are a kick in the gut for any parent. But when those parents are the parents of your grandchild it makes you feel helpless. Utterly helpless. Over the previous weeks our sweet grandson had been battling ear infections and bouts of vomiting. Ears infections and vomiting aren’t mutually exclusive at least in my experience. Both our girls had ear infections and could projectile vomit. However, his mommy and his...



Serenity 2017

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:11:09 -0500

Was the Eclipse of 2017 worth all the hype? Given that it was an event I wouldn’t get to witness again in my lifetime, it was definitely worth the time to view. My husband and I were able to spend the time watching from the parking lot where I work. I had joked with him that he has had days off for snow, ice, rain and mud but this would be the only time that he didn’t work because of an eclipse. All morning, most of the people I talked with at work were reserved about the...



The Comfort of the Whistle

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:11:57 -0500

Last week, in the early morning quiet, the sound of a train whistle came rolling in through the open bedroom window. The two longs, a short and another long of the crossing warnings came through distantly and then closer and closer as the train rolled through crossing after crossing. It faded away as the train was moving on to its destination. I have heard train whistles all my life. Even had the opportunity as a kid to blow a train whistle. Last week, thought it struck me as being one of...



Happy Birthday Dad

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:04:07 -0600

Today would have been my dad's 86th birthday. I try to remember his birthday every year because to me that is something to remember in a positive light. Dad grew up in the panhandle of Texas during the dust bowl. I believe that is one of the main reasons he left where he grew up and spent most of his adult life in Wyoming and Utah. Growing up, there was a time when he and his siblings had to live with other relatives. He and his brother went to live with an aunt and uncle on their farm....



Snow..ugh...

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:35:55 -0600

Snow -- by definition - noun - an atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes or lying on the ground as white layer. (According to Google.) I loathed snow days as a kid. I have never been much of an outdoor adventurer. In fact, there was no thrill to me what-so-ever to put on layers of clothes, under a heavy coat with mittens, and to wear heavy socks covered in bread sacks stuffed in shoes that were in turn stuffed into black snow boots. The...



They Missed The Mark

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:49:28 -0500

I am sorely disappointed with the moderators during the recent presidential debates. I would like a moderator who asked fair, balanced questions WITHOUT trying to stir up controversy. The candidates do a pretty good job of self-implosion. Let them do it on their own. The moderators need to be fair and balanced. They need to leave their personal agendas at the door. That has not happened at all in the last two debates. Let the talking heads on the pre- and post-debate show stir the...



MOB and FOB Part Two

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:42:07 -0500

Recently, our younger daughter was married. It was a very nice June day for a wedding. Not too terribly hot and not too terribly muggy for June. Friends and family from far and wide gathered in Lincoln for the nuptials. SIL (son-in-law) #2 surprised the bride with her proposal late last summer and she didn't expect it. He took her to the spot they had first met years before and proposed. A gal who was just randomly taking pictures happened to capture the moment. It was one of those happy...



23 Days and Counting

Wed, 14 May 2014 21:29:06 -0500

Recently I had knee replacement surgery. My original knee was pretty much bone-on-bone for the most part and to get any relief and improvement on the quality of life a replacement was the option. My surgeon uses the quad sparing procedure, which means my scar is on the side of the knee and not directly over the knee. As the name implies, it spares cutting through the quad muscle. which is supposed to allow for a quicker recovery. I am three weeks and a couple of days out from surgery....



It Is Not What You Know

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:27:57 -0600

Thirty years ago I spent my final full semester in college serving as a legislative intern at the Unicameral. It was a pretty cool way to spend a semester. I earned college credit and earned enough money to live on for the semester which was a bonus. As interns, we went on excursions to a lobbyist's office and we also visited the prison. If memory serves me correctly we had a couple of interns who were criminal justice majors so that is why we went there. That was a rather sobering...



Magicubes

Sun, 22 Dec 2013 10:33:56 -0600

In a recent conversation, we were talking about Christmas gifts. Back in the stone age, I had received a Kodak camera with the disposable magicubes flash bulbs. These little flash bulbs were four-sided cubes (hence the name). It was pretty cool at the time and I took a lot of photos with it. I either had a photo cartridge that had 12 or 24 photos available. I had to be selective about what I took photos of. I also had to pick what I thought needed a flash or not. If I left the flash cube...



Say Yes to...

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:05:17 -0500

We have now completed the initial wedding dress shopping with our younger daughter. The bride --to-be arranged the weekend for her older sibling and her parental units to be together for "the" shopping event. She had a plan. She had a style and color she wanted. Yes indeed, we were set. Our first son-in-law and granddaughter stayed with the groom-to-be and watched football. They were happy campers. They ordered in pizza and had beverages and were set. The grandgirl watched videos and...



A Random Comment

Tue, 06 Aug 2013 07:05:20 -0500

On a recent trip to the City, Hubby and I were shopping at one of the malls. We had gone to most of the obligatory sporting goods stores in the walk-about of the mall. As I often do, I detoured into another store. This time, I had a mission. Yes, it is only August but I was after Christmas ornaments. Yes, they are Hallmark ones and yes, there are specific ones that I was going to purchase. While we were perusing the display, an elderly couple came to the display. The lady was in a...



Chalk and Bubbles

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:43:23 -0500

This past week, I was able to play with sidewalk chalk and bubbles one afternoon. It has been a day or so since I had played with sidewalk chalk. The neighborhood discount store had these handy dandy sidewalk chalk kits for a five dollar bill. With Little Miss still being 'little', she needed the kind of chalk that little hands can hold onto. The kit was kind of cool. There was a plastic gizmo that you could put three different color chalks and then draw. There were plastic shapes of...



Ben's Crew

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:46:22 -0500

I have a little friend that I would like to introduce to you. His name is Ben. He is two and one-half years old now. He has curly hair and soulful eyes. He is the youngest in his family. I first saw Ben before he was born. I was able to see his first ultrasound picture. His folks were so very excited that he was going to joining their family. His mom, dad, big sister and grandma got to see the photos first. His mom shared with her co-workers (one would be me.) He was going to be the...



Soap Opera Glasses

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:00:50 -0500

It has been old home week on ABC's General Hospital. The show is celebrating its 50th anniversary. They have brought back many of the actors and actresses who had been on the show in previous years. While I haven't been a lifelong fan, I am more recently back to the party thanks to my DVR. I have been enough of a sudsy fan (my term for being an soap opera fan ) over the years that I have kept up with the various story lines. My first recollection of General Hospital was watching at...



I Have Turned Into My Dad

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:54:20 -0600

It is official. I have turned into my father. He would have thought this was quite comical and he would have chuckled about it and shook his head at the same time. When I was growing up, my dad seemed to visit with everybody wherever we went. Now, it probably wasn't that bad but sometime it seemed like it. We used to wait forever when we went with him. Now, I don't think it was forever but as a kid it seemed like it. Even when I was older he would visit or ask questions of anyone. I needed...



Ice Is Possible

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:18:55 -0600

Our current vehicle is a Chevy. There are some features that I love. I suppose I could write a fan letter to the engineers who designed the features, the execs who okayed the features and the assembly line workers that built the car. That would require too much work. Next best thing is to blog about it. The first feature I love is the outside temperature feature. It is nice to be able to have the accurate temperature. My car even tells me to be careful if the outside temperature is 32...



Lunch by Train

Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:42:58 -0600

Now that Little Miss is almost two, going out to eat means we have to go to the kid-centered eating establishments some of the time. We had some fun this past Sunday at lunch. The kids suggested going to Fritz's. Son-in-law mentioned trains so we figured we would give it a go. Walking in, the staff gave Little Miss a paper railroad hat and sat us at a booth. It does have model trains but they are working trains. There was one train that just went around and around near the ceiling. It...



Contemplating the Content

Sat, 05 Jan 2013 12:09:27 -0600

What to write about? Numerous times in the past several weeks I have plopped down with the laptop and typed. Then I would delete. Then I would type and I would delete. I decided I should make a list of potential topics and see if that would spark anything. Resolutions? No since I don't go there. Work? Can't. Confidentiality and all. I enjoy being employed. Fiscal Cliff? Politely as I can. NO! Hopefully the 113th Congress will find the definition of compromise and...



What Is In A Name?

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 19:50:37 -0600

Betsy is a nickname bestowed upon me early in my life. My parental units did not want me to be called Liz or Lizzie -- no offense to those folks with those names -- since my given name is Elizabeth. They chose Betsy and that is what I was called from the time I was little. Growing up, there was a girl a grade ahead of me whose name was Bitzy. For most of each fall, my 'new' teachers would call me Bitzy. Usually by Christmas time, I was Betsy again. My name is not difficult to spell...