Entries by Sallie


Was that my mother???  Barreling down I-95 with her car on fire? ? With sirens screaming and cars honking ???? And, according to the newspaper article, trying desperately to make it to Wendy’s before the inevitable explosion???? Yes.  Yes, I think it was. It wasn’t the car that tipped me off.  It was the destination. […]


       Funny how they come and go. So, I’ll back up before I begin. The Mister ruled over our checking account for years.  The monthly balancing act was never pretty.  According to him, I had a laissez-faire approach to specific dollar amounts and detailed reporting. In an attempt to save our marriage, I wrested the […]

How Easy Is That?

We always say that when something new comes along to make life better.  Easy is the big sell.  And so it is with my jazzy new car.  It came with bunches of bells and whistles, beeps and whimpers.  Most of which I neither want nor understand.  They scare me, truth be told.  But, and this […]


                What’s a girl gotta do to get a little peace and quiet around here?   Wouldn’t you think that would be easy in a community designed for a somewhat “mature” population?  That those years of loud, crazy carousing and partying might be things of the past? So, how come it’s just the opposite? At least […]


               We were lucky….or unlucky….enough to have had three graduations this past weekend.  One in Atlanta.  One in Colorado.  And one right here at home.  No travel.  No hotels.  Being the anti-travel-ists we are, we chose the latter. It was a sweet ceremony.  Small school, great kids, nice families.  We sat in the front row […]

It Was Music To My Ears

At least, that’s what it sounded like when the Mister said he wanted to go shopping.   For some new clothes.  For himself.  And did I want to go with him?  You bet your bippy I did.  He rarely, very rarely, invests in new things for himself and I wanted to be there. To see the […]

Come Sit…..

Had a bad hair day?  Your dream vacation didn’t quite meet expectations? That long awaited, painstakingly planned wedding went slightly awry?  The soufflé fell? If any of those things have come your way recently, then please come my way.  Sit down, spit it out, spill the beans, let it rip.  You’ll feel better and so […]

Candy as Metaphor

Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don’t. I like Almond Joys.  Not Mounds.  In other words, I feel like a nut.  That’s due somewhat to my taste in candy bars but more importantly to my relationship with word processors and printers.  Hence, the (very) broad-based candy reference. Our first “word processor” was a […]

Brain Waves

We have a wonderful local resource for people with memory issues.  Called “Memory Matters,” it is blessing for those who need it. They administer a free memory test to the public. I know many people who’ve taken it.  And actually remember that they did.  It’s called MocCa….short for Montreal Cognitive Assessment.  There’s another brain assessment […]


                  Once upon a time, when I went off to college, into that brave, scary new world, far away from home, I had absolutely no idea who’d be sharing my room, my bathroom, my desk and my closet. What would I do if my roommate snored?  What if I snored?  What if she wants to […]


Must it always be thus?  “Anything you can do I can do better“? As one born with no athletic ability whatsoever….and no interest at all in altering that……I know what it’s like to be the last one standing when a team is picked.  To be left sitting on the bench.  Sent back to the locker […]

Brand Loyalty

I am brand-loyal.  For me, it’s always been Duke’s Mayonnaise, Grey Poupon Mustard, Campbell’s Tomato Soup, Velveeta Cheese.  I don’t even have to think about it.  The Mister, well….not so much.   He’ll go for the generic every time.  Says it saves some money.  That there’s no difference.  But I know there’s a difference.  And no […]

The Ubiquitous Key Caddy

Who doesn’t have one?  A bowl, dish, or basket that sits inside the back door?  Ready for car keys and house keys.  They fill to overflowing without our noticing.  Who throws away keys?  A few days ago, we decided to sort through our own messy collection.  Most of them were mystery keys.  And so out […]

Staying Power

Dear Carolyn, Well, we’ve done it again.  We’ve moved.  I didn’t send the forwarding info to you as you’re a little hard to reach.  If we have internet issues here, I can only imagine the difficulties you must experience. But a funny thing happened as we were unpacking boxes in our new digs and I […]

The Lint Trap

We used to live in a big house with a teeny-tiny washer and dryer. Now we live in a small house with an extra large washer and dryer.  Go figure. Actually, I’m a bit excited about that.  For a couple of reasons.  I can actually wash more than one sheet at a time. I can […]