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  • I have resigned myself to the fact that most attempts I make at outdoor chores are certain to be spoiled by rain. The amount of rainfall increases exponentially in comparison to the degree of work required to complete the task at hand. I can summon the rain by gathering the water hose, bucket, sponge, car shampoo and a look of determination. Mentioning how badly the flower beds need to be weeded will cause a torrential downpour. The mere thought of mowing the grass will trigger flash flood warnings.

  • One of the great pleasures in life is being able to say, “I told you so.”
    I don’t get to say it often, but when I do, especially when I can say it to my husband, I do it with immense glee. I may even dance around and sing.
    Moms get to say I told you so a lot.
    Remember Ralphie’s mom in “A Christmas Story”? Ralphie kept asking for Red Ryder BB gun and his mom kept saying, “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

  • July 16, 1987 (30 Years Ago)

  • At my church this summer we’re learning about the “hard sayings” of Jesus.
    He said stuff like, “I have not come to give peace but division,” “Judge not” and “Let the dead bury the dead.”
    He also said we could ask for stuff -- “Ask and it will be given to you” and that “everyone who asks receives” (Luke 11:9-10).
    He said, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13-14).
    My pastor called it “the big ask.”

  • July 9, 1987 (30 Years Ago)

  • Very large birds seem to be attracted to me. I like birds but I have never gone to any major efforts to all attention to myself. This situation began with the appearance of a vulture.

  • I’ve lived in Florida long enough to know that sometimes we have drought conditions and sometimes the water in the rivers and lakes gets so high it overflows.
    About five years ago, this area of Florida was bone dry. It was so dry that a local man who lived on a canal -- “waterfront property” -- converted the dried-out canal off his boat dock into a golf course, complete with putting green, fairway and a tall grass hazard.

  • July 2, 1987 (30 Years Ago)
    Jeanette McCreary, daughter of John and Diana McCreary of Bedford, was crowned the 1987 Miss Trimble County Saturday among eight other contestants. Selected to grace her court were Shelley Hankinson, First Runner-up and Miss Congeniality; Melani Tingle, Second Runner-up; and Christel Gibson, Third Runner-up and talent competition winner.

  • It was a normal day with nothing unusual happening. My daughter and I were getting ready to go out for a while to get away from the house. Just as we entered my car something told me to check my phone. Sure enough I had two text messages from my husband. Unfortunately, his car had broken down many miles from home. I called to hear the game plan. He needed me to help him get his car to our mechanic. I agreed to go collect him giving no thought as to what “getting the car to the mechanic” was going to involve.

  • About two years ago, we became caretakers of two cats when our youngest daughter moved back home to rebuild her life.
    Last year, she moved in with a friend who has two dogs -- and an allergy to cats. So, we agreed to take care of Target and Mohawk until our daughter lives in a more cat-friendly space.
    They’re old cats, probably 13- or 14-years old, which is between 63 and 66 in human years.
    They take a lot of naps.
    They also sometimes barf on the carpet (but rarely on the tile), and they sometimes sneeze on the windows and the furniture.

  • June 25, 1987 (30 Years Ago)

  • My poor, hapless garden has been suffering at my hands for several years. Despite my most well-intentioned of efforts to grow anything, something rots, disappears or develops mysterious holes overnight. I’ve never seen such misfortune afflict one garden in my life. I suppose I thought that last year was the time for the garden to turn the tide and flourish.

  • June 18, 1987 (30 Years Ago)

  • June 11, 1987 (30 Years Ago)