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Electronic ineptitude not good

If you saw smoke over the west edge of Dodge on Monday, it was me.My sales tax form was ready to submit, after hours of problems, but when I tried to pay, all sorts of new problems came up.I tried calling for help, as the form said, but had to wait in line for so long, my phone hung up on its ...

Loss of Internet hurts

For five days my Internet connection disappeared.Off and on, off and on. I restarted the modem so many times I'll have a permanent imprint on my finger. And still I had nothing. Most of the time it didn't matter, but when a person wants to play Scrabble, she's got to have an Internet ...

Great night brings on memories

OK, I'll admit it.I like to sleep unencumbered. Always have. Likely, always will, even though it's not about to happen. A person can't sleep in the altogether when she sleeps alone.Oh, get your mind out of that low place. A person can't sleep in the altogether when she sleeps alone simply ...

Bested by meatloaf

Mortification.That's the feeling that runs around your heart when you have to throw out most of the meatloaf you just made because when you ate some of it, you had to wash it down with a nausea pill.That's mortification.I don't get groceries often. Not because of the laziness factor, but ...

Revision helps birthday stories

New Year's Eve means more than babysitting these days.When I was young, I always babysat because the money was really good when parents came home happy.Now, however, for the second year in a row I danced to the music of the Midwest Rock & Soul Revue at the VFW hall in Dakota City on New ...

From hawk to lunch with friends, trip sparkled

Resolutions be hanged. What I need this year is a way to get somewhere with a whole camera.When Dana and I went to the buffalo roundup in South Dakota, the disk stayed behind in Denver. When I went to Denver for Christmas, the battery stayed behind in Iowa, tucked neatly into its charger. Those ...

Angel speak puts miracles in motion

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015.That's today. I can remember when even the thought of that date was so far-fetched I didn't even consider it worth a thought.Somewhere an angel smugly grins whenever anyone says "Where does the time go?" That angel has drawn the passing-time assignment, and it is her duty ...

Joy brings happy smiles, crinkly eyes

Oh, Joy.Joy means more to me than Christmas happiness. Just seeing the word brings another kind of happiness, because my son-in-law's mother was Joy. Now, I can't even sing Joy to the World without thinking of her memory and remembering going to the Reno airport to pick her up for the kids' ...

Good things keep coming and coming

No one ever has too many good things happen to them.Just ask me.My house needed to be cleaned. As in do I water the top of the buffet to start the garden growing clean. So I decided to invite friends for supper, which meant I had to clean or we'd be eating on the front porch. Outside. In ...

Solutions don’t come easy

Keeping your neck warm will keep your entire body warm.Who knew?My house is a toasty 66 degrees. I like it that way. It's warm enough in the living area if I wear a sweater and cool enough in the sleeping area for a good night's rest.Sometimes, however, shivers run up and down my arms, and it's ...

‘These are a few of my favorite things’

We all know I can climb a soapbox faster than the speed of light, but I feel remiss in not equalizing that anger with the good stuff.Someone should invent a sweetbox for that.Were it to be me making such an invention, I'd use a granite stone, a stone saved from the Colorado mountains. There's ...

Offensive phone calls give way to laughter

OK, here's how it's going to be.Here's how it must be until we get a new president or I could lose my mind.I still have a land line. I need it for those times I can't find my cell phone and need to call myself, but that's beside the point. I still have a land line. Do-not-call distinctions ...

Craving for tuna sandwich creates problem

Talk about a kick in the well, where you really don't want to be kicked.For weeks I've been craving a tuna sandwich. I've got the tuna. I've got the sweet relish and Miracle Whip I mix with it. I've got a clean bowl to put it in, and that doesn't always happen.But I don't have my can opener. I ...

Halloween dance brings high highs, low lows

Life has its ups and downs. Everybody knows that.But to have high ups and low downs because of the same activity seems as if I've gone off my rocker. And I do have a rocker. My recliner rocks, too. When I'm not sleeping in the reclining position, I'm thinking hard in the rocking ...

Barking dogs vie with words for worst

Pull out the soapbox, honey, Sandy's got a brand new gripe.Well, two, if the soapbox will stand the strain.Let it be known right here, right now, that town dogs are not outside dogs. Nor should they be. Especially at 3 a.m. in the cold.Somewhere within a bark of my bedroom, people have dogs. At ...

Brother Edgar often to blame growing up

Everyone wants someone to blame when thing go wrong.That's the way of the world.In our family - or the part of the family left home when I was married and gone - that person was my sister's brother, Edgar. Her brother, I say, because I never met Edgar. Just heard about him and all those odd ...

Roundup greater than test results

Well, this is depressing.I waited to write this column until the last possible minute because I had a CT scan Monday and couldn't wait to tell you things were going well and lesions were shrinking.Guess again.I'd been off chemo for four months because everything was going so well. My hair grew ...

Thinking can add miles to a trip

If a person gets so caught up in thought she forgets to think, she'll end up in Missouri.For instance, a few weeks back, I drove down to the bottom of Iowa for a play date with Iowa Press Women friends. I had directions with me. Easy enough, I thought. Just look for Highway 2, then go east. But ...

Odd smells, odd words — all in a memory

Little smells better than fields of drying corn on a muggy fall night.It's indefinable. Not musty, but a little dusty. Not like a yard full of dying leaves, but almost.Geez, that doesn't sound like it smells good at all, does it? Must be my thing, a memory I just can't grab.A few things climb ...

Getting old is a bother

It's the realization of aging that's a botherSomeone must be to blame for my aging.Certainly not I. No, in my mind I'm 43, a perfect match for the number worn by Denver Broncos starting free safety Steve Foley back in the Orange Crush days.When you're 43, you can do things. Lots of things. You ...