Mary Beth Writes

I remember the first year I was old enough to create an April Fool’s Joke; I was about 7- or 8-years-old.  I was still short enough so that to get things from the upper cupboards, I needed to jump and hoist myself up to the counter, then pull up onto my knees, and then I could peruse the shelves for what I wanted. Cookies and boxes of Lifesavers were on the left. Plates and glasses on the right. There was probably healthy stuff there, too, but fifty years later I have no visuals on where the cans of vegetables were.

Anyway, I had read of THIS AMAZING APRIL FOOL’S DAY TRICK!  One could switch the sugar and salt in the sugar bowl and saltshaker! I did this. By myself. Quite enterprising for a little kid, I think.  

That very day my dad sprinkled a spoonful of salt - thinking it was sugar - on something he was about to eat. Maybe cereal. I was quivering in excitement.  

Dad made a terrifying face, ran to the kitchen, spit it out, came back in an angry rage.  My dad was skilled at anger, so this was no joke.

He looked at all of us and asked what happened. 

I must have squeaked out a “It’s an April Fool’s joke, Daddy.”

Nothing more happened so I guess he calmed down. He did love me, I knew that. I really had not expected such towering anger. 

I’ve not played many jokes on people since.  It’s just easier this way.

Money related - because income and outgo is on nearly everybody’s minds these days.

Here’s an irony: Coronavirus is more dangerous for us who are over retirement age. BUT if we were lucky enough to retire with social security and a partner who also gets social security and we had some savings and also a secure place to live – then right now (other than the uber rich) we are the most economically secure people in the country. So we’re the most in danger but we’re also the most secure.

And because we are not naïve- not everyone who is retired is secure. Nomadland review  

Len and I make economic decisions every day. I think now more than ever it’s valuable to share how we are saving and how we are spending.

Today I made a whopping profit of $4. I thrift-bought six cocoa fiber plant basket liners a few months ago for a dollar each. Sold them today on eBay for $10 (buyer pays shipping).

The entire profit of this sale will be spent on Peeps via this week’s grocery order.

At noon I watched part of an Andrew Cuomo press conference. Like others are saying, I was encouraged and heartened that there is this guy who is honest and responsible, informed and well-spoken, who is answering good questions with thoughtful answers.

It sucks and is evil that people are dying, and our economy is in freefall because of the slipshod malfeasance of a gameshow host and his administration. None of us will turn away from this, right?

Yet this afternoon the sun came out.  Warmth and light won against our last few (relentless) days of depressing clouds. I went for a walk to drop the eBay package in the PO lobby drop box. Came home and now I’m finishing writing this while drinking a Spotted Cow.

One day at a time, right?

Saw this tree and laughed out loud. Good haircuts are overrated.

 

 

 

 

 

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Love Spotted Cow.. TY
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I think that his son is ill while all this is going on. Must be terrifying.
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This comment is from Franc, not me... "I like Spotted Cow Too and I'm also one of those secure and yet vulnerable retired people you were talking about... My SSI shows up this week and I get paid on Tuesday... I haven't been thrifting so it will go into my savings account... The house is paid for and what bills I have are paid in full... I have enough food in the house for about three months,( Now we are supposed to disinfect our grocery's and takeout ) GEEZ!!! They keep changing the rules on us... If I run out of food I have enough rice to get me through ... it's been done before... I really feel for those who must buy food, pay utility bills, insurance and take care of children... I'll help those that I know and who are my friends. Now I'm going to have that Spotted Cow... Be safe and take care of each other..."

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Advent Light Post 12-4-2020

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I received this (above) lovely photo from Susan W of an old-fashioned city lamp seen through trees at night.

It made me recall the pix Karen P sent of her son and daughter-in-law at their wedding a few years ago. They lit and sailed paper lanterns propelled by small candles which (hopefully) flickered out when they flew high enough.

Which of course, reminded me of the paper lanterns at my kids’ wedding.

I don’t walk around noticing spheres and globes, but the image is just unusual enough to bring similar images to mind.

Advent Light Post 12/3/2020

The photo is Karen P's mom, Joan, who has been in quarantine in an assisted living residence since March. Her birthday party was a few months before all this began. Light for hope. Hope for light.

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Yesterday I wrote “I liked figuring out the best way to position my stance in order to frame whatever it was I wanted to focus on.”

Point of View. 

Advent Light Post 12/2/2020

Len has been taking photos since he was a college newspaper reporter/photographer; (University of Chicago and University of Calgary). He has photos that he took from Willis (it was Sears then) Tower while it was under construction. Len had a journalist pass so he called to see if he could “do a story” and they didn’t ask if he was 20 yet, so he got the gig. When (if) he finds those photos, I will put some here.

As long as I have known him, Len has owned a camera. I think we are now on #3. He brought to our marriage the tripod that he still uses.

Advent Light Post 12/1/2020

(The photo is of headlights making a dotted line on the cemetery fence.) 

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Oh that morning! Len drove us like crazy across Chicago to the hospital where we would birth our first child.  It was a very clear, very cold December morning, kind of like what’s outside my window right now. 

That same evening I was wheelchaired back out of that hospital. When the lobby doors slid open, the world had become night and the driveway vapor lights lit a blizzard of whirling snow.

It was a completely different world. Yes it was.

Advent Light Post 11/30/2020

Today is Len’s birthday and to celebrate being born on the last day of November in the upper Midwest, he is out on his bike right now. It’s spitting snow, there are 20-30mph winds, and the real-feel temp is 20. He has on both pairs of his bicycling pants. He also has a slice of pumpkin raisin Bundt cake (hmmm, I wonder who baked that) in his bike’s little trunk. 

Happy Birthday to the kind of guy who, when a girl invites him to attend the Sunday school class she teaches - comes to that Sunday school class. A rare man, indeed. 

Advent Light 11/28/2020

Tomorrow, Sunday, is the first Sunday of Advent. 

So first of all, like I said before, I’m preaching. I think you can listen to the whole service starting at 9:30AM, if you go to https://www.uniteduuc.org/ .  There is usually a link there that you have to click, when you click it, it says something about YouTube, so click that link, too. Otherwise, by Monday (maybe earlier, I don’t know who does this or when) it will show up on YouTube at United Unitarian Universalist, Waukesha, and my name.

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