Mary Beth Writes

6/26/2024

Guess what amazing thing is happening at my house right now? This has not happened in, I think, two weeks…

OUR WINDOWS ARE OPEN!

Yesterday evening the heat index was 100 degrees. Tonight the temperature is 70, low humidity, breezes wafting in the windows like angels’ breath.

We’ve had heat and storms and so have most of you. Our kids in Madison have sent pix of golf ball sized hail several times lately. Yesterday, on a walk, I passed a lovely ranch house with a PVC pipe coming out of a basement window with so much water spurting from it that I had to walk in the street to get past. Glad it isn’t my house.

I went for my walk early yesterday. It had stormed and rained much of the night. The slough behind our local Target was unpopulated by people but aflutter in noisy redwing blackbirds. It was so loud I laughed at the crazy birds who, I suppose, were laughing back at me.

Today I met Kathleen for breakfast at Simple in Lake Geneva. If you happen to go there, don’t be afraid to order the Korean mung bean pancakes. She let me have a bite of hers and now I’m getting them next time. I don’t even know what shaved kimchee is, but it tasted fine on those pancakes.

We’ve been friends so long she remembers the boyfriend I didn’t marry and I remember her goofy adorable grammar school kids, one of whom is going to retire from their job in two years. Knock me over with a feather.

We talked about an emotion we both have often and poignantly these days. It’s that feeling when you watch your kids and grandkids (and great grandkids, I suppose, though neither of us have any). You see the great person they so fully are. At the same time you see the face of your mom or aunt, the skills and avocations of your brother, your uncles. You feel as if you are tipsily standing on some bridge now, and you alone understand that the same faces are on both sides. There’s nothing to do about it other than, I guess, talk to others who are walking cross this same touching, weird bridge.

I don’t mind getting older. But despite what they seem to be saying about us, it sure doesn’t seem like a dull, stable, boring place. It’s all moving under our feet.

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Oh, the turtle. Len saw it on the Drumlin trail. It was walking out of a swamp an from the looks of it, he or she was bringing a bit of mossy home with them.

 

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Along those lines —- I said to Garry a few weeks ago - no matter where we go, we seem to be the oldest people in the room. Love all the pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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What Now, US Constitution?

7/2/2024

Not sure if I wrote this post for you or for me.

I was close to the end of my volunteer shift at the Food Pantry yesterday. The morning had been tougher than usual (see the upended boxes we didn’t have time to flatten) and I was tired. Then I got this text from Len, “Don’t look at the news.”

I’ve never received anything this cryptic from Len in my life. I told my co-worker Nancy I needed to look at the news because something weird was going on.

She replied, “The Supreme Court.”

Hot Weather Diary #3

6/19/2024

Today was another hot one and right now, it’s still 93 degrees in my backyard.

Hot Weather Diary #2

6/18/2024

“Time wasted at a lake is time well spent.”  (I tried to learn who wrote this; it seems to have arisen spontaneously on a Pinterest plaque for your cabin.)

There is an argument that civilization started on the banks of rivers, the oceans, and along the shores of the hundreds and thousands of lakes on our earth. Waterfront is where people and animals gather to drink, eat, cool off, and watch the youngsters while they play. Also, it’s where adults gather to chat, fish, breathe in beauty, and sometimes swim far out there where joints don’t ache and its quiet.

Hot Weather Diary #1

6/17/2024

We all knew it was coming and here it is. A Hot Week! We are in the news! We are important! Humans around the nation, especially in the East and Midwest, will be living through a week with temps in the 80’s, 90’s and worse.

What the Dickens?

The photo is from Barnados, a childrens charity in London in the 19th century. 

6/15/2024

Argh! I have a new phone because the old one stopped staying charged plus a few more foibles. My phone cost $400 five years ago so it makes sense that it stopped working reliably, right? If an appliance worked like this we would burn that manufacturer to the ground.

Swan Story

6/3/2024 

I’ve been reading a lot of other people’s writing lately and I have decided there is too much to read. Much of it is very good but there is JUST TOO MUCH!

So my goal going forward is to write shorter posts, more often, that might remind you of the glory, power, and goofiness of your life as well as mine.

So, let me say again what’s always very true. Thank you for reading what I write.

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