Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
I'm on the lookout now for what other underhanded activities are going on in my nice, quiet neighborhood.
Speaking of lottery ticket scratch offs, a few years ago, Bill and I were taking an evening stroll. We passed a little independently owned pharmacy where a young man behind the counter, sitting on a stool in front of the picture window was busily unrolling an entire roll of lottery tickets and scratching frantically. I hope he hit a winner.
Coincidentally, two weeks later the pharmacy went out of business.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Okay, I have a dilemma here. We live on a busy street with lots of auto and pedestrian traffic.
I left for work yesterday morning and saw a rather large scratch off lottery ticket on the lawn as I was pulling out of the driveway. When I came home it was still there, despite being a windy day. Hubby hadn't picked up the litter either, because he has a theory: maybe it will blow down the street.
On my way to the mailbox I bent down and picked up that Bingo Scratch Off, and I scanned the gnat-size number circles. Nah! Not a winner. Then, I saw a second chance to win on that card. It had been scratched off, too. The directions: two matching amounts win!
I looked at the side by side $10.00 amounts. Hot diggity! I had a winner in my hot little hands.
Now the dilemma: I did not see anyone trash our lawn, but I have a pretty good idea who did. There's a little old Bosnian man who buys lottery tickets at a neighborhood market up the street from our house almost every day. I have seen him wildly scratching and walking past our house on several occasions. Once or twice, I've seen him toss the losers on the ground. On those occasions I embraced my husband's philosophy, it will be down the block or in the gutter in no time.
I'm considering asking the guy if he tossed trash onto our lawn, to which he will most likely reply: "No speak English." Or he may become belligerent and swing his loaf of fresh bread at me.
The more I think about it, the more I think I will consider the fine for lawn littering $10.00.
Now if by chance I find another winner on our property with a greater amount, I shall increase my fine.
It's all circumstantial evidence at this point. What do you think?
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Sent off three essays today. I have been toying with a poem about writing, so if anyone would like to take a look and express an opinion, I'd be most happy. I won't post it on my blog because some publications consider that as published and therefore won't accept previously published.
Have you ever read Wally Lamb's novels: She's Come Undone; I Know This Much is True, and The Hour I First Believed? That last one, an account of the Columbine killings was difficult to read.
Well yesterday I found a little nugget of Wally's.
"Wishin' and Hopin', A Christmas Story (2009) is one of the most fun reads ever. The main character is a kid in Catholic school whose cousin is Annette Funicello. The time warp is fun, the characters delightful and the story is moving at a good clip. I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this book!
Speaking of books, I have drawn two names. Thank you all for leaving a comment and being supportive when HP crashed and had to go to the repair shop.
BOBBY BARBARA SMITH and OPTIMISTIC EXISTENTIALIST, please email me your mailing address if you live in the US. Check out my list and select your title. My email is listed in my header.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Turned on the computer Monday afternoon and a blue screen popped up with a bunch of code and the word error. After much tinkering by he who knows how to sign on in safe mode, he flipped it off. SO DID I.
The geeks are now in possession, and for five days I am going to be unable to breathe deeply. We have an external hard drive, so all I can do is hope...ugh. I can't even think about it.
Tell me something to get my mind off it?
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Ask them to sign on to "follow" my blog. They don't ever have to return, but it would be great if they did.
Not Your Mother's Book...On Family (co created by me)
Not Your mother's Book...On Travel
Not Your Mother's Book... On Home Improvement
Chicken Soup for the Soul, Living with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias
Chicken Soup for the Soul, Just Us Girls
Chicken Soup for the Soul The Dating Game
Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Power of Positive
Chicken Soup for the Soul, Reader's Choice
Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul (my first CS published story)
Sunday, January 4, 2015