It takes a lot of legwork and focus to hunt down big game. But the holidays are approaching and my family deserves the biggest, most tender, juiciest entrée my abilities can provide. After decades of practice, I have become quite adept at the hunt, especially for a turkey.
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My cousin’s wife already has two Christmas trees up and decorated. She also began stringing outdoor lights along the railing on their deck. Her personalized photo Christmas cards arrived in a package weeks ago. She will have them tucked into addressed and stamped envelopes ready to toss in a blue post box on her way to Black Friday sales.
Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, while men start growing out their facial hair and neighbors work on outdoing each other with their holiday light displays synchronized to music, aspiring novelists write. Word-loving writer nerds will do their best to pound out an average of 1,667 words a day for 30 days. The ultimate goal is to reach 50,000 by the end of the month.
We have many freedoms in this country. One is the freedom to vote for people to represent us in governmental offices, from our small town mayor to the president of the United States.
The closet in our master bedroom would be better suited to serve as a broom closet in a studio apartment. Rather, we cram into it enough clothes for six months for two people, plus all our shoes and boots.
Humor is essential for getting through the tough times. Thankfully, my family is full of it. Humor that is, although we have had our share of tough times. Most recently, Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
With yet another anniversary approaching, I decided to research some of the venues we talked about, yet never visited. When you are marking your relationship in terms of double digits, the list of interesting places you intend to visit grows like an annoying chin hair. Or, for a guy, an annoying nose hair.
A rise in craft beer popularity triggered creativity within a big coffee chain. They concocted fall flavors for their fancy coffees that incorporate the tastes of craft brews. They are not adding beer to their coffees, mind you. They simply want to catch the craft brew wave and ride to shore.
You have to make it to the bank with your deposit so you can afford to pick up your dry cleaning on the evening the cable repair guy is scheduled to get your house back online. This situation warrants the use of both the bank and dry cleaner drive through services.
Scientists at NASA obviously do not get out much. They are busy thinking up ways to travel through space and reclassify the planets on my seventh-grade mobile, rendering the best science project ever obsolete. In the meantime, have they seen a sci-fi movie in the past few decades? Do they not understand the concept ‘we are not alone’?
When Hubby and I used to take the boys to the movies, my middle child always suggested the large popcorn. It was only fifty cents more. And, he added as matter-of-factly as the girl behind the counter, it included free refills.
As we step into January, we are inundated with new. There are new episodes of our favorite shows to be enjoyed, new resolutions and promises to be attempted, new diets to start, new spring fashions to purchase during the New Year sale. Everywhere we turn, we are being lulled into worshipping the new.
Vivid memories of my father opening and closing drawers and cabinets in the kitchen in search of a utensil or mug flash across my brain as Hubby doubles back in search of the trash can.
A dozen years ago, Hubby and I decided it was in our best interest, as well as the best interests of my three boys, to enter into a lawful union that would forever provide us a break on our taxes.