Sick to death of winter? Here’s your instant cure.

Our theater of seasons
Indoor Division

Grandma Paula writes: “Subject: Cure for the Winter Blahs.

“My cousin, Grandma Joyce, and I drove over to Como Conservatory last Friday to see the flower show. It’s the best way that I know to forget about winter for an afternoon. Continue reading “Sick to death of winter? Here’s your instant cure.”

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How many propane tanks do you need for your travel trailer? One more than you think, probably!

Immutable Laws of the Universe

Twitty of Como reports: “When you’re camping or traveling and it’s chilly enough that you need heat, the propane tank on the travel trailer will always go empty in the middle of the night.

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What do you do when a sad time comes upon you?

Life as we know it
Including: In memoriam (Our Community of Strangers Division)

D. Ziner: “When a sad time comes upon me, I often think of that eloquent submission from Joybubbles in which he explained the therapeutic value of shedding a few tears. At the time, I thought about how natural that remedy seemed to be when I was younger. I knew instinctively that a bit of crying would solve my immediate — and often inexplicable — problem, but I sometimes needed help. I would get it by punching my older brother, who would punch back much harder, and thus I achieved an excuse for a short tantrum that somehow made things all better.

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“Surely, you’d like some fresh-baked cookies!” “Oh, yes, ma’am — and don’t stop calling them Shirleys!”

Life as we know it

Happy Medium: “Winter was a special time for us. Hills, high and low, surrounded the farm where we lived — perfect for sledding. Ice ponds were perfect for skating.

“The best place to ice skate was the lake on our property. My siblings used clamp-ons, but I didn’t have skates at the time.

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Clue: “John, to Ringo.” Three letters. Got it, pal?

CAUTION! Words at Play!
Cruciverbalism Division

Doris Day writes: “Speaking of crossword puzzles: One I am working on now has the clue ‘John, to Ringo.’ Three letters. I can’t think of one more clever.”

BULLETIN BOARD SAYS: You will be able to find the answer (very clever, indeed!) at the very bottom of today’s Bulletin Board.

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Will the runaway shopping cart please find its way home?

The simple pleasures

Horntoad of White Bear Lake: “Subject: Smart shopping cart.

“I recently visited a big-box store on a cold and very windy day. While l was loading my purchases into the back of the SUV, something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye. From an empty parking spot next to me, an abandoned shopping cart was being propelled past my car by the strong wind.

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