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  • Once You Go Gray, You Never Go BlackSheila, February 2012Hey I am finally somewhat of a trendsetter. For years now my hair has been gray—not that I didn’t once and only once have a fling with color. I was so warped after that experience and the hole it left in my wallet that I swor...
  • Awesome Birthday at Aurora Fire Department
    on Mar 3, 2012 in Nicolas family Aurora
    Last Saturday the firefighters and paramedics at Aurora Fire Department Station Number 10 helped make one special birthday celebration for Nicolas Noblitt. Some months back, Nic’s mom and dad bid on the fire station birthday party at a charity auct...
  • New Grandson
    on Jan 22, 2012 in transitions family
    I suppose he deserves more than a quick post, but Nathaniel Trent Noblitt is one fine little guy. I suppose too that he will take the world on his own terms since he decided to come a day before the scheduled c-section for his mother. He is beautiful...
  • Together
    on Dec 17, 2011
    Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller Truck & driver from United Stationers.After months of work to get approval from the food bank for a same-day pantry, we finally had ou...
  • Retro Morning Coffee
    on Oct 29, 2011 in shopping cooking food
    I’ve had the General Electric 12-cup percolator for about a month. After a long-term relationship with Mr. Coffee, I find this coffee maker just right, and I’m enjoying a cup of Eight O’clock Coffee as I write this. Sorry to say, Eight O’cloc...
  • Halloween Reflections
    on Oct 23, 2011 in reflections
    Yesterday, the elementary school that's catty-corner from my house set up a big Spiderman moon jump. Cars parked up and down the street, and I assumed there was a fall fair, festival, or Halloween carnival going on. I thought back to the early 60s wh...
  • Getting the Lay of the Land in Aurora, Illinois
    on Sep 4, 2011 in transitions Aurora
    Summer update: I’ve moved from Batavia to Aurora, Illinois, the second biggest city in Illinois. I’m two blocks away from older son, and family. Grandma Sheila, that’s what Nic calls me, can walk to baby sit these days. I promise not to become...
  • Pulling the Plug and Unhooking the Cable on Cable TV
    on Jul 3, 2011 in technology trends television
    It's official. I canceled the cable. I returned the cable box and remote control yesterday. Comcast is going to charge me more than I thought I would have to pay to keep the Internet and for now the phone, but I figure I will still save nearly $90...
  • More Cutting the Cable TV Cable
    on Jun 26, 2011 in Batavia trends television freedom
    Back in March I contemplated cutting the cable TV cord. My monthly Comcast bill is a ridiculous $178.30 for what Comcast calls its "Triple Play." Internet, land-line phone, and TV. That's it. No HBO or Showtime. Well, after yesterday, I could kick my...
  • Shame on St. Louis Cardinals
    on Jun 14, 2011 in Nicolas equality baseball advocacy
    I just read my daughter-in-law's Facebook post about the difficulty she encountered with getting tickets to a St. Louis Cardinal baseball game in September and I'm mad.She wrote, Just bought tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game in Sept. I am sad to...
  • Home Invaders
    on Mar 20, 2011 in home improvement home
    Box elder bugs have invaded my home. You can see from the photo of my house that there’re a lot of the critters. While most expert advice I have read indicates that they are harmless (although one did say they can occasionally bite), they are indee...
  • Cutting the Cable TV Cable
    on Mar 13, 2011 in Chicago money television
    I'm investigating cutting the cable TV cord. Right now it seems like a good idea. With Netflix and the Internet as options, I truly think it's time. We watch a lot of programs via Netflix already.Of course, I'd still like to be able to watch the loca...
  • Nicolas Turns Three
    on Feb 24, 2011 in Nicolas
    Yesterday, Nicolas (my grandson, for anyone new) turned three. It was a pretty big transition.Those who know Nic's history (born at 26 weeks, weighed 1 lb. 12 oz, 101 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, heart surgery, brain bleeds, cerebral pal...
  • Christmas Morning
    on Dec 26, 2010
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  • Giving Thanks
    on Nov 25, 2010 in transitions reflections holidays
    Can it be nearly three months since I last posted? And why today did I decide the time was right to resume writing? I guess I am in a reflective mood, and when I get in those moods, I want to write. Since the last post in early October I took a new j...
  • What Lies Within "Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see further." Thomas Carlyle"What lies behind us & what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson Nic is making great strides these...
  • Rammer Jammer Yellow HammerWell, there's not too much that makes a University of Alabama grad happier than the start of football season -- especially after last season's National Championship. Bama opens against San Jose State this Saturday minus Heisman-winning Mark Ingram, w...
  • Clearing the Dust
    on Aug 28, 2010 in reflection
    Blow the dust off the clock. Your watches are behind the times. Throw open the heavy curtains which are so dear to you -- you do not even suspect that the day has already dawned outside. Alexander Solzehnitsyn There’s a thick layer of dust over nea...
  • Place Matters: Looking for Mitford
    on Aug 21, 2010 in reflection Illinois life books history home
    The review pretty much hit the nail on the head:Mix one part All Creatures Great and Small with two parts Lake Wobegon, sprinkle a little Anne of Green Gables and get: Mitford, the pinnacle of provincial life, where homespun wisdom, guarde...
  • Mr. Obama and the Ceremonial Gulf Coast Vacation
    on Aug 15, 2010
    Don’t get me wrong. I applaud President Obama’s mini-vacation trip to Panama City Beach, Florida, USA. But when I read, according to the New York Times, that the trip was scheduled to last a mere 27 hours and that after a quick three-day fundrais...