Happy anniversary to us

Hi everyone,

I would tell you how many years we’ve now been married but my M.O.W. would beat me up again. Suffice it to say we met in high school and got married when she was still in college.

We’re beginning to get the hang of this relationship. We have one card that says, “I accept your apology,” which on occasion gets handed to the offended party.

I remember one night when she was upset and took her pillow to the living room, I took my pillow to the living room too. I figured if we were going to be mad, we might as well be mad in the same room. Everything worked out just fine.

What does one get for a mate at this point? We have plenty of stuff. What we love is time shared. I made reservations at a nice restaurant for this evening, early enough that we can take in a movie. That’s a rare treat these days. And I can easily imagine a late night toast on the patio beside Goose Lake. Whatever else it is by day, it’s a romantic spot by night.

Happy anniversary, Sandy. Thank you for saying yes. I love you.


Listening to the pitter patter

    Hi everyone,

    Sunday afternoon as we finished planting some geraniums we felt the first sprinkles of rain. The sky had been warning us to hurry and thunder claps added exclamatory remarks.

    Jennifer Murvin, on the panel the other day we talked about prompts. This one works well for me.

    We poured something over ice and took chairs just outside our door where we were protected from the rain and sat there enjoying the thunderstorm until it eventually passed on by. There’s something about the sound of falling rain, even when the drops are hitting the water in our pool. Ahhh.

Yesterday’s radio talk show

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Sandy and I had a good time on Larry Freund’s show along with co-host David Eslick.

Our thanks to Larry for inviting us. Sandy fielded questions about her years as a high school counselor and how much she enjoyed working with students, teachers, and parents. She also responded to questions about our gift store, Gamble’s Gifts, and talked about our most important lines, including Waterford Crystal, Lladro, Vietri, Thymes, and gurgle pots, as well as the hard work of going to markets year after year to seek new trends and products to keep customers coming back. She doesn’t know how many markets she has attended but in the thirty-three years we’ve owned the store she estimates the number at over seventy markets in Dallas, Kansas City, Atlanta, San Francisco, New York City, and Las Vegas.

One point Sandy made was that the store is open even though the entire shopping center is under dramatic renovation and gives the appearance that no one could possibly be conducting business under such circumstances. Here’s what we’re dealing with these days, and will be for another several months.

During my parts, I mostly talked about books and literacy and my new releases. I even had a chance to read a poem from A PLACE TO START A FAMILY and two from CRAWLY SCHOOL FOR BUGS.

Again, our thanks to Larry and David.

Easing into the season

Hi everyone,

Lazy Sunday morning. Paper’s read. Coffee’s drunk. Cereal’s eaten. Guess I’ll get dressed and move some furniture around. We’ll get the tree up this afternoon. Not sure when we’ll get it decorated but at least it will be ready when we are.

Here’s one of my favorite pictures from the files. What a chick!