Strawberry fields, forever

tamrawilson strawberries

Nothing says May quite like fresh strawberries. And no, I’m not talking about packages of berries in the produce section. I mean the ones you pick yourself. Last Thursday I took my young granddaughter to a pick-your-own field south of Newton and spent a short while stepping among the neat rows. White plastic surrounding the soil around each plant, unlike …

Life is short. Use the good dishes.

tamrawilson Cleaning house, Keepsakes, Old stuff, Uncategorized

Most young adults aren’t into the stuff Baby Boomers have collected. What one generation treasures, the next one rejects. It’s true. The bone china and silver that you registered for when you got married may be relegated to Goodwill. When it comes to stuff, there are two kinds of people: keepers and shedders. I am of the former group mostly, …

Flagpole sitting, flappers, frivolity marked life in ‘20s

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What did people do for fun 100 years ago? I researched 1920s entertainment for a program I gave recently to my DAR chapter.  The John Hoyle chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is marking its 100th anniversary this year. Our main celebration is planned at the Hickory History Center. There will be 1920s décor, food and tours of Harper House, …

Things are getting crazy out there

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It’s a crazy world we live in. If you’ve followed the news, you know that our neighbors to the north have been in turmoil over a trucker protest. The Freedom Convoy was protesting federal COVID 19 vaccine mandates, were all about individual choice, they said. Some 90 percent of the truckers are reportedly vaccinated. It’s the mandates that have them …

Valentines to last a lifetime, and then some

tamrawilson Cleaning house, Keepsakes, Old stuff, Valentine

My new year’s resolution is to sort through every drawer, closet and cabinet this year. So far I’ve rifled through roughly 1/3 of the house. This past Saturday, I came across a box labeled “Mom & Dad’s Old Stuff.” Inside, as I expected, were their vintage childhood things—a toy iron, child’s safe with a lithographed image of a ship, a …

2022 couldn’t get here soon enough

tamrawilson Bad luck, New year

Thank heavens it’s 2022 already. These past 12 months have been doozies. Things started to go south for me last spring when an intestinal flareup progressed to a solid round of antibiotics. This wasn’t my first colonoscopy rodeo, as they say. Fasting and a liquid diet is one thing, but the gallon jug of lemon-flavored “prep” is the clincher, especially …