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Today in My History

2000:  Rosie vs. the Giants
2001:  
Here Comes the Sun
2002: 
Suicidal Squirrels
2003: 
Same Time Next Year
2004:  
Glass Half Empty
2005: 
More Puppy Burps
2006: 
I Hate Ned
2007: 
Deja Vu All Over Again
2008:   Gimme Some "Poop Freeze," Please
2009:   Long Day's Journey Into Night   
2010:   A Quarter of a Century
2011:  Back to School
2012: The Pellet with the Poison
2013: Sunday Stealing
2014: Remembering Clotheslines
2015: Can't Get Away from 'em

2016: Exciting Discovery
2017: I Hate it, Hate it, Hate It
2018  Sunday Stealing
2019: The Ride Home
2020: Sleep


Theater Reviews
Updated 7/10/21
Shrek

Books Read in 2021
 Updated 6/29
"Written in my own
Heart's Blood"
Diana Gabaldon


My family

Bev's 65 x 365

Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020

Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010


Cast (updated 7/16)

Email
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Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piņata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?
Sold!


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THE VIOLET

15 July 2021

My mother was the kind of gardener who could take a dry stick and make it come back to life and bloom.  I am the kind of gardener who can take a luscious, healthy plant and kill it in a matter of weeks. 

I did have some house plants that managed to live for a couple of years, but eventually they all died and I replaced them with fake plants.

When Gilbert died, he had a violet plant in his house.  I took it home to try to keep it alive.  Violets are difficult to grow.  My mother had gorgeous violet plants.  After I moved everything out of Gilbert's house (I bought the contents of the house because his family didn't want anything and I knew he would not have wanted it all to be sold at some sort of public auction), I told him that if he felt I had done well by taking care of all of his things, he could show me by keeping the plant alive.  It never flourished but it stayed alive and even produced one blossom.

I always took the plant's continuing life as a message from Gilbert.  A year after he died, the blossom opened, and then it and the plant died too.  Gilbert was telling me it was time to move on.

Today I went to the dentist.  For many years, my hygienist was Christina.  Then one day she wasn't there and they told me she had given birth...I hadn't even noticed she was pregnant. The next time I went, she wasn't there because of the coronavirus.  She didn't want to be in the office and risk taking the virus home to her daughter.  I've had three visits with someone who was not Christina. 

Today I was called in by someone who said she hadn't seen me in a while.  I realized that in all the years I'd been going to her, I had never seen Christina without a mask and so I didn't know if this was her or not.  We had lovely chats throughout my appointment and I was never sure if it was Christina or not until I was getting ready to leave and asked how everything was in her life and she said that the baby was 2 years old now...I still don't know what she looks like, but it's nice to have Christina again!

After the appointment, Walt and I went to CVS so I could get my new passport photo.  In truth, I don't imagine myself traveling abroad again, but I need to have an updated passport "in case."  When I went to have my photo taken, the guy told me to take off my glasses.  I'd never had a passport without glasses, but he said that I had to take them off.  Then I smiled and he told me I couldn't smile.  So this is my new passport photo.

Now I know I'm not going to travel any more.  I don't want anybody to see this terrible picture!

PHOTO OF THE DAY

 

 

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