Blurbs from Betsy by Betsy Coolidge http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/ en-us The Comfort of the Whistle http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/69247 Last week, in the early morning quiet, the sound of a train whistle came rolling in through the open bedroom window. The two longs, a short and another long of the crossing warnings came through distantly and then closer and closer as the train rolled through crossing after crossing. It faded away as the train was moving on to its destination. I have heard train whistles all my life. Even had the opportunity as a kid to blow a train whistle. Last week, thought it struck me as being one of... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:11:57 -0500 Happy Birthday Dad http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/65048 Today would have been my dad's 86th birthday. I try to remember his birthday every year because to me that is something to remember in a positive light. Dad grew up in the panhandle of Texas during the dust bowl. I believe that is one of the main reasons he left where he grew up and spent most of his adult life in Wyoming and Utah. Growing up, there was a time when he and his siblings had to live with other relatives. He and his brother went to live with an aunt and uncle on their farm.... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:04:07 -0600 Snow..ugh... http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/64955 Snow -- by definition - noun - an atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes or lying on the ground as white layer. (According to Google.) I loathed snow days as a kid. I have never been much of an outdoor adventurer. In fact, there was no thrill to me what-so-ever to put on layers of clothes, under a heavy coat with mittens, and to wear heavy socks covered in bread sacks stuffed in shoes that were in turn stuffed into black snow boots. The... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:35:55 -0600 They Missed The Mark http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/63719 I am sorely disappointed with the moderators during the recent presidential debates. I would like a moderator who asked fair, balanced questions WITHOUT trying to stir up controversy. The candidates do a pretty good job of self-implosion. Let them do it on their own. The moderators need to be fair and balanced. They need to leave their personal agendas at the door. That has not happened at all in the last two debates. Let the talking heads on the pre- and post-debate show stir the... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:49:28 -0500 MOB and FOB Part Two http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/58721 Recently, our younger daughter was married. It was a very nice June day for a wedding. Not too terribly hot and not too terribly muggy for June. Friends and family from far and wide gathered in Lincoln for the nuptials. SIL (son-in-law) #2 surprised the bride with her proposal late last summer and she didn't expect it. He took her to the spot they had first met years before and proposed. A gal who was just randomly taking pictures happened to capture the moment. It was one of those happy... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:42:07 -0500 23 Days and Counting http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/58212 Recently I had knee replacement surgery. My original knee was pretty much bone-on-bone for the most part and to get any relief and improvement on the quality of life a replacement was the option. My surgeon uses the quad sparing procedure, which means my scar is on the side of the knee and not directly over the knee. As the name implies, it spares cutting through the quad muscle. which is supposed to allow for a quicker recovery. I am three weeks and a couple of days out from surgery.... Wed, 14 May 2014 21:29:06 -0500 It Is Not What You Know http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/56837 Thirty years ago I spent my final full semester in college serving as a legislative intern at the Unicameral. It was a pretty cool way to spend a semester. I earned college credit and earned enough money to live on for the semester which was a bonus. As interns, we went on excursions to a lobbyist's office and we also visited the prison. If memory serves me correctly we had a couple of interns who were criminal justice majors so that is why we went there. That was a rather sobering... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:27:57 -0600 Magicubes http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/56435 In a recent conversation, we were talking about Christmas gifts. Back in the stone age, I had received a Kodak camera with the disposable magicubes flash bulbs. These little flash bulbs were four-sided cubes (hence the name). It was pretty cool at the time and I took a lot of photos with it. I either had a photo cartridge that had 12 or 24 photos available. I had to be selective about what I took photos of. I also had to pick what I thought needed a flash or not. If I left the flash cube... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 10:33:56 -0600 Say Yes to... http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/55560 We have now completed the initial wedding dress shopping with our younger daughter. The bride --to-be arranged the weekend for her older sibling and her parental units to be together for "the" shopping event. She had a plan. She had a style and color she wanted. Yes indeed, we were set. Our first son-in-law and granddaughter stayed with the groom-to-be and watched football. They were happy campers. They ordered in pizza and had beverages and were set. The grandgirl watched videos and... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:05:17 -0500 A Random Comment http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/54261 On a recent trip to the City, Hubby and I were shopping at one of the malls. We had gone to most of the obligatory sporting goods stores in the walk-about of the mall. As I often do, I detoured into another store. This time, I had a mission. Yes, it is only August but I was after Christmas ornaments. Yes, they are Hallmark ones and yes, there are specific ones that I was going to purchase. While we were perusing the display, an elderly couple came to the display. The lady was in a... Tue, 06 Aug 2013 07:05:20 -0500 Chalk and Bubbles http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/53468 This past week, I was able to play with sidewalk chalk and bubbles one afternoon. It has been a day or so since I had played with sidewalk chalk. The neighborhood discount store had these handy dandy sidewalk chalk kits for a five dollar bill. With Little Miss still being 'little', she needed the kind of chalk that little hands can hold onto. The kit was kind of cool. There was a plastic gizmo that you could put three different color chalks and then draw. There were plastic shapes of... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:43:23 -0500 Ben's Crew http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/52595 I have a little friend that I would like to introduce to you. His name is Ben. He is two and one-half years old now. He has curly hair and soulful eyes. He is the youngest in his family. I first saw Ben before he was born. I was able to see his first ultrasound picture. His folks were so very excited that he was going to joining their family. His mom, dad, big sister and grandma got to see the photos first. His mom shared with her co-workers (one would be me.) He was going to be the... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:46:22 -0500 Soap Opera Glasses http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/52444 It has been old home week on ABC's General Hospital. The show is celebrating its 50th anniversary. They have brought back many of the actors and actresses who had been on the show in previous years. While I haven't been a lifelong fan, I am more recently back to the party thanks to my DVR. I have been enough of a sudsy fan (my term for being an soap opera fan ) over the years that I have kept up with the various story lines. My first recollection of General Hospital was watching at... Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:00:50 -0500 I Have Turned Into My Dad http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/51964 It is official. I have turned into my father. He would have thought this was quite comical and he would have chuckled about it and shook his head at the same time. When I was growing up, my dad seemed to visit with everybody wherever we went. Now, it probably wasn't that bad but sometime it seemed like it. We used to wait forever when we went with him. Now, I don't think it was forever but as a kid it seemed like it. Even when I was older he would visit or ask questions of anyone. I needed... Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:54:20 -0600 Ice Is Possible http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/51552 Our current vehicle is a Chevy. There are some features that I love. I suppose I could write a fan letter to the engineers who designed the features, the execs who okayed the features and the assembly line workers that built the car. That would require too much work. Next best thing is to blog about it. The first feature I love is the outside temperature feature. It is nice to be able to have the accurate temperature. My car even tells me to be careful if the outside temperature is 32... Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:18:55 -0600 Lunch by Train http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/51274 Now that Little Miss is almost two, going out to eat means we have to go to the kid-centered eating establishments some of the time. We had some fun this past Sunday at lunch. The kids suggested going to Fritz's. Son-in-law mentioned trains so we figured we would give it a go. Walking in, the staff gave Little Miss a paper railroad hat and sat us at a booth. It does have model trains but they are working trains. There was one train that just went around and around near the ceiling. It... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:42:58 -0600 Contemplating the Content http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/51116 What to write about? Numerous times in the past several weeks I have plopped down with the laptop and typed. Then I would delete. Then I would type and I would delete. I decided I should make a list of potential topics and see if that would spark anything. Resolutions? No since I don't go there. Work? Can't. Confidentiality and all. I enjoy being employed. Fiscal Cliff? Politely as I can. NO! Hopefully the 113th Congress will find the definition of compromise and... Sat, 05 Jan 2013 12:09:27 -0600 What Is In A Name? http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/50552 Betsy is a nickname bestowed upon me early in my life. My parental units did not want me to be called Liz or Lizzie -- no offense to those folks with those names -- since my given name is Elizabeth. They chose Betsy and that is what I was called from the time I was little. Growing up, there was a girl a grade ahead of me whose name was Bitzy. For most of each fall, my 'new' teachers would call me Bitzy. Usually by Christmas time, I was Betsy again. My name is not difficult to spell... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 19:50:37 -0600 Curling Irons http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/50416 Over the last few decades, I have purchased my fair share of curling irons. I don't have to have the fancy dance irons that crinkle or flatten hair. A nice, dependable iron that works more than three days when taken it out of the package would be helpful. For the few years, I have been purchasing the irons with the inch barrels. They usually work pretty slick for my short, straight hair. I have gotten to the point I usually will buy a spare just to have on hand. I learned that little... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 20:46:48 -0600 Pumpkin Jacket http://www.mccookgazette.com/blogs/coolidge/entry/49950 I had a memorable little encounter this past weekend. We were going into a store and there was father and daughter sitting on a bench. I figured they were waiting for mom. The Hubby and I were the only ones walking into the entry way at the time. As we walked closer, the dad said 'tell her' to his daughter. She was a little bit of a thing and was maybe four or five years old. Since I was the only 'her' in the vicinity, I stopped, looked at her and bent over a little bit to come to her... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:54:37 -0500