Archive for 'Just for Fun' Category

Stuck on Aisle 5

May 31st, 2019 by Diane Seymour | 0

At any moment, I expect a Publix employee to approach and ask me to kindly move on or at least to ask if there’s a problem. Ten minutes and twenty customers have passed since I stopped in front of the shelves overloaded with a dizzying array of olive oil bottles. Five times I’ve placed a […]

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Hold It Right There!

Oct 4th, 2014 by Diane Seymour | 0

“We should get someone else to help us,” I said as we went out the door … That’s me talking when my husband decides that he’ll make do with me as an assistant; like the time he convinced me to climb to the peak of our house roof to help with the TV antenna. “Hold […]

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Made in the USA – Good and Cheap

Oct 18th, 2011 by Diane Seymour | 0

Image by dok1 Yes, Americans can produce products that are both good and cheap, and I mean cheap in a good way!  I recently stopped for the first time at Hilsher’s General Store in Port Trevorton, along the Susquehanna River about eight miles south of Selinsgrove.  I’ve gone past it hundreds of times, never realizing […]

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Car Smarts in the Dressing Room

Feb 2nd, 2010 by Diane Seymour | 1

Image by catd_mitchell With less than an hour left before the sale-ending noon deadline, I rush toward the dressing room, trying to beat the grey-haired lady who is heading there from the opposite direction; trying to beat her there, that is, without actually breaking into a run.  With a sharp turn left, a tight squeeze […]

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Saving Money – It’s All in How You Slice the Spam

Aug 14th, 2009 by Diane Seymour | 2

Image by roboppy I thought of my great-Aunt Belle the other day while frying Spam. She spent all of her long life in the northeastern hills of Pennsylvania busily cooking, gardening, teaching, living. Starting when I was about six and continuing for the next seven years, I made an almost daily trek the half-mile to […]

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Perfume: One Man’s Meat Is Another Man’s Poison

Feb 12th, 2009 by Diane Seymour | 2

Image by annieo76 Already five minutes late for meeting my husband in the food court, I weave my way quickly through the racks of skinny clothes in Macy’s junior section, beating a fast path toward the mall center. With just a few feet to go before the doorway, I swerve left, eyes drawn to the […]

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Gift of the Magic Christmas Cookies

Dec 17th, 2008 by Diane Seymour | 0

Image by DeeCee ”How do you put the stuff in the middle?” my niece asks, turning the sugar cookie round and round and upside down, trying to find a clue to the mystery. I just smile and say, “It’s Christmas magic!” Beverly, my co-worker from many moons ago can claim ownership to the original, but […]

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One Hundred Years to Forgiveness

Sep 17th, 2008 by Diane Seymour | 0

Image by Patrick Gage In 1907, my great-grandma and her six young daughters departed from the western port of Glasgow, Scotland bound for the U.S. in the dirty, stinking, rocking, noisy, damp belly of the S.S. Columbia. Pinned inside her dress was enough money to deliver them all to Ohio where her husband anxiously waited. […]

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Pie Bakers Unite!

Sep 3rd, 2008 by Diane Seymour | 0

Image by Benimoto “What kind do you want?” I ask, turning sideways from behind the booth counter so that I can point out the goods. “This apple with two crusts or Aunt Marie’s apple crumb? The fat blueberry or Suky’s fresh-off-the bush-today blackberry? Red cherry or that lemon with mountains of meringue? Fresh peach or […]

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Life’s To-Do List, Revised

Aug 14th, 2008 by Diane Seymour | 1

Image by Don Fulano Tina Turner probably doesn’t need another back-up dancer anyway. Not that I had a real shot at it, since I never took dance lessons, and standing tall, I max out at five foot one inch and just a little bit more. “Man, I’d still love to dress my sturdy thighs in […]

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