Great-grandson keeps hours too late for Nano

I wish I could tell you some really brilliant thing my brand-new great grandson Reese has done, but actually, the only thing I have seen him do so far is sleep. (Maybe he has the right idea in the first place.)

I understand that he stays awake and goos and coos and smiles and does all manner of brilliant actions in the middle of the night. I’ve heard this happens from about 1 a.m. until 4 or 5 a.m. — but great grandmothers aren’t there at that time, so we just see him resting from all the late-night, or early morning excitement.

I’ll tell you, this is the best job I’ve had so far. If you’re not a great grandmother, start working on it now!


I met Alden Crowe from Milano last week and he said, he thought he recognized me.

“From where?” I asked.

“Well, one year at the Rockdale Fair, you sold me a hamburger.”

My mind began to turn and I remembered that Bill and I used to work in the Athletic Association hamburger booth at the Fair every year.

I was feeling rather smug that he remembered that when he said, “I brought the hamburger back to you and said that my wife wanted it ‘all the way’.”

Then I remembered and I was not feeling smug at all. I asked him what I left out and he said, “The meat!” I knew it!

Well, it went downhill from there. I said, “Well, picky, picky — some people are never satisfied!”

He said, “That’s exactly what you said!”

But he did get his hamburger “all the way,” and we haven’t been invited to work in the Athletic Association booth since then.

It’s so nice to be remembered!


We spend a lot of time in Thorndale these days since two of our grandsons go to school at St. Paul’s Lutheran School and they have lots of family activities. And, every time they have an activity, there is something good to eat.

I don’t know if you have to take cooking lessons to live in Thorndale or if it’s just coincidence, but, so far, it’s always been good. Daughter-in-law Noelia brought this snack from a barbecue and bake sale at St. Paul’s and we fought over them!

After a little detective work, she discovered that Bethany Fisher had made them and she gave me the recipe at Kevin’s basketball game Saturday at St. Paul’s. They’re even easy to make, so you can’t go wrong.

Hot Crackers

4 sleeves saltine crackers

3 tablespoons crushed red pepper

1 package dry ranch dressing

1-1/2 cups canola oil

Combine Ranch dressing and pepper flakes in a gallon-size ziploc bag. Add crackers and shake. Then add the oil to the bag and combine until all the crackers are well coated. Then enjoy. They keep well, too, if you have any left, but don’t

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