In marriage, you have to work out some trades

With granddaughter Kennedy graduating from high school and grandson Kevin graduating from 8th grade to high school, our social calendar has been a lot fuller than usual.

There was a party, an end of school gathering or program, award assembly, family gettogether or some such thing every day and/or night. They were all very special and we were very fortunate to be included in them all, but our recliners feel really good this week since it’s slowed down a bit.

Congratulations to all the graduates and good thoughts go with you wherever you go.


This story was sent to us by Mary Beth Rolan of Austin, an RHS classmate of Bill, who is wonderful about sending out lots of goodies via e-mail. All the women readers will enjoy it and maybe the men will even agree with the sentiment. Mary Beth said it is for all who are married, were married, wish they were married or wish they were not married.

Sally was driving home from a business trip in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. As her trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the woman if she would like a ride. With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.

Resuming the journey, Sally tried—in vain—to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The old woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally. “What in bag?” she asked.

Sally looked down at the bag and said: “It’s a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband.” The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. Then, speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said: “Good trade...”


Got cucumbers? If you grow your own or have a good friend or neighbor who will share, you will want to try this recipe by Evelyn Hirt who adapted it from a computer recipe. Bill and I have nearly made ourselves sick eating it and still want more.

2 large cucumbers (or 4-5 small ones) sliced into thin rounds

1 large onion sliced into thin rings

1 fresh jalapeno, mostly seeded, sliced

1 large clove garlic, sliced

1 tablespoon chopped dill or 1 teaspoon dried

1 teaspoon peppercorns or cracked black pepper

1-1/4 cup white vinegar 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon salt

2 cups water

Combine water, vinegar, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Pour over the vegetable mixture in large container (you can use a gallon jar or two quarts, if desired) and chill at least 24 hours before serving. You can vary these ingredients as you like—more sugar if you like it sweeter, another jalapeno if you like it spicier, etc. It says this will keep in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 months, but I’ll bet it doesn’t last that long.

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