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Milli Gilbaugh

Looking back–’way back!

Food For Thought

Now that Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and the graduations are out of the way, we have time to sit back and think about what those observances mean to us. They are about people in our lives, their achievements and the contributions they made to the world in one way or another. While most such celebrations honor the past, graduations are more about the future. Granted, the graduation ceremony itself recognizes accomplishments and celebrates the completion of a stage in learning. Graduation is also called Commencement, and that word means “beginning.”

Learning more about racoons

Like the displaced persons who have fled from war, floods, forest fires, earthquakes and other natural disasters, animals whose homes and food sources were devastated first seek food and shelter. Often they occupy temporary “refugee camps” and are usually driven out in short order by the established residents of the area.

Coexisting with Mother Nature

Food For Thought

For the past 46 years, I’ve been trying extra hard to live peacefully with Mother Nature and all her children. Like the old woman in the shoe, it seems she sometimes has too many children and doesn’t know what to do with them. Recently, I’ve begun to suspect she commandeered me to be babysitter, whether I’m willing or not.

Gustatory ramblings

Food For Thought

How many times have you promised yourself you were going to do something “someday” or sooner? I’m afraid I’m not very good at keeping promises to myself– I am pretty conscientious about promises to other people but nobody knows if I renege on the ones to me– except me. These are promises based on a guilty conscience, I suppose. Those things I KNOW I should do but tend to admit only to myself. The sort of things you’d want to change about yourself but don’t tell anyone else about because you’re not sure you’ll live up to them.

A happy childhood

Food For Thought

One of my sisters married a Navy man and lived in California for the first several years of their marriage. Life in Redondo Beach was dramatically different from the life she’d known in Knoxville, where we grew up. For instance, if she wasn’t up early enough in the morning to collect the bottles of milk delivered to her front porch, she couldn’t count on it being there later. Her children couldn’t leave toys in the yard while they ate lunch and expect to find them there afterward. In fact, her children couldn’t play outdoors at all unless she was with them.

Here we go again

Food For Thought

The orders have all been sent in to the seed catalogs, we planted the spinach early, a few radishes and some onion sets, hoping for no frost and some really early spinach salads. We didn’t get the potatoes planted by Good Friday, but managed to do it over the Easter weekend– close enough, we hope. We should get the peas in right away, too. They really do better before the weather gets too warm. In fact, I remember snow on the pea vines when they were in bloom one spring, and it didn’t hurt them one little bit. I think that was the year we first used pea brush.

...a young man’s fancy

Food For Thought

My grandmother used to take great delight in quoting snippets of Tennyson’s poetry– especially bits about spring and love. She often had her own version of his famous lines, however. “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love,” morphed into, “...a young man’s fancy, and an old one’s not too bad.” And she warned us about what could happen once the headiness of new love wore off by saying, “He will hold thee, when its passion will have spent its novel force, / something better than his dog, a little dearer than his horse.”

Speed speak, is it?

Food For Thought

I keep getting cards and letters in my mail, offering me special deals on hearing tests and hearing aids. I don’t know where these people get their mailing lists, but someone has found out I’m 82 and might be hard of hearing. I don’t think I have a problem in that regard, although there are a couple situations where I don’t always hear clearly what someone is saying. One situation in which I have trouble hearing, or understanding, what someone is saying is when there is a lot of background noise, as at a party where there is music playing or several groups of people talking at once.

What’s so funny about that?

Food For Thought

I find myself watching more television lately than I have in the past. Not that I’ve become addicted to certain programs and hate to miss them, but because I’m getting older and find I need to just sit and relax once in a while during the day. The TV set is there, so I grab the remote and flip through the channels to see if there’s anything interesting going on. I’ve never been good at remembering on which channel or at what time certain programs appear, so it’s always a hit or miss matter when it comes to what I end up watching.

Truth in packaging

Food For Thought

I think the people who design the packaging and labels for products are becoming as sneaky as the telephone solicitors we have to deal with these days. If you buy a bottle of grape juice that says “100% juice” you expect it to be pure juice, right? Then, when you read the fine print, you see the first ingredient listed is water. The second ingredient is grape juice concentrate. Well, okay, so the water is to reconstitute the juice concentrate.

What’s so funny about that?

Foot For Thought

I find myself watching more television lately than I have in the past. Not that I’ve become addicted to certain programs and hate to miss them, but because I’m getting older and find I need to just sit and relax once in a while during the day. The TV set is there, so I grab the remote and flip through the channels to see if there’s anything interesting going on. I’ve never been good at remembering on which channel or at what time certain programs appear, so it’s always a hit or miss matter when it comes to what I end up watching.

The worst thing about March

Food For Thought

My mother used to remind us, if we couldn’t say something nice about someone or about a situation, then we shouldn’t say anything at all. That little warning had a dual effect. We usually searched our minds for some relatively benign trait we could point out without too much guilt, and it kept us from tattling or otherwise airing our silly childhood squabbles in public. It also had the side-benefit of giving Mother the reputation of having raised four “nice” daughters.