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Nancy Whitaker

Got Milk? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:58 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Last week some loose cows in Paulding County drew media attention as they were spotted cavorting around and down Oho 500. In fact, the bovines made the Fort Wayne TV news and drew some interested onlookers as well.

Information as to how the cows got out is quite sketchy, but as the pictures depicted, it was quite a sight to behold. This got me thinking about cows and how everyone used to raise cows for milk and food.

Hoppin' down the bunny trail PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:54 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

Kids look for the Easter Bunny almost as much as they do for Santa Claus. The thrill of hiding an Easter basket filled with goodies never gets old.

Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year for Americans who consume 7 billion pounds of candy a year, according to the National Confectioner’s Association.

Now there are some parents who are concerned that their children might eat too much Easter candy. Recently while shopping, I saw a display of Easter toys. One of those toys really enthralled me and I really wanted to buy it.

Look in The Bible PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 7:08 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

I was raised in a home where Bible reading and teaching was a part of our every day routine. Lots of times in the evenings, we sit in a circle listening to Grandma read the scriptures. So many of those Bible stories and scriptures have not only stuck with me, but they have been my rock and support through the years.

There is always some type of program on television which tries to discredit biblical teachings. They debate the validity of Noah and the ark; the parting of the Red Sea; David killing Goliath and now they are even speculating that Jesus was married.

Ode to my jeans PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:38 PM



By Nancy Whitaker

Do you have something that you just can’t get rid of? We all have a favorite pair of shoes, a favorite shirt or a favorite pair of jeans that may be old and holey, but parting with them would be like losing a part of yourself.

If you are like me, I have a pair of jeans that appears like they have seen their better days. However, I love them and intend on wearing them till they fall apart. The old blue jeans are tattered and faded, lost their crispness and they fit a little too tight. However, when I put them on I feel comfortable, at ease and am ready to wear them on my next adventure.

They have been with me when I played the keyboard, attended fairs and festivals, worked in the yard, went on vacation and cleaned the house. They have heard my laughter, felt my hands wiping off flour as I baked a pie, and caught any dripping tears I may have shed through the years.

While attempting to put on these jeans just the other day, I heard a big rrrrrip. I looked down at the front of my leg and sure enough that big hole had just ripped a little bit more. I tugged and pulled to get them over my waist and I said, “Come on old blue-jeans, we are both getting old and tattered, but we still have some life left in us.”


I do know that people pay big bucks for the worn look holey jeans. However, these old jeans have had the holes put in naturally by the wear and tear of everyday life.

I see some grass stain on them. I recall that I got that stain one day as I was trying to get in from the rain and slipped and fell. Ouch!

Another thing I see is a paint stain that I received a long time ago when painting an old picnic table. Oh what good family picnics we had.

Down at the end of the pants leg are some frayed strings hanging down. Those were put there by our old deceased weinie dog, Brownie, who loved chewing and tugging on pants legs.

My pockets have partial holes in them, but I can stick a dollar bill in them and a penny for good luck and know they will be secure.

My old jeans have been sweaty, dirty, clean, and new. They have been washed, dried, held grandkids and yes, they have even been to a church function.

They are just like me and a lot of us now, I suppose. As we age, our good looks may fade away, we may look frazzled and torn and we may have holes in us which were put there through the emotional scars of our past.

I am not ready to retire my old jeans, and even though I, too, am getting faded and older, I think I still have a few good years left in me. Let’s go old jeans and find our next destination. Our trip has just begun!

Do you have any old jeans, shoes, shirts or something that you dearly love and would not part with? Let me know and I’ll give you a Penny for Your Thoughts.


Cruising down the river PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 9:13 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

I am sure we are getting tired of the cold, damp, weather and perhaps would like to go on a cruise to where the weather is warmer. Personally, I have never been a fan of water travel, so therefore I have gone on any type of cruise. I believe I am too claustrophobic to sleep on a ship and want to the peace of mind that if I wanted to get off the vessel, I could just get out and walk on dry land.

Many people love cruise ships, though, and have been on many successful trips. However, isn’t it amazing how ships, cruises, and water transportation have changed and cruises are now considered luxuries?

Good day, bad day PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 6:45 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

Everyone has “good days” and “bad days.” There are those wonderful days when things fall right into place and the whole world seems great.

Then there are days when unexpected things arise that may bring you a change of plans, tears or just plain frustration. I just experienced one of those “bad days” and am optimistically glad that all days are not like that one.

You have been chopped PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:24 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

If you have access to the Food Network, perhaps you have watched the show, “Chopped.” It is one of my favorite shows and features a cooking competition.

In the beginning of the show, they bring out four contestants who are usually all connected with the food industry. Usually there are chefs, food designers, cafeteria workers, firemen and anyone else who thinks they can win $10,000 with their cooking skills.

They begin each competition by giving each of the four competitors a basket of four usually strange ingredients to use to prepare a dish. There are three rounds: appetizer, main course and dessert.

Will work for chocolate PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:15 PM


By Nancy Whitaker

I admit it. I am a chocoholic. The thought of eating chocolate can brighten up my whole day.

When I think of chocolate, I still remember the five and dime stores having big candy cases filled with all kinds of wonderful chocolates. There were all kinds of chocolate covered candies such as: peanuts, peppermints, cherries, raisins, chocolate drops and nut clusters.

I remember standing there in front of the counter deciding what I wanted and how I could get the most chocolate for my money.

The Flusher PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:00 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

Have you ever heard the old saying, “You never miss the water till the well runs dry?”

Well, if you experienced frozen pipes this cold winter, perhaps some of the things we all take for granted didn’t work when the pipes were froze. Those frozen pipes led to no drinking water, a good hot shower and the loss of the use of a wonderful piece of equipment.

The piece of equipment is something we all use every day and is a very necessary part of our existence. What is it?

Lightning in February means... PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 8:34 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

Winter 2014 has been like no other. It has blessed us with an array of severe weather, warnings, cancellations, school closures, road closures, emergency levels, and this was just in January and February.

The Farmers Almanac, North America’s oldest continuously published periodical, forecast called for, “below-normal temperatures and above-normal snowfall during most of the winter across much of the United States.”

“This winter is shaping up to be a rough one,” said Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. “Sweaters and snow shovels should be unpacked early and kept close by throughout the season.” How right they were.


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