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Nancy Whitaker

Snowy days, frosty nights PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:14 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

I always thought I loved winter, snow, cold, ice and blizzards. I think it feels so good to curl up in the warm house when it snows. I put my fuzzy fleece pants on, drink hot tea, make soup and stare at the snowflakes as they drift down in front of the windows. However, the older I get, the less inviting any cold or snow becomes.

Of course, kids think a snow day is the best thing about a snow storm. They get to sleep in, spend the day inside watching TV or playing video games and basking in the warm cozy house.

But as the snow keeps coming down day after day, as it has this year, our snowmen begins to look droopy, everyone gets sick of being cold and suddenly the once warm, inviting house seems extremely small.

The tale of two tails PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 6:58 PM


I am a dog and puppy lover and treat my dogs like members of my family. We probably all do.

However, when I was growing up, we always had outside dogs. Grandpa always named our dogs Rover.

We had Rover 1, Rover 2 and Rover 3. Rover 1 bit people; Rover 2 got loose, went to the neighbors and killed sheep; and Rover 3 succumbed to natural causes.

As an adult, I love dogs and puppies, and especially like little house dogs. We have a Shih-Tzu named Baylee. Earlier this summer, our other dog, a weiner dog named Brownie, passed away at age 20. The two dogs were very close and old Brownie was a very nurturing adult dog when Baylee was a pup.

I Love You PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 9:30 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

I have a secret. I seem to just love everybody. That doesn’t mean I am “in love” with everyone, but I am very fortunate to have a lot of different loves in my life.

Do you remember your first love? Well, I do. I was only in kindergarten and I really liked this one little boy. At recess, we both ran around the playground and tried to catch each other. I do remember one day I ran faster than he did, caught him and planted a big kiss on his cheek. I think he cried.

My definition of love is that it’s a warm feeling based upon knowing and accepting someone. This relationship often involves mutual learning, caring and growth. Also, when you love someone you generally want them to be happy.

The Prize Winners of Van Wert County PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 10:57 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

With all the nasty weather we have been having lately, it seems as if the stores are packed with shoppers buying bread, milk, toilet paper and whatever else they may see.

Last Saturday, we went shopping in a department store and of course the parking lot was full of cars and the aisles were full of people.

All of a sudden an announcement came over the store speaker which stated, “In two minutes we are going to give away some prizes. Come over to the flashing red light and get a nice gift. Hurry, hurry, hurry!”

Bow Wow! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:25 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

Most of the dogs we have owned have been smaller breeds, live inside and I guess I could honestly say, “Our dogs have been and are spoiled.” The latest addition to our family is a Shih-Tzu named Baylee.

Baylee, at age 8, has always been a pretty good little dog. He loves his toys, especially those that squeak, his warm furry bed and laying in my recliner whenever he can.

He is basically “daddy’s dog” and goes outside with him to take out trash and do outside chores. Baylee has his own little personality and even though he can bark ferociously at a cat in the yard, he is scared of any loud noise such as thunder.

Storms never last PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:17 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

The media today is wonderful about letting us know about approaching storms and bad weather. They can tell us when a storm will arrive, how much rain or snow we are going to get, temperatures, wind speeds and wind chill factors. These meteorologists are so much better today than my old granny, who based her weather predictions on the phases of the moon.

The first thing we think of, though, when we get the news of forthcoming bad weather is food, supplies and going to the store.

I think of warm comforting foods such as soups, hot chocolate, hot tea with honey, homemade bread and crock-pot stews. This last storm was no different. We knew a nasty weather system was going to hit us by late Saturday night and into Sunday and Monday.

Don't mess with Texas (Chili) PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 9:38 AM



By Nancy Whitaker

Exactly what is “chili?” The answer to that question is, “It depends on where you live.” I have made and eaten what I call “chili” all my life and recently found out that “Texas Chili” is very different from what they call “Yankee Chili.”

A former Paulding County resident, Mona Larson Gloor Jimerson, who has resided in Texas for the past 30 years, is home visiting her parents, John and Ola Larson of Antwerp.

Mona is a wonderful cook who has taken her passion for food and runs her own catering business called Simply Southern.

When Mona is home here in Ohio, she loves to cook for her parents. On Thursday night, Mona, from her parents’ house, posted the following on her Facebook page, “Forgive me Father for I have sinned. I just put ‘beans’ in chili! Please forgive me.”


When I read that, I wondered, “So what. I always put beans in chili.” However, Mona has many friends in Texas who read her posts as well as us Midwesterners who also read them.

Of course, I am a “Yankee” so I immediately commented, “I always put beans in chili. What else would you put in it?”

This got a discussion going that by the time the Ohioans and the Texans got through debating how to make chili, there were 129 posts from various chili makers.

Of course, all of us “Yankees” put beans in our chili, plus we use hamburger and tomatoes. Some of us even put macaroni in it.

To the Texans, this was just sacrilegious. Comments from fellow Texans were flowing back and forth.

Retired Judge Alvin Khoury spoke of Mona’s repentance saying, “Nope Mona. That is one sin (putting beans in chili) that cannot be forgiven.”

Attorney and radio announcer Bob Cole got in on the conversation with this comment, “Oh no! Yankee chili. You don’t put beans in Texas chili. Meat, meat, meat. Venison is the best! Beans in chili would be like putting lemons in spaghetti sauce. It just isn’t done.”

My questions included, “If chili has no beans, do you eat it on a bun? Isn’t it like sloppy Joe? How can anyone just cook meat and spices and call it chili?”

Ryan Stanford, a big city official from Texas, added this to the mix, telling poor Mona, “You may be deported to Oklahoma for putting beans in chili.”

Stanford then asked, “Did you explain to everyone that when you put in beans, it no longer is chili? We have an obligation to bring civilization to the heathens! (Bless their hearts.)”

Kelly Pope Woods shared her knowledge of chili by adding, “Texas chili is eaten like soup, in a bowl, but it’s thick and rich and topped with Fritos, cheese, onion, and if you’re from the city, mustard.”

It seems as if Texans don’t eat Wendy’s chili, either. Ryan Stanford replied, “No, Nancy, because they put beans in it and erroneously call it chili.”

Bill O’Mara, then said, “I was on a chili cookoff team in college. The rules are to just take meat, onions and garlic and slow cook for a long time. Jalapeno or garlic can be added later.”

Bob Cole said that he sometimes uses shredded meat instead of ground meat and that venison or elk venison is the absolute best to use.

How do you make chili? Have you ever eaten the Texas style chili? Let me know and I’ll give you a Penny For Your Thoughts.


"Duck Dynasty" demise PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:53 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

Since when does someone lose their job and livelihood for sharing their religious beliefs? It seems as if today, that has been happening quite a bit. Disagreeing with people and voicing your opinions can no longer be done for fear of offending someone. However, where do we draw the line on what is kosher?

The long call PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, December 26, 2013 11:26 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

I have always loved people and consider myself a people person. I love talking to different folks and finding out their interests. I don’t care if I talk to someone on the telephone, the Internet or in person. The other night I placed a telephone call to my satellite provider to make some changes to my programming. This turned out to be a very long, interesting conversation.

After dialing the number and punching in my information, I was connected to a lady who spoke with a heavy accent. She told me her name and said that she would be helping me with any problems I had.

My car has a story PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 8:40 AM


By Nancy Whitaker

Around the holidays, as people are out doing their shopping, there is a lot of traffic on the roads and highways. Sometimes, I know I get frustrated and say a few choice words, because either someone turns in front of me, or shines their bright lights in my face.

One evening when driving home from work, it was dark and there was quite a bit of traffic on the highway. There were fast moving cars, big semi trucks and slow moving swaying tractors and wagons.

I thought to myself, “Where is everyone going? What are their plans?” Then it came to me that inside every one of those vehicles, whether it is slow or fast, a truck, car, motorcycle or a tractor that they each have their own story to tell.


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