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Nancy Whitaker

The French in French toast PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, November 29, 2012 1:21 AM

By Nancy Whitaker


Have you ever wondered why so many of the words we use have an unrelated word in front of it? I am speaking of words like French toast, French fries, French manicure, French windows, French cuffs, French onion soup and French bangs.

Then we have terms such as swiss steak, swiss chocolate, swiss cheese, German measles, Dutch treat, Belgian waffles, Swedish meatballs, Chinese checkers and Chinese jump rope.

Happy BIrthday PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 2:43 PM

By Nancy Whitaker


“Happy Birthday to You; Happy Birthday to you; Happy Birthday dear......; Happy Birthday to You.”

How many times have you sung this song either at a birthday party, school, work, or a social gathering? We always feel happy to have this song sung to us because it signifies we have marked another birthday.

I know this song has been around for many years as I have had it sung to me for ...... (not telling) years. I was wondering, as I wonder about many things, where did the song, “Happy Birthday” originate?

Making sense (cents) of it PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 3:28 PM

By Nancy Whitaker


Did you know that even though English is the most widely spoken language that it is crazy and some of the phrases used in it just do not make any sense.

In fact, some of the words and their meanings make the best writer or orator wonder the why and how’s of certain words.

In what other language do people drive in a parkway and park in a driveway?

Fun! Fun! Fun! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 3:16 PM


Maybe my idea of fun and pleasure is not particularly your “cup of tea.” Perhaps what I like to do for fun would not interest you at all. In today’s world, there are so many activities and things going on, that it is sometimes hard to decide what is fun and what isn’t.

There are cheap ways to have fun, as well as, expensive ways to entertain ourselves. And, have you ever noticed that so much of what we like to do for fun changes as we grow older?

A remote and the couch PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 3:50 PM



A remote, a couch and 200 stations on TV is now the “norm” for every TV watcher in America. I know if I didn’t have a remote, I would sure hate to get out of my comfortable chair and change the station.

Flipping through the many channels is something in itself. We can watch breaking news, soap operas, movies of choice, old shows, new shows, country shows and farming shows.

We can flip over to the Food Network and enjoy the recipes of our favorite chefs, click our way over to the Home Shopping Network and go Christmas shopping or take a trip down in the south lands and watch the Swamp People. What an era we live in.

Just saying no PDF Print E-mail

By Nancy Whitaker


Yes. I did it again. I am a big sucker for the items they advertise on TV that you just can’t live without. In the past, I have purchased egg peelers, microwave spaghetti cookers, shavers, car covers, ice scrapers with gloves, salad shooters, grinders, and battery operated rodent frighteners.

I have bought tanning blankets made of foil material, a fan that you stick in your car window and it was supposed to run while you weren’t in your car to cool it off.

Yes. I have tried lots of new items, but let me be the first to say that they are not all as good as what they claim to be.

Pretty and Proud PDF Print E-mail

By Nancy Whitaker


The old saying goes, “You can’t tell a book by it’s cover.” A book may look boring from the outside, but once you get reading the inside, it could turn out to be the best book you have ever read.

The same theory holds true for a big, red, beautiful apple. An apple could be all polished and look ready to sink your teeth into, and when you do, out comes a little slimy worm. Yuck!

I have always been a “girlie” girl, meaning I like new clothes, nail polish, makeup and shoes. I love trying new hair styles and face creams.

Smarter than a fifth grader? PDF Print E-mail


Have you ever watched the show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” If you like game shows and trivia, or you just want to brush up on knowledge, they are fun to watch.

I love testing my knowledge; however, I do not consider myself a “genius.” I also like playing “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” on Facebook. Believe it or not, it is really a challenge. Most days I find that I am not smarter than a fifth grader.

I don’t know if I have forgotten all the knowledge I garnered in the fifth grade, or if fifth graders are just smarter today.

Jimmy Cricket PDF Print E-mail

By Nancy Whitaker


When the days begin to get shorter and the weather turns cooler, can you hear the crickets chirping? Now, I am definitely not fond of crickets and usually scream when I see one, but when I hear them chirping, I know winter is approaching and it is time to get ready for some winter weather.

I can hear them singing their merry song around my house now, but have not seen any in the house.

I have always been curious about these insects and I did not know this, but only the male crickets chirp. I would not have made a happy cricket, because the females just don’t sing or make any noise.

Fright Night PDF Print E-mail


Let’s face it. Everyone is scared of something. Dogs, cats, birds, adults, babies, teens, big people and little people all fear something.

My problem with fear is that I always try and look into the future and imagine the worse case scenario. In some cases fear is good, because if you hear about a storm coming, you prepare for it.

Have you ever noticed when we hear a blizzard is on the way, how everyone heads for the grocery store to stock up? I, for one, am scared that we will get snowed in and not have anything good to eat. Is there a difference between being fearful or just being prepared?

My little Shih Tzu is scared to death of thunder or any noise even closely resembling thunder. He shakes, cries and runs and hides in a small dark area where he feels secure.


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