Sunday, May 27, 2012

Miss Stanlei Goes to Washington!

Remember “My Flat Stanley” from last month’s posting?  Viewers overwhelmingly voted to keep her name “Stanley,” so I simply feminized it. 

Last week, Miss Stanlei had the opportunity to do a bit of sightseeing in our nation’s capital.  On her first night in D.C., Miss Stanlei took in a Washington Nationals baseball game.
Popcorn anyone?

Even though her team lost that night, Miss Stanlei still had a great time cheering for the Nats at her first major league baseball game!

Why does everybody stand up and sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" when they're already there?  ~Larry Anderson

Sunday, May 20, 2012


David P. Johnson, J.D.

Congratulations to our son, Dave, on graduating cum laude from American University Washington College of Law!  We are so very proud of you!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Remembering Ethel Jane

I lost a dear friend this week. 

Ethel Jane was 93 years young and still sharp as a tack.  During our weekly visits, she never ceased to amaze me by her knowledge and awareness of the world outside her window. 

On Ethel Jane’s 91st birthday in 2009, my friends and I threw her a little party, complete with hats and noisemakers.  I gave Ethel Jane a history book about the city of Amsterdam, her hometown.  My friend, Celia, made her a delicious chocolate cake.  It was a huge hit; Ethel Jane talked about that cake for weeks!  My friends, Karen and George, brought her little ice cream cups from Washburn’s Dairy.  Oh, how Ethel Jane loved her ice cream! 

Ever since that party, it was my job to keep Ethel Jane stocked in ice cream cups from Washburn’s Dairy.  I had to purchase three cases at a time:  one case of chocolate, one of vanilla, and one of strawberry.  Of course, Ethel Jane’s freezer was too small to store that much ice cream, so I kept it in my large freezer for her.  When I’d come over for my weekly visit, I’d bring her enough cups to last until the following week.  “They’re the perfect size, and the ice cream is delicious!”  Ethel Jane would say.  Once in awhile, I’d misjudge the quantity and Ethel Jane would run out of ice cream.  When that happened, she would call me on the phone.  Ethel Jane’s speech was difficult to understand, especially over the phone, but I would eventually get the message that she needed more ice cream! 

Ethel Jane also loved candy, particularly chocolate candy.  Junior Mints were one of her favorites, so I was always on the lookout for those miniature boxes, like the kind that are sold at Halloween for trick-or-treaters.  Ethel Jane’s eyes would light up when she saw those little boxes of Junior Mints!

Last month just before Easter, I brought Ethel Jane a solid, dark chocolate bunny from Fariello’s Confectionery.  Whenever I brought her candy, she always insisted on eating a piece or two of it immediately, even if it was close to dinnertime!  So I wasn’t surprised when Ethel Jane dug into her chocolate bunny right away.  I broke off a small piece for her, and then stored the rest in a Ziploc bag.  On my next visit, I noticed that there were only a few chocolate crumbs left in that bag.  Ethel Jane sure had a sweet tooth!

Most of the time I would find her asleep when I arrived.  Not too long ago, though, Ethel Jane surprised me.  When I walked into her room, there she was, propped up in bed with her reading glasses on, poring over the history book I had given her at that long ago birthday party.  I hadn’t seen Ethel Jane that perky in some time!  Sadly, that turned out to be my last good visit with her.  When I stopped by the following week, Ethel Jane’s health had greatly deteriorated.

Rest in peace, my friend.  I will miss you!

“The gift of time we cherish.  The gift of life goes fast.  The gift of love will never end as long as memories last.” ~Author Unknown

Sunday, May 6, 2012

“Take Pride in Fulton County” Day

An unidentified volunteer cleans up the park in downtown Gloversville Saturday morning.

Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.  ~ Author Unknown