Balcony garden gambling

Life is full of gambles that may or may not pay rewards:

  1. Taking on student debt for an advanced degree
  2. Marriage 
  3. Cross-country moves for jobs
  4. Letting spouse take the Sam's Card
  5. Signing a lease
  6. Buying a used car
  7. Home ownership, for heaven's sake!

So buying a $9.99 tomato plant and matching eggplant at Calloway's Nursery on Memorial Day weekend seemed like a perfectly responsible purchase. So far, so good!

Never would have put money on the cut-off top of a pineapple, but it's determined to finish first in its second year.

© 2013-2017 Nancy L. Ruder


Can I book my kid's birthday party?

Like many Americans opening their laptop, or quaintly, their newspaper, this week you may have wondered about the pictured field trip to an interactive kid-friendly museum.  Can you book this glowing orb place for a birthday party? You had the Critter Lady for last year's birthday party, and the bouncy house the year before that. Kroger could make a glowing global sheet cake, easy. Maybe the museum hosts overnight lock-in slumber parties for preteen scouts and church groups.

© 2013-2017 Nancy L. Ruder


OJ with Fritzi

On special Sunday mornings we would beg our mom, Fritzi, to use her "roly poly" glasses for our orange juice. I have the few surviving roly polies in my cupboard, and they still put a smile on my face, with or without vitamin C.

Roly poly on the counter

A Thursday car chase news flash involving a possibly stolen orange juice-colored Chevrolet naturally reminded me of the OJ Bronco chase.


In other orange juice smile news, I'll be breakfasting at Frontier Restaurant across from the UNM campus later this summer. The Frontier squeezes the best orange juice on the planet. I will lift my glass to toast Fritzi and smile.

© 2013-2017 Nancy L. Ruder