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Love Is In The Air

Last weekend my nephew and his girlfriend of 7+ years got engaged. (They wanted to be sure.)

The happy couple

The happy couple

Happiness is contagious, so when Nathan and Robin called to share their wonderful news, this became the main topic of conversation with Stephen the entire weekend.

An impending wedding is a big deal in any family, but it’s especially exciting when your family is small, like mine. This will likely be the only family wedding we will experience.

I guess it was all the marriage talk that led to the following conversation.

I was getting ready in the morning, when Stephen walked into the bathroom.

Stephen: I hope you don’t mind, but I renewed our vows this morning.

Me: [Laughter] Uh, that’s nice, but people usually do that sort of thing together. But I don’t mind, in fact, I renew my vows, too. Whatever it was we said at our wedding, I promise to do it again.

Stephen: Ditto to the vows?

Me: Exactly!

Stephen: Check the pig downstairs – the chalk was rubbing off, so I renewed our vows.

I realized he was serious, so I went downstairs and found this.

Renewed vows

Renewed vows

Yes, love is in the air.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

Popfly

The crowd went wild!

And the crowd went wild!

My mom is in an assisted living facility 900 miles from my home. She chose to live there because she knows she’s no longer able to survive on her own. However, she hates the place with a passion – at least that’s what she tells my sister and me.

For years, Mom has been generally negative, unhappy, critical and often mean. Moving to assisted living hasn’t made it any better. Like most people, she takes out her frustrations on those closest to her.

Before I visited this summer, I thought about what I could do to lighten the mood and arrived at a brilliant idea. I decided to dance – down the hallway to her apartment, in her apartment and leaving the building with her. Dance makes me feel better, so I thought it might make her feel better too.

When I first arrived at the facility, I turned on my playlist and started dancing right away as I walked through the front door. There weren’t many people around, but those who were met me with a huge smile.

Dancing down the hall, I invited others to dance with me but only one wheelchair bound woman took me up on my offer. She could really move her hands – great sense of rhythm.

My mom started laughing as soon as I danced into her apartment. That set the tone for the entire visit. I danced along side her on our way to the car, danced around staff and around residents. No one joined in, but everyone stopped to watch, laugh and smile.

At the end of the day when I danced my way out of the building, one of the staff members stopped and thanked me. She said I “made her day”. By telling me that, she made mine.

I continued to dance each time I visited Mom and this was the first time we parted on good terms with no altercations.

Dance is good for the body and the soul.

Sometimes you just gotta dance.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

Check out this funny video of a young man dancing because he lost a bet, and note how strangers can’t help but join in.

House Wine

House Swine

Oui Oui Oui … all the way home

Last month the Chicago Blackhawks won hockey’s top prize – the Stanley Cup. Their third win in 5 years.

Unlike other trophies, the winning team only gets to keep the cup until a new champion is crowned. However, they’re allotted 100 days to pass the Cup around.

So far, the Cup has been spotted at bars, public events and various places around Chicago. It will even travel to the players’ hometowns.

The Cup is such a big deal, there’s an app to track its location.

Because we were fairly sure the Stanley Cup wouldn’t be driving to North Dakota, in the tradition of Flat Stanley, we decided to create a Flat Stanley Cup and take it on a road trip.

Following is a sampling of its adventure.

Leaving Illinois - Big Stanley Cup's adventure begins!

Leaving Illinois – Flat Stanley Cup’s adventure begins!

The Cup's in Wisconsin - you can tell by the cheese

The Cup’s in Wisconsin – you can tell by the cheese

Also in Wisconsin - the maker of cheese (and I don't mean Stephen)

Also in Wisconsin – the maker of cheese (and I don’t mean Stephen)

Driving in North Dakota - a whole lot of nothing

Driving in North Dakota – a whole lot of nothing

The geographical center of North America - Rugby, North Dakota

The geographical center of North America – Rugby, North Dakota

Boomtown USA - Williston, North Dakota

Boomtown USA – Williston, North Dakota

Flat Stanley Cup with an oil rig in the background

Flat Stanley Cup with an oil rig in the background

The heart of Bakken drilling

The heart of Bakken drilling

The coup de gras - Flat Stanley Cup makes it to Stanley, North Dakota

The coup de gras – Flat Stanley Cup makes it to Stanley, North Dakota

People’s reaction to Flat Stanley Cup was surprising. There was a lot of laughing and pointing. Clearly, people enjoyed it.

In fact, it was so popular, we might get an app to track it!

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

Dominion Over Earth

Da Minion over Earth

Da Minion over Earth

The Stuff of Nightmares

It was no surprise when we found our neighbor’s dog in our yard because we share an older back fence that periodically requires repair.

Stephen attempted to retrieve the dog to hand her back while I observed from inside. Afraid of the two-legged stranger, the little creature kept running away.

It all seemed fairly normal until the neighbor handed his son to Stephen.

I thought Stephen had lost his mind. I realized the neighbor was not only giving us his dog, but he was giving his son to us as well…and Stephen was taking him!

Like a bad dream, time stood still. I tried to run but couldn’t move, I tried to scream but no sound came out. Everything started spinning out of control.

Fortunately my panic was short-lived. The kid picked up the dog and handed her back to his dad. Then Stephen did the same with the little boy.

Nightmare averted!

Stephen regularly checks the fence now just in case the neighbor decides to change his mind.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

In hindsight we should have kept the kid. Maybe I could have swapped him for a Lamborghini or big screen tv.

In hindsight we should have kept the kid. Maybe I could have swapped him for a Lamborghini or big screen tv.

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