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January 16, 2011 | 1,522 views | 1 comment

I don't know when I remember when the weather was so cold, dreary and rainy! I am a farmer's daughter so I don't complain about the rain. We need it down here in S. Texas, so I can look forward to the spring when the wildflowers will be so vivid and the fields will be green again. But it keeps me inside in the warmth of my home and under my comforter, sleeping, and reading 2 books that I have been reading at the same time. Depends on what mood I am!

I finally bought "Frog Hospital" at the Wilson County News and read it this week. Fred Owens writes sort of like Garrison Keillor, who wrote Lake Woebegone Days. Fred is wittier and funnier, I think. Both have a wry sense of humor. Fred is a journalist who lives in Laconner, Washington, and who lives at the mouth of the Skagit River where it flows into Puget Sound. He loves the Skagit Valley, but has never been able to make a living there.

So he takes off and travels, camping on the way across the U. S. He wrote this book when he was traveling across the U.S. He writes about his memories and thoughts of the past and the people he meets across America. He came through Texas to see his daughter who lives in Austin, on his way to Vermont, and somehow came through Floresville, I guess on the way to the Rio Grande Valley.

He worked for a time as a reporter for the Wilson County News. He mentions the publisher, Elaine Kolodziej quite often. He had good things to say about her and the people he met in Floresville and surrounding areas like San Antonio, even though he is a Democrat and she is a Republican. See? Opposites can get along!

But I think he got tired of the hot dry weather in S.Texas, and went back to the Northwest. He should be here these days. It would probably remind him of Puget Sound, with the rain and cold weather.

One of my favorite quotes from his book is, "I can't write fiction. I tried it once and all my characters were called Bob. I have no imagination. I once had a grey cat. I named it Grey Cat."

"I wish I could make movies. But I have no imagination, but I could write one called Bob and the Grey Cat", is another quote from Frog Hospital.

I can relate to Fred. I have no imagination either. We had a yellow cow on the farm when I was growing up. She was my cow, because I was the one who milked her in the morning and night. For years. Finally I decided to name her. I couldn't think of a name. I named her "Yellow".

And I am almost through with "America by Heart", by Sarah Palin. I really like it and I like Sarah Palin. I don't like how the media is writing about her. She is honest, and has a heart for her family and God. Maybe she wouldn't make a good president, but she is a woman after my own heart, she is an athlete and out doors woman and loves her family and the Lord. That just about sums up it up. So, I can relate.

This morning Julie, Liz and I went to a brunch at the church for all the single people in church who are over 20. They are starting a singles group. The pastors realized we have so many single people in the church, besides teens. Of course I was the oldest there. I think I am the oldest person in our church! But we had a good crowd of about 25 people there. I told them they could me "Mimi", since all my grandchildren call me Mimi.

I don't think I will be going on their outings. We talked about some things people suggested, like bowling, going out to eat, and movies, and other fun things to do. But I guess they have elected me to do the newsletter each month. I can do that and they can come to me for prayer or just to talk. I am a good listener.

We have to come up with a name. I am thinking. But I sure don't have a good imagination! I guess we could call it The Singles Group and the newsletter, The Newsletter.

Well it is Saturday night, and all that comes to me, is a song by Frank Sinatra: Saturday night is the loneliest night of the week.
 
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Elaine K.  
Floresville  
January 16, 2011 9:24pm
 
I love the quote about the grey cat. It is SO Fred! And the Garrison Kellor comparison is so true!

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