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Milli Gilbaugh

The shopping list

Food for Thought

While cleaning out a drawer the other day, I pulled out an old purse I’d saved for some reason. It was beyond any practical use, but before I tossed it into the trash, I checked to make sure there wasn’t something valuable in there– some treasured photos, a book of postage stamps, a few dollars tucked into a forgotten pocket in case of emergency. No such luck, but I did find a rather lengthy shopping list that intrigued me because of the memories it brought to mind.

Wake up!

Food for Thought

I just read an article that pointed out the fact that, by time we reach age 80, we will have spent approximately 233,600 hours sleeping. That’s the equivalent of 26.67 years– almost enough to make me want to sell my bed.

Green memories

Food for Thought

For some reason, November almost always sends me off on a nostalgic journey to my husband’s hometown of Graettinger. That’s in the northwest corner of the state, not far from Spencer, Okoboji, and the Minnesota border. Maybe it’s because it was at this time of year that we became aware that winter was near at hand (and, believe me, winter in that part of the state is definitely a thing to remain aware of). Maybe it was the pheasant hunting that got us there every year, in the days before everybody farmed right out to the road. There were fence rows then, and cover for the birds.

Making magic

Food for Thought

I put a new canvas on my easel the other day but haven’t the slightest idea why. Or what I had in mind to paint on it. There’s something intimidating about a blank canvas. Maybe it’s because of all that white– the same thing that sometimes causes writers to be reluctant to commit those first words to a fresh sheet of paper.

A shocking misnomer

Food for Thought

I confess to being an Antiques Roadshow addict. It’s not that I am an avid antiques collector, for I seldom actually buy antiques, although I enjoy browsing through the shops with collections of those relics from the past. The stories that go with them tend to intrigue me, even though the people who bring their treasures to the program often have incomplete or erroneous tales to tell about the items. Part of it, I guess, is that the history of anything is a part of the history of mankind, of the world, of western civilization, of ourselves.

Leave off the bacon

Food for Thought

I should think that doctors would be delighted that the price of bacon has risen so dramatically in recent months. Just think how much less bacon we’re eating, not to mention all that good bacon grease we’re not using to fry our fish and potatoes– even though grandma always told us that was best. Who knows– without all that bacon in our diets, we may be able to save a few cents a day on those meds we were taking to get rid of the cholesterol. I really missed those bacon and tomato sandwiches this summer, though.

Subliminal road-rage?

Food for Thought

I can’t help but wonder just how much the design of today’s cars influences the rising prominence of road-rage on our highways. One can’t help but see faces on oncoming cars, with the grille suggesting a toothy grin, and the headlights representing eyes. Some sports cars, with their sleek profiles have always brought to my mind the image of a predatory shark.

It’ll probably self-destruct

Food for Thought

I don’t think the pay-for-TV people need to work too hard to eliminate the competition of so-called “free” television. Judging from the direction it seems to be heading, it’s going to self-destruct within a few years. And we’ll all be stuck with cable and satellite, and then we will really be sorry.

The Food Wars: Honey, we’re not Italian

Food for Thought

For some reason, even though neither of us had a single drop of Italian blood in our veins, we have always eaten a lot of pasta and other Italian foods. The differences we had over that part of our food preferences seem to have been founded in his belief that all Italian foods should involve tomato sauce in some form or other.
My mother’s one and only Italian recipe produced a very basic spaghetti and meatballs, in a simple tomato sauce spiced up with onions, garlic, salt, pepper and (horror of horrors) chili powder.

More about cats and dogs

Food for Thought

Curiosity and research uncovered a number of interesting things about pet behavior. Some behavior is almost impossible to train out of your pet, even though it is ancestral and not necessarily relative to the lives of our family pets.

And don’t forget the pets

Food for Thought

We all know that it is not safe to leave a child in a car in hot weather, but many don’t realize that it is far more dangerous for a dog or a cat than for a human. A human can sweat, which helps cool the body. A dog has only a few sweat glands in the pads of his feet. He keeps cool in hot weather by panting. When your dog pants, he inhales fresh air through his nose. The nose contains a maze of moist surfaces that are cooled by evaporation. If the dog is in a hot car, the air he breathes in is not cool enough to do him much good.

Tragedy revisited

Food for Thought

This summer’s spate of child deaths resulting from being left in hot cars brings back memories of 2001, when a woman from Iowa left her young daughter in a hot car for several hours, forgetting that it had been her turn to drop her off at daycare before going to her job. The child died and Iowans were divided over the matter of blame. Should the woman be prosecuted for neglect, or should the event be deemed a tragic accident?