This, That, and the Other


Snow this morning! Although a storm had been forecast, I didn’t expect it to materialize since so far this winter, few of the storms we were supposed to get managed to find their way here. It was rather a tepid storm, maybe an inch or so that was easily swept away, but there is a possibility for a bit more snow. For now, though, it’s just spitting a few flakes at me

More snow is supposed to come this way on Friday, and I hope it does. I’ve been concerned about all the bulbs I planted. Not being much of a gardener, I had no idea what to do, considering the dry conditions, a few unseasonable days, and weather spikes. (The high on Sunday was rumored to have been 84, the low tonight will be 4. Yikes!)

I didn’t want to water, thinking that if the bulbs were still alive, the water coupled with the high temperatures might make them think it was time to start growing, and it’s way too early. At this point, I’m just hoping that a flower or two comes up this spring.


Yesterday I got “that” bill — the one everyone seems to get upset about. But not me! It was the first property tax bill I’d ever received, and it seemed like some sort of rite of passage. I’ve always paid property taxes in roundabout sort of way since landlords include such expenses in the rent, but yesterday’s bill came directly to me. It was fun to look at that bill, to see where my money goes. Among other things, the bill includes $.02 for abatements, whatever those are, $5.00 for the library (doesn’t seem like enough), and $11.80 for dikes. Yep, I’m all for dikes and dike maintenance — the Arkansas River is close enough to be a problem in flood years.

I’m sure by next year I’ll be complaining like everyone else, but for now, getting that bill made me feel as if I were a homeowner for real.

And the Other

I’d never heard of Shakira until all the talk on Facebook about the half-time entertainment during the Super Bowl. I found the show on YouTube and tried to watch it. I can see why some people thought the show inappropriate, and I can sort of see why others thought it empowering, but either way, it didn’t matter to me. What made me feel out of place was that I couldn’t understand more than a word or two of the songs. So I got bored and turned off my computer.

It did remind me, though, that in my search for belly dance instruction videos, I’d came across one called, “Shakira-style belly dance.” I’d passed on it at the time because I had no idea what that style of dancing was. So today, I found the video and did the routine. Well, sort of. What I managed to do didn’t look at all like what the instructor was doing, so I’m sure it bore even less resemblance to how Shakira had danced in that particular song. (And it bore no resemblance at all to what she’d done in the half-time show.)

But, for what it’s worth, today I learned a Shakira-style dance.


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

5 Responses to “This, That, and the Other”

  1. rami ungar the writer Says:

    Congrats on the snow and the bill. I have rain and no bill at this point, though I did see the half-time show yesterday on YouTube and found it mildly entertaining.

  2. Sam Sattler Says:

    My wife liked the show because she’s a big fan of athletic dancing and the like. I always skip Super Bowl halftimes because I get bored with them. And nowadays, we can do the YouTube thing if we miss seeing something notable happen live, etc.

    Don’t feel bad about not understanding the lyrics or the music, for that matter. I refused to admit that I was getting old until the day came that I realized there was nothing on the radio for me anymore other than oldies stations. And that’s why I love XM’s “The Beatles Station” and “60s on 6” so much. Thank goodness the technology came along to make stations like that viable.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      It’s getting easier to admit I’m getting old, especially when it gets me out of something I don’t want to do, even if I’m simply being lazy. Since I read so much, I don’t listen to any station — I’ve never been able to do two things at once, so being out of sync with today’s music doesn’t affect me that much since I don’t listen to it anyway. But every once in a while, it comes as a shock how out of sync I really am with the world.

  3. Judy Galyon Says:

    It looks like you got a nice trace of winter at your place. As for us, we are flooding. I can’t go get my least for today. Check with your county about age & property taxes. I Ga., you can get a reduction at 65 & again at 70 if you have lived here for a few years. Mike turned 70 last year & we checked it out & we SHOULD have our property taxes cut in half when the arrive in another 9 months. Good luck with the play on Sunday.

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