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1/16/2013 10:06:00 AM
'Flowers' blooming as New Year begins

Peggy Swycaffer

Already, beautiful flowers are popping up in the garden of my life. The first one didn't appear to be a flower at first. It must have been the ugly, scaly bulb that goes underground to produce the glorious daffodil.

Chris had set his checkbook on the top of his truck, and inadvertently driven off with it still up there. As soon as he realized what had happened he tried retracing his routes with no success.

Frantic phone calls to the bank! When he went out later that day to check the mail, he discovered that some kind and honest person had anonymously placed it in our mailbox. Our heartfelt thank you and blessings to you, whoever you are. May nothing but good things befall you in 2013.

Heartland America has had no luck in reaching the middle-man who sent me the defective computer, so they are sending me a pre-paid return label. I am to send it directly to them, and they will process my refund. I really appreciate their efforts on my behalf.

I've been re-reading my Sue Grafton books, and just came across the one Mom inscribed to me for my birthday in 1999. It was signed by the author. My Aunt Annette always watched for her appearances at her favorite bookstore, the Poison Pen in Scottsdale, so that they could be sure my collection was up to date and have the latest one signed. So right there in my hands along with the book were two more flowers; loving memories of two fantastic ladies.

A constant flower in my garden is Jonathan Conant, Esq. I received a lovely letter by snail mail, purportedly mailed from England. Had it been email, or asked for any upfront money, I would have trashed it immediately. But it was on very impressive letterhead, with gold scales of justice over the firm name of Global Securities, with a physical address and phone and fax numbers in London. Two barristers and several esquires were imprinted at the bottom of the letterhead. I called Jonathan to see if there was something akin to our Bar Association in England, where we could check out this person's credentials. He asked me if I had Googled him. My standard intellectual query followed. "Huh?"

Jonathan chuckled and said "Let's see what we can find." I was amazed. There is no such person registered in the United Kingdom. There were several scams recorded against him, under various fictional firm names, all supposedly in London. I am learning that Google can do all kinds of things for me that were unavailable or terribly time consuming on dial up.

Then, there is Linda Giguere, the Gadget Guru, who just seems to sweetly bloom year-round. What a special lady.


On Jan. 19 there will be a Winter Warm Up at the Cordes Lakes Community Center. Starting at 4 p.m. there will be several soups, chili and cornbread and a light dessert all for $6. Oh, that sounds delicious, and so tummy-warming! Come and meet old friends or make some new ones. Yum!


For those of you who are laughing at me for not having heard of the Blues Brothers, let me recount my movie history. In 1971, Bobby took me to see Paint Your Wagon. In 1981, he took me to see Crocodile Dundee. In 1991, we were busy.

And that's the way it is.

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