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May 01, 2019

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Karen in Ohio

Hi, Elaine! I'm skipping Malice this year, and I will so miss seeing you. Have a grand time.

My grandmother, mother of nine children, used to stay up all night reading mysteries and novels about nurses. Needless to say, I turned into her decades ago! My own mother is super friendly, and would talk to a post, as they say. I have to admit to that particular trait, as well, sometimes to the embarrassment of my own kids.

Elaine Viets

So sorry to miss you at Malice this year, Karen. If it wasn't for your super-friendliness, I don't think I would have met you. And embarrassing your kids is one of the pleasures of being a grown up. Keep on reading those mysteries.

Mark

Funny, my younger brother has always been the person who took those shortcuts. I still take the main routes because they seem to me to be the best way to go.

Storyteller Mary

I surprise myself doing some small thing that I realize is "the way Mom did it." You've also reminded me of my late MIL, who made gift tags from old Christmas cards, which I have also done, thus turning into someone else's parent as well. Really, though, do we want to have to reinvent everything?

Elaine Viets

You're probably right, Mark, and faster, too. But I can't resist plotting "short cuts."

Elaine Viets

Gift tags from old cards is a creative way to recycle them, Mary. The frugal ways of older generations are useful now that we understand the importance of recycling.

Alan P.

My mother realized her wooden kitchen spoons had ware spots like her mother's, now mine do too.

I give people books I think they would like, like my father did. I have spare copies of "A Case of Need", "Under the Influence" and "Snow Crash" on the shelf. I think I need to send a copy of "Doc in the Box" to a friend in Texas battling cancer.

Alan P.

I friend of my father's said I sound like him. Not my voice, but my word choice and speaking style. Nicest thing anyone has said to me in a while.

Elaine Viets

"A friend of my father's said I sound like him. Not my voice, but my word choice and speaking style. Nicest thing anyone has said to me in a while."
Congratulations, Alan P. I knew your father. He was a good lawyer and a good man. Sending books to friends is a lovely habit to continue.

Marcia Talley

I come from frugal Puritan stock (on both sides) so it's no surprise that I'm a basic "meat and potatoes" cook like my mom. I also wash out and reuse ziploc bags.

I'm going to miss Malice this year, too, for the first time since Nevada Barr won best first for Track of the Cat. A family conflict ... but I hope to be back next year as usual.

Elaine Viets

Good for you for re-using Ziplocs. My grandmother saved and washed all plastic -- even bread bags!
We'll miss you at Malice this year.

Marcia Talley

And I use shower caps to cover bowls of leftovers.

Elaine Viets

OMG. I'll never look at a shower cap the same way again.

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