Monthly Archives: August 2010

Sunday Snapshot – New Shoes

My feet have not been happy lately. Their life to date has been spent schlepping around in cheap shoes offering little support and The Feet decided that in their middle age they’d appreciate some better quality footwear with decent arch support and, most importantly in their opinion, lots of cushioning.

I thought The Feet would like some walking shoes, so I researched the recommended brands and styles and we set off for the store with some specific shoes in mind. The Feet tried on three pairs. The first pair was a definite no, but the next two felt quite good so The Feet walked back and forth in the store, humming and hawing, trying first one pair of shoes and then the other, until they finally chose a pair. At home they wore the shoes around the house, back and forth, humming and hawing, until they deemed the shoes comfortable enough to wear outside. The first day out they wore the shoes for about three hours and that was enough to change their minds.

So those shoes were returned to the store and, at a different location, The Feet tried on more pairs, choosing highly cushioned running shoes this time. The first two pairs were a definite no, but upon trying the third pair Left Foot said “Wow, this is great! This is like walking on air!” Right Foot was a little doubtful. “My sole loves it, but it’s a tiny bit tight across my toes; I don’t know if it will stretch.” Left Foot groaned impatiently, “But I love this shoe!” ┬áSo we brought the shoes home and The Feet wore them around the house, back and forth, humming and hawing, until Right Foot said “No, it’s no good, it’s too tight.” “Big Lout!” complained Left Foot. “Runt!” grumbled Right Foot.

So those shoes were returned and The Feet tried on the same style in a larger size. “Ah,” said Right Foot, “that’s better. I don’t why we didn’t pick these the first time.” We brought the shoes home and The Feet wore them around the house, back and forth, humming and hawing, until Left Foot said hesitantly “There’s something weird about the heel. It’s just not comfortable.” Right Foot agreed, but didn’t want to have to give up on the shoes. “They’re not bad, isn’t there something we can do to fix them?”

So I added some heel cushions and The Feet wore the shoes around the house, back and forth, humming and hawing, until Right Foot said “My shoe feels good.” “Mine does too!” agreed Left Foot. And finally, everybody was happy.

Left Shoe enjoying its first time out on the boat.

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Sunday Snapshots – On the Lake

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Sunday Snapshots – Forever Pink Hydrangea



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Sunday Snapshot – No, No, No!



Is it really Joshuas Creek? No, it is Joshua’s Creek. The Joshua’s Creek Trail runs alongside the creek and has a marker informing hikers that Joshua’s Creek is named after Joshua Leach (1776-1862), an early settler who built a house and a sawmill beside the creek during the 1820s. The creek runs through the Joshua’s Creek community. Why, then, would the Town decide to leave out the apostrophe in the street name?

Sadly, leaving out apostrophes is becoming common. Last year Birmingham, England’s second largest city, dropped apostrophes from all its street signs, deeming them confusing, old-fashioned, and a waste of space. Confusing? The apostrophe indicates possession. It is Joshua’s creek, just as it was Joshua’s house and Joshua’s mill. Old-fashioned? Waste of space? Apostrophes are not a passing fad to be considered in style one month and old news the next. They’re not emoticons to be added to text messages when the mood strikes. Apostrophes perform an important function. Joshuas does not mean the same thing as Joshua’s.

Leaving the apostrophe out of this street name is just plain wrong.

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Sunday Snapshots – Down by the Bay














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Sunday Snapshots – Road Signs

Some helpful signs you might encounter during your summer travels.

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