” What a Difference A Day Makes”

Another Day of Sunshine and Look! Just one bud left to blossom!

Dear Reader:

They say the older we get, the faster time flies. I think it is true because yesterday was packed with lots of ” happenings” … some wonderful and some just plain crazy!

It started off terrific… hearing from all my family and Tommy and Kaitlyn stopped by with a beautiful bouquet of flowers which really was a wonderful surprise! To be with them!

Katilyn was so pretty in her valentines dress and Tommy had on his new Styles and Dingle law firm cap!

I made two bowls of beef stew to take Vickie and Jane for Valentines and then went to add my two new spring garden flags.

Hello Sunshine is right… blues skies and plenty of sunshine!
The azaleas are coming!
Love the hanging ferns are back!
This flag is perfect… brightens the back garden!

After returning back inside… I glanced at my calendar… Wednesday-February 15 coming up-this old history teacher yelled out-” ” Remember the Maine” … indeed the explosion of the USS Maine docked in Havana Harbor… Feb 15, 1898- which would spark the beginning of the Spanish-American War and turn Theodore Roosevelt into a household name as he charges San Juan Hill with his Rough Riders!

The explosion was blamed on an underwater mine sent by Spain but today many historians believe it was an accident-sailors smoking in the boiler roomoops! History is full of bloopers.

Around mid-afternoon I walked down the hall heading back to my bedroom when suddenly I heard the worst racket coming from the back bathroom .. someone or something sounded like they were tearing the place apart!

Startled I ran back to the den and called Vickie… we armed ourselves with brooms and dustpans over our faces and courageously started back towards the bathroom.

Me hiding behind my facial dustpan!

I went and opened the bedroom doors that lead out to the patio deck ( for the ” critter” ) to run through and out of my bedroom once the bathroom door opened. I heard Vickie knocking and saying ” hello?”… just thuds and crashes … and then before I could take it in… Vickie yelled ” It’s a squirrel!” Out he flew through the open door… he was as happy to go as we were to see him go!

This bathroom needs serious renovation-new foundation, flooring, plumbing , appliances, painting… and since that is not in my budget I have just used it as my ” fall pumpkin storage room” … and that squirrel had fun tossing my pumpkins in the toilet, shower, … everywhere… complete chaos.

The only way that squirrel could have gotten in the bathroom was from the basement… but how?

Fake photo… but what I think he probably looked like… a crazy unhappy squirrel who we can not figure out how he got in my bathroom… have to be from underground but no hole showed up in the bathroom-perhaps he swam up the commode?

So now you see why Valentines Day was a crazy mixture of a little of everything… BUT very memorable!!!!

So until tomorrow… crazy days do make a difference from other days but sometimes that is good… leaving us with memories … like the Valentines Day when “Skippy the Squirrel” decided to play bathroom basket ball with my pumpkins.

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Happy Valentines Eloise… like the cocked head look/just start that new trend cutie!!!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to ” What a Difference A Day Makes”

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Wow…exciting Valentine’s Day. Glad you got the squirrel. Spent my day prepping for 2 medical procedures…oh the joy!

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