Thursday, July 20, 2006
A Giggle A Day
I'm not sure what all this blogging rigmarole is about, but as I tell folks, you're never too old to learn something new. I suppose my theory is about to be tested.
I'm Angie Brendt. My mind tends to jump from one thing to another, so I hope I keep on topic. I should first say I've heard there are a lot of slimy predators on the Internet. Bailey assures me I'll be okay, so don't go trying anything on me, you hear?
This is actually quite fun, and I'm excited to be a part of the blog. Me, little Angie Brendt (okay, I'm more stout than little), writing for all the world to read. I always wanted to be a writer. I started writing children's stories when Melissa and Frank, Jr. were tiny (they're only a year apart), but they would always end up with peanut butter or juice all over them. The stories, I mean. Well, I suppose, the kids did too.
A little background on me. I moved here right after Frank and I got married. I miss Frank so much--he passed away two years ago, far too young, from a heart attack. He and I met when I was twenty-seven in the summer of 1967 in San Francisco. You baby boomers will remember that as the "Summer of Love." It sure turned out to be the summer of love for me, 'cause I fell for Frank hard and fast. He'd come down to visit The City from Kanner Lake, where his dad ran a plumbing business. When we got married two months later, it was off to northern Idaho for this city gal.
Tell the truth, it took me a while to get used to the town and for the town to get used to me. I wore hippy-style clothes and just didn't quite fit in. But once I really got to know people, it all went fine. I went to work teaching third grade (which I'd done in California), but stopped for a few years when we had our kids. Once they were both in school, I was back teaching again.
I retired last year. Now my best friend, Bev (you'll hear from her tomorrow), and I meet at Java Joint most mornings. I just love Java Joint. And the whole town loves Bailey. She's the sweetest person you'll ever meet. Anyway, Bev and I talk and laugh. Well, I giggle. Bev wouldn't be caught dead giggling. But you know, it's about the only time I giggle any more since Frank died. He used to tell me I laughed like Goldie Hawn.
Every one on this blog has been telling you stories. I have one to tell you, too--about the time I nearly embarrassed poor Bev to death due to my antics. But I've sort of been rambling and maybe I'd better stop for now. You readers have been leaving nice comments. Please leave some for me. I'll be very happy to see them.
A giggle a day keeps the blues away.
-- Angie Brendt
I'm glad to see you're still in Kanner Lake. I live in Lewiston now--only 3 hours from KL but I never seem to get back home. I'm a legal assistant for a Keeton & Tait, a great law firm. Mr. Keeton died in February, well into his 90s and we all miss him. I'm married and have 4 kids! They're great. I don't wear Garanimals anymore and I wear contacts now. Plus I cut that witchy looking hair years ago. You take care, Mrs. Brandt. It was great to read you post!
I am so looking forward to my trip and getting to see your town. I feel like I know y'all already.
Gotta run and make sure the kids are asleep and spend some time with my hubby. Remember Willy Larson? We got married right after college. He says HI.
Blessings Mrs. Brendt
Frank sure was a looker. There were a lot of broken hearts for a real long time. That's probably why so many girls looked at you strange.
Here you come this, this citified upstart chick dressed like one of them there hippies. We didn't cotton to that kind of stuff here in Kanner Lake, teacher or not!
But your sweetness won us all over...even me! I pined for the loss of Frank for a good six months...until that new boy moved in from Missouri.
Well I'm glad we became friends and neighbors...you'll do great on this blogging thing. If I can figure out what buttons to push, I know a brainy school teacher like you can!
Thanks everyone for being so kind. Bev is secretly a softy, but don't tell her I said that. She'll only deny it anyway. [Tee-hee]
Can't wait to hear more from you.
Links to this post:
Bailey Truitt ~ Java Joint owner
Leslie Brymes ~ reporter extraordinaire
Carla Radling ~ realtor at your service
Wilbur Hucks ~ ya gotta love him
Jake Tremaine ~ retired logger
Ted Dawson (S-Man) ~ sci-fi writer
Hank Detcher ~ pastor and friend
Janet Detcher ~ keeps Hank in line
Bev Trexel ~ retired teacher
Angie Brendt ~ Bev's best pal
Sarah Wray ~ Simple Pleasures owner
Jared Moore ~ Kanner Lake Times
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