Nothing much is happening on the dating front. I corresponded with an interesting-sounding man a few times. He wanted to meet me half way between where we live. It was a bit of a drive. I thought about my general state of mind and physical health and didn’t feel any enthusiasm. I didn’t reply. He […]


(Part 1 of 2) Earlier in 2018, Bill and I went to Israel with his father. The time there was like a merry-go-round ride except the scenery changed constantly. I had a long list of things I wanted to see and do. We did our best in the time we had. Israel is a complicated […]

around the frame jan 2019 – our experiences

Hi Fritzie, I was looking through my photographs taken some time ago, and as I turned onto this photo (above) suddenly your name popped into my head!  I often send a message to the person who enters my stream of thought. Wishing you and hubby good days ahead! All the best!  Betsy Betsy (Dec.’18) adds […]

around the frame dec 2018 – our experiences

Dear Frances, Speaking of quilts, I have a quilt that I bought many years ago at an estate sale somewhere.  It had a handwritten tag on it that said “Started in 1940.” (I think it was finished in the 1970s.)  I kept the tag, but I don’t know where it is to confirm that. I believe it’s a […]

around the frame dec 2018 – our experiences

around the frame nov 2018 – our experiences

Frances, I loved your article on your strawberry plant. How sweet that it greeted you when you returned to Indiana! Dottie Dottie (June ’18) adds, “Regarding your mention of looking for bean starts, I’ve always planted bush beans from seeds. I’ve never seen starts. I plant beans in mid-May. However I’m sure you can plant […]

around the frame oct 2018 – our experiences

Dear Francoutoftouchduetome, In a week I am flying to London! It will be the first time I have been in UK for 14 years. I’m going to stay at my brother’s flat, but he may not be there for all four days i will. I am looking forward to seeing my nieces and their children […]

around the frame sept 2018 – our experiences

Hi Fritzie, I just took Ninepatch out of the mailbox and, with a cup of coffee, opened it. It’s nice to read what others write. It adds uplift to the day. I enjoyed your August ‘18 story, “Charging the Battery” about your visit to the family cemetery. I feel peaceful when I visit family graves […]

around the frame aug 2018 – our experiences

Hi Fritzie, Again, thanks for your July ‘18 Mid-month Reflection and photo. In return, here’s a picture of docked sailboats taken at a recent jazz evening at a lakeside, about half an hour’s drive from where I live. The son of my good friend and two fellow musicians served us an evening of jazz. Lovely […]

around the frame jul 2018 – our experiences

Frances, I read your dentist story for June 2018’s Ninepatch with great interest. I’ll be getting my first dental crown in a week or so. I can relate to not wanting to lose teeth. I have lost one in the back, and I don’t have my wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth loss was not unusual, […]