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, […]

around the frame jun 2018 – our experiences

Hi fritzasubbingagain, Here in Southern California, we’ve not had much rain but wildflowers are blooming! On hikes, we see many of these yuccas covered in their waxy, bell-shaped blooms. (See photo below.) My friend, Monica, and I were hiking a local area aptly named elfin forest. The mountainsides were liberally dotted with these blossoms. We […]

around the frame may 2018 – our experiences

Dear Francaocean, I enjoyed your March Mid-Month story, “What Comes Around Goes Around,” about the uncleared table at the cafeteria. As a substitute teacher, I remind students to make sure they leave nothing behind at the end of the class period. But, I still spend a few moments picking up stuff after the room empties […]

around the frame apr 2018 – our experiences

Hi Fritzie, I just finished reading March ‘18 Ninepatch.. It is a totally miserable winter day here and I thought reading it would be an enjoyable break …and it was! I thought what you did for Sandy regarding her “musings” was an amazing gift. Chantal (See her MONTHLY QUESTION comment in this issue.) adds, “I […]

around the frame Feb 2018 – our experiences

Dear Frances, I’m sorry to read of your aunt’s passing.  Yes, God bless her and your family coping with her loss. As ever, Gail Gail (Jan. ’18) adds, “How well I remember the loving hugs from my favorite aunt…the way she looked me in the eye and expressed her affection and made me feel warm […]

around the frame jan 2018 – our experiences

Dear Frances, I’m thinking about your recent mid-month reflections. I enjoyed comparing the November and December ‘17 photos of the view from your deck in Goshen, Indiana.  I do the same thing with my camera in my back yard.  It’s fun to capture the seasons in photos and then make comparisons across the seasons and […]