That’s what I tell people who say I’m too old to do this or that. I say, “Hide
and watch me!” I’m eighty-two. So what? That’s nothing but a number. I can go
and do just about as good as I could thirty years ago.
For my eightieth birthday, I decided I wanted to get in on all this Internet
stuff the kids are doing. So I asked for a computer. My niece Jenna—she lives
with me, you know—said, “Now, Aunt Bess, you don’t need a computer. You can use
“Well, I don’t want to use yours,” I said. “I want my own.”
So she and her daughter Amy and my granddaughter Jackie all went in together and
bought me this little laptop. That’s what they call it. It’s a computer you can
put on your lap. But if you put it on your lap and don’t have a tray or
something underneath it, it’s gonna get your legs hot, I’ll tell you that. And
that’s not necessarily a bad thing in the winter, but I’d rather not burn up in
the summer. That’s why I had Jackie go over to the store and get me this
contraption that has a wooden top like a desk and a beanbag bottom. It’s nice.
It’s curved to fit around your middle, so you can plop your laptop right down on
that desk of a thing and surf around that Internet all day or until a good
program comes on, you decide you’d rather be reading, or your battery
dies—whichever comes first.
One of the sites I like is the Pinterest. Do y’all have the Pinterest? It’s a
wonderful thing. You sign up for an account—for free, they don’t charge you a
thing—and they let you make what they call boards. You give these boards names
and then you can put pictures up on them. For instance, one of my boards is
called People I’ve Outlived. That can be a sad, sad board. It has
pictures of Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Cary Grant, one of the neighbor
women, Princess Diana and Robin Williams (those two purt near broke my heart
when I added them), and Saddam Hussein. It didn’t really bother me too awful
much to put him up on the board. I didn’t know him, and they said on the news
that he was real mean.
I have this other board called Things I’d Love to Eat. That’s one of my
favorites. If you’ve never been to the Pinterest, they have the biggest bunch of
recipes you ever did see. They have recipes for specific diets, foods you can
make in a hurry, party foods, and desserts. I love desserts. I’ve pinned me a
whole slew of desserts on my Things I’d Love to Eat board. The thing
is, Amy and Jackie use that board to see what I might want to have when they
come over to cook me and Jenna Sunday lunch.
One time, Amy asked me, “Aunt Bess, you do know there are other foods out there
besides dessert, don’t you?”
I told her, “Yes, ma’am, I do, but I’m eighty-two years old. And if I want to
have a meal that’s all desserts, by crackie, I’ll have it.”
She laughed and gave me a kiss on the cheek. She’ll be old one of these days,
and I’ll remind her of that little remark about the desserts.
First in a new cozy mystery series featuring Southern cooking that is to
Aspiring chef and small-town Virginia native Amy Flowers is ready to open
her own café offering old-fashioned Southern food. But her dream may go up in
smoke when someone kills the competition...
Tired of waiting tables at Lou’s Joint, Amy Flowers doesn’t just quit—she
offers to buy the place from her bully of a boss, so she can finally open the
café of her dreams. Amy can't wait to serve the kind of Southern, down-home
treats and dishes that her grandmother always loved to the kooky cast of
regulars at the restaurant. She knows her comfort food will be the talk of the
sweet, small town of Winter Garden, Virginia.
At first Lou Lou refuses to sell, but when she seems ready to make a deal,
she tells Amy to come see her. Showing up at the eatery ready to negotiate,
Amy is shocked to find her former employer murdered. As the prime suspect, Amy
will have to clear her name by serving up the real killer—and with Lou Lou’s
stack of enemies, that’s a tall order.
Includes delicious Southern
2 comments posted.
LOL Aunt Bess sounds like my Aunt Joanie. I just recently took her on vacation to Branson and she was a hoot!
(Heather F 4:39pm June 6, 2016)