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April 7, 2013
Bernice Volkens , Reinbeck Courier

It seems every year when daylight savings time arrives I have a hard time adjusting. I'm behind all morning and the afternoon is fairly normal, but at night I'm waiting forever for the 10 o'clock news and bedtime, but actually it's earlier. As I grow older I wonder why things have changed so much and I can remember so much of the past and have memories of what has been. My changing life has made me wonder "how come?" so many times, Like:

How come.. there are so many complications to mellowing? I know I'm a warmer person than I use to be, but there are some that doubt it.

How come..such a naive, dull mother could turn out children and grandchildren who are so sophisticated, witty and wise?

How youngest grandchild thinks when I have said it would be nice to take an adult education class that I don't know what I want to be when I grow up?

How come..when I finally get use to the new style, it's the old style?

How come..I forget things and I can't find the book How to Improve Your Memory?

How come..nostalgia is longing for a time and place you really don't want to be.

How come..Now that my kids are grown adults, I still worry?

How come..I was such an understanding mother, but my husband gets the sentimental cards on Father's Day?

How come..I feel so bad when I'm being told something for my own good?

How husband thinks I'm the same girl he married?

How come..growing older isn't what I thought it would be?

How many readers want to know if I really cook and bake all the recipes I write about.

Well the last 4 months I haven't tried anything new, but Virg and I do pretty good with the old favorites. Here is one I have made many, many times.


1 1/2 Lbs. ground beef

1 cup regular Quaker


2 eggs

1 cup tomato juice

1/4 cup diced onions

1/4 tsp. pepper

2 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. mustard

Mix all ingredients. Place in greased loaf pan. Bake at 325 degrees about 50 minutes. If desired, serve with tomato or mushroom sauce.

"Age isn't important, unless you're a cheese."



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