Deborah Welky

I Regress Whenever I Visit My Parents

By at April 11, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

I Regress Whenever I Visit My Parents

THE SONIC BOOMER I flew to Wisconsin last weekend for my father’s 85th birthday. I’ve known him since he was in his mid-20s. In fact, except for mom, I’ve known him longer than any other living human being. I love to visit him because, fortunately, he’s exactly the same guy I’ve always known. Of course, I have changed dramatically. I’ve grown up more...

Deborah Welky

My Very Unscientific March Madness Brackets

By at April 4, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

My Very Unscientific March Madness Brackets

THE SONIC BOOMER Here it is April and March Madness is still going on. But I’m excited about it — I’m ahead in my brackets. Last year, I knew nothing of brackets. In fact, I knew nothing of basketball except for what I learned on a date to see the Milwaukee Bucks when I was about 20. And that was professional basketball. March Madness refers to college more...

Deborah Welky

Car Buying Was Not Part Of The Plan

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Car Buying Was Not Part Of The Plan

THE SONIC BOOMER We bought a new car. I say it matter-of-factly and devoid of excitement because that is how it happened. We were cruising down the interstate, four hours into what was to be a 19-hour trip, and I smelled transmission fluid. “I smell transmission fluid,” I said. “Uh-huh,” said Mark, dismissing the comment, perhaps because I am a girl, and more...

Deborah Welky

When Skippy Is Asleep, Noise Is My Enemy!

By at March 21, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

When Skippy Is Asleep, Noise Is My Enemy!

THE SONIC BOOMER It’s Friday night, and I am so tired that I can barely type. You would think that, after 18 months of caring for the Skipster, I would have adjusted. Generally, I have — but the kid always seems to be one bounce ahead of me! Even when he’s asleep. I have decided that Mother Nature mandated that toddlers need naps not because the toddlers need more...

Deborah Welky

Boys Do Strange Things To Attract A Mate

By at March 14, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Boys Do Strange Things To Attract A Mate

THE SONIC BOOMER At first I thought the young man had something wrong with his leg. He was sort of limping and, every once in a while, would stop to hitch things up — as if a metal knee brace had suddenly slipped out of place. But once he got closer, I realized that his ambulatory difficulties were directly attributable to the fact that his pants were cinched more...

Deborah Welky

I’m Very Lucky, But I Haven’t Won The Lottery

By at March 7, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

I’m Very Lucky, But I Haven’t Won The Lottery

THE SONIC BOOMER I think I may have to quit playing the lottery. I’ve been playing it for years and, frankly, it is just not working out. I mean, I have never gotten more than one number right. Ordinarily, I am a very lucky person. I’m lucky in life, and I’m lucky with games of chance. The first scratch-off anyone ever bought for me was good for $100. I win at more...

Deborah Welky

In Over My Head? I’m Not Too Proud To Beg!

By at February 28, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

In Over My Head? I’m Not Too Proud To Beg!

THE SONIC BOOMER My guest room was ugly, and I am now into week two of wallpaper stripping — a project for which I had innocently allotted three days. Well, actually, removing the dark green wallpaper only took a week. And the pink wallpaper underneath it had been almost completely removed at some other point in time. Getting that stuff down was a monumental more...

Deborah Welky

Why Can’t The Wallpaper Just Fall Off The Wall?

By at February 21, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Why Can’t The Wallpaper Just Fall Off The Wall?

THE SONIC BOOMER In one of those moments that I was about to regret, I decided to strip the old wallpaper from the guest room. It had been put up by the previous owner (probably a former cave dweller pining for the comforts of home) and was a dark mossy green. But, true to the era in which it had been purchased, it was also a trendy plastic/vinyl in consistency — not more...

Deborah Welky

Valentine’s Day Is A Candy Company Plot!

By at February 14, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Valentine’s Day Is A Candy Company Plot!

THE SONIC BOOMER It’s finally here — Valentine’s Day. Many people consider Valentine’s Day to be a day of love; a day when you look around and your heart fills with joy as you realize how many of your family members, friends, even spouses love you; a day when you have a chance to return that love in an obvious way. Now if you consider Valentine’s Day a more...

Deborah Welky

Simple Ideas Entertain Toddlers For Hours

By at February 7, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Simple Ideas Entertain Toddlers For Hours

THE SONIC BOOMER It was quite by accident that I discovered the perfect way to entertain a toddler. My grandson Skippy is almost 18 months old, and he is a ball of fire. I can’t decide if he’s hyperactive, “all boy” or merely a Welky. I don’t think he has Baby Attention Deficit Disorder or BADD (a condition I made up, so don’t try to Google it) because he more...

Deborah Welky