Deborah Welky

Skippy Has Mastered The Art Of The Prat Fall

By at July 25, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Skippy Has Mastered The Art Of The Prat Fall

THE SONIC BOOMER Once a week, I take my grandson to gym so he has the chance to interact with other toddlers and to pick up whatever cold is in style that week. It’s not the gym’s fault. They try to keep everything clean. It’s the kids. Get 10 tots together and someone is bound to have something. I mean, the rest of the week they’re being hugged, kissed and more...

Deborah Welky

My Pot Has An Amazing Story To Tell (Or Not)

By at July 18, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

My Pot Has An Amazing Story To Tell (Or Not)

THE SONIC BOOMER At an estate sale last weekend, my husband Mark wanted to spend $125 to buy a plain copper pot with two handles and a lid. He claimed it was a pressure cooker, hand-hammered in England. I wasn’t so sure. “I think it might be a tourist item made in India,” I said. “No way,” he countered. “Look at this house. Everything in here is an more...

Deborah Welky

My Husband Is Perfect… Except When He’s Not

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

My Husband Is Perfect… Except When He’s Not

THE SONIC BOOMER Let me begin by saying, I love my husband. He is kind, gentle and smart. He loves children and animals. He has the manners of a southern gentleman. But... Oh, yes, there’s a “but.” Because the nature of any long-term relationship, especially marriage, is that the very things that once attracted you to this person now drive you crazy. Aesop more...

Deborah Welky

July Fourth: Informal Holiday Ends With A Bang!

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

July Fourth: Informal Holiday Ends With A Bang!

THE SONIC BOOMER Hurrah for the Fourth of July — a day that’s easy to love from dawn’s early light to twilight’s last gleaming. Why? It is the “under”-dog of holidays — under-planned and under-anticipated. In short, it’s great. I mean, let’s compare: • Thanksgiving — A meal whose components are often prepared days, weeks or (in the case of more...

Deborah Welky

Chocolate Has Changed… And Other Thoughts

By at June 27, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Chocolate Has Changed… And Other Thoughts

THE SONIC BOOMER I’m looking for someone to blame for this. I love my computer, my microwave and my smartphone — but, other than those few things, I miss the good ol’ days, when everything was better. • Chocolate. What the heck has happened to chocolate? When a few of us girls got together and said we preferred dark chocolate over milk chocolate, the candy more...

Deborah Welky

My Animals Must Earn Their Own Keep

By at June 20, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

My Animals Must Earn Their Own Keep

THE SONIC BOOMER I think it’s time that our pets become true members of the family. I know, I know. Rover is already part of the family. Fluffy already thinks she’s human. Ping and Pong are my babies. That is a load of kitty litter, and we know it. Dogs are dogs; and cats are cats; and Ping and Pong are sources of furry wonder (breed and sex as yet more...

Deborah Welky

Communicating With Skippy Has Its Challenges

By at June 13, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Communicating With Skippy Has Its Challenges

THE SONIC BOOMER The little guy is finally learning to talk. He’s 21 months old and has been communicating via sign language and shouting up until now. The sign language was my daughter’s idea. She read that babies can communicate much earlier through signing than through vocalization, so we all had to learn it. Not spelling words out letter-by-letter, thank more...

Deborah Welky

I Need To Cut Back On Candy Crush!

By at June 6, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

I Need To Cut Back On Candy Crush!

THE SONIC BOOMER Last week, I was the best grandma ever. I took my bored little grandson on an outing he will never forget. We began with a toddlers’ gymnastics class, went out to lunch, visited an indoor playground and stopped at the park on the way home. Three days later, we both had raging colds. Blame the swings... blame the slides... blame the other kids more...

Deborah Welky

When I Can’t Sleep, The Night Comes Alive

By at May 30, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

When I Can’t Sleep, The Night Comes Alive

THE SONIC BOOMER I’m not sleepy; I’m just not sleepy. It’s 2:30 in the morning, but I am the type of person who, if there is anything exciting going on — and I mean anything — I am too excited to sleep. I’ve been this way forever. My parents naturally thought I would grow out of it. They’re 85 now, and they’re still waiting. Me, too. I do try, more...

Deborah Welky

Memorial Day Marks The Start Of Summer

By at May 23, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Memorial Day Marks The Start Of Summer

THE SONIC BOOMER Memorial Day weekend — aahhhhhh. There are a number of ways to determine the official beginning of summer — the summer solstice, the last day of school, the arrival of flip-flops in all the stores — but none speaks to me quite like Memorial Day. I don’t care what the calendar says, the teacher says or America’s marketing machine says, more...

Deborah Welky