LAST WEEK MY FRIEND Jane made a special trip to the post office to have an envelope weighed. She wanted assurance that the envelope had adequate postage for mailing from Duluth to my Faribault home.
Well, yesterday I got an e-mail from Jane. The package was returned to her postage due. “Apparently our two post offices don’t agree,” she wrote.
The Case of the Mysterious Wire
ON TUESDAY MY WASHING MACHINE started squealing, right before the rinse cycle. That evening my husband determined the source of the problem—a bad water pump—and showed me a curved piece of broken wire.
Wednesday evening he returned from work with a new water pump and that broken piece of wire.
“Do you know what this is?” Randy asked, holding up the wire.
“Uh, no,” I replied.
“It’s from an underwire bra,” he said. “Karl (that would be Karl, our friend and the appliance man) said he sees a lot of these from washing machines.”
“Well, I don’t wear that kind of bra,” I said, feeling somewhat embarrassed.
But I do know two young women who may be getting a water pump bill for $65.73.
My fake body part
MY SISTER MONICA and her family have nearly completed a major home addition. A few finishing touches need yet to be completed, like installing steps to the front door.
So when I stepped out of the front door on Sunday, I did so carefully. Even so, the step down was a bit further than I anticipated.
“Wow, that’s a long drop,” I said.
“You should just jump, like this,” my 7-year-old niece Cortney said as she leapt to the ground.
“Well, I can’t do that,” I said. “Part of my leg is fake and I need to be careful.”
Cortney stopped dead in her tracks.
“Remember when you came to visit me in the hospital?” I asked.
She shook her head.
“Well, they cut out part of my bone and gave me a ceramic one,” I said, trying to explain to her what getting a new hip means.
“They took off her leg and put on a new one,” my sister said, trying not to laugh.
Well, sort of, but not exactly.
Cortney covered her ears. “I don’t want to hear that!” she yelled.
© Copyright 2009 Audrey Kletscher Helbling