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The Boring Word About... is an editorial column created and written by editor Georgia Boring and advertising manager Charlene Word in the 1980s. The Boring Word About... makes an occasional reappearance in current issues and can have any member of the family as an author. Each week on Friday, we offer one of these historic columns for your enjoyment.

The Zoo

October 15, 1986

If an alien from another planet visited my house I’m sre he would mistake it for a zoo. Besides the live creatures that live within, it is impossible not to notice the hundreds of stuffed animals that also have taken up residence.

At various times I have tried to devise ways of keeping the menagerie in control but as yet am still looking for a “neat” solution. Storage boxes filled with every dog show variety somehow become emptied after a week or two and Benjies, Pound Puppies, Wrinkles, poodles and numerous other canines of every size, shape and color are again peeking out from under beds and turning up under sofa cushions.

The beds in my childrens’ rooms are covered at any time of the day or night with Furskins, Care Bears, seals, penguins, squirrels, raccoons, and an undetermined number of cats and kittens. After a summer trip to Sear Woeld and Cedar Point, a four foot long sea horse now has a permanent spot on my daugher’s bed.

Owls, parrots, tedy bears, tigers, walruses, rabbits, frogs, turtles, horses, My Little Ponies, Ducks, snakes,elephants, and even whales peer down from wall shelves, topple off closet shelves and tumble out of cabinets.

After years of play and forced storage at the bottom of a toy box some of our stuffed friends are now difficult to identify. The we also have a whole other variety that does not fit int a zoo category such as Ewoks, ET's, Smurfs, Smurfettes, See Wees, Nurfuls, Popples, Chubbles, and Twiggles.

We are sure to adopt more sutfffed animals during teh hlidays and will use our skill at carnivals and amusement parks in thearea in thesummer trying to add another "he's so cute" to our overpopulated house.

Does this obsession with furry, cuddly creatures ever cease? No, but while visiting my dorm-living niece over the weekend, I got an idea. Fish net draped from the ceiling holds all the stuffed creatures in her room. I wonder how many animals per yard can be housed?



Starting Over

April 9, 1986

We’ve just entered into a new phase of our marriage which no one had warned me about. I was ready for the changes a baby brings to your marriage, for the trauma when the last of the children go off to school, I’ve through about the empty nest syndrome and considered life after retirement. But I was not prepared when we had to start shopping for appliances again.

Like most newly marrieds we saved our money and then in one year, just before our first baby arrived, we bought: a washer, dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, freezer and stove. Since that year I’ve thought very little about my appliances and I certainly didn’t spend my time reading the ads and pricing new items.
So when the refrigerator died last year, followed by the washer and dryer this year I was not ready for the experience of buying new ones. I headed out to the stores remembering the excitement of those first purchases. But somehow it was just not the same. For one thing my husband was conveniently busy so it was our teenage son who went along to measure the sizes and check out the connections.

While he became enthralled with all the latest innovations I was appalled at the price tags. At no time had I even dreamed that a washer-dryer combination could cost $1500! Granted some models do cost less. But drop the price by very much and you may come home with a washboard.

Refrigerators come in so many different models and sizes that I couldn’t keep them straight. To think I just wanted to keep the ice cubes frozen!

And everything has a digital clock. I estimate that with a microwave, a stove, refrigerator (yes, they not only have clocks but will also tell you the temperature of the inside of the refrigerator and the kitchen), and washer/dryer combo in your kitchen you could have a clock in view at all times. With all the electronic controls, LEDs and push buttons the modern kitchen is beginning to look like the flight deck of a space ship. I know one thing, if I’m going to take off for a flight into space (or anywhere else for that matter) I have no intention of taking my appliances with me.

Since we put the washer and dryer in last week I have been eying my other appliances warily. It only stands to reason that if we purchased them all at the same time they are going to fall apart at the same time. I have even begun reading the ads for dishwashers and stoves. But before I take the plunge again I may consider the alternative eating all our meals out.