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Vodka & Clementines

Dear Ann,
First of all, I hope Greg showed up with his truck-sized wet vac. I hope the waters are subsiding throughout your region, and especially your basement, and the fellas are enjoying their rain day. The family that bails with coffee cans together, stays together. And if you’re racking your brains trying to figure out the divine retribution angle, I think you ought to look into Miley and Billy Ray.
Maybe this will cheer you up, if not dry you out:
The Wall Street Journal reports today that my pal Katherine (aka Peppermint Patty) has organized a weekly soccer game for 40- and 50-something moms looking to require the services of dual specialists in sports medicine and gerontology. The Journal seems to find this amusing. What the article doesn’t mention is that the reason Katherine did this is because she’s so sure that she can play much better than those lazy teenagers whose games she is made to sit through without being allowed to shout anything unsupportive. “No egos on the field”–yeah right. Who are you, and what have you done with my Katherine?
I like the bit about the guys who wanted to take the field away from them. Haven’t they heard of perimenopause?
Knit safely, everyone.



  1. Way to go, Peppermint Patty!!!

  2. Way to go, Peppermint Patty!!!

  3. Way to go, Peppermint Patty!!!

  4. I’d love to see the moms take down those guys. Don’t they have mothers??

  5. I’d love to see the moms take down those guys. Don’t they have mothers??

  6. I laughed at the line “I know when there’s five minutes left, that’s when I start to feel nauseous”
    Thank you for that, it’s brightened my day.

  7. I’ve heard of perimenopause, that’s all I can say!

  8. Yay, soccer-playing moms! I hate sweating and sore muscles, but I’m first in line when someone mentions taking a trail hike. I’ll have to remember to take a clementine next time. Perhaps I can knit a cotton bag to sling over my shoulder…hmmm.

  9. A weekly mom game is the perfect response to having to sit through the shout-edited youngsters’ games! Good for her. Though last week I managed to get our 4-year old kicked out of pre-school (I may have called an ill-conceived rule that was causing me MUCH inconvenience “stupid”), I haven’t yet had trouble with the organized sports. I think the knitting helps- that way not All of my attention is focused on the field! Keeping one’s mouth SHUT is hard! Oh, and the flooding is definitely Miley and Billy Ray’s fault. Sara

  10. Dear Kay and Ann – I just want to say how much I love you ladies. You make life better by sharing. BTW, I’m wearing Tsubos, on your recommendation, Ann, and I love them, too.

  11. Perimenopause? You ain’t see nothin’ yet. Just wait. HA!


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