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Mail order catalogs can’t compete here

Kathryn Yarbro
Guest columnist

I can hardly wait for the mail carrier to come by each day as I am getting many catalogs all filled with stuff I don’t want.
It’s enough to make me weep with desire for things I didn’t even know existed minutes ago.
Most of this stuff is on sale so if I can find something I want, it will be a bargain. I have plenty time to waste now so I scan all these colorful publications just to see what’s available.
Those knee-high, high-heel leather boots won’t be on my order and neither will those sequined red shoes with spike-heels.
I found some itch-free New Zealand Merino smart wool socks. I have cold feet most of the time, but they’re just a little bit too expensive even with the discount and free shipping.
The next booklet says there’s over 100 new styles and with 30% off with your online order. Many selections of evening wear. Not for me.
Evening jaunts are about over for us. Night time driving has to be an emergency and after dark walking is not a good idea either. And many of those who invited us to evening parties are not partying now.
Well, some of them are and they still remember us.
And those lake people really know how to party and when invited we show up. Saturday’s event was a birthday surprise for a friend and those who were dressed in shorts and flip-flops appeared to be having as much fun as those who wore long skirts.
The hosts wore smiles of welcome as they mingled among their guests with their home open from kitchen to patio with plenty to drink and a choice of food from a busy chef.
The birthday friend was surprised as planned and the rest of us wandered around back-slapping those we knew and eyeing others until introduced.
I didn’t need to be entertained. That house kept me busy looking from one end to another and wondering if the woman of the house had full-time help. Outdoors, the house shared the look of Tara and the interior could have come from a page in the recent edition of Architectural Digest.
Looking around, I didn’t see anything that you could order by mail. I bet their mail box isn’t stuffed with catalogs and if it is, I doubt that they would get a second glance.
Well, maybe many of us could wear wool socks in cold weather.

Kathryn Yarbro is former managing editor of the Lincoln Times-News.

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