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Karen Sala

Karen Sala

Time to fly, the red, white and blue

By Karen Sala

Your correspondent in Gage Park

(773) 471-1429 • [email protected]

Get out the red, white and blue–two more days until the 4th of July. I should be off and I will be enjoying the day with my family.

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Gee, I sure hope there are some blasting M80s left to celebrate. People have been blowing them off since about March over here. It is so annoying. I am so glad I don’t have any pets any more. I can remember how upset they would be years ago when it wasn’t half as bad as it is now.

I got a phone call from Osco the other day, telling me it was time for a shingles shot. My last one was so long ago, it’s not even in the records. While I was there I got a tetanus shot, too, because it’s been about 10 years since my last one.

I am such a klutz and cut myself so often. I did this before work, and my arm started to hurt by the end of the day. That little bit of pain is much better than the consequences of shingles, from what I have been told. The shingles shot I got this time is a two-parter. I go back in a couple months for the second one. It is suggested that anyone over age 50 get it.

On Father’s Day, my husband and son were talking; and the rest of us got bored, so we took a walk. We stopped at the corner house to watch some chickens and roosters for a while and then continued to the BOTY Ice Cream Roll, 2552 W. 51st St.

It smelled so good inside. They were making mini pancakes for an order. The staff was so nice. They handed us a menu and explained to us that most of it was in Spanish so just ask if we needed anything translated. We watched them chop the fruit and make the ice cream rolls. It was very interesting. Timmy and I both had banana splits, Kristen and Amy had pineapple smoothies, Alex had strawberry ice cream and we brought shakes home for the men. Everything was delicious. I know we will be going back. Make sure you try it.

I try to walk to anything in the neighborhood because first of all, I hate to drive; second, most of the businesses do not have good parking.

Also, a thank you to Kristen for cutting my grass!

I’m hooked on waffle irons almost, but not quite as bad as cake molds. I just ordered a little bowl waffle maker. I think the kids might like ice cream and fruit served in them. I’ll probably make omelets for my husband and serve them in a waffle bowl instead of toast.

When I was little we use to go to Old Town and get hot waffles with whipped cream and strawberries from a street vendor. They were delicious. I wish I could duplicate them. Nowadays, nothing tastes as good as when you were a kid!

A shout out to Mary Schmidt. It was so nice to hear from you. Positive thoughts are sent your way.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July.

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