The motion detector flood lights flash on and off in a bizarre tribute to disco. Better Homes and Gardens has just labeled the color of my new kitchen counter top "the color of the '80s." And there are 32 holes above the sliding glass door where my husband repeatedly attempted to find a stud while installing The Vertical Blinds That Ate Point Pleasant.
After seven months of being relocated following a fire, we have returned to the house where we intend to live for the rest of our lives. I never again want to see anything that even remotely resembles cardboard.
The move has provided some rather interesting insights into family life.
* The extra $100 paid for an automatic ice maker may be the best investment of your marriage. There was a time when I considered taking eight empty, blue Rubbermaid ice cube trays to court as evidence of cruel and inhuman treatment on the part of my spouse.
5l * The true measure of power in the family is determined by who gets the phone on their side of the bed.
* As a somewhat outspoken feminist, I was embarrassed when I realized how thrilled I was to have 24 matching glasses in my kitchen cupboard. The fact that all my Tupperware has a matching lid -- and I can find it! -- brings tears to my eyes. Oh heavens! I'm nesting!!
We're back, Glen Burnie!
You recognize him: He's the one with a tan from his neck up, his elbow down, and between his knee and mid-thigh on one leg. (The other leg is covered with a knee brace and 47 yards of ace bandages.) His hair has a dent encircling his head, where his baseball cap sits, and his name is embroidered on most of his clothes.
He's the adult male softball player, and one lives at my house.
Softball and country music fans both should enjoy tonight's game between the WPOC Country Hams and the A. A. Gridiron Rebel's adult softball team, set for 6:30 p.m. at Cromwell Field,behind Cromwell Elementary School on Wellham Avenue.
The Hams softball team is from radio station WPOC-FM 93.1. A radio personality will be on hand to announce the game and sponsor a fifth-inning contest for the kids.
Sheila Sikes, manager for the Rebels' team, is looking forward to a well-matched game.
"We had a really great time this year, and [tonight's] game will end the season with some fun," said Sikes. "There's no admission to the game, but we will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers. So come hungry!"
All profits will benefit the Rebels' youth sports programs.
During the summer months, the Red Cross experiences its greatest need for donors. Regular donors are busy planning trips to the beach, not to the Bloodmobile, and supplies often fall dangerously low.
The congregation at St. Paul's Lutheran Church is putting together a blood drive, to help replenish supplies, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 21 in the fellowship hall on Oak Manor Drive.
Donations from members of the church and the community are welcome.
For more information, call the church office at 766-2283.
Bingo and barbecue. What more do you need on a hot summer afternoon?
Stop by the Church of the Good Shepherd at 1 p.m. Sunday and enjoy an afternoon testing your luck.
A $20 donation includes a barbecue dinner platter and cards to play all the regular games. Cards for Split-The-Pot and Winner-Take-All will be sold separately. There is a guaranteed jackpot of $500.
Snacks, soft drinks and coffee will be available throughout the day.
For reservations, call 766-8810.
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 434 in Marley has elected a new slate of officers for the 1992-1993 term.
Elly Rohde will continue as president with the following officers: Mary Ellen Benson Sr. vice president; Sandi Watts Jr. vice president; Doris Moynihan, secretary; Betty Higgs, treasurer; Catherine Fischer, chaplain; Alyse Ashwell, conductress; Estelene Harris, guard; Blanche Rey, patriotic instructor and trustee; Marge McNeese, trustee, and Jeanette Kirby, trustee.
An evening of mixing with the business leaders in our community is on the agenda for the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce monthly Thursday Networking Night, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Peroutka and Peroutka will sponsor the event at their offices, 8028 Ritchie Highway, Suite 300 in Pasadena.
Admission is $6 with a reservation, $10 at the door. Refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and socializing are included.
For reservations, call the chamber office at 766-8282.
Enjoy the sounds of the Bay Side Big Band at tomorrow night's concert at the Arundel Center North Plaza, Crain Highway and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. The sweet sounds of swing can be heard from 7 to 9 p.m.
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket for the free concert sponsored by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association and the county Office of Community Development.
When the fifth-grade students at Glen Burnie Park Elementary School graduated last month, several were honored for their achievements.
Outstanding Academic Awards were presented to Laura Anderson, Becky Hagel, Danny Harding and Jennifer Yeagle.