I found her engulfed in a tangle of black electrical tape, studiously attempting to repair her television's cable connection.
"It happened Monday night during a rash of political commercials," she explained. "My husband lost control and tried to chew through the wires. We missed the end of 'Melrose Place.' "
I nodded in sympathy. It had been a particularly annoying election.
Moving into the kitchen, I found campaign literature neatly bundled, awaiting the recycling truck.
"I wasn't sure if it should be sorted by party affiliation or win-lose categories," she confessed. "Eventually, I separated them according to how many times the word 'jail' appeared in the text."
Curious, I inquired whether any of the candidates had impressed her.
"Just one," she said wearily. Removing her apron, she revealed a sweat shirt emblazoned with Dino-Bite, the toothbrush-wielding dental dinosaur.
"And I didn't even have to promise to floss," she said.
Brush on, Glen Burnie.
Just when you thought the elections were over, it's time to vote for a new board for the Point Pleasant/Shoreland Improvement Association. Voting will occur at the meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave.
Officer David Rix of the county police academy is scheduled to give a talk on personal safety. Arrangements for the association's holiday party also will be discussed.
The Boy Scouts of Troop 780 are holding a spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association's hall, 19 Crain Highway.
The menu includes pasta with meat sauce, salad, fresh bread and homemade desserts. Lemonade, coffee and tea will be served.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 60 and older, $2.50 for children age 12 and under. Children under 3 get in free. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Proceeds from the dinner will help pay for the troop's scheduled trip next spring to Philmont, N.M.
For additional information, call John Kohchepp at 761-2649.
Senior citizens can learn about the many services, activities and programs offered through the Pascal Senior Center during a new member orientation that will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Membership is open to anyone age 55 or older.
Staff members will give tours of the center and answer any questions.
4 The Pascal Center is located at 125 Dorsey Road.
Artifacts from early Native Americans bring history to life when Dick Johnson leads a show-and-tell from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the North County Library, 1010 Eastway.
Mr. Johnson, a past president of the county chapter of the Archaeological Society of Maryland, will share stories about the life of the American Indian as part of the library's celebration of Children's Book Week.
Registration is not required, but seating is limited.
For information, call 222-6270.
Unique holiday decorations and gift ideas will be available at a craft fair that will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Harundale Presbyterian Church, 1020 Eastway.
The fair is sponsored by the Presbyterian Women and will feature the work of dozens of local artisans.
Anyone with information for the Glen Burnie Neighbors column can call Bonita Formwalt, 766-4549.