Just Three Things with Sherry

May 10, 2013 No Comments by

The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60?s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.

Even though sometimes it seems our town is a little sleepy, or that nothing is going on, once you start driving around or watching one of our local cable shows you realize that is just not the case! Things are a buzz in Londonderry all the time and this Friday morning I’m going to try and focus on just a few of them. This week my brain has been all over the place. Isn’t it strange that some days you just feel like you didn’t really accomplish one thing?

I know we all have daily things we have to do, but I mean those things that have been on your list forever or even if they are just of importance this very day. I started something, I probably won’t remember to stick too, but I’ll tell you here, while I remember it, and maybe it will work for you. I’m trying to just write three things each morning that I need to get done, only three.

Usually I end up misplacing my list, or losing them at some point throughout the day. I bet you’ve found my list in one the parking lots in town or on the floor of our library. It kills me when I take the time to write them but then I can’t even find the darn things, but it happens often.

Now my latest thing is I’m trying to be cool and I type my list on my iPhone or iPad, that yellow note area they both have. I love doing it, but I seldom go back to it during the day. For me I’m trying “just three things” each day. Write them anywhere and do those first. Maybe just three things would be better here too.

Too strange, this morning I really couldn’t get my hands around my own on the road at all. So many things I have written down to tell you, but again my mind is all over the place. I think I will hope to get to at least the top three things on my own On The Road list and then we can see where the Road takes us from there. Just on a side “note” I’m not sure why I picked three things, probable because for years I have tried, 20, 15, 10 or 8, you name it, but 3 seems to work and I feel better at the end of the day.

Our friend Father Moe has a saying that when things are really tough, you’re upset, you want to jump in and right a wrong, tell someone what you really thing, “Just give it three days.” Step back, breathe and wait before you just react to something or someone. When I do this it almost always works. I have less knee jerk regrets and most importantly I can see things clearly. Usually that “trapped liked a caged animal” feeling shrinks and my (our) response is better, and again, less regrets.

Here goes, let’s start with my top three for this week. I will focus and try to do those well. Gee Louise, I had no idea that’s where we would begin. First, early this week I received an e-mail telling me about a story here in town that began on April 3rd. The girls and I had seen the signs around, but honestly we didn’t even stop to see what they said. We felt bad, knew it was about a lost puppy, but of course our hectic lives kept us rolling right pass them. I wish I’d stopped to help sooner, but maybe we can all help now!

Penny Webster, a member of our Londonderry family for years, was out walking with her little 11 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Suzie in the Musquash Conservation Area. This was something they did often together. Penny said one minute her little “Suzy” was close by but then she was gone. At first Penny believed she would find her, but as time passed Suzie was nowhere to be found. You must have seen the signs posted for Suzie around town, and now you will understand what has happened.

This is the scary part. Penny said throughout the time that has passed people have called Penny to say they had seen Suzie. One nice person said they had seen her up on North Wentworth Ave and just last week she was spotted over in the King’s Area. At least this gave Penny and her family hope! Now this is where it gets scary.

May 1st, a Thursday, Penny received 2 great calls saying Suzie had been seen on Mammoth Road. Then, this is the very sad part, on Friday Penny got a call from someone who thought she may have actually “picked up” Suzie on Mammoth Road, but this is what happened. I’m going to use a quote here so I don’t mess it up. “This kind woman was going to take Suzie home and call the police but she said a blond woman in a red car, possibly a convertible pulled up behind her and claimed that she knew who the dog belonged to and that she would take it. The first women placed the little dog in the car and the blond sped off. Sadly there have been no sightings since.” How sad is that?

I bet a lot of you were like me and had no idea what those signs were all about! Let’s try to make this a happy story in our town, we all could use one! If you know anything please contact Penny and her family. Brownie was our first dog, a welsh corgi. Back then our family was made up of John, Brownie and me. When he died, a part of our family left us. Let’s help put Penny’s family back together. Even if you think you know something tiny it could make all the difference. Don’t hesitate to call. Here’s the poster too. I’m embarrassed to say that only after receiving the e-mail my family took the time to stop and read the signs. I want you to see it too. Here it is. Can you imagine that this happened over a month ago now?

I also want you to know that Penny and her family are offering a $500 reward for the safe return of their Suzie, or for information that leads them to Suzie’s safe return. Please help, if nothing else spread the word! Tell everyone you know, or maybe pick three random people you meet around town to share it with; the cashier, local gas station, someone you pass on a walk. “3”. There is that number again. Please do it, please help.

Number two on my list for this week. In the story above I’m asking you to help someone else; this might help you! Bugs, bugs, and more bugs! I didn’t even know stink bugs existed and when I did see them for the first time last year, I was convinced they were something brand new! A new species I guess you could say.

Well this week I reconnected with Bruce, the owner of Bruce’s Pest Control. I was going to type “an old friend” but I didn’t want you to think he was old. One. We have always felt like he was a family friend, but never really had time to establish that through the years. Two and three. Oh well. I don’t really have three yet.

Anyway, I called Bruce earlier this week because I wanted to tell him about Visit Londonderry. Bruce’s Pest Control is based in Derry but he helps everyone in the surrounding towns. Bruce said he would stop by and see me that day and he did.

Sitting and talking we realized we had known each other for 14 years now. The first year we moved in we were attacked with big ugly carpenter ants and hornets! I picked a name, probably out of the phone book back then, and it was Bruce. Even then, he came right over when I called. The great thing is that when he came over he just didn’t spray and run, I guess you could say!

He kidded with the kids about being the bug guy, visited with us and got to know us. He explained to the girls what he was doing and why, and to me too. Some years we have needed Bruce a couple times in the season but now it has been three years since our last call (603 432-4096). The nice thing is, 3 days or 3 years, he cares and again will do his best to come right over.

Bruce explained to me that those darn stink bugs have been around forever. He also said they get their name from when you kill them; they naturally send off a horrible odor. On a side note though, Bruce said they are very friendly really. They are not afraid of people or our noises. They will even land on you peacefully if you let them. You name the pest and Bruce can most likely handle it for you.

Bruce cares, here I go again. He’s a good, trustworthy man to have in and around your home and he stands behind his work. He is fully licensed and continually takes classes and courses to serve you the best. I also want you to know that Bruce served our country for years as a young man in the Army. How great is that? Maybe that should have been the three; we all need to thank the men and women that go into the military to keep us safe whenever we have the chance. Even pay for their coffee if they are near you in line! Anyway back to the On The Road before I get off track again.

Oh I have to tell you about this handy dandy little gadget, quickly I promise! I call it a fly swatter. I can’t remember what it is really called, but here is the picture! Mrs. Baldwin senior from East Derry bought one of these for her son Mark’s home last year I think it was. Cindy and Mark brought over one to our house just for fun. You kind of think it’s a joke at first, because it’s truly an electric tennis rack looking wand. It runs on a battery and you’ll be shocked at how great it works. You push the button down, swat at the bug and you hardly ever miss with it! The bug gets zapped and you are done. John and I liked it so much we bought 12 of them two years ago for Christmas at Job Lots and gave them to all our friends. You are going to love that I told you about it! Give it a try!

I can’t believe it but I’m really going to stick with only three places this week.
The third will be a company called Schwan’s. You have probably seen the yellow trucks driving around town for years and wondered what they are all about. I first tried Schwan’s over 25 years ago when I was visiting my friend Lisa’s home in Wisconsin. We were young teachers from LHS that were on school break.

One of my best memories of that visit was the delicious home cooked foods her mom would make for us, everything fresh from the farm gardens and enjoying Schwan’s ice cream and other foods at my every whim. The ice cream was so delicious that I would sneak down the stairs in the middle of the night to have an extra bowl and also to enjoy a couple extra Kit Kat Bars, but that’s another story and maybe recipe for you someday!

What is so great about Schwan’s is they come to your home, at your convenience. The food is of the highest quality, and the price is more than fair given the quality, flavors and convenience you are given. They have everything from chicken to appetizers, pizza to desserts and beef too! One of our favorite things is the California frozen vegetables! Yes, I have tried others but nothing compares to these.

Jeff Stone, our Schwan’s man, comes every other Tuesday and we are so grateful! He has our route I guess you would say. He is friendly, helpful and I promise you not a pushy salesman at all. He’s there to bring an exceptional product to your door, something he and I both believe in! If you haven’t heard of Schwan’s until now, go online and see what they are all about www.schwans.com. My neighbor orders online even and they can leave your order for you if you are out or just too busy. How great is that?

I know you must be as shocked as I am but this week I really did keep it to just three things! Oh I forgot to tell you the Zapper is only about $6, too!

Last thing. Happy Mother’s Day to all of us Mom’s and if you are looking for something free and beautiful, stop by and say Hi at Visit Londonderry’s 2nd annual Visit Adams Pond Day.


On the Road with Sherry

About the author

Sherry has lived in Londonderry since the 1960's. Her mother was one of the first employees at Mr. Steer Meats. Sherry taught at the Londonderry High School for a number of years and spearheaded the first Career Education Class at the school. She has two daughters of her own with her husband John.
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