Left-over  vs leftovers

What do you think when you hear the word “left-over”?

Is it different than the word leftovers?

What did I have for dinner that would make a good lunch for today? ` What’s in the fridge that was great last night and will taste even better than the first time around.

Moms’ meatloaf! Put it on buttered bread and add some ketchup.  Excellent!  I can hardly wait!

The holiday parties are notorious for filling up the fridge with leftovers.  That ham we didn’t finish at the Lions Club Holiday dinner is taking up almost the entire second shelf. There is only space for a few baked yams.  Yams and Ham.  They go well together as rhyming words and leftovers. We will have those leftovers tonight.

Soup.  I was feeling sappy, so Charlie cooked up a nice fresh vegetable soup with stock he made from thanksgiving turkey. We had leftover soup and I knew my friends Ron and Anne would be coming over to play some bluegrass music.  I dug around for other leftovers and soon I had collected and added enough other leftovers that our soup so we could r two bowls each .

 Charlie makes excellent enchiladas so I was pleased to find leftovers for lunch. The enchiladas were accompanied by green chilis from New Mexico, green peppers, green beans, and green taco sauce.  We didn’t have to go to the store for anything as we made good use of the leftovers in our fridge.

The new year will be upon us so quickly.  I was asked today what my New Year’s resolution will be.  I have not been successful at keeping a New Year’s resolution, never. So I don’t make resolutions like that.


I did have some loose goals that were not accomplished

I suppose these are my left-overs from 2021.

They have been put on ice for almost a year.  If I pull them out now, will they taste even better.  No. What if I cut off the discolored pieces at the corners that look like mice chewed on them (ewww), butter the rest of them up, add some sauce to improve the overall appearance. Then, will it taste like mom’s day old meatloaf?

No, I don’t think so.

These left-overs are going down the garbage disposal with the moldy cheese from the bottom[i] shelf. 

I need fresh ideas, new adventures, not old stuff that got left-over from lack of interest. After all if they were good for leftovers. They wouldn’t still be around. We have finished them off already. 


Published by Carol Clupny, author The Ribbon of Road Ahead: One Woman's Remarkable Journey with Parkinson's Disease

I am a middle aged woman with Parkinson's Disease. When I was first diagnosed I spent a lot of time researching the disease. Seeing a video of a man in the advanced stages of the disease attempting to get out of his chair and then "freezing" as he tried to walk across the room got me off my butt and moving. Great adventures on the Camino de Santiago and with TEAM Pedaling for Parkinson's across IOWA, as well as the day to day adventures of life have lead me to writing. My first novel, a memoir, was published early 2019. It is called, you got it THE RIBBON OF ROAD AHEAD. Living with the degenerative neurological disease Parkinson's, ULTREIA is a word that guides me. I have chosen it as the name of my business ULTREIA BOOKS. It comes from Latin and old French and means "unfailing courage". In the old days, pilgrims would call "Ultreïa" to each other as encouragement "Go up, go further!" Nowadays we would say "You can do this thing". It takes courage to live with Parkinson's. May I face each day with unfailing courage. Ab Here is more about me; I was living an active lifestyle riding horses, hiking, climbing and snow skiing when at age fifty I was diagnosed with Parkinsons. Retiring from my career as a speech-language pathologist I decided to “take to the road” to battle the disease. My first steps, walking out her door to the mailbox, lead to trekking over 1000 miles of pilgrimage trails on the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. A dusty bike discovered in the garage resulted in four rides on the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa with the Pedaling for Parkinsons Team. These adventures inspired me to write a memoir The Ribbon of Road Ahead: One Woman’s Remarkable Journey with Parkinson’s Disease. I blogs about my everyday life as a middle-aged woman in the mid-stages of Parkinson’s disease. My honest, humorous, and casual narrative style brings the reader to an intimate understanding of my resilience and acceptance. My blog, sharing the name of my book ”The Ribbon of Road Ahead” can be found at www.ultreiablog.org After completing a Masters of Science in Speech Pathology from Eastern Washington University I received certification in School Leadership and Administration from Lewis and Clark College. I provided speech pathology services and later became a program director completing 32 years in the wide geographic expanse of eastern Oregon. Active in the Oregon Speech-Language and Hearing Association I received honors of the association and the presidential award for work on recruitment and retention of speech and hearing professionals. Il presented numerous papers and projects at local, state and regional professional conferences. I was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to two terms of the Oregon Board of Examiners of Speech Pathology and Audiology, the state’s licensing and consumer protection agency. Since my diagnosis in 2008, I has become active in the Parkinson’s community as an advocate, an Ambassador for the Davis Phinney Foundation and support group facilitator for Parkinson's Resources of Oregon. I was appointed the regional patient representative for the Parkinson's Foundation’s Women with PD TALK study. In September of 2019 the Michael J Fox Foundation selected me to participate in the Parkinson’s Policy Forum in Washington DC. As an attendee at the World Parkinson Congress in 2016 in Portand, Oregon, I presnted a poster session examining the decision making process for patients considering deep brain stimulation. At the 2019 WPC in Kyoto, Japan I presented a poster on vision concerns of women with PD and lead small group discussions. Myr book The Ribbon of Road Ahead has provided many speaking opportunities for Carol. In 2019 and early 2020 she visited 24 support groups in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California to share her thoughts on living well with the disease. In addition, she has presented talks for The Center on Aging in San Francisco, Parkinson's Place in Las Vegas, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation in Richland WA and virtually through their HOPE online program. In late 2020 I rejuvenated her voice and narrated her book. It became available as an audio book in 2021. As part of this project I read stories over the airwaves on RadioParkies Australia with DJ Madonna and in Great Britain with DJ Johnny Parky. She and her husband Charlie have two adult sons. They live on a small hobby farm in eastern Oregon. Contact Information: Carol Clupny PO BOX 128, Hermiston, OR 97838 caclupny@gmail.com (541) 720-4256

One thought on “Left-over  vs leftovers

  1. My mother’s name was Alice Gilbert. I married an Alice who also became Alice Gilbert. My Alice has used her middle initial “C” to differentiate herself from my mom all these years. After my Mom died, my Alice and I arrived in Phoenix where my folks were living then. My Dad hugged my Alice tightly and whispered in her ear, “I guess you’re my ‘leftover Alice’ now.” And it stuck. From then until my Dad died, he called my Alice “Leftover.” My Alice loved that name; it made her feel she shared something very special with my Dad.

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