Category Archives: family

does anybody need a nun?

Meet Sister Cecilia.  She is  in the midst of gardening, with her basket and her scissors and her apron.  She proudly holds flowers in her right hand. She belonged to my mother, who had fond memories of her years in … Continue reading

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halfway through january

Halfway through January.  It’s not exactly “halfway through winter” unless you count December and don’t count March, but it’s close enough to celebrate. So let’s break out the coffee and party!!!! It is 9 this morning.  But no snow in … Continue reading

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my ebay life

Remember Diablo? He has been on Ebay for 8 days and has had 15 bids. He is now going for $144.50. I knew he was a winner! Six other auctions have bids, too, so I will be busy going to … Continue reading

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goodbye to austin on new year’s eve

I asked Will to take a picture of us at the Austin airport.  It was 4:30 AM and I’m sure you can tell who was the most excited about a pre-sunrise flight.  Banjo Man looks stoic but he’d rather be … Continue reading

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merry christmas 2021

Merry Christmas from our cabin to yours. For many good reasons we are not spending the holidays in a remote mountain cabin, but I did think this would have made a good Christmas card. The old hippies are still going … Continue reading

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my father’s favorite gig

My father loved playing Santa Claus. Here he is back in the 90’s, greeting the crowds assembled at the local mall the day after Thanksgiving. He arrived by helicopter that year. “Don’t tell your mother,” he begged. His usual transportation … Continue reading

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the big 7-0

Call me crazy, but I sure like turning 70. No, I’m not joking.  The last few years of my sixties were a bit…stressful.  We’ve all survived 2020 and 2021 and lived to tell the tale.  I don’t know about you, … Continue reading

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the apple blanket

Well, it’s not exactly a blanket.  A comforter, actually.  I made it for my son Will’s first “big boy” bed about forty years ago.  He loved ladybugs and, in our small town, available fabric was limited to what was stacked … Continue reading

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the turkey takes the cake

My father found this leather turkey (actually a decanter made in Italy) many years ago at a yard sale in Connecticut. It was a big hit at Thanksgiving in 1994. A few years later I rescued it from one of … Continue reading

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we made it!

Wednesday afternoon: Thursday morning: Thursday afternoon: This was the first time we’d all been together since Mom died in April, 2020.  Covid had kept us apart–no funeral, no mourning together–so this day was especially important.  The first Thanksgiving in two … Continue reading

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