Category Archives: rhode island

reconnaissance mission

When asked what touristy thing she would like to do during her Thanksgiving week here in New England, my Texan daughter-in-law replied, “I’d like to eat in a real Italian restaurant.” We have a lot of those here.  It was … Continue reading

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it’s all about the tables

I’ve spent the last two days auditioning tablecloths. I know, you’re really glad you’re not here to watch the process.  Kinda like watching paint dry, I’ll bet.  But I take it seriously. We have two dining tables–one in the dining … Continue reading

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a banjo man success

On this miserable stormy, rainy day here in Rhode Island, I thought I’d share Banjo Man’s latest recipe. It was actually delicious. Sound the trumpets. We’ve been cleaning out cookbooks, of which I have many, having belonged to the mail-order … Continue reading

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veterans day, 2018

Banjo Man in Vietnam.      

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after all these years

They’ve known each other for sixty-two years.  Mary (left) is 90.  My mother (right) is 92.  They lived across the street from each other back in the 50’s, in the “Leave It To Beaver” era of family life. They were … Continue reading

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banjo man’s house

I often refer to the lower level of our home as “Banjo Man’s house”, because his office is downstairs.  As is a bathroom.  And a rapidly-improving kitchenette.  Full-sized fridge (to house all of his health food products), living room, twin … Continue reading

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starting november right

Yesterday was our annual fall fabric shopping trip in Massachusetts. Sound the trumpets, make the coffee, gas up the car and be on the road by 8:30! We–wild women that we are– look forward to it all year.  As we … Continue reading

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the end of the ugly stairs, hopefully

Here’s the guy who greeted me at the flooring store.  After I pet him and told him how handsome he was, he stuck his nose in my crotch and refused to let me look at carpet. The embarrassed store owner … Continue reading

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the end of cold feet?

Banjo Man’s cold feet take up a lot of time in our little world. Over the years I’ve bought him electric heating pads, an under-desk electric foot warmer, a hot water bottle shaped like a boa constrictor, dozens of wool … Continue reading

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23 days away

Thanksgiving isn’t 23 days away, but the arrival of Son #1, Amber and the Funny Grandson is.  They have a week off and are flying in to spend it with us. We are so excited. This will be the first … Continue reading

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