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Flashback Friday — Tree-rific

It’s strange this year to begin the holiday stuff without Catherine to help — or at least supervise the effort. After returning her to Hofstra last Sunday, Basil and I set to work getting the outdoor decorations arranged. It’s clear that the oversized candy canes and family of deer are on borrowed time, 15 years of … Continue reading

Yes, Catherine, there is a Santa Claus

Several friends with younger children have been on Facebook these past few days, pleading with other parents to help keep the Christmas magic alive. It seems there is another holiday tradition at work: The older kids are spilling the beans at school about Santa, the Myth and Legend.  I don’t remember exactly when I realized … Continue reading

Home for Thanksgiving

Tuesday brought great excitement as the prodigal daughter returned home from the dorm, having figured out how to get here all on her own.  Four hours, two trains and a subway ride later, she was dragging backpack and duffel off the Metro-North platform in Stamford. A few minutes later she was dumping them just inside … Continue reading

Laughing his way through 59 years

Happy birthday to my husband, Basil, 59 years young today, or as I’ve been reminding him, “pushing 60!” Those of you who know him will agree the world is a better place with him in it for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is that he keeps us laughing. Below are … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Snow Fun

Today’s Flashback is a small attempt at solidarity with our friends in the Buffalo area who, it seems, will spend all winter trying to tunnel out of this week’s lake-effect snow storm. The photos are from January 2001, a sledding excursion at the International School at Dundee in Riverside CT, where Catherine would start kindergarten … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Ghosts of Halloween Past

Happy Halloween! Catherine has been celebrating all week. Tuesday, she dressed as a nerd for a sorority party. Her suite mate, Danielle, helped with the costume. Tonight, she plans to be a scarecrow (Danielle is doing her makeup). Are you sensing a pattern here? Tomorrow, she’s wearing the Hooter’s costume I told you about. At … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Happy birthday, Mom!

In honor of my mother, Ginger’s, birthday, we’re flashing back today to, well … the exact date isn’t important. Isn’t it a fun picture? She may weigh in with a different view. I know, for example, that that snazzy bow has a less-than-thrilling back story. I don’t know what the occasion for this photo was, but … Continue reading

Our very own game of ‘telephone’

Everyone keeps asking how the transition to empty nest is going. Truthfully, it’s fine. We’re settling in to our own new routines and keeping plenty busy. That we can listen to our own music and watch our own television programs uninterrupted, in a house that isn’t dotted with every possible variety of teenage detritus is … Continue reading

Apple of My Eye

In our ongoing bid to keep ourselves occupied without Catherine, yesterday we went apple picking at Outhouse Orchards in Croton Falls, NY. We’d been there a few years ago with Catherine and a friend from school. They were, shall we say, less than enamored with the experience. We decided it couldn’t hurt to give it … Continue reading

Flashback Friday — Game of Telephone

Flashback to August 1997. Catherine was 16 months old, all squishy snuggles, full of wonder and curiosity, and already putting an active imagination to work. We were visiting my parents — a special treat for Catherine, especially since it meant a chance to play with Grandpa. Grandpa must have needed to “rest his eyes” for a … Continue reading

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