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Location: New Britain, Connecticut, United States

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Birthday Week-end

This week-end was my birthday. What makes it so special is that this year (and every 7 years) it was on Mother's Day. I was born on a Mother's Day and it is also my mother's birthday. I think that's really cool.
I celebrated by going out to dinner with my husband, oldest son, and several of my very good friends on Saturday evening. The food and company were wonderful and the accordian player who seranaded our table with "Volare" and "Happy Birthday" were an added treat.
On Mother's Day we had an indoor picnic with my mom, her companion, and my father-in-law. They all love hot dogs and because we are experiencing Noah's flood-like weather this week, we had to make it an indoor picnic. The only thing that was missing was my daughter who lives too far away to come home. My oldest and youngest sons were here to celebrate with me.
It was a good week-end and now I'm a year older.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Finally Spring

We are finally having real spring weather. It seems as though it's been years since we old New Englanders have had a real spring where the temperatures go between 60 and 80 during the day and 40-50 during the night. Sun shining, no humidity and the occasional day of rain to help things grow. The gardens are looking lush and the early blooms are lovely. I could live with this type of climate all year long. Now to get away from the desk and get outside to enjoy it.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004


This past weekend, the Mister & I went to visit our first born son in Arlington, Ma. It was a lovely week-end and he took us to the DeCordova museum. The grounds are a sculpture museum and very interesting. Some of the sculpture is part of the landscape and some is placed using the landscape as a background. The pieces are made from stone, steel, aluminum and any other substance that will survive in the elements. One of my favorite pieces was a water feature created from rocks to look like gateways. Very peaceful. We must get away more often. Does anyone ever read this? I wonder, am I writing to myself?

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Lookin Good

Ah, our yard is looking really good. All of the perenials we've planted in the past 2 years are thriving. The new annuals that I add for color look wonderful and healthy, and the water feature is sparkling and relaxing. Mr Gardener wants to add a couple of more flower gardens to eliminate more of the grass but I think that we have enough to take care of now. Just the weeding and watering of what we have take quite a few hours each week. Now you must understand that Mr Gardener was never one to go outdoors, cut the grass or do any gardening until three years ago. Now, he wants to put our yard on the house & garden tour. I believe they call this a mid-life change. Well, I guess it's safer than a motorcycle.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Empty Nest

For the next week or so, my husband & I will be alone in our home for the first time in almost 30 years. Our oldest moved out and began his own life several years ago, our middle child recently graduated from college and is in the process of moving. Our youngest, the baby of the family, is now away on a vacation for a week. He will be returning and there is a fear that he will never actually leave our home for any extended period of time. I suppose that knowing this does not qualify us for empty nest syndrom. It is awfully quiet and we miss them at times but we are so looking forward to this time alone. The quiet, no company and no comings and goings at weird hours of the day & night. For the next 8 days it will be heaven.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Knitting placemats

I have recently learned how to knit. (within the past 4 months) I have made myself a sweater, one glove,(still have to make the other but it's gotten too warm to worry about gloves)several scarves, and a bag from the Stitch n Bitch book. I am now making placemats from a pattern for dish cloths. I have doubled the size of the dishcloth and it should make a perfect placemat. I've been a crocheter for a good part of my life but there are just certain things that cannot be made with a crochet hook and only so many afghans you can crochet for your friends and family. So, my knitting career has begun. My daughter has also learned to knit and has joined a stitch n bitch group that I'm hoping to attend real soon. Anyone know how to get knitting needles onto an airplane so I can knit when I fly? There has to be a way.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Church & State

Where is the separation of church & state when the Catholic Church says that any politician who supports pro life will not be allowed to receive communion. What about politicians who support the death penalty? In a state where the death penalty is law, would a recently elected governor or mayor of a city be punished by the church for upholding the law? Do I really need to think about this? A Priest I heard this morning on the radio was questioned about the death penalty issue and did not have a satisfactory answer. In a state/country/city where there is no alternative means of punishment, it is morally ok to put someone to death. This makes no sense to my meager brain. Either it is ok or it is wrong! On a different note, Bravo to the state of Mass.