Sunday, October 27, 2019

What I Do on a Rainy Day

Woke up this morning to a dreary, rainy Sunday -- perfect for puttering.  Since Dan couldn’t play golf, he went downstairs to watch others do so on TV. 




And since this is Halloween week, Miss Kiri Kat decided to spend the morning putting together Trick or Treat bags for us, not to be opened until the day of.  We promised.   The less-industrious me decided to indulge in a typical, lazy Sunday morning ritual à la française.  We call it faire grasse matinée.  Nobody does nothing better than the French, and I love luxuriating in that particular Gallic tradition. 


Monday, October 21, 2019

Fall Finds and Faves

My fall is starting off sooo well.  Lots of goodies on my harvest plate that I want to share with you!   Meant to get to this sooner, but I can’t tell you how many times I sat down, started typing away and something (or someone) interrupted me.  You know that old saying – “Man proposes and God disposes.”  Actually, I have my own take on it.  I think it should go more like this -- “Man makes plans and God says, ‘Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! ………. Nope.”  I’m convinced He has a sense of humor, and I often picture Him getting a big laugh at what we think we can do. 



Anyway, any season that starts off with Puccini’s blockbuster opera Turandot is bound to get the ole juices flowing, particularly when you have a really strong cast, best opera chorus in the world and a fabulous conductor.  Doesn’t get any better.  We left the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday on a high note, and two days later my spirits are still flying high. 


Monday, September 30, 2019

My Summer Highlights – Part 3

I know, I know, it’s been a while between Part 2 and the promised Part 3.  Unfortunately, Part 3 had to wait until my back could handle sitting at my computer for longer than a few minutes at a stretch.  I have no idea what I did to annoy it, but my back and I have finally settled our differences – more or less.  



So, without further ado, let’s dip into the last installment of My Summer Highlights.  Hope you’ll think the wait was worth it. 


Thursday, September 5, 2019

My Summer Highlights – Part 2

Welcome to My Summer Highlights – Part 2 (See My Summer Highlights – Part 1).  The first week of September is almost behind us, and I’m really looking forward to fall.  I love the weather, the clothes, Mother Nature’s color palette, and the beginning of opera season in New York. 



Photo by Louise Leblanc from Wide Open Country


Not that I didn’t enjoy my summer, I did, well…..apart from the thunder storms and downpours which occurred at some point almost every day, and the hot, sticky temperatures that accompanied them, all of which kept me indoors most of the time.  Truth be told, I’m really an indoor kinda gal anyway; everything I love doing takes place indoors and not usually during the summer.  And so you might be wondering if, in fact, I did enjoy my summer.  I’ll let you decide. 



Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Figuring Out the Consumer

The inscrutability of the species Felis catus has been well known since the first ancient Egyptian brought home a tiny ball of fur (“Honey, look what I’ve got?”) and learned that he had to do a bit of work to create the perfect relationship with this tiny ball of fur that suddenly became a cat.  

Those of us who own cats know that figuring out what they want is endlessly fascinating and rewarding and well worth the effort. 

There's Nothing Better Than a Laundry Basket Full of Clothes Right Out of the Dryer
Photo © Marie-Thérèse Norris
Take my Miss Kiri Kat, for example.  About a month ago, she started pushing her water bowl around, dipping her paw in it, shaking the wet paw and looking up at me with that “What part of this don’t you get?” look.  For days I didn’t get it, and then I suddenly did. 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

My Summer Highlights - Part 1

We’re just about halfway through the month of August, which means I’m halfway to my next birthday.  August has always been my midway mark.  After August 6th, I would no longer tell everyone that I was “seven years old.”  Now, I could honestly say I was “seven-and-a-half years old.”  It sounded much more grown up and, of course, growing up was what every kid wanted to do in those days.  Do kids today still look forward to growing up?  I’m not so sure anymore.  

In any case, people are less likely to ask my age these days and I keep that extra “half” to myself. 




Anyway, summer is almost over.  Soon mom and dad will be back to work and kids will be back to school writing compositions on “What I Did on Summer Vacation.”  Now that my husband is retired, we are pretty much always on vacation.  It’s quite wonderful.  Still, there were some summer highlights I’d love to share, in no particular order of importance.  I’ll leave that to you to decide. 


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