Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Holiday Cheer and a Big Merci Beaucoup!

This Blog post will be a bit chatty, but you can breathe a sigh of relief; it will NOT be “listy,” as in those dreaded New Year’s resolutions.  They are a waste of time to put together and an even bigger waste of time to read.   Spare me!!  Spare you!! 

I would, however, like to start off the New Year with a big Merci Beaucoup to all of you who have faithfully followed my Blog over the years and taken time from your busy lives to leave so many delightful comments.   Believe me, they are the best reward a Blogger can get. 

Now to the chatty part. 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Small Town; Big City

I grew up in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood on the outskirts of Philadelphia.  It wasn’t geographically part of the city, but it was so close that I could walk to the road that divided us and to the transit system that would have me in center city in ten minutes.  My first “official” summer job was in center city Philadelphia. 

It was just a clerical job, mostly filing, but at 15 I felt very grown up taking the Market-Frankford El to 15th Street each morning with all the other ladies in their crisp, summer dresses and high heels.  They were the secretaries to middle-aged businessmen in Brooks Brothers suits who smelled of tobacco and Bay Rum. 

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. 

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