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. 


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Who’s Afraid of the LOL?

My friend, Ellin, recently sent me a link to an Article in the Daily Mail written by a very attractive, 71-year-old woman on how to avoid the dreaded LOL label.  Not that long ago, or so it seems, I would sign handwritten letters to friends “LOL,” which meant “Lots Of Love.”  Then, suddenly, one day it meant “Laugh Out Loud.”  Guess I missed the memo.  Now it has apparently undergone yet another acronymic incarnation.  Missed that memo, too. 



According to Tricia Cusden, the author of the aforementioned Daily Mail Article, LOL now means Little Old Lady and is to be avoided at all costs.  Hmmm.  Am I at risk?  After all, I am “little” and I am “old(ish)” and I am definitely a “lady.”  Hmmm.  Well, here are a few things she says about how to avoid it and what I have to say about what she has to say. 



Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Girls of ‘74

It’s that time of year again when families and friends gather to celebrate the markers of a life – weddings, graduations, reunions, etc. 

On June 1st, the Girls of the Class of 1974 of Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania, held their 45th Reunion on the campus grounds. 


The Iconic Former Convent Known as Main Building

And now for a bit of personal and TV trivia.  When Agnes Nixon created the hugely popular, long-running soap opera series All My Children, she used the town of Rosemont as a model for the fictional town of Pine Valley, Pennsylvania.  The series debuted in 1970 the year I began my studies as a lowly freshman at Rosemont College. 


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