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Friday family and friends


Saturday was my grandson, Verne’s, third birthday. My sister and her fiancé, my brother and his fiancé, my other daughter, Hannah, and my two step-sons were all able to attend the party. It was wonderful!

Hannah has just a started a new job after getting her masters in social work. She has recently moved into a new place with a roommate. We don’t get a chance to see one another very often and it was so nice to be able to be with her for the afternoon. She came dressed down and with no make up and that made it all the sweeter. I think she’s most beautiful when she looks most like herself.

Abbigail continues to improve after her cleft palate surgery last month. She is eating some solid foods now and less of the bottle. It was sweet to see them playing together with one of Verne’s new birthday toys.

It was nice to spend time with my brother and his fiancé on Sunday. My sister left mid-morning and my brother and his fiancé, Joe and I, and Joey all went for a walk to the old fort.

We got a new TV for the living room. The first movie I watched on it was The Bishop’s Wife with David Niven, Loretta Young, and Carey Grant. It was wonderful! After that I watched the first episode of the Country music documentary by Ken Burns. It was wonderful as well. I will watch the next episode next week. I don’t like to “binge watch” things on TV. I get bored.


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Friends and family Friday


My granddaughter is recovering nicely after surgery to repair a cleft palate. For six weeks she has to wear braces on her arms so that she can’t bend her elbows to put anything into her mouth. They can be removed as long as some one is watching her and she’s only got four weeks left to go.

I came home from work on Friday to find that my brother and his fiancé, Larry and Heather, had left a gift for me on my coffee table…Mumpkins!

I put them in the front window and I see them when I walk into the house. So sweet.

One day at work I glanced out the window to close the blinds at nap time and noticed a giant praying mantis on the deck. I haven’t seen one in years.

I have been taking a class to become certified as a Montessori teacher. It is every Saturday from 8:00 to 5:00 and runs through June. We follow the academic calendar so if there is no school then we have the Saturday before off.

Still though….it’s a lot of Saturdays that I would rather be doing something else, even if it’s laundry.

The nice thing is that once I get there I really enjoy it.

On Sunday I spent the day with my grandchildren. My daughter and son-in-law were hosting a turkey dinner for a group of friends and everyone was helping to cut away some tree saplings from the fences along their property line.

I love being with them. It’s so inspiring to see how their group of friends help one another.

The windows in our apartment are finally done! Because the house is in old town Marblehead the owner had to get permission from the historical committee and the choices were limited. We love what they chose and they look so pretty! They are very efficient as well and that will help with our heating costs this winter.


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Family Friday


My sister and her fiancé came for Labor Day weekend. They stayed downstairs at my mum’s house. On Saturday my brother and his fiancé and an old family friend came for a cookout in the back yard.

On Sunday we had mum and my brother and sister and their respective fiancés over for a big spaghetti dinner.

None of which I managed to get one photo of. There is a not very good picture of our kitchen table the following morning. We pulled out the leaves to accommodate every one. We had a red and white checked tablecloth on it the night before…I always use that one for spaghetti as it reminds me of an old Italian restaurant.

Sunday afternoon Joe’s recliner was delivered! He is now able to join me in the living room and we have been watching Lark Rise to Candleford in the evening after dinner. We only watch one or two episodes because I like to make it last. I’ve never been one for binge watching though it is nice when I’m sick.

Monday we walked over to Crocker park and spent a couple hours lazing away the afternoon watching the clouds roll by, the sun glisten on the water, and the people passing by.

Quite a few ladies were marching past on some kind of a mission to get someplace quickly but our mission was to sit and do quite a lot of nothing at all…and we accomplished it with a certain ease.

We are going back this weekend to practice it again…we don’t want to get rusty at the art of doing nothing in the park on a Sunday afternoon.

Rose of Sharon are blooming everywhere. I’m not sure what happens where you live but here in New England they bloom at the end of summer. They are most usually pastel whites, pinks, and purples…sometimes a coral colour. This summer has been beastly hot and humid and I am relieved to see them in bloom. I love the season of Autumn the best.

Tonight I am going to babysit for my sweet little granddaughter, Abigail! I will probably end up spending the night as her parents won’t be back till late.

That means I’ll be able to see her in the morning as well…such a treat for me!

Next week you’ll have so many pictures of her sweetness!


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