Are you cursed by perfectionism?

I love music.  All kinds.  However, I realized recently that whenever I mention my love for music, I add a qualifier;  “I love listening to music, but “I am terrible at identifying the band” or “I used to play the piano but I am out of practice now.” After saying these words to a friend … Read more

No Thanks to New Year’s Resolutions

  I told a friend the other day that I was planning to have the best 2021 ever!  When he responded that he couldn’t wait to hear my plans, I realized that I didn’t actually have any plans.  After a horrible 2020, I just planned to be happier.  I’m not a big fan of new … Read more

Downsizing Christmas

The family has gone home, the house is quiet and the the dishwasher is humming along for the 4th time. Another wonderful Christmas has been put to bed. This was my 5th Christmas since becoming a widow, and I am slowly becoming used to doing it alone. I have kept everything the same, as much … Read more

Thanksgiving Lasagna; What To Do With All Those Leftovers

Thanksgiving is over and my refrigerator is bursting its seams with leftovers.  Did they actually eat anything?  We had a lovely, peaceful day; I’ll post some pictures later.  Here’s one for now of Olivia’s fantastic charcuterie board. Didn’t she do a great job?     So What To Do With The Leftovers?   My 2 Favorites … Read more

Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ideas Updated For 2121

  Our Thanksgiving will be small this year, with just 9 immediate family members instead of the usual 20.  We will miss our special family members and friends who won’t be able to attend due to Covid-19. They will get zoom calls from us.  I know that it’s been a tough year.  Hopefully, you are … Read more

Best Christmas Gifts For A Cool 10 Year Old Boy

I absolutely love my 10-year-old grandson, William.  One minute he is a snuggly little bunny and the next he’s a world philosopher.  This means… buying gifts for him could be difficult.  Luckily he’s pretty talkative, so I just needed to listen to make a pretty good list.  So here it is, straight from a 10-year-old’s … Read more

Sweater Roundup

  It has been a beautiful fall here in New England and I have finally become resigned to the fact that winter is coming.  I’ve been getting the house ready for fall, adding pumpkins here and there, getting my Thanksgiving menu ready, my fall chores done and suddenly I realized… baby, it’s cold out there!!  … Read more

How I Revamped My Wardrobe And Got Rid Of My Frumpy Style

There came a time in my life when I simply was not stylish.  Not exactly frumpy, but not exactly stylish either.  I had been in the fashion business for many years, advising others on their special wedding attire, but here I was at 68 and my personal style had dropped into the gutter.  Almost.  Having … Read more