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Archive for February, 2015

Snow Day

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

I was scheduled to help out with a music workshop today and looking forward to it, but it has been canceled for inclement weather. I have a little bit of work to do today, but I have determined to make most of the day a Snow Day. I think I’ll make things. Obviously I also […]

Jag Jeans

Friday, February 27th, 2015

I wear jeans nearly every day. If I have a meeting or teach a class, I put on trousers and a few times a year I wear a dress. But mostly it’s jeans, and my jeans are becoming shabby. So I decided to buy a new pair. It’s not that simple, though. The place I […]

Much Older

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

I was in the grocery store today. I had gone to pick up some papers from my stepfather which he needed me to take to the Social Security office, and there were snow flurries. Naturally I went to the grocery store. Carrots, grapefruit, bananas, eggs… Not milk and bread because of course those are Evil […]

The New Normal

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

This is my youngest in #1 daughter’s dining room. I didn’t take a lot of pictures while the family was here, but it was great to see them all, and especially my youngest, whom I see the least. Women kept telling me how handsome he is. It’s the hair. In any case, I’m returning to […]


Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The service was lovely, it was great to have family home, and this morning — the first day after the family left and I’m back to normal — I did not wake up with a sense of dread and horror. So I’m doing okay.

Boys in the House

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Our sons got in tonight in time for dinner, which La Bella brought. It’s always wonderful to see them, and I think it will be comforting to have them at the service. #1 daughter pointed out that the things I’m experiencing — crying, not wanting to get up in the morning, dreading the day — […]


Friday, February 20th, 2015

Every morning I wake up and dread the coming day. I feel as though it would be good if I could spend about 10 days alone with a stack of books and jugs of cold water. But the people I’m seeing are making the days less horrible than they could be. On Ash Wednesday I […]

Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

It’s Shrove Tuesday today, Pancake Tuesday. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Today is Pancake Tuesday, the day to eat up all the butter and eggs and cream in the house so we can properly do without for Lent. I give up something for Lent most years. Sometimes I take something up, but […]

Making Things

Monday, February 16th, 2015

I have made a little progress on #1 son’s sweater. And I made my husband a cupcake for Valentine’s Day. And with the Art Professor, a beautiful new website, though the visual beauty is his contribution.

Martha’s Habits

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

I’m reading Martha Stewart’s book on how to grow old gracefully, and she has a list of habits, too: 1. Eat well 2. Maintain a healthy weight 3. Stay physically active 4. Get quality sleep 5. Wear sun screen 6. Collaborate with a good primary-care doctor regularly 7. Find your passion 8. Connect with others […]

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