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Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Christmas Eve 2016

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Almost set up. #2 daughter and I made it home from church just in time to help.

4th of July, 2016

Monday, July 4th, 2016

The Glorious Fourth dawned rainy. Our patio was awash, the steamer chair pushed awry by the rain. #1 daughter’s patio was pretty damp, but the sun came out and the kids splashed about in the pool. The Aquabot, courtesy of Vine, keeps said pool looking lovely. We had a cookout, with festive paper goods and […]

What Sweeter Music

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

We sang a Mark Hayes setting of this piece in church today, and I was happy to have #2 daughter with me in the alto section, but this setting by John Rutter is my favorite. The author of the poem is Robert Herrick, who was born in London in 1591. He, like us, saw the […]

Buying a Turkey

Monday, November 11th, 2013

I’ll have a nice assortment of family members here for Thanksgiving this year. I was talking with a long-time retailer a few days ago and she told me that people will go out of their way to search for and buy the cheapest possible turkey. It might have to be a Butterball turkey or one […]

Good Fortune

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

We went to seeThe Hobbit today, my sons and I, and enjoyed it very much. Quiche and apple muffins for brunch first, fried chicken and mashed potatoes and corn after. I had an odd experience at the mall yesterday. I don’t negotiate and I don’t care about bargains. Frankly, I think many bargain hunters end […]

Henry Again

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

This is Henry, two skeins in. I haven’t had to frog again, but I have had to do a lot of tinking. It’s easy to make a mistake and hard to see it. It’s also a very firm fabric, which makes it slower and harder. Also, since I’m working across the length of the scarf […]


Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Today’s song is “Come Ye Lofty, Come Ye Lowly,” one of the joyful French carols meant for dancing. I heard it this morning as part of Holst’s Christmas Day and couldn’t find a good recording of it for you on its own. You can certainly enjoy the whole piece, though. We all went to see […]

Happy Families

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

This morning we sang our Bach cantata, and it went far less badly than I had expected. We had a couple of violins, a viola, a cello, and an assortment of woodwinds, the soloists were quite good, and the choir didn’t actually give up and quit singing at any point. If we could start each […]

Roasted Tomatoes and Crostini

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

This is the appetizer #2 daughter made for us for Thanksgiving dinner.  You fill a little baking dish with cherry tomatoes (I bet grape or plum would work, too), drizzle on a little olive oil, season with bay leafand garlic, and roast them at 250 degrees for a couple of hours. Then you spread the […]

Thanksgiving, 2011

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Here’s my handsome family. We had a very nice Thanksgiving Day. I chivvied everyone into helping me in the morning. We had a proper Thanksgiving feast around lunchtime,  took the dogs for a walk, and then went over to my parents’ place for tea. I took along all the tiny deserts. I’m not sure they […]

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