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The Relatives Came

February 8, 2018

“One of the things that binds us as a family is a shared sense of humor.” ~Ralph Finnes

We came from California, from Texas, from New Hampshire, from Massachusetts, from Florida, from Washington state, and from Washington D.C.  The core group: A brother and his wife. Three sisters and their husbands. Along with us came our daughters, their husbands, and their children. Three generations of the family were together again. We hugged. We kissed. We laughed. We cried. We’re a small family with big hearts. In all, there were nineteen of us plus one on the way. We were missing only two who were unable to attend. While the children played, the adults gabbed, ate, drank, and laughed some more. For one long weekend, we were a wild and crazy family again.


Sometimes you don’t realize how much you miss your family until you come together, and the love that surrounds you is magical.


“You go through life wondering what is it all about but at the end of the day it’s all about family.” ~ Rod Stewart

One of my favorite books is The Relatives Came written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Stephen Gammell.  It’s a Caldecott Honor book filled with charming illustrations and a story with heart.


Embrace your family!

“I think the family is the place where the most ridiculous and least respectable things in the world go on.” ~ Ugo Betti







Thoughts from this Year

December 21, 2017

My love of picture books has made me realize our lives are imitating the art and text found in picture books.

Two-year-old twins and a four-month-old have reduced my daughter and son-in-law into babbling, sleep-deprived parents. They now greet us with, “Welcome to the circus!” Yup, Dr. Seuss’ If I Ran the Circus pretty much says it all for them!

As for Mimi and Poppy (a.k.a. grandma (me) and grandpa), The Poky Little Puppy and The Little Engine that Could aptly describe us as we try to keep up with the endless energy of the little ones. There’s never a dull moment when it comes to babysitting. Our only downtime is when all three are asleep. That’s when Mimi and Poppy enjoy a glass of wine and do a happy dance before we collapse.

The twins are a mixture of classic picture books. They can…

be great friends like Frog and Toad

cause a rumpus like Max in Where the Wild Things Are

misbehave like David in No, David!

share like in A Weekend with Wendell

have a cranky day like Alexander, and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Or they can be adorable and loving like in Guess How Much I Love You

Our newest granddaughter takes it all in and holds her own. She’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, slowly finding her place in the world until she joins the “Twin Pack,” and they become “Three Amigos,” who, undoubtedly, will be up to some mischief.

We love being close to our family, but it’s also nice to be surrounded with the peace and quiet of our home, to enjoy our friends, and to reminisce about our youthful days when we, too, had an endless supply of energy. Luckily for us, we struck gold with our family and friends. Life is good. We hope yours is too!


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!



Picture This

October 19, 2017


This week my husband and I took a day and a half off from our daily routines. We went in search of color. We found it in the quaint town of Woodstock, VT surrounded by the Green Mountains. This little beauty was named one of the “prettiest towns in America” by Condé Nast Traveler. I heartily agree.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll let these speak for me.




Center of Town


Middle Bridge


Lunch at Bentley’s Restaurant


Norman Williams Public Library


The Yankee Book Shop


My Favorite Place to Browse


View from the Back Porch of a Gift Shop

Walking Through the Town






The Historic Woodstock Inn





Because the Woodstock Inn required a two-night stay, we checked into 506 On the River. It’s much newer, but it was delightful.






Views from Our Room




View in the Afternoon


View on a Frosty Morning


Dinner at 506 On the River



Checkers and Music in the Library


Views from our Drive to Killington Ski Resort





Our quick trip was just what we needed to energize us. What did we bring home with us besides our memories? Maple Syrup, of course, purchased at the Sugarbush Farm.


Pancakes, anyone?

Time Dilemma and What I Didn’t Do

October 5, 2017

I really needed to write my blog yesterday because today I have no time. When me was talking to me (as you can see from above), I listened to the wrong me. Now I have no blog to post and no time to do it. Tomorrow has become today, and today is full of empty promises as a result of talking to me and me.

And that my faithful readers brings me to a hint of what you will be reading next week when I’m on top of my blogging game once again. There will be no more nonsense— just some mistakes.

I’m timed out!

I’m Back!

September 7, 2017

I’m back from my Summer Blog Break, and what a break it was!

During my time away from this blog, we had family visits, anniversaries, a birth, and birthdays. It was a month packed full of excitement and fun.


Anniversary Celebration

Probably the most memorable event was the untimely arrival of our newest granddaughter. She entered the world a bit early and with lightning speed. Mom and Dad had to pull alongside the road and call 911. Granddaughter number three presented herself as the ambulance pulled into the hospital. A great story to tell her in future years!

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Sweet New Arrival

Four days after that, we celebrated birthday number two for our twin granddaughters. Their new sister was the perfect gift for them. but they did enjoy cake and presents.

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Life is noisier and a bit more chaotic than before, but it’s worth every precious moment.

Now I have one more reason to pick out “just right” books for future readers. Check in next week for new recommendations.


Time Management

June 29, 2017

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What do you do when you’ve been on vacation whooping it up and realize when you return home there is a ton of things you need to do ASAP?

Two things:  Prioritize and Downsize

1) Prioritize

Empty refrigerator? Food is the sustenance of life. Grocery shop.

No clean clothes?  Hygiene is important. Wash those clothes!

Weekend guests? If you want to keep your friends close, tasty food and an orderly house are welcoming. Beer and wine help, too.

Grass too tall? Coming from corn country, there’s a saying “Knee-high by the Fourth of July.” That doesn’t apply to grass. Time to mow the lawn.

2) Downsize

Blog? As I prepare for family and friends, this is the downsized version of my Thursday blog.

Meanwhile, celebrate America and enjoy friends and family this July Fourth.



Art Worth Millions

May 25, 2017

On May 4th, I posted a blog about the 2017 Caldecott Medal Award winner, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. You can see it here.

As a follow-up, I thought readers of this blog might be interested in hearing a bit more about Jean-Michel Basquiat. If you read my previous post, you know Basquiat’s art focused on social and political issues and resonated with a variety of people. He achieved artistic success at an early age. Unfortunately, he died of a drug overdose when he was twenty-seven, leaving behind his artistic legacy. Last Thursday, twenty-nine years after his death, Basquiat’s work, Untitledsold at Sotheby’s auction for an unprecedented amount of $110.5 million. That puts Basquiat’s work among the greatest of the great artists in the world.

“Every single line means something.” ~Jean-Michel Basquiat



Jean-Michel Basquiat – 1982

“I don’t think about art when I’m working. I think about life.” ~Jean Michel Basquiat

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