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Found Another Winner

Sunday, April 24, 2016      3 comments

I found another winner recipe, Tuscan Kale soup. Really good. Though I eat soup year round, this would be especially good in winter. 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, diced 1 pinch red pepper flakes 1... Read more

It Never Ceases To Amaze Me

Tuesday, April 19, 2016      3 comments

I studied classical music from my pre-teens to my early twenties. I sang in four languages, worked on my breathing and technique and enjoyed it so much. To tell the truth, I had horrible stage fright but I persevered, sang live on radio, gave ... Read more

Postage Rates Changing

Saturday, April 09, 2016      4 comments

After tomorrow the postage rate for mailing a letter will go from 49 cents to 47 cents. That's right, the rate is going down. I just learned that this morning under the Yahoo news features. As for foreign rates and letters that get a surchar... Read more

Time To Pull Back

Thursday, April 07, 2016      2 comments

I was really looking for a place to stay for about 4 weeks along the Amalfi coast of Italy. Then it dawned on me: Sometimes the photos look great but when you get there you find the place is seedy. This has happened to me before. It's not to... Read more


Monday, April 04, 2016      4 comments

In 2010, several months before Vic died, we took a road trip in Italy and at some point went to the Amalfi coast. It was early November. The weather was rainy, bleak and cold, but that didn't dampen our enthusiasm or pleasure. Most of the hot... Read more

How Do I Get Rid of Robocalls?

Friday, April 01, 2016      6 comments

I posted this on my four teams but didn't get a response. Perhaps someone else out there has a clue. t don't know what it's like for those of you in AU, CAN and the UK, but here in the states they go crazy at election time. I would like to... Read more

Oh, Boy!

Monday, March 21, 2016      6 comments

Well, I got my taxes done and signed off on them today. Boy, did I have a wake-up call. For years we got a hefty refund check from the Feds and a smaller one from the State. After Vic died I had so much in charitable contributions that I got ... Read more

Ah, Patience

Monday, March 07, 2016      4 comments

Today was the first day I was in my car since my GPS stopped talking to me. I wasn't in a hurry and decided to calmly try to figure out the problem. Well, I did so in about 2-3 minutes. Somehow I hit the MUTE button and that's why it went sil... Read more

A Lesson In Patience

Friday, March 04, 2016      4 comments

Yesterday I had an appointment at 9:30am. I left an hour early for a trip that shouldn't have taken more than 1/2 hour. They always have the newspaper there and I like to do the puzzle page. For some reason, my GPS wasn't talking to me. ... Read more

Opening My Eyes

Tuesday, March 01, 2016      3 comments

You know, so often I'm in my little cocoon here in the US and have no appreciation for all that others in foreign countries have gone through. Yes, I know and understand history, but reading something about the history of the 20th century is no... Read more

Facing Growing Old

Monday, February 22, 2016      6 comments

A friend of mine once said, "You're either over the hill or under it. I'd rather be over it." Growing old can be hard even if your health, relationships and other things are going well. I don't usually think about it, but when I look in t... Read more

Putting All Your Eggs In One Basket

Thursday, February 04, 2016      3 comments

How many times have we heard the old adage, DON'T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET? I just finished reading A TRAITOR TO MEMORY, by Elizabeth George. It involves a violinist whose world centered around music from the time he was a small child. ... Read more

What We Want

Sunday, January 31, 2016      4 comments

It's amazing the insights we can get from good authors. I've been reading Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley series and have found something in more than one book that made me pause. In her book, "FOR THE SAKE OF ELENA", Lynley comes to a r... Read more

How Do You React When Someone Says Something Hurtful?

Monday, January 25, 2016      8 comments

Sometimes, when someone says something hurtful my knee jerk reaction is to be silent or pretend to ignore it, It's never that I'm at a loss for words; it's that I'm stunned or know full well that what I would say could hurt or embarrass others ... Read more

On Photographs

Sunday, January 24, 2016      5 comments

Over the years my husband and I probably took thousands of photos of the family, and I of travels and beautiful scenery. But you want to know something, we, our family and friends hardly every looked at them. Moreover, except for a few, nobody... Read more

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