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Here comes responsibility

January 2, 2022

Good Morning!  Happy New Year! From my family to yours 🙂 This is what I am thinking about today: Responsibility.  Specifically, how it is going to carry us through the new year. I am going to go back to New Years Day when a friend of mine brought to my attention an observation that they made.  I was very calm, allowing my 16-year-old to chauffeur my 12 and 19-year-old…

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Oh, the picture books!

December 12, 2021

A week ago my middle sister sent me a text, “Who thought it would be a good idea to do picture books for Christmas??” Yup, here we are, AGAIN…December 12th and I still do not have them done, not even started! With every picture that comes into my phone, I feel reminded.  And with every tick of the clock, I wonder how the heck am I ever going…

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It’s the little things… Thanksgiving 2021

November 23, 2021

It’s the little things that give me the energy to get through every day. I am so thankful for them. I thought I would honor those this Thanksgiving.  It seems that the big things always get the attention.  I am grateful for the big things like my kids, family, friends, and health.  I recognize that what keeps me happy in my day-to-day life are these little joys that…

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Doing the Fair…Aunt Kate Style

September 7, 2021

It sneaks in every year, right after our own county fair in New York.  The Hopkinton State Fair—the fair where I grew up, every Labor Day weekend, in New Hampshire.   It is the backdrop of where I showed my cows, went to the tractor pulls and fell in love with all of my 4-H friends year after year. The reigns have been turned over to my nieces, nephews,…

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2021 Washington County Fair

August 30, 2021

And it’s a wrap! To be honest I have a love/hate relationship with the fair—as I am sure many mothers do.   We can’t help it.  The fair consumes our lives the week before, the week of, and the week after. When you break it down it is a week that goes like this: It’s dealing with very tired, dirty children for the 7-day duration, turning the show clothes…

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Alcohol

July 26, 2021

We have a problem in our family. Alcohol. We are no different than many other families. A few weeks ago, I lost a cousin because of it.  He was my age. I didn’t know him well, especially in his adult years.  I remember him as a child, playing together when he and his family came up from PA for a visit. More reserved and more cerebral, Seth was…

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First Day of Fishin’

March 7, 2021

Oh, how I loved the opening day of fishing. It meant spring and an early morning wake-up on the last Saturday of April every year. My sisters, father and I would meet W and his sons in the dark up in Boscawen at their farm. Poles in hand, our fathers would drive us up to Franklin, to wet a line just as the sun was coming up over…

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40 inches of snow

December 27, 2020

On the 17th of December, we got dumped on with 40 inches of snow. It was huge.  I have lived in the northeast my whole life and have never seen so much snow in one storm. When I went to bed the night before, I was expecting to wake up to 5 inches or so, maybe. Instead, at 4:45 a.m. when I let the dog out, we both…

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Decorating at Christmas

December 6, 2020

Every December I go through hoops decorating the house for Christmas. As the kids and I teetered on a ladder Thursday evening putting up Christmas lights on our front entrance, Jacob and I both looked at each other and asked, “Why?”  Do you know why? Jacob and I shook our heads and laughed a little, holding the garland as Tyler wobbled up on the top of the ladder.…