Family Food

My First Taste of Coffee

January 23, 2022

Walking down to Nan’s house when I was 5, it was my first taste of freedom…and coffee.  My mother stood at our house and watched me walk down Iron Works Road to my grandparent’s house.  My grandmother on the other end, watching me come to her. My sisters, too little to go, were still napping.  I felt so big. When I arrived, Nan and I would go into…

Travel

In the crook of her neck…

January 16, 2022

(Written in 2018–the was a favorite) The sky was gray and heavy with snow.  Brimming over in the last hour, the flakes had begun to fall.  Darkness filled the sky early these days as we neared the Winter Solstice on the shortest day of the year. I slipped out of the house and headed for my favorite place, the barn.  Out of the corner of my eye, I…

Lifestyle Perspective

An old farmhouse in the winter

January 9, 2022

Anyone who has ever lived in an old farmhouse during the winter has a special appreciation for what it is to feel warm, inside.  🙂   In an old farmhouse, it’s about waking up to frosty windowpanes, and watching the curtains blow, ever so slightly, to the rhythm of the wind blowing in through the cracks in the casings. It’s listening to the sporadically rattling old storm windows that…

Family Lifestyle Perspective

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…

Family Travel

It’s time to rest

December 23, 2021

Happy Holidays!!!  Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! I am writing to you to wish you and your family a happy “holiday season.”   As much as it is fun, it is also full of stress.  🙂 Really, it wouldn’t be the holidays if it didn’t have its challenges. As I sit here on this 23rd day of December, an hour after my last Christmas present was purchased, I…

Family

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…

Travel

A Tie-Stall Barn at Night

December 5, 2021

Editor choice…from the past. A few weeks ago, the kids and I were driving home when we passed by an old abandoned dairy barn that was clearly a showstopper back in the day. You know the type I am talking about. Red barn, small square, white trimmed windows, and a milk house attached on the front with a neatly painted white door. I sighed and said something to…

Family Lifestyle Perspective

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…

Travel

Tractor Parade Central!

November 21, 2021

Finally! After taking a year hiatus due to Covid, the area’s largest Tractor Parade, coming from downtown Greenwich, took place Saturday night, and I daresay it was the best tractor parade yet! The floats just keep getting better and better. Even Barbie made an appearance in a fancy pink tractor–she is quite a farmer! But beyond that, it’s a great night of the year to live in the…

Travel

Feeling alive when the days get shorter

November 14, 2021

I choose to go to the mountain..even in the rain. Equinox is my mountain for feeling alive when things get dark in the fall. It seems to be where I go when I am working through some things and need to get charged back up.  The trail that climbs to the top usually reflects the struggle that I might be fighting through inside.  Steadily steep, there are no…