Flowers from my Bud 2…
Flowers from my Bud 2…
/ January 30, 2019 0 COMMENTS

The lovely flowers I received from my Bud Rooster for my birthday are still going strong after more than 3 weeks! ‘How did they stay so fresh?’ you may ask…and before you laugh and say, ‘it’s because you keep your house so cold…’ it’s not! I have three very curious cats who get into everything…

Breathing 2…
Breathing 2…
/ January 17, 2019 2 COMMENTS

I was aching all over. A feeling I’ve had before but must’ve forgotten! Not ill, I had no fever, but I felt as though I’d been lifting heavy furniture and lugging baggage across an airport forecourt. Which I hadn’t. I was just aching.  So I drank water and continued with my life. “You seem to…

Shads Says it All….
Shads Says it All….
/ January 14, 2019 1 COMMENTS

This year we didn’t see Twinkletoes at Christmas. She’d promised to come for a few days, I’d moved furniture around in her room, put new sheets and duvet cover on her bed, even added an electric blanket. I’d planned special meals and gift making sessions and was running  around clearing my calendar as best I…

Card Exchange…
Card Exchange…
/ January 10, 2019 1 COMMENTS

Ian, my film-maker son, and I have been exchanging cards each month for the last three years…or so he says. Last evening I decided to sort and thread them by year starting with 2016. Of course I re-read them all too and thought how wonderful to have such heartfelt sentiments in writing from my oldest…

Happy Birthday Daughts…
Happy Birthday Daughts…
/ January 7, 2019 1 COMMENTS

Many Happy Returns of the Day Daughts! Twenty-seven already and it seems like only yesterday that Dr. Staub was uncharacteristically late for your star debut. By the time I was twenty-seven I was (as you are) a fully independent, responsible, voting, gainfully employed, citizen living in the Channel Islands…never dreaming in a million years that…

Flowers from my Bud…
Flowers from my Bud…
/ January 4, 2019 1 COMMENTS

My buddy Rooster sent me flowers for my birthday to thank me for giving him treats and checking on him when his owner is away, They brighten up my gloomy winter’s day just as he brightens up my misty early morning walks. Thanks Rooster!  

Christmas Now…
Christmas Now…
/ December 28, 2018 0 COMMENTS

My perspective on Christmas is bordering on heresy. Our priest this year told us about the silence he remembered after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. The complete quiet in the car while driving home as he and his sister basked in the remembered service. ‘Silence,’ I thought, ‘I could do with a little bit of…

Chinese Food on Christmas Eve…
Chinese Food on Christmas Eve…
/ December 26, 2018 0 COMMENTS

Christmas Eve dinner is the time to break out old family favorites; recipes that smack of the nursery. Comfort food. We try to keep it as culinarily far removed as possible from the turkey and stuffing of Christmas & risotto of Boxing day. Lasagne or meatballs are good hearty meals to start off the over-indulgent…

Christmas Greetings…
Christmas Greetings…
/ December 12, 2018 1 COMMENTS

“…share your bread with the hungry…bring the homeless poor into your house; Then shall your light break forth like the dawn…” (Isaiah 58:7-8) As I reflect on the year I cannot help but feel that the world has drifted from compassion & love for one another to self-centeredness and indifference. At least according to our social…

The Signs of Advent…
The Signs of Advent…
/ December 5, 2018 0 COMMENTS

Long ago when we were adding children every two years or so and working hard we had fun deciding which traditions to bring to our marriage that we’d grown up with and which ones to leave behind. Gradually we came up with our own take on what major holidays and birthdays looked like for a…