Many Happy Returns of the Day…
Many Happy Returns of the Day…
/ March 3, 2020 1 COMMENTS

This is your first birthday as a father! Many Happy Returns of the Day Son! I was there when your daughter was born, at the same hospital where I had you. And almost immediately there you were, all 6’2″ of you, walking into the waiting room grinning at me from ear to ear, “I just…

Shows & Other Sights…
Shows & Other Sights…
/ February 12, 2020 0 COMMENTS

My brother texted me the week we arrived in London and asked what we’d been up to? “London’s the place to see shows,” he responded when I told him. It is.  No advance bookings needed, just a wander into the West End and a quick stop at any number of theaters to ask if there…

Londoners for a Season…
Londoners for a Season…
/ February 5, 2020 0 COMMENTS

We travelled to London in January… Not for the weather, who ever goes to England for the weather? We went to simply be Londoners for a season…or, in this case, a month. When family and friends joined us along the way for a while all the better. I miss this artsy capital and had yearned…

Culture Shock…
Culture Shock…
/ January 17, 2020 0 COMMENTS

Returning to England after six years immediately brought with it both expected joys, the ducking and weaving along busy streets, the standing around waiting for buses, the damp and dewy softness of my skin, minding the gap, the hallowed space of our 1,000 year old church, the graveyard where my parents are interred, looking right to…

Dreaming…
Dreaming…
/ January 14, 2020 0 COMMENTS

I have a recurring dream that my bank in England will close its doors to me so that I am unable to access my funds. A nightmare really…not one I want to come true… Not a sweet dream that holds meaning, points the way, predicts…releases me from the hum-drum of everyday life. “Flights of fancy,”…

Belongings…
Belongings…
/ January 7, 2020 1 COMMENTS

On leaving London six years ago I packed up three suitcases filled with items I couldn’t take home with me and couldn’t throw away. “When I come back I’ll pick up the rest of my stuff,” I assured my brother as he man-handled the very heavy bags into his car to be stored. I don’t…

Many Happy Returns of the Day Daughts…
Many Happy Returns of the Day Daughts…
/ January 2, 2020 0 COMMENTS

Funny expression this English one, Many Happy Returns of the Day! The Day meaning Birth-day of course! Hubs and I left for London on New Year’s Eve and welcomed in the new decade somewhere over Greenland with a screaming baby across the aisle. Daughts, the afternoon before (on MY birthday) had texted, “Now let me confirm…you…

Shads and the Gift…
Shads and the Gift…
/ December 27, 2019 0 COMMENTS

I hate to say say this but Shads, our Russian Blue, is our resident thief. He’ll take my plastic flatware wrapped for school, letters, snack bags with bits and pieces in them, defrosting salmon, plastic flowers, and most recently my cute little gnome… and hide them so I drive myself completely bonkers looking everywhere for…

Fire in the Pit…
Fire in the Pit…
/ December 23, 2019 1 COMMENTS

Last year we decided not to burn our brush and branches in the pit.  It doesn’t take long to fill with ash, especially with the amount of trees we husband on our property and when Hubs gets started with a contained fire he can keep a burn going for days accumulating ash rapidly. Which I…

A Callie Hug…
A Callie Hug…
/ December 19, 2019 0 COMMENTS

Callie is the cat who adopted us. She missed the moving truck when her family left the apartment complex we were living in and found us instead. She was so thin… “Don’t feed her!” Hubs warned, “we’ll never get rid of her…” I disobeyed! She enjoyed her bowl of chili so much she never looked…