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Achievement Unlocked!

So... remember when I said I wanted to get ornaments, decorate the tree, make cookies, drink spiked cider, and listen to Messiah? "Why yes," I hear you cry, "how'd that pan out?" Well may you ask! Saturday I got distracted by the checkbook and watching Gaslight on TCM, a movie wherein Charles Boyer tries to drive Ingrid Bergman crazy but Joseph Cotten saves the day. It's really good! I got my act together after that... Read more →

Of Course

We have one wreath on the front door and one wreath on the front of the car. A wee Christmas tree is currently residing in the back of the car, as is some nice pine roping. Joe got both on Wednesday, but we haven't had the time or the inclination to put them up. Of course, it would help to have a stand for the Christmas tree. This is our first actual tree in several... Read more →

Make Way!

This picture is an iillustration from one of my favorite childhood books, Make Way for Ducklings, written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey. It's about Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their eight ducklings: Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack. In the beginning, the Mallards must find a place to build their nest. After their eight ducklings are born, they must brave the streets of Boston to settle in their permanent home in Boston's... Read more →


Well, the nor'easter wasn't nearly as bad as it was supposed to be, and that is just fine. Don't get me wrong -- it is windy and nasty and rainy, but the river is behaving itself. So far. Fingers crossed! Joe's working tonight. Normally, he picks me up, I drop him off and go home, then I pick him up. But I have gotten wimpier about driving at night in bad weather, so he picked... Read more →

It's a Little Pitchy

Yesterday was World Choral Day -- and the prompt for Holidailies yesterday asked "Are you a singer, or do you prefer to listen to others sing? What was your most memorable choral experience?" I am not a singer. I used to think that I was. I sang at Girl Scouts, I sang in Glee Club in high school, I sang in college with all my other dorm mates as cute guys played guitars. I thought... Read more →

Storm Coming!

Here's the weather map for the mid-Atlantic region for this coming Tuesday. When we lived in Maryland, it seemed like we were always straddling the rain/snow line for all the winter storms. Apparently this has not changed much. Although Philadelphia appears to be just inside the "wintry mix" area, we are just a bit northwest and therefore right on the line. The weather gurus are also forecasting heavy rain and coastal flooding, oh joy. Ever... Read more →

I Do Not Love a Rainy Night

It's been raining all day, a cold, steady rain, enough to make me nervous about flooding. When Joe left for work I walked down the hall to look out the front window of the building. The river is still behaving itself, but it's definitely high. (I kinda wish I were!) This type of cold, December rain is my second-least favorite type of winter weather. (My least favorite is freezing rain.) It makes for such a... Read more →


Yesterday Joe and I drove back to Maryland for a momentous occasion -- we finally signed the paperwork to sell our house! This has been a very long time coming. We put it on the market in late May, got our first offer in August, and finally closed yesterday. I am so relieved. We now longer have to pay two electric bills, two water bills, a homeowner's association fee, and oh yeah, a mortgage. I... Read more →

Visiting Santa Redux

After staring at a blank post for a couple of minutes, I asked Joe what I should write about. He looked at me and said, "Write about your first visit to Santy Claus." Well, I kinda already did that. So instead of writing about my first visit, I shall wander down the dusty roads of my memories and talk about a few other visits to St. Nick. First up, 1956. here's my older brother and... Read more →

A Castle Made of Concrete

I alluded to this amazing structure yesterday, so it seems like a good idea to tell you about it today! This is Fonthill Castle. It's made entirely of concrete! Fonthill Castle Henry Mercer built this castle in Doylestown, Pennsylvania because: He wanted to live in his very own castle in his hometown. He had the money and the land to do it. He wanted a way to show off his collection of ceramic tiles and... Read more →