The smell of childhood

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We are moving things around again. Rearranging stuff so I can put my sewing machines on the second floor and out of the basement. A chest didn’t fit the new configuration. It had to go. It was my mother’s chest. … Continue reading

July 4th memories

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I’ve written about my extended family’s 4th of July picnics before. They were epic (especially to a kid). Even though they ended in the 70s, I get nostalgic every year. Here is a slightly adjusted story from the past. July 4th … Continue reading

Random 5 for June 18 – Dad, money, garden, TV, mosquitoes

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Happy Father’s Day – My Dad died when I was very young. It was very devastating personally. Here is one of the few pictures I have of him. Happy Father’s Day to all! Finances – I recently switched banks and … Continue reading

The hills are alive…..

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Both sets of grandparents immigrated to the US. I thought from Germany but now I think it was from Austria. We’re not sure. There are no family records and anyone who knows for sure is long gone. We have fragments … Continue reading

Random 5 for April 16 – Religious holidays, traditions, chocolate bunnies, spam, misplaced outrage

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To those who celebrate it – have a joyous Easter or Passover. Times change – This year our Easter tradition has changed. There were some family conflicts so we are enjoying an Easter dinner by ourselves. It is special nonetheless! We are … Continue reading

We are family

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It’s done! It’s over! The long-awaited family wedding was on Saturday. (For readers who laboriously read through my “what should I wear” posts, I bought a new dress — no, I didn’t wear my funeral dress, but I did wear … Continue reading

Quirky family traditions

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I love blaming things on family. It takes the pressure off. We have a family tradition and I am the standard-bearer. I take this responsibility seriously. We screw something up at every food gathering. It can be large…like forgetting to … Continue reading