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I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it on this blog, but in my youth, somewhere around the ages of 12-15, I was a huge Beatles fan and refused to listen to anything else ever – for a number of years.

Now, I keep receiving unexpected things in the mail – recently, I received this which catapulted me back to the days of my youth:

It’s a paper card that when opened:

A wonderful and amazingly collapsible yellow submarine made of paper pops up:

And if that weren’t enough, this morning I received four bags of little bitty parts that I was forced to assemble without any instructions being included, so I am not quite sure if I did it properly.

Quite amazing and just made my day! Thank you!

Simply Wonderful

*wipes dust off blog*

I had the chance this past weekend to spend an entire day with the grown daughter of my good friend Jen (we’ve been friends since 1976 and haven’t seen each other in almost as many years).

Thanks to a scholarship that she earned, Emma is participating in an extensive study trip that had her in Munich for 8 days, followed by 3-4 in Nürnberg, and ending with an extensive stay in Berlin.

I picked Emma up at her hotel in Munich Saturday morning, and took her to see some of the places that Jen and I used to spend time around, most notably our old high school and the movie theatre, both of which still exist and are still being used exactly for those purposes.

We then headed out of town on the scenic route, which took us by the Starnberger See, Andechs, and then to my house where we took a short break before heading off to a typical Bavarian lunch in a small town very near here, which recently celebrated its 1200th birthday.

After lunch, we toured the local church which is quite large and somewhat famous, having been constructed by a well-known church builder, and then we bought some white bread at the store and headed to the lake to feed the geese and ducks, and watched the large paddle-board steamboat approach from across the lake and tie up to the dock. Eventually, it blew its whistle, signaling it’s continuance on its journey around the lake.

Returning to my humble abode, we chatted and eventually broke the seal of that fabulous prosecco.

All in all, I thought it was a splendid day and I hoped that I hadn’t bored Emma to death (I was later assured that I hadn’t).

I felt incredibly lucky to meet this beautiful, intelligent, poised and extremely well-mannered young woman.

It was a good day.

Another Surprise

Wow. Another package arrived for me yesterday, completely unexpected, with absolutely delightful content that included

two boxes of chocolate fudge poptarts (which I haven’t had in about four years as you can’t get them here), a box of Quaker Instant Oats in my FAVORITE flavor of apple & cinnamon (a nostalgic leftover from my childhood, I love the stuff) and a wonderful T-shirt with a black lab on the front of it.

You know who you are – thank you. 🙂🎂👏

On a side note, I put the oatmeal and the poptarts on the kitchen counter yesterday evening. Everytime I walked past them, my mouth watered.  But, I waited until this morning to treat myself to one.

A Wonderful Surprise

It’s those rays of sunshine that drop into your life now and then that are the true spice of life.

Imagine my surprise, when I received this early birthday gift in the mail:

This is not only a really good italian prosecco, it is a “prosecco superiore” with a D.O.C.G. heritage.

I’ll definitely be popping that cork on Friday with a toast to you, dear Jen.

Thank you!!!!!

Happy Birthday Jennifer!


9th/10th grades were some of the best years of my life – because of you.

We even flunked gym together one semester. I have fond memories of those precious hours spent in the bleachers, talking about life, love and all that gets 14-year old’s hearts in a tither, while our classmates were actually participating in gym class.

I got the old yearbooks out and took a stroll down memory lane; I’d completely forgotten that you were in the choir. (I’m sharing these because I know that you no longer have your yearbooks.)


Remember this Sadie Hawkins dance in the fall of 1978? Read the caption 😉


They used to call us Rizzo and Frenchie. Not sure who was supposed to be who, but did we have a blast or what?

I’m not sure if I ever shared your 2-paged entry to my yearbook with you, I’ve scanned it into a PDF which you can read here:yearbook (If fyou’re not comfortable with it being online, let me know and I’ll take it down).

And though I haven’t actually SEEN you since 1979 (that’s almost fourty years – egaaads) – you’re simply the best.

Thank you for being you – for your friendship – I love you!

Now go and celebrate your birthday, you twit 😉

A post from 2004 about how we “lost” and “found” each other again can be found here.


The last four days have been, well, anyone who has ever lost a pet will know how they’ve been without me saying so. Sharing every minute of virtually every day for 15 years with a dog, especially one so gentle and dear, will leave a hole as big as a crater not only in your heart but in your life.

I’m concentrating on pulling myself together. I’ve been able to write this without the tears coming, so I will consider that to be a bit of progress.

I want to thank everyone that has shared in my grief and has helped with kind words.

There is one person in particular, you know who you are, who has been virtually holding me and my hand in getting through this. You know who you are, and you have been awesome, and I am eternally grateful for everything.

A Big Thank You, My Friends (You Know Who You Are)

(An attempt at an explanation of sorts)

I managed to find the missing posts from 2007-2011 (at the internet archive, of all places) and managed to paste them into the blog. The comments, however, are lost. Which is no big deal. Not.

While restoring those posts, I realized (again) how scant my postings got by 2007 and there were only a handful more until 2011, at which point I dropped out of here completely.

It really touched my heart that, in those four years, people kept checking in to see what was up and if I was o.k., (Seitherin, Zippi, Maribeth and more, as well as off-line friends). Four years is a long time and I am moved by the loyalty and concern shared by some of my fellow bloggers (and non-bloggers). Your loyalty and concern has, by no means, gone unnoticed.

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