Jumpstart the Enjoyment

Just like that, it’s over. Christmas is behind us. A local radio station that’s been playing holiday music since November 15th at 3pm (I know because, ahem, I tuned in for the start) is back to playing regular tunes — but they’re easing us into things. Every other song is still a Christmas favorite, thank God. Something about this […]

The Wrong and Right

Leave it to me, my brother and his wife to have a deep discussion on Christmas Eve. Really, there’s no better time for it. Wine is open, conversation is flowing, and memories are being recalled. We landed upon a topic that is true for any area of our life. “Good students learn from their mistakes. […]

The Good Hiccup

This was the first night in a few weeks’ time that I went for my nightly walk. I made the mistake of downloading a crime app a couple of months back, and since the time change there has been an unsettling number of robberies in the area — during normal (non-wee) hours. Only one of them […]

Here we go.

It’s that time of year again. With the beginning of December and all things festive comes the annual year-end trip to New York City. Le sigh. Each of my three employers over the last eight years has had a reason for such a trip. And while you’d think I’d enjoy the The Empire State around […]

Keep the Peace

I started looking online for solutions more than a month ago. Nothing seemed like it would work. The holidays are magical to me. I love putting the tree up right after Thanksgiving and coming home to it each evening. With all the lights on a timer, it would greet me through the plantation shutters when […]

Candleside.

You know the smell right after you’ve blown out a candle? I love that smell. For the most part, it reminds me of two main memories: 1) December birthdays, cold nights, white cake and white buttercream frosting, as well as 2) candles blown out after the last of the holiday guests have gone on their […]

Halloweenland.

I’ve never been a big candy fan, except for when it comes to most chocolate varieties — particularly those that shack up with peanut butter — and Smarties. Who else remembers those tiny pastel tablets that practically dissolved into a sugary cloud the moment they touched your tongue? I used to crush them all up until they made […]