Category Archives: Traditions

Christmas 2020 … a rant

I didn’t want a tree this year. I’ve been telling my mother since October I didn’t plan to put up a Christmas tree this year. For the first time in 21 years, my daughter won’t be with me for the … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2020

No long speeches; no visiting dignitaries; no formal rites at all… but the fire department was still there with the big flag, the VFW Honor Guard was there to fire off the salute, the bell of the USS Saratoga was … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

So, for most of us, another Christmas is over. (Orthodox Christmas is January 7th). Christmas Eve dinner with Mom, the Brother, his Lady, Hubby and the Kidling: perogi and fish. Mom and Kidling did the Perogi. Brother did the fish….and … Continue reading

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Perfect December Day

Yesterday was one of those cold, mostly clear, BEAUTIFUL December days I love so much. Mom and I almost always go together for our Christmas trees, because my tree is part of my birthday present. This year, we went to George’s … Continue reading

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Traffic Jam!

Traffic through my home town has really increased over the years.  Saratoga Street, Columbia, and Ontario used to be the worse. They still are, but 787 beats them all these days. And certain intersections are worse today than they were … Continue reading

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Merry Stress-mas

The holidays are supposed to be a time for family togetherness, traditions, joy, and love. Yeah. That’s the hype. Most families are so split apart by world events, you all need to walk on eggshells to get through a meal. … Continue reading

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Misadventures in Baking…and other things

I signed up for the Cookie Swap at work. I’ve been baking cookies for 45 years, so …no problem, right? Kidling and I made up three batters last night (MishMash, Sugar Cookies, and Shortbreads) and baked the MishMash. That dough … Continue reading

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Catching Up….Maybe?

Well, I’ve been without my own computer for two weeks. Nick put in a new video card, so let’s see how well that works. This beautiful country of ours is 241 years old today. My grandmother, Margaret Kelleher Lear, would … Continue reading

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Prom Night

Where has the time gone? My baby girl, my Geek Princess …. the one who was reading and UNDERSTANDING her father’s astronomy magazines at age 7…. is at her Senior Prom tonight, having fun with her friends. It wasn’t the … Continue reading

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Good Bye 2016

The last day of another year. As we head int 2017, I try to gather my thoughts into some semblance of organized coherence. It’s not easy. The ups and downs of 2016 have on occasion left me dizzy. The hopes … Continue reading

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