Shine On…..or Shine Somewhere Else.

John and I bought a house last month.  This was a big step, a tremendous amount of work and a very exciting time for us and our relationship. The home that we have rented for the last 4+ years was charming, with lots of character.  One of the things I loved most about the house […]

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Mama’s Boots

Mama always said that a lady should not wear white shoes before Easter Sunday; but, I don’t recall exactly when she said you should put them away for the season.  Near as I can recall, it would be the first hint of Fall or perhaps October 1st.  I would have said September 1st with the […]

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Loved you last, <3Mija

In the midst of the 4th anniversary of my mama’s passing, I believed I was too tired to blog tonight.  Then I realized – isn’t this the best time to write?  Two cups of emotion, one cup of sadness, ½ cup of fading adrenaline and 3 cups of chardonnay.  What’s not to write about? Mama […]

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DRT, Pinterest & Neverland

I haven’t pinned since you have been gone.  It will be a year next week.  What I mean by pinned is I can’t log into Pinterest and start adding cool things to my Pinterest boards without thinking of you and missing your own pins, your sense of humor, sense of style and the clear definition […]

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LL Bean vs. JL Rave

I opened up your sewing box yesterday knowing you would drift out of the top.  I was tired and, frankly, slightly hung over.  We had company the night before which was lovely, but I never should have opened the bottle of red wine.  Nonetheless, I had purchased LL Bean pajamas for My John and they […]

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Mama, the genie

My mama was SO organized.  She would alphabetize my spices, arrange my cupboards, fold my laundry.  Her closets were perfect, her cupboards enviable.  She had many talents and one of her best was her ability to sew.  From a young age, she sewed.  Into a young adult, she sewed for others.  Suits, dresses, baby clothes.  […]

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Dear Mom

Dear Mom, I still have two of your voicemails. Those voicemails riled me up when you left them. Marry that sweet man of yours! you told me. You loved Anthony the moment you met him. And why wouldn’t you? He exudes loving patience, something you had so little opportunity to experience in your life. Just drive to Vegas […]

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The Leftovers

I started a new television series today on HBO called The Leftovers. The story is based on a paranormal event that occurred on October 14th across the United States wherein several thousand people of all ages “departed”. They vanished from the earth with no further trace and the viewer is left to witness how those […]

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The One Who Leads

I don’t remember when I first heard this. I believe it may have been from my mama. It is the belief that when someone leaves this earth, there is someone who has already passed on that comes to lead them to the after world. Today would have been my son’s 22 birthdays. Truth be told, […]

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