Is there an Elf on Your Shelf?

Across the country, schools and homes have elves on their shelves to prompt good behavior.The elves are watching, you see, to see if kids are behaving.  If not, the elves will report to Santa, which means some unfortunate little boys and girls might not get what they want for Christmas.Decades ago when I was a youngster, there was no elf on the shelf.Santa Claus himself was watching us, or the Big Man upstairs. Like the popular elf, they were liable to be anywhere and everywhere....more

Cranberries, an old funnel and Nanny: Thanksgiving is nigh

The hot cranberries are starting to burst. Steam building up inside each ellipsoid ultimately forces its taut magenta skin to explode, like a gum bubble that’s thinned to the point of failure. As they break open, their juices coalesce with those of the lemon and apple as well as the melted sugar, all of which swirls like lava around the pot. I love the pop-pop symphony that demarcates this stage of cranberry sauce making. It means not only that the cook must take care to avoid being splattered by hot innards but also that the finished product is at hand....more

The Christmas Gift to Give the Grandparent Who Has Everything

Yes, I realize that Thanksgiving isn't even here yet, but this idea needs to be shared early. Please be patient with the delivery, as there is more to the story....more

Thanksgiving Was Never The Same Again

Sitting on the second floor deck, wrapped in my jacket, gloves, scarf and hat, I sipped my hot chocolate. The cloudy sky made the night seem exceptionally dark.  There was a slight breeze and I inched closer to the gas heater.  The noise of the traffic below was muffled by my thoughts.  ...more

Pyrex and Memories

I've been using it, baking during the holidays.  I smiled every time !more

So where does that childish greed for presents come from?

Christmas is going to be a lot of fun this year, I can tell.When you ask Clay what he wants for Christmas, he'll say "a tree."He's been excited about getting a Christmas tree since he saw one decorated with toy trains, cars, etc. in a store back  in...August, maybe?When his momma explained that there might be toys under the tree at Christmas-time, his eyes got even bigger....more

Tears in Heaven

    A year ago today, I got a call that no one wants to get. My beloved papa Ross suffered a massive stroke and was rushed to the nearest hospital. (which happens to be in Maryland as they live on an island in Va) The prognosis wasn't good. There weren't a lot of details. I became numb. ...more

A Grandmother's Message to Her Granddaughter

You are a woman first and last proud.  Equal to all those around you in every way.Love who you are, exactly as you are, and others will too.  If not--screw them!Be present.  Live each day in the moment.  And hold yourself accountable.Please yourself first before others.Don't waste your time on those things that don't make sense or people who do not love you or want the best for you....more

Soulful Sunday: Soaking up the sunshine

No one!  We also enjoyed fall today...had to, with 10 inches of snow forecast for tomorrow!more

Not Your Mama's Grandparents

Tonight my hubby and I got our first chance to introduce our new grandchild to our closest friends. For thirty-five years the eight of us have shared our wedding days, births of our children, job relocations, teenage angst, and marital ups and downs. We've been there for each other through the loss of a parent, the loss of a job and various health scares. These couples are amazing people who have graced our lives with humor and compassion and we couldn't wait for them to meet the little guy who's now running the show....more