To Blog or Not to Blog...

When I began my journey into this wonderful world we know as the blogosphere I knew there were going to be moments that were a blogging-MUST…my occasional off-color reference to kid-craziness, hubby antics, fun friend escapes, you know the bit…slice-o’-life.  I knew also that there would be those instances better left to a private venting moment (or hour) in my car or shower.   I made the decision to publicize my blog to those not only connected through my Facebook blog page but also through my own personal Facebook page.  Why?  Well, my friends know me…and if I can...more
 @Blissfully Discontented Love your positive attitude!more

We're Pregnant

Yes, you read that right we're pregnant...wait...I'm not...our oldest and her dreamy hubby, B and B2 are expecting by the end of September. We are going to be grandparents! So excited. We promised that we would not announce anything on the Internet until she was in her 2nd trimester and she has hit that mark (15 weeks), so we have been given the go ahead! I've got to dig out the baby blankets and start a bit of crocheting! I/we're so very excited! My baby's having a baby!...more
Congratulations!!!! You must be so excited!!more

The Clock

 Last fall, I went back to Wisconsin to visit family and I came home with a clock.  It’s a wooden clock that sat on top of my grandparents’ television set for as long as I could remember.  It’s the grandfather of the digital clocks we all know today.  The clock has a wooden body; so very late 1960s and early 1970s in decor.  The numbers “flip” when the minutes change. ...more


In England they call it being “broody,” the clock ticking feeling that the one thing in the world you want to hold is your own baby. It strikes women in their twenties and thirties and if not dealt with can bring on a sense of panic. But I am in my fifties, my children have left home and yet I have been having that familiar tug, that feeling like I want to pick up the babies of perfect strangers and have a little cuddle....more

Grandparents are for sleepovers, ice cream, and kisses.

Papi et Mamie au parc...more

A Tale of Love from Two Different Worlds

They lived together and apart, depending on the situation and their obligations. They created three girls and adopted my grandfather's much younger brothers when the boys' parent's died unexpectedly. They moved and made friends, saw Ray Charles when it was still taboo, and laid the foundation for the rest of our family. Through them we have learned what to do, and perhaps more importantly what NOT to do in life and love. ...more
 @Grace Kull Thank you Grace!more

GG aka Great Grannie (365 Days of Blessings – Day 117)

I am thankful for GGor G-squared as Hubby loving refers to her as.  She has been back in Barbados for the winter, and we’ve missed her lots!  Poppet and I are heading there for dinner tonight and can’t wait!Warmest regards,  ...more

My Italian Grandparents

My maternal grandparents, the Morati's and Scocca's came to the United States from Italy when they were children.  Some of their siblings settled in New York City, some in Atlantic City, and the rest in Philadelphia.  My grandmom passed away when I was in my early teens.  She lost her battle with brain cancer.  She was the first person in my immediate family to die, and her death was traumatic for me....more
@HomeRearedChef does he have an accent?more


There was a day when I knew nearly all of my great-grandparents and had all of my grandparents. Now a days that just doesn't happen because people start their families so much later in life. Grandparents are awesome and someday I hope to be an awesome granny!   Today's subject on NaBloPoMo is to tell about your grandparents!...more

A "Play Day" For Young And Old Alike...

I set aside another day this week to take my grand daughter, Parker Ann, to play with my mother (her great-grandmother...) for the day.  It brought smiles all around for everyone! ...more