Friday, December 7, 2018

Wrong Number

I just had the most delightful experience with a wrong number.

When my cell phone rang, I thought it was a telemarketer and answered in my usual rude manner.  The caller wanted to know who I was and I countered with "who's calling".  She went on to explain that she had just gotten a call from my number and questioned whether I might have called her by mistake.  I told her that I had not even been near my phone all morning.

I apologized for the way I answered the phone and we just started talking.  She gave me her name, I told her mine.  She lives in Staten Island.  After a while, I tried talking her into leaving NY and coming to a 55+ community.

We had a very nice conversation and wished each other a Merry Christmas.

Monday, October 15, 2018


I've been thinking about this for some time now, ever since I started watching the stock price of Sears go down and down so far that it is now worth less than $1.00.  They are expected to file for bankruptcy any day now.

It's so sad, but they brought it on themselves.  Many blame Amazon with their online shopping business plan.  They forget that it was Sears that originated shopping from home.  When Sears started, there was no internet, but there was the Sears Catalog.  Many people looked forward to the "Big Book" that came out twice a year and of course, there was the special Christmas catalog.

I had so much fun turning down corners of things I wished I had, but never did get.  It was
"window shopping" from home and I always got a good idea of my sons' wishlist.

Many say that Amazon is very innovative.  I say all they did was move the catalog from paper to the internet.  You used to be able to buy anything from the Sears catalog and now you can buy anything from Amazon.

I like the speed of ordering from Amazon, but nothing beats flipping through the colorful pages of the Sears catalog, either the big book, or the specialized Christmas wish book.

The biggest mistake that Sears made was giving up the catalog and opening so many stores, that brought about their demise, not Amazon who just updated the original Sears model.

I really miss those catalogs.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Lesson Learned

Whenever I go food shopping and buy packs of individually wrapped servings, I always empty the package and put the pieces in the freezer.  Usually, this works very well, I can see what is in the package and cook accordingly.
The other day while rummaging through the freezer I found some frozen fish, without a label.  I knew it wasn't salmon since it was white, but I didn't know what it was, there was nothing on the label.  I guess they thought their customer was intelligent enough to know what kind of fish it is if they don't keep it in the original packaging..

I had a vague recollection of looking at halibut, so I decided that's what it is.  Now I had to find a recipe for halibut.  I went online and found one - Halibut with Balsamic Glaze.  I even had all the ingredients - halibut (I think), balsamic vinegar, honey (even though it's almost solid) and garlic.  It was so easy and quick. I tried it.  It was very good and I will definitely make it again.

AND the next time I empty a package of frozen fish, I will definitely make note of what it is if it's not salmon.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


I don't have too much to add to that except that it truly is a miracle.  I didn't follow the story too much in the beginning, because as a mother I worried.  First I worried that they would never be found, then that they were given false hope along with the food.  Then I heard how difficult it was for the rescuers to enter the cave, then to leave the cave with the boys.  Today, the last boys and their coach were safely removed.

Thank you to the international community of navy seals for all their work and skills.  And, thank you God for giving them the skills to do this work.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day.

I remember many Independence Day celebrations, but one that sticks out in my mind is July 4, 1976.  That was the bicentennial and my boys were 5 and almost 2.  Everyone had fireworks and when the sun went down, there was quite a show a few blocks away.

We might have had a block party that year, I'm not sure.  What I do remember is that one of our neighbors found a way to teach the children  the real meaning of the day.  When the sun went down, she brought out a birthday cake with sparklers and written on the cake was, "Happy Birthday America".  It really brought home the meaning for the celebration for the children and was a good reminder for us adults.  Thank you Maureen for reminding us what it's all about.

So, now I'll say it - Happy Birthday America!

Monday, June 18, 2018


For as long as I can remember, I've been concerned about my weight.  When I was younger, all I needed to lose was 10 pounds.  Sometimes I wish I weighed now what I weighed back then when I thought I was fat.  Since I retired, weight has really been an issue.

When I first moved into this community, I exercised every day for about an hour, but I never lost a pound.  I know, for me, exercise isn't the answer.  Portion control is.

Today though I found something good about being overweight.  I decided it was time to  break down all the boxes in the garage and tie them up for recycling.  Several of them did not break down into manageable sizes.  I discovered when I bent them in ways they weren't meant to bend that, if I stood on them, it was much easier to make manageable sizes.  My extra pounds  crushed the cardboard making it easier to tie them up.

I'm sure if I were at the proper weight for my height, that wouldn't have worked, but that should not be an excuse for filling my plate.  After all, how often do I have large boxes to tie up and recycle.

Sunday, May 6, 2018


People who know me, know that I really like to cook.  I also like to collect cookbooks.  It's almost embarrassing to admit that I have over 200 books in my collection.  I keep telling myself that's enough, stop buying.  But then, I hear about the latest by the Ina Garten or Martha Stewart or The Pioneer Woman and I'm off to the store for a new book.  I also buy a book when I travel.  After my first trip to France, I learned my lesson - make sure the book is written in English.

I'm also a bit of a nerd when it comes to my cookbooks.  I have made an Excel spreadsheet with an inventory of my books, when and how I got them and some of the recipes I tried and any comments.

I was checking my inventory this morning looking for a recipe for scallops that I had recently and really enjoyed.  Fortunately, I found it quickly, along with two other recipes that I hadn't remembered trying.  They too were very good, now I have a decision to make - which recipe for scallops should I make today.

I then checked through this inventory and found so many recipes that I had tried and enjoyed and didn't remember.  I had gotten into a rut with the same old meals day after day.  No wonder cookies and chips are looking so good to me.

Now that I've been reminded of the treasure trove of recipes, look out world, the cook is back!