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lizziebelle: (fox)
As I knew it would, winter has returned. At least this time it didn't bring more snow with it, just bitter cold. After the very mild temperatures last week, it feels even colder. I never even left the house yesterday, I just stayed cocooned in my apartment.

Earlier this week, the daffodils in front of my office gave us a tease of spring blossoms.

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We'll need a few more warm days before those buds bloom.

The most exciting thing from my week was the release of Doctor Strange on disc. It was my first Blu-Ray purchase. I have to say it was just as enjoyable the second time, and the extras were a lot of fun. Definitely my favorite Marvel flick so far.

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Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of my dad's passing. It seems unbelievable that it's been that long. I often think about him, especially when I see a movie or TV show that I know he'd like. I wish he could've seen his granddaughter grow up. He'd be so proud of her. She was the light of his life. I wish she could've had more time with him, like I had with my grandfather. Life is so short, and it goes by so quickly.
lizziebelle: (fox)
Each winter is weirder than the last. This year, we seemed to have it all in one week, with 3 snowstorms and bitter cold, followed by unseasonably warm weather. Last weekend, I went for a walk around Gates Pond with my friend B and her dog, Puck. There was still snow in the woods and ice on the water, but the road was mostly mud, punctuated by the occasional ice patch. People were jogging in shorts and tank tops.

The past three days have been downright springlike, nearly 70°F (22°C). We ate lunch outside on our patio at work the past two days, and there were daffodils sprouting in front of the building.

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Right now, I have the doors open, and it's 75° in my apartment. The heat hasn't come on in more than three days. Thanks to Facebook's "On This Day" feature, I see that it was bitter cold at this time the past couple of years. I really don't like to complain about nice weather, but geez. This is downright weird.

Being a lifelong Northeasterner (and longtime New Englander), I know winter isn't finished with us yet. We will likely get at least one more storm, and more cold weather. I just hope the trees don't bud too early and then freeze; that happened last year, and ruined much of the peach crop.

Other than the weather strangeness, not a lot has been happening around Chez LizzieBelle. Just trying to get through each day has been as much as I can handle. I've had to cut back on my social media intake, because there is just too much anger and scariness out there. I'm doing what I can do, and that's all I can do at the moment. Still trying to seek out the beauty and the goodness, because otherwise I wouldn't be able to cope at all. I'm really proud to see the budding activists amongst the younger generation in my family, though. My generation may have dropped the ball, but they're picking it up and running with it.

This morning, I went over to mum's to help her out with some housework and shopping. She's still pretty weak from having a cold, and was recently diagnosed with COPD thanks to her asthma and the recurring pneumonia the past couple of years. I do worry about her. It's hard to see a parent decline from the strong person who raised you. But she's stubborn enough to want to fight, and that's a good thing. She's not ready to give up just yet.

We had tacos from the delightful taqueria in Canton, and called my sister to wish her a happy birthday. I was exhausted, but it was a good visit.

I wanted to stop at the Arboretum on the way home, but by then it was raining, so I settled for stopping at Trader Joe's to stock up on noms. Not as much fun, but now I have lots of yummy food in my freezer and cupboards. I wish they'd open one closer to me, but then maybe that wouldn't be a good thing. Not as special.

What are you up to this weekend? Something fun, I hope!
lizziebelle: (ganesha)
Last weekend was my family reunion. It's always good to see everyone, and this year we had quite a few of the cousins (my generation) attending so we managed to corral all of us and get some pictures.

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There are (I think) 23 of us, so having 15 all in one place is pretty good.

Actually, one of the folks in the pic is a cousin from Germany, who was visiting with his daughter. So make that 14. Still a pretty good showing.

It was nice to meet Hannes, our German cousin. His mother and mine are first cousins. I'm not sure what that makes us; second cousins? I can never keep that straight.

Back at work on Monday, we had two days of sales meetings. Fortunately, my team didn't have to attend all the modules. It's hard for me to sit through long meetings. I need to get up and stretch, and walk around once in a while! We were supposed to all go to Dairy Queen again, but it was rather gloomy outside so they brought in ice cream & toppings, and we did make-your-own sundaes. That was fun. It was my birthday that day (Tuesday), and one of my coworkers spilled the beans so they all sang to me. That was fun, if slightly embarrassing.

After work, I met a friend at her now former house so she could give me an extra TV they had, since mine had bit the dust a while ago (all I've had to watch since then is a 13" old-fashioned tube set). Well, the darned thing is HUGE, and it was an effort for both of us to get it into the car. There it stayed until today, when my landlord dropped by (for another reason) and nicely helped me carry it upstairs, and waited while I cleared off the bookcase where we put it. Whew. I had to do some rearranging, but I think I've found a good arrangement.

I had to go to Target to pick up an HDMI cable, and after I attached all the cords I turned it on. Great picture, but no sound! That was frustrating. I called the electronics department at Target, but the guy there was little help. So I looked at the back of the cable box, and noticed there was an audio out jack (actually, a pair of them) which matched jacks on the TV. Aha! I think. So I went back to Target (it's only 5 minutes away) and bought an audio cable. It took a couple of tries in different jacks on the back of the TV (there are so many of them!), but now I have sound! And HD picture! And the thing really is huge, I think it's 40". So now I have a bigass television, and I'm watching the opening ceremonies from Rio on demand. Nice. I don't have a remote or a manual, but hey, it was free. I really can't complain.

An aside: why do the Olympic opening ceremonies have to be so weird? Who started that trend?

Last night, I got together with friends for a nice cookout-and-cocktails evening, complete with cupcakes for my birthday.

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My friends are awesome. But they made me take home the leftover cupcakes. I had one for breakfast, because I could.

Oh, and the other night we had a smoke alarm malfunction in the house. Fun times.

So it's been quite the week. I hope I have the spoons for tomorrow's Lammas Faire, which is here in Hudson now.
lizziebelle: (sherlock)
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The anxiety has been building to a crescendo recently, but I took care of a couple of things that have been stressing me out over the past week.

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My employer gave us an extra day off (today), so I was able to cross off something from my list that I wasn't sure how I was going to get done.

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I had a nice visit with a cousin last Friday, along with my mum and niece. He was on his way to Maine for a sail on a masted ship, lucky guy! It was so good to see him. It's been ages. I have so many cousins, and I don't get to see them nearly enough.

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Hoping to check off more stressful things this week, so I can relax at the festival later this month.

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At least there have been pretty things to photograph.
lizziebelle: (ganesha)
It's been a fairly stressful week. My mom was in the hospital; she had what they called an "asthma event," but she's home now and doing much better. Apparently this lit a fire under the senior housing folks to find her a ground-floor unit and a better parking space; she has to move in two weeks, but that is less stressful for her than facing winter in the unit she's in now, where she has to climb either a hill or stairs to get out. She's having the movers do all the packing this time. She has a visiting nurse twice a week, and they're going to see if they can get her housekeeping help as well. It was tough to go through, but some good things came out of it.

I had a day of discomfort when my digestive system rebelled and gave me a rumbly tummy. It was a gorgeous day, and I could't get out and enjoy it. I did sit out on the deck for a while, but I would rather have been able to go out for a walk. *sigh*

Then my MacBook decided to go all wonky on me. I got the spinning ball of death, and when I tried to reboot, it wouldn't. It would get partway, and then just go black. I talked to a nice fella at Apple, who had me try a couple of things, which didn't work, so he made an appointment for me at the Apple store for Tuesday, the first available slot. I was able to get onto Guest mode, which is internet-only (and Safari to boot, not my favorite), so I can get email and a few other things, but none of my programs, including my photos. Argh. Cross your fingers it's just a software glitch or something, because there's no way I can afford a new computer right now. I don't know what I'll do if she's unfixable.

All of which has left me woefully behind in NaNoWriMo. I've been able to access Google Drive, so I can at least pound out some words and not lose them, but my mind has been elsewhere. I'm not going to fret about it (too much). I can only do what I can do.

At least I had a good week at work, despite missing a day. And it was nice enough all week to sit outside for lunch.
lizziebelle: (Giles hat)
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The fabulous niece and I went down to NYC for my cousin [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday's big 40th birthday bash, dubbed DeannaFest. We took the GoBus down yesterday morning, eventually figured out how to get to Brooklyn on the subway, and met more family at Deanna's place.

The party was at a rooftop garden at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. What a fabulous venue! It's a real working garden, and the views of Manhattan were spectacular (see above pic). Several other cousins, aunts, and uncles came, along with my brother & sis-in-law, and plenty of Deanna's friends. I finally got to meet Jim Hightower (a client of Deanna's), who was wearing a fabulous shiny disco-ball-like shirt along with his trademark cowboy hat. He's a nice guy, and I've always admired his work.

The food & drinks were lovely, and the DJ kept several of us dancing for hours, including my brother, who I don't believe I've ever seen dance before (except in musicals onstage). The ceremony (it was a lot like a wedding; we all said we felt like we had married Deanna) was beautiful, and it was at sunset, with Manhattan shining in the background. I was honored to be a part of it. Deanna is more like a little sister to me than a cousin (my parents are her Godparents).

This morning, I walked over to Green-wood cemetery to stretch out my stiff legs (I'm not used to all that dancing!)

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It's only a couple of streets over from Deanna's place. What a lovely old cemetery. If you're ever in Brooklyn, you should definitely check it out.

A bunch of us met for brunch in Park Slope, at a place called Bogota. I had plantain-stuffed French toast and a mango mimosa. Yum! I met a couple of new folks who couldn't make it to the party last night, and I liked them very much. Deanna attracts such a wealth of interesting people! I'm lucky to have gotten in on the ground floor. *g*

Willow and I rode back with some friends of D's who live in this area, which was much better than taking the bus. Yay for new friends! We promised to all go walking in Mount Auburn sometime.

It was a fabulous weekend, and I am exhausted. But I feel energized by all the positive energy created by celebrating one of my favorite people.
lizziebelle: (fox)
It's no secret that spring is my favorite season. New life arising from the earth, where just weeks ago it was covered in ice and snow. After a late start, spring has exploded here in New England with some very warm weather the past few days.

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spring! )

I've spent much of the past few weeks helping my mom get moved into senior housing. It was overwhelming for her at first, especially since the new apartment is a lot smaller, but once we got started, it got easier for her. We got rid of a lot of stuff (some of which I acquired, I'm not sure how that happened), made a plan, and got it all done. She had a lot of help from my niece, and friends from church, who are a lot closer than I am. Now that she's there and getting settled, I think she's happy about it. It's a cute place, and she even has a little plot in front for gardening. It was a good move.

Yesterday, I took her to Target to get a new microwave and a toaster oven since she couldn't carry them down from the car. I helped her set them up, too. Today, she called me to thank me again because she was so tickled with them. I couldn't afford to get her something nice for Mother's Day, so I'm glad I was at least able to help her by being strong. *g*

When I got home, my apartment was 87 degrees, so I gave in and brought my a/c unit up from the basement and installed it. It's way too early to be this hot! So I did a lot of lugging yesterday. Thank goodness it cooled off this afternoon. I'd much rather have the windows open.

I need to get over to the Arboretum soon, while the lilacs are in bloom. I just adore lilacs.

I love spring!
lizziebelle: (little me)


This weekend was the annual family reunion in Binghamton. It was a fun time, and it was great to see everyone who was there. I don't know if anyone did an official count, but it seemed like we had a smaller crowd than usual this year. I was really glad my brother and his wife were able to make it; I don't see them nearly as often as I'd like. I was able to have actual conversations with some of my cousins, which was very nice. We've all known each other all our lives, and it's wonderful that we still like each other despite how different our lives have turned out. The next generation is starting to get old enough to have conversations with too, and they remind me so much of their older cousins (and parents) at that age that it's almost scary. There's something to that genetics stuff, you know?

We revived an old family tradition and tied my cousin Julie to a tree. Once upon a time, we did that to my Aunt Rose. Already there is talk of revenge, and who it will be next year. I gave the kids some advice and told them to skip a year, and nobody will suspect it next time. Also, we discovered that untangling the rope before grabbing the victim is probably a good thing. *g*

Of course I took lots of pictures, of actual people as well as Terry's beautiful horses and Sharon's wonderful flowers. This action shot of the kids being taught to fish is one of my faves:



We had wanted to do a cake last year for my mom's 80th birthday, but miscommunication scuttled that plan. So this year, my aunt got a cake for her, and we surprised her last night.



What she (and we) didn't know was that this was a fake cake, made of foam covered in frosting. Mom took a couple minutes to catch on, and was determined to cut that cake! Hilarity ensued, and then the real cake (an ice cream one from Friendly's) came out. She was tickled, despite the joke.

We managed to miss all the big storms on the way home today, thank goodness. Part of the highway in Worcester was underwater (on the other side from us, fortunately) and we watched cars throw up huge splashes as they drove through it, slowed down by cop cars at the edge of the water. The traffic on that side was backed up for a couple miles.

I'm completely knackered after all the traveling and gathering the past couple of weeks. I don't want to do anything for the next couple of weekends! What I'd really love to do (but not for a few weeks!) is go to a cabin somewhere with no TV or internet (or people) and just relax and do absolutely nothing. Well, I'd probably read, walk, photograph, and write, but that's it. Oh, and sleep.
lizziebelle: (crow)


One of my co-workers, a guy who's been there a few years, tells a story about taking a chance on calling businesses that you wouldn't think would sign up for BBB Accreditation. There was a business in his leads that did nothing but make pineapple soda. Didn't even sell it to the public, just wholesale. But he thought, what the heck, it can't hurt to try, right? So he called, and the guy was delighted that the BBB had called him and was happy to sign up.

I get a lot of leads that I don't like to call. Lawyers, dentists, daycare centers, realtors. They're all a really tough sell. But sometimes I'll just go through my leads and think, pineapple soda. On Friday I sold a preschool, and today I sold a travel agent. First time for both with me. Both are businesses that I wouldn't have sought out to call, but there they were in my leads, and I thought, what the heck. Why not? Sometimes it pays to take a chance.

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The weekend was a full one. On Saturday, I went out to Monson to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the parent coven of my tradition. 40 years! That's quite a feat. There were lots of sister and cousin covens in attendance, nearly 50 of us. Although I'm no longer an active member of my group, they're still my family, and I was pleased to be there. It was nice to celebrate the Solstice with a big group of people who knew what they were doing. The above pic is Lucille, owned by the host of the event. I didn't take my camera (shocking, I know), so I took a bunch of pix with my phone. I was pretty pleased with the results.

On Sunday, I went down to Canton to my fabulous niece's graduation party. It had an Alice in Wonderland theme, and was really fun. Late in the afternoon, though, I completely ran out of steam, and left a bit early. The smoke from the grill had started to bother my mom (who's asthmatic), so she was happy to leave anyway. I'm glad I got to go and celebrate with them, though. And there were cupcakes. :)
lizziebelle: (fox)


Spring continues to unfold, albeit more slowly than usual. Trees are finally leafing out, new flowers appear, grass is finally green and lush. The weather continues to resist staying nice for long, but we do get periods of pleasant weather for a day or two at a time.

Yesterday started out rainy and miserable, but ended up being quite spectacular, which was fortunate as it was graduation day for my niece. I can't believe my little Willow is a college graduate! Today, she's off to Germany to perform with her choir. Quite the exciting weekend for her!

I had to miss Plantapalooza yesterday because of this, but [livejournal.com profile] firespirit1 procured some tomato plants for me, which I picked up at her house today. She also gave me some tarragon from her garden, and now both reside in pots on my deck. I shall have to learn to cook with tarragon now! I've never used it before, that I recall. People have been giving me suggestions on Facebook. What's you're favorite tarragon recipe?

As I was weeding the garden, my neighbor cut me some more lilacs to bring inside. They're so wonderful! A couple of violas popped up in the garden, which I transplanted into my window box. I also found a volunteer violet, and the lily of the valley is starting to bloom. My woodruff came back, and is flowering. This is why I love spring: flowers everywhere! And green, green where it was grey and brown. Life returns in abundance. Windows are open, chasing out the stuffiness of winter. It won't be long before it gets hot and sticky, so I am enjoying every second of spring.
lizziebelle: (sherlock)
I had a most fabulous time in New York over the weekend. It was just what I needed to get out of my routine and do something different. And except for a flat tire on the bus on the ride down, it all went swimmingly.

Lots of pictures and rambling about the city... )

Too soon, it was time to head back to Penn Station to catch the bus home. The ride back to Boston was fast and uneventful, and I was full of memories to last until the next time.

Thank you Deanna, thank you Patricia, and thank you New York! I love you all!
lizziebelle: (artsy me)
When I was growing up, I loved Christmas Eve as much as Christmas morning. In some ways, even more. We had our yearly rituals of getting out all the votive holders and lining them up on the mantel, and decorating the tree. Midnight mass, and when we were younger, the earlier service as well. My sister and I were in the choir. My favorite part was when the whole congregation lit their candles, they turned out the lights, and we sang "Silent Night" a capella. One year, I think it was when I was a senior in high school, it snowed while we were in church, and everyone oohed when they opened the doors.

When we were all grown up, we'd have a cheese-and-cracker platter with sparkling wine while we decorated the tree. Dad always played his Christmas tape that he put together from his favorite selections, complete with the record skip on one song.

While Christmas is no longer a religious holiday for me, we still get together and celebrate. It's really more of a secular, family holiday these days, anyway. Many of the traditions we follow have nothing to do with Christianity, and more to do with celebrating family and light. And that's OK with me.

If you celebrate, I hope your holiday is filled with love and light. And even if you don't, I wish you all a happy, healthy, prosperous year to come. Merry happy!
lizziebelle: (elvis stamp)

heavy sky, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I took this pic last Sunday, but this is pretty much how the sky has looked all week. Bands of rain moving through, and even a tornado warning or two in parts of Massachusetts. This weekend, the unofficial kick-off to summer, is supposed to be dreary, cool, and damp.

They let us out at 2:00 today, so I took advantage of the extra afternoon to hit Trader Joe's and get my food shopping done for the week. I love that place almost as much as Wegmans. And their cheese prices are much better! Got some old favorites, and tried a couple new things. I love when my freezer is full of yummy TJ's stuff!

Someone posted on Facebook today that the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston is free this weekend, so I promptly made plans with [livejournal.com profile] leenah to meet there tomorrow morning. I haven't been there in ages. I'm looking forward to paying my respects to Sekhmet, among others. Hopefully it won't be too crowded.

My brother and his wife will be up visiting this weekend; it will be good to see them. It's been too long. One of these days, I have to make a trip to DC to see them and our cousin, who also lives there. I haven't been to DC since, oh, '86? I think that's the last time I was there, except for driving through on the way to Florida, and that doesn't really count as it was dark, and we didn't stop. And that was a long time ago, too: my sis was pregnant with Willow at the time, and she turns 21 this year. So yeah, it's about time I paid a visit.

And ye gods, 21?!?!? My little Willow can't possibly be almost old enough to buy alcohol. :::boggle:::

Any fun plans for the weekend? Make it a good one!

lizziebelle: (ganesha)

perfect spot, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Went to start my car this morning, and discovered that I'd left the lights on. Since Friday. O_o Thank goodness for housemates with jumper cables, and AAA since my commute isn't long enough to charge the battery. I drove around for half an hour and found out where a couple of the roads nearby go. Confirmed that my sense of direction is very good. Mom says I get that from her father. :)

The family reunion was fun, as usual. This shot was everyone's favorite; it's the pond behind the house, with an incredible sky and my cousin Joanna painting on an easel. We are a creative family. :)

We did s'mores twice, and the second time I noted that we should be singing campfire songs, which my cousin [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday took to mean "sing karaoke" and proceeded to belt out "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (which I joined in on) (we are both Leos, after all).

Ahem.

I also managed to spill coffee on myself and my desk today, after which I cried "Uncle!" to Mercury, who is presently retrograde. Oh, he is a trickster all right.

Made calls for the first time at work, and had one person who was interested but about to go on holiday (and you'd be surprised by the number of travel agents who have British accents here in Massachusetts), so I sent her a flyer and put her in the calendar to call back next week. She sounded quite interested. Getting used to the lingo; selling BBB services is similar to but also different from selling advertising. Soon it'll be rolling off the tongue, but today the tongue got a bit tied in places. Also Mercury's fault, of course. ;)

Starting to come back to myself as I get used to going to work every day, and being happy about it. Seeing the family was good, too. Once a year isn't often enough. It's hard when everyone is so far-flung.

Discovered the perfect pillow at my aunt's over the weekend; it's from Ikea, so I foresee a trip down there next time I'm at Mom's. My neck will thank me. It's been cranky lately.

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lizziebelle: (eye)

Derek, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It's been a rough few days. My good friend Derek passed away the other day, just a couple of weeks before his 40th birthday. We still don't know the cause, but it was probably his heart.

Derek's brother is married to my good friend and old roommate, who is like a sister to me. So I really feel like I've lost a member of my family. Which he was, really. My Babylon family is as important to me as my blood family.

I rode out to Sirius Rising festival with Derek last summer, for which I am now doubly glad. I got to spend time with him, and he made the trip enjoyable with his lively conversation and sense of humor.

Derek was a great lover of music, and loved to share discoveries of new artists and songs. He was also a wonderful singer, with a rich, deep voice.

I am grateful I got to call him friend, and my heart breaks for his wife, mom, brother and sister, and his extended family.

I'm also really grateful for Facebook, where our chosen family gathered to touch base, grieve together, make plans. People complain about Facebook all the time, but for me it's been a lifeline. We're so far-flung these days, but now we're just a click away on our computers and phones.

Be sure to tell your loved ones that you love them. You never know when will be the last time you talk to them.

lizziebelle: (Default)

mommy's turn, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Back home from Binghamton, and a weekend full of family. We had a good time, but it was curiously devoid of several traditions. We didn't do the tractor ride (the tractor got parked in by several cars), there was no chalk driveway art, and we never got around to making s'mores. It was a lot like camp this year in that respect.

We did the annual cousins trip to Denny's, but decided that we need to find a new tradition because it was quite disappointing. Their food has gone downhill; not that it was all that great to begin with, but you'd think you'd be all right with a sundae or cake. Nope. Denny's has lost its luster for us.

My cousin Alyson left her phone in the car after we left her and her brother to get picked up by their parents, and we discovered that she had Facebook on her phone and it wasn't locked. Ha! There then followed a flurry of postings (including pictures), like "I sure wish I had taken my cousins' offer to drop off my phone" and "Who can tell me more about Scientology?" *g* She took it with grace and humor, proving to be a good sport. And then she locked her phone. *g*

I tried to take more portraits, and had the inspired idea to do them in black & white. I really like how a lot of them came out, including the one above of my cousin Jen and her daughter.

There were a plethora of babies and little kids, who got passed around to adoring cousins, aunties, and grandmothers. They are all beautiful, of course. We're like Lake Wobegon: all the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the children are above average. *g*

We had hoped to go to the movies last night, but decided we were too wiped out so we looked at a slideshow of my brother's trip to France instead.

My cousin Bryon got me set up with his sister's old laptop, changing the login and password. Alyson helped me change the fingerprint scanner to accept my fingerprint instead of hers, which (now that it works) is a pretty cool feature. It's missing the cord to plug it in, but B said I should be able to get one at Radio Shack. We might even have one floating around the office; I'll have to check tomorrow.

I wasn't able to connect to the internet here at home, but that's OK. I have my Mac for that. It definitely works with wifi, which was the point to begin with.

It was a great way to spend the last weekend of my forties. ;)

lizziebelle: (Default)

mommy's turn, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Back home from Binghamton, and a weekend full of family. We had a good time, but it was curiously devoid of several traditions. We didn't do the tractor ride (the tractor got parked in by several cars), there was no chalk driveway art, and we never got around to making s'mores. It was a lot like camp this year in that respect.

We did the annual cousins trip to Denny's, but decided that we need to find a new tradition because it was quite disappointing. Their food has gone downhill; not that it was all that great to begin with, but you'd think you'd be all right with a sundae or cake. Nope. Denny's has lost its luster for us.

My cousin Alyson left her phone in the car after we left her and her brother to get picked up by their parents, and we discovered that she had Facebook on her phone and it wasn't locked. Ha! There then followed a flurry of postings (including pictures), like "I sure wish I had taken my cousins' offer to drop off my phone" and "Who can tell me more about Scientology?" *g* She took it with grace and humor, proving to be a good sport. And then she locked her phone. *g*

I tried to take more portraits, and had the inspired idea to do them in black & white. I really like how a lot of them came out, including the one above of my cousin Jen and her daughter.

There were a plethora of babies and little kids, who got passed around to adoring cousins, aunties, and grandmothers. They are all beautiful, of course. We're like Lake Wobegon: all the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the children are above average. *g*

We had hoped to go to the movies last night, but decided we were too wiped out so we looked at a slideshow of my brother's trip to France instead.

My cousin Bryon got me set up with his sister's old laptop, changing the login and password. Alyson helped me change the fingerprint scanner to accept my fingerprint instead of hers, which (now that it works) is a pretty cool feature. It's missing the cord to plug it in, but B said I should be able to get one at Radio Shack. We might even have one floating around the office; I'll have to check tomorrow.

I wasn't able to connect to the internet here at home, but that's OK. I have my Mac for that. It definitely works with wifi, which was the point to begin with.

It was a great way to spend the last weekend of my forties. ;)

lizziebelle: (Default)

corner, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Another perfect day, spent pining away at the office. I went for a nice long walk after supper, down to the library and around town a bit. The light is just gorgeous this evening.

I got a package from mom: a bunch of recipes for our family cookbook. I called to thank her, and asked her for a couple more that I wanted. *g*

I've got to start putting this baby together soon. I want it to be available before the family reunion in July. I hope a few stragglers manage to get their recipes to me!

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corner, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Another perfect day, spent pining away at the office. I went for a nice long walk after supper, down to the library and around town a bit. The light is just gorgeous this evening.

I got a package from mom: a bunch of recipes for our family cookbook. I called to thank her, and asked her for a couple more that I wanted. *g*

I've got to start putting this baby together soon. I want it to be available before the family reunion in July. I hope a few stragglers manage to get their recipes to me!

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I walked down to Grandmothers' Garden, where the snow is melting and things are coming up out of the ground. Yay!

greening )



I then walked down to the river, where the water is quite high.

swamped )

I walked along the dike for a ways, then back through town. In the window of a junk shop, I saw something that looked very familiar. I'm pretty sure this backrest is the one I sold at my tag sale last fall.

familiar )

I mean, how many of these can there be in Westfield? Especially in that particular shade of faded rose. That thing sat in my bedroom for many years. Several bedrooms, in fact. I had it a very long time.

It's day one of being totally thrown off by the time change. I had trouble getting to sleep last night, and it didn't help that I kept thinking of that lost hour. While I enjoy the later sunsets (going for walks after work comes to mind), I really hate having to reset my inner clock. I'm usually a zombie for a few days because of it. I don't dare take a nap, or I'll never get to sleep tonight.

I was chatting online with one of my cousins last night, and we revisited the idea of doing a family cookbook. I would love to do this, and I even volunteered to put it together. I thought doing it through Lulu would work, so nobody has to put out any initial cash and hope people contribute. Now all I have to do is get people to give me their recipes. *g*

We talked about how everyone has their version of Grandma's linzer torte, and swears that it's the original. She suggested we put everyone's version in there, and let people sort it out for themselves. I think that's the most diplomatic way to do it. ;)

The one I really want is Aunt Dorothy's potato salad recipe. It tastes exactly like I remember Grandma's tasting.

I'm a little afraid of what my Aunt Helen would send. It would probably have Cool Whip and lime Jell-o in it. ;)

Wish me luck! If I succeed, I'll offer it at cost, and anyone could purchase it. We have some fantastic cooks in the family. :)

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