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August 2012

What We Like About Florida

Last week I took the chicken out to thaw.  And the ribs.  I cooked everything in the freezer, then I took down the pictures and began packing up the house.  The Sims family is headed to Virginia.
 
Spending a year in south Florida has been like having a long beach vacation. Imagine after almost a decade in the northeast, having thirteen months without winter! And here's a fact for you:  South Florida winter is warmer than Vermont spring.

"A" Day

I am at a loss for words to describe how I felt last weekend when Captain Fun and I (with Hope in tow)  traveled to the USMA at West Point for Matthew's long anticipated A Day.  But here's the best list I could come up with.
 
Moved.   When the band played and the companies marched, I thought of my dad and how proud he would be.  He was a Navy man, and he loved the military.  For someone who never attended high school, it opened up the world to him.

Going to Extremes

 
 
Today's Third Thursday Blog Hop at Hearts at Home (www.hearts-at-home.org) is all about connecting with family.
 
I can easily and justifiably say that I am outnumbered (I am!) and cannot possibly keep my family connected. But several years ago, I did find a way.  It is extreme, but it has enabled me to connect with my kids for years: I developed an alter-ego:  Mrs Horseshack.  (And let me add that I was saddened to hear that Ron Pallilo, the inspiration for my other side, passed away just this week.

The Monday Morning Club

"I am President of the Monday Morning Club," my mother once told me. 
 
I didn't get it then.  Doesn't everyone hate Mondays?
 
But now I understand--she (herself a mother of eight) relished the back to school season when everybody left on Monday mornings.
 
Going through an old journal this week, I came across this poem I wrote ten years ago, shortly after her death.  Don't take it too seriously.  I do love summer--why, we were all in a friend's pool just this morning.
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