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This Is National Thank You Note Day!

I take this occasion to say thank you to YOU! All my dear friends, family, and ohana (friends that have become family) mean more to me than all the riches on earth. I do not say it often enough, but … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas Eve!

  We did a whimsical Christmas tree this year… filled with child-like fun and fantasy. Even my very first ornament from back in the 1950s is here. The little bird no longer has a tail, but it flies in the … Continue reading

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National Maple Syrup Day & Canadian Maple Syrup Day

Maple syrup has been favored in North America for hundreds of years. It’s widely produced in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Up until the 1930s, the United States led in maple syrup production. Canada leads … Continue reading

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National Gingerbread Decorating Day

  Perhaps you enjoy making, seeing, or eating decorated gingerbread houses or cookies. Dad and Mom taught my sister and me to love decorating (and eating) spicy, chewy gingerbread cookies, both large and small.         Before he … Continue reading

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Visiting Mom

Just returning home from a delightful, though brief 1-week visit with Mom. She is one dynamic person and classy lady. Never mind that she is active and healthy and vibrant at 92½ years young! As “President of my fan club,” … Continue reading

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The Hall Sisters

Do you know of a musical quartet known as The Hall Sisters from Garner, North Carolina? These extremely talented sisters have played everywhere from the Grand Old Opry to Carnegie Hall. Mom and I had the pleasure of watching them … Continue reading

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Memorable Moments, Silly Sidebars, and Terrific Takeaways

  Although Paradise is powerful, we could not stay forever, utterly absorbed in our visit there… although it is tempting.     We so enjoyed our trip to the Hawaiian Islands and our visit with my sister Deborah in Kaua’i. … Continue reading

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Na’Aina Kai Sculpture Park

I find it fitting that bronze sculptures of founders Ed and Joyce Doty now grace the Na’Aina Kai Botanical Gardens and Sculpture Park in an area where she often sketched out her ideas, as her husband would sit with her … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

One of the most influential voices in the 19th Century was born in Newport, New Hampshire in 1788. Sarah Josepha Hale was born to parents who believed in education for both boys and girls, so she was encouraged to study … Continue reading

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Lessons and Learning

While visiting the island of Kauai, we stayed at the Marriott Waiohai Beach Club on the south shore in the Poipu Beach area.   The grounds are simply gorgeous… so much so that hubby says he wants to marry the … Continue reading

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National Cranberry Relish Day

Leave it to cranberries to get two official days back-to-back. Because my cousin, Barbara Cote asked if I make our Grandmother Burnham’s Cranberry Orange Relish, I knew I needed to post a recipe today in celebration of all the marvelous … Continue reading

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National Cranberry Day

Cranberries are easily one of my favorite fruits. I get caught popping these fresh, tart little berries into my mouth all Fall. Being Thanksgiving week in the U.S.A, cranberry sauce, cranberry bread, and even cranberries in stuffing become wildly popular. … Continue reading

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Adoption Update

Because November is National Adoption Month, I thought you might enjoy a little adoption update. Back on June 10th, I posted about our friends Rick and Claire Johnson watching over two tiny, twin fawns that had been orphaned when their … Continue reading

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The Oldest Hawaiian Island

Cruising toward Kauai, our final island on our Hawaiian tour, I spied where the Kalalea Mountain range stretches to the sea in the northeastern portion of the island.     I later learned that the two jagged peaks at the … Continue reading

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Life!

I pause from my typical postings on this day for a brief look at Life as it has been affecting me over the past couple of months. Life. We are not in charge.   Yesterday, we attended two precious gatherings … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween!

With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, a great many parties and celebrations happened Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! For those who cherish this holiday… like a few special friends of mine… nothing could be more perfect. Some embrace … Continue reading

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National Popcorn Poppin’ Month

My folks used to say that I could live on hot dogs and popcorn. They were probably right. When I smell popcorn popping, I feel as though I could literally float in its direction, lilting across the space on the … Continue reading

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All Hands On Deck

Looking back at my photos taken for Granddaughter Ada’s 2nd birthday celebration on October 8th, I realize how many busy hands the celebration took. Everyone helped out. Adam and Caiti were constantly in motion, from last-minute touches for the special … Continue reading

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A New Grandbaby Blessing

At 5:03 this morning, Ayla Wren was born to Caiti and Adam, making us happy Grandparents again. (Her name is pronounced with the long “I” sound for the Ay.) And making Mom a proud Great-Grandmother for the 3rd time! Ayla … Continue reading

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Family Fun to Remember!

We so enjoyed our weekend with family last week as we visited Long Island, New York. Between Adaline’s “Two Groovy” 2nd birthday party to picking out pumpkins, lots of laughter and fun surrounded us. Then, of course, she enjoyed time … Continue reading

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National Pumpkin Pie Day

As Americans prepare for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, a pumpkin pie is frequently on the menu. Pumpkins were first cultivated in Central America around 5500 B.C. and were one of the first foods that European explorers took home from the … Continue reading

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Meeting Challenges

Thank you. Thank you to the thousands of people who are helping others following Hurricane Ian’s destructive chaos. First responders of all types had their hands more than full. National Guardsmen put in long days and weeks. Utility, service, clean … Continue reading

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National Angel Food Cake Day

While we can now buy them ready-made or make cakes from mixes, Mom always made her cakes from scratch. (But, of course!) And she made a lot of them. One of her most in-demand cakes for various birthdays was one … Continue reading

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Two Groovy

That was the theme for Granddaughter Adaline’s 2nd birthday party… or perhaps I should say Toooooo Groovy. We all donned our happy hippy best. (And yes, in my costume bin I did still have a few tidbits from the 1960s … Continue reading

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Ancestor Appreciation Day

Every year on September 27th, we can celebrate our heritage. Ancestor Appreciation Day reminds us that regardless of where we were born, where we were raised, or where we may live currently, we all have ancestors. Our histories are richly … Continue reading

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National Ice Cream Cone Day

Yum!  I do love that so many of the “national” days celebrate wonderful foods. Ice cream cones have always held a special place in my little world. As a child, I struggled to finish even a small portion, so Dad … Continue reading

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National Stepfamily Day

I say it often, and yet not nearly enough. I feel especially blessed. One of my great blessings is to be part of an incredible blended family.  When I officially became a stepparent, I had no idea how it would … Continue reading

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Grandparents Day

Yes, this is a real holiday. It was initially proposed back in the 1950s and finally became a federal holiday by proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. Celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day each year, there … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary!

  Today I celebrate 22 years of marriage with Sir Ronald. We complete each other. As with all couples, we’ve been through a lot together. I am delighted that we are very much in love and are still each other’s … Continue reading

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National Welsh Rarebit Day

One legend says that this cheesy dish was first developed by Welsh peasants seeking a substitute for expensive meat. There are records of the dish in Wales dating back to the 1500s under the name “caws pobi,” meaning toasted cheese … Continue reading

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Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

When one of us shares that a beloved 4-legged family member has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, each of us who has been loved by a special critter feels the pang of pain and loss. Whether your loss happened years ago … Continue reading

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National Be an Angel Day

Not that we need reminders that being kind is always best, but we sometimes might forget how meaningful a touch of caring can be to someone else. We can’t walk in someone else’s shoes or fully understand someone else’s struggles, … Continue reading

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Try a Little Kindness

  “Some show respect and kindness to their partners. Some show nastiness and belittlement to their partners. Both gain control. The first is given it willingly. The other takes it as if by right, although it is utterly wrong.” — … Continue reading

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National Sister Day

I have been deeply blessed with one sister by birth, many sisters through the sisterhood of the ZTA sorority, and countless more through friendship. A sister sees the best and worst in us and loves us anyway. A sister is … Continue reading

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Happy First Date Anniversary

This day marks the 22nd anniversary of my first date with Sir Ronald. For several years, we “returned to the scene of the crime” for lunch on the anniversary of that date. (I’d even wear the same outfit… just me … Continue reading

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National Cousins Day

When we are very lucky, we grow up enjoying beautiful and loving siblings… our sisters and brothers. Sometimes we also get Bonus Siblings in the form of cousins. I enjoyed a blessed childhood with wonderful siblings AND cousins. On this … Continue reading

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National Gorgeous Grandma Day

Since 1984, today is the day set aside annually to recognize women “of a certain age” whether they are Grandmothers or not. Thanks to all Nana, Grammies, and Grannies by any name for passing down traditions, wit, and wisdom… for … Continue reading

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National Stick Out Your Tongue Day

Raspberries!!! Rude or sassy, playful or perky, today is the official day for celebrating our human act of sticking out our tongue. Perhaps it’s just to score a taste of that choice dill pickle from your plate, as our granddaughter, … Continue reading

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Pick Blueberries Day

  “I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill” — Antoine Domino, Jr. (“Fats Domino”) (1928 – 2017) American pianist and songwriter   Rich in antioxidants, blueberries are not only scrumptious but a guilt-free snack, too! They cook up splendidly in … Continue reading

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Happiest Birthday wishes to the best mother in (or out of) the world!

Thank you to my dear mother, Glenna Burnham. You have been my role model, my guiding light, and my rock. You celebrated my successes and caught me whenever I fell. You have been a great blessing to me and so … Continue reading

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