Category Archives: family

Bounty

This was harvested from our garden today. Several varieties of heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and lots of yukon potatoes. Tonight we ate some of this produce in our salad for dinner. Delicious. Actually, I have been gone for four days and … Continue reading

Posted in aging, family, garden, relationship, transformation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

More than worth the effort

Yesterday I took my mother to Party City. She loves to go there to get her cards for birthdays and anniversaries because the cards are 50% off. There are three aisles of cards. Three. And gezillions of cards in each … Continue reading

Posted in aging, family, photography, shopping | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

You know how it is with adventures

My son left early this morning for the airport, on his way to Japan, his third trip there. This time the trip will last for at least three months but may be as long as two years or more, depending … Continue reading

Posted in family, Japan | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The wisdom of our grandmothers

I think this is the slowest onset of a cold I have ever had. Each day it has gotten microscopically worse. First a slight raspy throat and then the next day a slightly more raspy throat. Yes and then the … Continue reading

Posted in family, health | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Simple “shmata”

When my aunt moved to an apartment from the home she had lived in for over 50 years, my sister acquired some items in that downsizing. One was a bunch of aprons that my grandmother made and wore when she was … Continue reading

Posted in family | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

“Negative Space” by Ron Koertge

My dad taught me to pack: lay out everything. Put back half. Roll things that roll. Wrinkle-prone things on top of cotton things. Then pants, waist- to-hem. Nooks and crannies for socks. Belts around the sides like snakes. Plastic over … Continue reading

Posted in death, family, poetry | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“Grandma’s in the car.”

Last Friday I took my mother to the hospital to get her battery replaced for the DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) she has for her Parkinson’s disease, which helps to control her dyskinesia. We had to be at the hospital in … Continue reading

Posted in family, Parkinson's | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“When it’s my time…”

I took my mother to her doctor. Her weight exactly the same as mine. Congestive heart failure. Increasing and progressive Parkinson’s symptoms. Heart murmur. High blood pressure. Then we went out for lunch, my mother napping on the ride to the … Continue reading

Posted in aging, family, health | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mazel Tov to us all!

This weekend we were in Ann Arbor to celebrate my sister and her partner’s wedding. Since they were married in a small ceremony in Vermont last October, this Michigan celebration was for all their friends and family, all 170 of … Continue reading

Posted in family, magic, relationship | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The colorful nuances of morning espresso

Starting mid-June, instead of having a large glass of coffee (yes, we drank our coffee from glasses) every morning, which JB prepared as part of our morning routine, we have taken to drinking a double espresso. The taste is deliciously strong … Continue reading

Posted in coffee, family, relationship | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment