Category: Family

Sure, we all have families, and I am not insinuating that mine is more special than yours. If your family is bad, you can borrow mine. If mine is bad, I will torment them here.

Tuesdays With Gramma Janet (Apologies to Mitch Albom)

Henry's First Selfie
Yep, I was the Grandma who said she would never be locked into a day for babysitting.I hate driving to the city, and so I was OUT. I have always been available for emergency babysitting, and my initial offer was to be the Friday overnight drop off babysitter for any of the kids. They could... Read more »

A New Flower in the Dahl Garden

A New Flower in the Dahl Garden
Little Violet Donaldson Dahl has made her appearance. She is 8 days old, and beautiful. Apparently she was in a hurry to meet us, because she took only 3 hours from contraction #1 to TA DA!   Mommy never had her epidural, yet she was a trouper. The week since her birth has found the Pat... Read more »

Counting the years...in wrinkles

Counting the years...in wrinkles
Wrinkled clothes, that is. The Joliat girls are extraordinary ironers.  It was an Irish/Catholic school/uniform blouse/child management legacy- who really knows? But as soon as we were tall enough to stand up to the ironing board- we ironed. Our learner’s permit was earned on hankies and pillow cases.  We set up the board in the... Read more »
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And then we were empty nesters again....

And then we were empty nesters again....
Turns out, I like a little chirping in the house. Pat, Rachel and Henry left the city in late September after selling their condo in a nano-second.  Their new house was a gut-rehab-add- a-second- story kind of project. It would require the entire fall and winter to complete. And the beginning of spring.  Their first... Read more »

Everyone Should Have a Jenny in Her Life

Everyone Should Have a Jenny in Her Life
Personal Business: This weekend my sister Jennifer celebrates a birthday.  I wish I was in her zip code so I could celebrate this milestone. This birthday will make her eligible for social security, and so in the weeks to come, she will also be stepping away from a teaching career that she has loved. These... Read more »

Circling Back

Circling Back
This weekend found me motoring to Detroit for the kick off of the Joliat wedding season.  Two nieces will wed in the next six months, and the first shower drew me East just as Steve returned from Florida. I guess if we can live separately for three months, a day of additional separation is nothing.... Read more »
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Welcome to our Surf Shack

Welcome to our Surf Shack
I have a confession to make:  I am going back to Florida.  Two thirds of my family will be joining me in this excursion; Matt, Jackson and Justine cannot join us.  My pouting has subsided.  There will be other years. Our little corner of the South was purchased after a few rough hotel stays in... Read more »

#donnaday Join me.

#donnaday  Join me.
What is every parent’s worst notion? You know. Sick kid. Cancer kid. Dying kid. What a sacred duty to travel life with an ill child, making choices for them, preserving  your sanity and strength so you can export them to your little one. What can we do to help? Listen. There are story tellers with... Read more »

Touch and Go

Touch and Go
In his crazy-eights youth, Steve would toss off his marital status as “separated- Janet’s in the suburbs, and I am in Chicago.”  Ha Ha. Fast forward 30 odd years, and that joke becomes our truth. Except that he is in Pompano Beach, and I am in Chicago. With strategic blending. This is a blending week,... Read more »
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Mad Props for Mommy Bloggers

Mad Props for Mommy Bloggers
I have embarked on a bit of an adventure: Steve has moved South for a few months as is his winter habit. He is now a Snowbird. I stay up North and watch the dogs.  This provides a few degrees of separation and solitude to a marriage that is 24/7, since Steve works at home.... Read more »