Archive for 2012

For the New Year

For the New Year
This is not an original idea.  I have stolen it.  Now I am spreading it. I pitched it to my youngest son today, and even though we were on the phone I could see his eyes rolling back into his head. Later this afternoon, I am going to pick up a par-baked pizza for our... Read more »

The Afterglow, PT. 1

The Afterglow, PT. 1
The house has returned to semi-organized. The wrapping paper is back in its Tupperware bin, and the card table wrapping station has collapsed. We are still aglow. I declare this holiday a success. Gifts were opened and appreciated.  I was forgiven for duplicitous selections and incorrect sizing. I had pre-suffered for not listening closely to... Read more »

Every Ornament Tells a Story

Steve calls my cabal of friends the Lesbian Coven of Witches.  One year I made these for my friends.  Not artistic, but heartfelt.
Christmas is a journey for me.  The Joliat family was big, and some years were lean.  Still, there was never a year when Mom didn’t have a few tricks up her sleeve to make magic.  One year she sewed a wardrobe of clothes for our Tiny Tears dolls and presented them in a trunk.  Another... Read more »
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Dwelling in Glimmering Inertia

Dwelling in Glimmering Inertia
My house is a sparkling haven. It is having a corrosive effect on my holiday efficiency.  This is fine for me, but will make for a crummy Christmas day.  I cannot bring myself to venture out on my rickety knee.  I do not wish to shop.  I want to sit, sip wine, listen to Christmas... Read more »

Grandparent's Manifesto

Grandparent's Manifesto
There is a broad community that blogs here- some physical contact exists, but we are predominantly a virtual bunch.  I am demographically OLDER than most here. Still, I like the outlet. It continues a tradition of familial remembrance. My husband created the original transparant family when he broadcast the birth of my first born son... Read more »

The Christmas Angel is here for You- DAY 1 Tips

The Christmas Angel is here for You- DAY 1 Tips
I officially declare myself to be a Christmas addict.  I have my main tree up and am embarking upon the glitter infusion of my mundane world.  I am here for you. I have my staging tubs out, and I want to make sure you have the essential tools needed to transform your home.  Get these... Read more »
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Love, Overstuffed

Now we celebrate. Today is the birthday of my intrepid husband, with whom I have navigated the last 36 years.  The first time I celebrated his birthday we lived in Royal Oak, in a small townhome we called the Slumdominium.  I was in law school at night, teaching middle school English during the day.  He... Read more »

Always good to have a fallback position

Always good to have a fallback position
I have not set the curve for electing presidents. I often champion underdogs, or in the case of George McGovern, my first presidential vote-hopeless candidates. Steve and I often cancel each other’s vote.  Both of us are “mind our own business” types where  government would seek to judge and curb human choices.  We separate on... Read more »

Countdown

Countdown
Will we be kinder after the election?  Quieter? Less polarized? I am a news junkie, but I am turning from the chatterboxes on TV.  Polls, polls and more polls.  The process of electing a president has degraded into clatter.  We could be reading about the viability of the proposals proffered. We could be verifying the... Read more »
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Parting. Just Sorrow. Not Sweet.

Parting. Just Sorrow.  Not Sweet.
This is a personal rumination, and it is self indulgent.  Sorry. But I am so sad. Mad. I was chosen to be a Village of Western Springs trustee for a 4 year term.  It was an honor, and a task, and it brought me into a circle of spectacularly talented and dedicated neighbors.  Every commission... Read more »