Posts tagged "family"

The Gardner Family Cookbook: The best Christmas gift I've ever given

This photo was taken at our 1987 family reunion on Sanibel Island. I'm in the back row, fourth from the right in a green dress.
I love Christmas. I love the traditions. I love going to church at Christmas. I love the family time. I love the holiday parties. I love sending Christmas cards. I love receiving Christmas cards. I love picking out the perfect gifts for the people I love. And I love receiving gifts. When it comes to... Read more »

Happy birthday Dave!

Nana was so proud of her second grandchild and first grandson, Fall 1974. Pictured: Nana, Dave, and me.
Happy birthday to Dave, the greatest brother in the world! I love being your big sister and having you as my best friend. Please join me wishing Dave a very happy birthday in the comments. Want to know more about Dave? Check out these posts: Dad, can I have herpes?, April 2009 Happy birthday Dave!,... Read more »

My childhood walked out the door at our garage sale

This lamp and switch plate were in my nursery. They were handcrafted and painted. Do they even make them like this anymore?
As I discussed earlier this week, my mom and I recently held a garage sale. It was fairly successful, but a bit difficult in ways that previous garage sales haven’t been. Prior garage sales have been about getting rid of excess items. With this sale, however, my mom, brother, and I decided to purge items... Read more »
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What are your family traditions?

What are your family traditions?
My dad is the second of five children born to Giff and Peggy Gardner – Giff, John (my dad), Jeff, Kathy, and Ray. When we moved to Chicago from Ft. Myers, Florida in 1975, the entire extended family lived in the Chicago Area and we got together regularly. I have vivid memories of family dinners... Read more »

RIP Feline Companion Fred Gardner, Unknown - March 11, 2015

RIP Feline Companion Fred Gardner, Unknown - March 11, 2015
It is with a heavy heart that I share that my dad, John, just said good-bye to his faithful feline companion, Fred. Fred was a very loving kitty who my dad rescued in the early 2000s. He was all black and loved his belly rubs. He also enjoyed long walks through the neighborhood on his... Read more »

Livingston Gifford Gardner, June 8, 1916 - January 11, 1995

Livingston Gifford Gardner, June 8, 1916 - January 11, 1995
Twenty years ago today, my paternal grandfather, Livingston Gifford Gardner, died. It wasn’t unexpected. Grandpa had been sick for as long as I could remember and we’d gotten a call in early December 1994 saying that doctors gave him about a month to live. Although he’d been sick for close to 20 years, I can’t... Read more »
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My lumpectomy was easy-peasy

My lumpectomy was easy-peasy
NOTE: If you haven’t read the first two installments of this unexpected series, My first mammogram saved my life and Respect my coping skills and I’ll respect yours, I encourage you to read them. It’s not necessary to read them in order to understand what’s happening, but they will give you more context. My Needle... Read more »

Ask Little Merry Sunshine: Bridezilla demands to know why guests can't attend her wedding

Ask Little Merry Sunshine: Bridezilla demands to know why guests can't attend her wedding
The editorial staff at Little Merry Sunshine has decided to get into the life coaching business because who better than Little Merry Sunshine to coach you to your best life? This new feature will run as often as you send in questions, so its success is up to you. If you don’t send in questions,... Read more »

My favorite name is Sister

My favorite name is Sister
October 5th marked the 40th anniversary of when I gave up the name “Only Child” and took on “Sister.” As I recall it, it was a bright early October day when my brother Dave came into the world. Fall had hit and we were wearing socks with our sandals in Ft. Myers, Florida. It was... Read more »
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What Joan Rivers taught us about death and dying

What Joan Rivers taught us about death and dying
Unless you just arrived here via time travel from the 1980s and in a DeLorean, and if you did, let’s talk ASAP, you know that pioneering comic Joan Rivers died last week. If you did arrive here via time travel, I’m sorry for the spoiler. But seriously, call me ASAP. I want to go back.... Read more »
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