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Mar. 15th, 2017

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Coldplay - Hypnotised (Official Lyric Video)

Having a Rough Day? This lifts my spirits.

Feb. 21st, 2017

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Waving from behind the snowbanks! An update

We just had back-to-back blizzards here on the South Shore. Today, thankfully, it’s sunny and above freezing and the snow banks are melting.

Eddie is home for reading week. There is no March break this year, so this is it for vacation. They missed three days of classes last week, which is unheard of for a university. We really had an entire winter’s worth of snow in one week and the road crews couldn’t keep up. All their mid-terms were cancelled last week, so they have those exams hanging over their heads but I'm sure they won't worry until Sunday:). Eddie is enjoying university much more this semester. He’s made some new friends and is more confident. Hopefully he’s outgrowing his exam anxiety, and mid-terms won’t be too stressful next week.

The latest curveball for this parent is that after first year, they are not required to live on campus in a dorm. So – you guessed it – they are apartment hunting for next year. Unfortunately, most of the landlords want a year lease from May to May. So he’ll probably stay in the city this summer and work and we won’t have our baby at home. *sigh* Still, it’s the logical next step.

George’s mom and I went up on Sunday to pick up Eddie and while we were there, went along on an apartment viewing. They found a really nice place – five bedrooms on two levels in an elegant old house. There are two bathrooms and two kitchens and all utilities, including internet, are included. They have four roommates on board and two possibilities for the 5th. I hope they can work it out to have that place. The landlord was lovely (and so impressed that these nice boys brought their mothers along). I keep thinking that it’s just as well they have summer in the city to learn to cook and shop and get used to that aspect of independent living before they have to concentrate on their studies – but still – it’s a big step.

And speaking of big steps. I gave Bill a book about retirement planning for his birthday in January. He actually ran the numbers and then talked to our finance guy and they both agreed he could retire anytime with three more years of work being the optimal number. (After that you’re working to pay taxes) We’ve always saved and lived below our means, but it is daunting to think (a) that money really added up and (b) we really are getting old and (c) thank God we live in low cost of living area with healthcare. If we moved back to the States, Bill would have to work at least ten more years. Bill will keep working, of course, but it’s good to know that if something happened with this job, that we wouldn’t have to move again. I’m so tired of moving. We’ve lived in 6 different houses in our 30 year marriage. I’m ready to stay put.

So we’ve been looking at house projects we need to do. Our front entryway and door need replacing. I’ve been leafing through brochures and getting ideas from the internet. This is a mid-century house, so I want to stay true to the style. We were slowed down by the storms last week and with Eddie home this week, I haven’t moved forward on it, but I will next week. It takes time to get things ordered and a contractor lined up – and it will be spring here (eventually).

It’s also tax season and filing in two countries takes a lot of prep work on our end. Every year they want something different, so I’m going through the checklist now.

I’ve been experimenting with bread making and my friends have been enjoying the results. It’s a good winter activity – and necessary after shoveling.

I can’t even talk about our new president. I’ve never written so many letters to my congressman and two senators as I have in the last month. It’s about all I can do from here.

A close friend of mine died of cancer right before Christmas. She was in our quilting group (there were five of us) when the kids were in pre-school and elementary school. Once the kids were in high school, life got hectic for everyone. But I was able to spend a lot of time with her before she died. Bless her, she fought it every step of the way from when she found out in June. She had adrenal cancer (which is rare), but what slowed her down was the secondary tumor in her spine that finally kept her from walking. Her daughter is Eddie’s age and in college. Eddie said he saw her last night at a friend's houses and that she’s holding it together. I was so glad she decided to go back to school, even though her dad is alone in the house. They have a lot friends who will look after him.

Needless to say, it’s been a hard winter.

On a happier note, I finally saw La,La Land. I really enjoyed it. Everyone in the theater laughed when the camera panned to palm trees and the blue California skies and the graphics said “winter.” I also saw Hidden Figures, which I loved, loved, loved. The acting in that was phenomenal. What a cast.

Hope all of you are well!

Feb. 8th, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Bel!

Happy Birthday, tdu000! It's a snow day here, but I imagine you're having different weather in your neck of the woods. Know I'm thinking of you and wishing you well in the upcoming year. *big birthday hugs*

Jan. 27th, 2017

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Happy Birthday, amamama!

Happy Birthday, Berte! I hope you have a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends. I'm sending you lots of loving vibes from across the Atlantic. *hugs*

Dec. 30th, 2016

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We Have Always Lived In A Crazy World

I found the funniest Twitter feed that's probably only funny to a certain segment of people - those who took home ec and grew up in a house with 70's cookbooks and knitting/crochet patterns. https://twitter.com/70s_party

The whole twitter account is amusing but this made Eddie and I laugh out loud. The quote is perfect:

'The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.'

Dec. 4th, 2016

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Happy Birthday, crumplehornedki !

Happy Birthday, Sandy! I hope your family is taking good care of you on your special day! *hugs*

Nov. 30th, 2016

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Happy Birthday, sherylyn!

Happy Birthdy, sherylyn! I hope you have a great day full of fan fiction, family and friends. You are a true blue friend and I'm so glad to have you in my life. *Hugs*

Nov. 25th, 2016

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Happy Birthday, grandma_kate!

Happy Birthday, grandma_kate! This is a day of rejoicing after a long year of health issues and making some hard decisions. You are a role model for all of us and a shining light in your family and on live journal. Love to you on this happy day. *hugs*

Nov. 11th, 2016

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K.D. Lang sings Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah

This fits my mood today. There's still beauty in a painful world. RIP Leonard Cohen.

Oct. 20th, 2016

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Movies to Look Forward To

I've been hearing rave reviews about La La Land. It's supposed to put a smile on your face. It's about creativity, never giving up, and helping each other through the hard times. It is "unironic." It is old-fashioned. It tugs at the heartstrings. It's the kind of movie you want to see again and again.

So, yeah! I'm excited to see it - even if the two leads have to go their separate ways (I don't know - just guessing) they've made each other better people. So I can live with that.

I do love Star Wars. This is the story of how the rebellion got the plans for the Death Star before "A New Hope." (The first Star Wars from the 1970s)

And finally another Guardians of the Galaxy coming this summer. Chris Pratt is adorable. "Someone pathetic. Like you." LOL

Thank you for your birthday wishes! I had a great day.

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