First Saturday of March

It’s been awfully grey here lately. Grey with wind, sometimes grey with rain, always grey. But we are having a spot of sun. Even in the house you can feel it. Winter should be wrapping it up soon. This year there has not been much of an effort by winter. Not that I am complaining. […]


I had prepared  the below post yesterday about the Blunt Amendment. Fortunately, the Blunt Amendment failed, barely 48-51. Then things just got weirder.  I have updated the original post at the end. What the hell is going here?  There are some pretty crucial pieces of legislature that Congress should be considering to keep our country on the road […]

Reading Frenzy

Written 22 Februray 2012 I have read 6 books in five days.  Truth be told I had read ¾ of The Historian before I landed in Junin. Here is what I read: Gilead  By Marilynne Robinson.  She wrote also Housekeeping.  A mesmerizing writer of faith and theology all within a compelling story.  Doesn’t sound great […]

Going Back

I just landed from being 12 days in Argentina.  I will post date some posts about being there (and even some older ones.)  And I am going to commit to writing regularly.  Really.  I mean it this time. We have been back living in the States for about 5 months.  Everyone is good.  I am […]

Christmas Light Blues

For the last ten years or so, petite white fairy lights have been been adorning our Christmas tree. I do think they are pretty but I am ready to embrace color on my tree. Who am I kidding, I have been persuaded by Georgie to go for a little color this year and I have […]

Happy Christmas Dutch People

Today is the Eve of Saint Nicolas. Its the day that kids in the Netherlands, Belgium and parts of Germany put their shoes out at night hoping that Saint Nicholas will leave presents for them. It all depends if they have been good. They might get sticks, coal or even worse, kidnapped. I know this […]

Random Fall Photos

Technically there are three more weeks of autumn, but with Christmas upon us I thought I should get these photos  up while they are still barely relevant.

Giving Thanks.

I am thankful for a lot.  Not the least being the mellow but festive weekend we had together.  No family.  Just us six.  Was a nice, low key way to enjoy our first Thanksgiving in years. The turkey results were mixed.  While it was eaten in its entirety between Thursday’s feast and hash Friday night, […]

Theatre Extravaganza

One of the ways GM and I escape our children for an occasional 24 hours is to go into the city to catch a play.  Not a musical.  GM is not a musical kind of guy.  At all.  Thats fine with me.  I have been to a few of those and inevitably  their required sentimentality makes me […]

People in Hell, when they are bad, have to do Laundry

As I have mentioned ad nauseam, our life in Argentina afforded us many luxuries.  The luxury of time, of family and of people in your home helping lightening your load.  One of things I dreaded on my return wasn’t the cooking or general house keeping which for the last years had been done for us.  […]

A look out my window

Its been an odd autumn.  The weather has been nutty with the hurricane and the early snow storm that both took place the last few months.  I hear the summer was super hot and wet.  So apparently that combination of weather factors has produced a rather anti-climatic foliage show this year. Its been dull.  Leaves […]

Halloween was a do-over

Wilton, Connecticut celebrated Halloween November 5th.  Last Monday, on  the real Halloween, we were under a foot of snow, trees and electric wires were down in the roads and most residences were still without power.   Spooky maybe, but not safe for trick or treaters.   So the town declared  November 5th Halloween 2011.    It […]

Did not sign up for this

Its October 30th.  We spent two hours yesterday trying to get home from doing errands in our village.  Roads where bad with lots of unexpected heavy snow, bad drivers blocking the roads, and leaf filled trees heavy with snow causing lots of branches down in the already treacherous roads.  We had dinner plans with friends who live […]