and everyone is returning home
looking forward to a week of family
there will be suitcases to unpack
laundry to be done
and many dirty dishes left in the sink
but the house will feel like a home
at least for a short time

one of those days


Had to push myself out the door today. My sluggish body can’t take the heat and humidity anymore and I’m actually starting to look forward to some cool, crisp, fall-like air.  I noticed that the acorns are just starting to drop.

on a hot summer day


not only hot, but the air was filled with humidity
super hair frizz weather
so what did I do?
I baked pies

Yup, that’s right

I cranked up the air conditioning and spent the afternoon in the kitchen

two pies, a peach and an apple

my oldest son, Eric is making his way east tomorrow on a business trip

and will be spending a week or so here at home

and since we missed celebrating his birthday with him this month

I thought I should make him something special for dessert

he’s not a birthday cake lover

his favorite has always been apple pie

So happy 25th birthday Eric!


happy 100th birthday Julia Child!

(even though apple pie is obviously not french)

Bon Appetit!



because I can never

pass a book store without stopping in


bookstore love

Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.

~Nora Ephron

getting to be that time

there are signs

crosswalks have been re-painted

bus routes published

shopping has commenced

I recently viewed a lovely photo

of pancakes and waffles

prepared by a mom

a favorite breakfast for her daughter

before leaving for college

and I just received an email today

from a friend

anxious about sending her son off to kindergarten

she worries

will he get on the bus?

will he adjust to a full day of school?


no matter what age

or what grade

going off to school marks the passage of time

it’s always bitter sweet


my son’s summer job on the Cape comes to an end on Saturday

and then he’ll be home

I plan to savor every last day

until he takes off once again

in just a few short weeks

to begin his junior year of college


There are two lasting bequest we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings. ~Hodding Carter