Saturday, December 30, 2023

My Memorable Moments of 2023

At the end of the year (or beginning of the new one) I like to take a look back at some of my favorite or most significant moments of the new year. So join me on this look back -- and a look ahead to 2024.


The month began with art -- not creating it but seeing some of the best in the world, with a visit to a magnificent Van Gogh exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Let the Merriment Continue!

Friends and family. Holiday treats. Red-nosed reindeer. For me, that's what Christmas is all about!

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

December at the Ditch -- and Beyond

To be honest, this year there is little difference between December at the Ditch and November at the Ditch. Even the holiday ornaments that sprang up there a few years ago haven't yet appeared. I suspect everyone is as behind schedule as I am. 

On the 14th -- a Thursday -- we told the kids we would seen them in a "couple of weeks from tomorrow." The next day I looked at the calendar and realized we would see them only ONE WEEK from that day (the 22nd). In between that, there was insulation installation, a wedding I didn't know we were going to until a couple of days before that, cards to make, cards to send and not a speck of baking done.

Friday, December 15, 2023

Cork Poppers -- Italian Wines Rock!

Barb and Mike were our hosts for Cork Poppers this month and the wines of Italy didn't disappoint!


We started out with Barb's homemade limoncello, which Bob poured.

Monday, December 11, 2023

Saturday, December 9, 2023

More Holiday Decorating!

I think the house is about as ready as it's going to be for the holidays. Time to move on to shopping, wrapping, mailing, baking and cards! Oh my!

So, here is the rest of the living room, family room and kitchen, starting with the living room. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

One Tree at a Time

Everywhere I visit on Blogland I see people's beautiful holiday decorations and lovely trees. Meanwhile, I'm still working on it!

But I thought I'd offer a bit of a progress report! I'm getting Christmas up, one tree at a time, one Santa at a time. 

Sunday, December 3, 2023

November: A Pitiful Reading Month!

 Well, for those of you who say I read a lot of books in a month -- well, that's anything but the case! In Novmber I finished one book. Lots of reasons for not reading -- and no excuses!


"This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" by Ann Patchett

This collection of essays is by one of my favorite authors. It's not my personal favorite of her works (including her essays -- her "These Precious Days" was one of my favorite books of 2023). But there are many small gems in this one and, as many essay collections work, each one may resonate differently with each reader.

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