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A cross on the side of the road

This morning, we are on the Taconic Parkway, going somewhere around 75 miles per hour, drinking coffee and solving the world's problems.  I make this drive with Donald every week.  Up ahead, I see the familiar cross on the side of the road decorated with the remains of some flowers, deflated balloons and some pictures and notes.  I quickly and discreetly make the sign of the cross on my forehead with my thumb. This spattering of crosses and signs goes…

Wow, I didn’t see it ending that way in my head…

Picture this: school vacation. Cold night. Home made mac and cheese in the crock pot. I have four 13 year old boys ready for dinner.  I thought to myself, " let's cook instead pizza and wings."  It smelled so good and the boys were up for a change from pizza and wings. My friend Amy gave me this recipe and I have made it 10 times, without incident. Until tonight. I serve the mac and cheese and go up to…

It’s Fat Tuesday

Or Sad Tuesday for all the people who have gorged themselves today on the things they are about to do without for the next 47 days.  I am part of that elite group. Each year I lament over what to give up for Lent.  Last year I gave up chocolate, which I have done since I was about 10 years old.  In addition, I gave up cheese. I LOVE CHEESE... That was hard, but still, only temporary. I dug into…

early onset…..?

What? old age? menopause back for a repeat performance? or just plain vanilla dementia? The other day my son Jack missed the bus.  He came back up the driveway looking for a ride to school.  No Problem, it's early enough and I had time so I drove him. It wasn't until I got home that I realized I went in my slippers, AND I stopped at CVS on the way back. Did people notice that it was less than 10…

I knew that look…

I could see it a mile away.  This couple was so sad as they ran into the vet carrying a lifeless bundle wrapped in what looked like a family blanket.  Their faces were red and their eyes swollen and wet.  My heart instantly sank.  I was in those shoes 6 years ago with my tiny little poodle Sukki. I knew that look. It was time for Izzy's annual checkup and I took her to see Dr. Bart on Tuesday morning. …