needles & a cup of coffee

Sunday, October 1, 2017

We waited a loooong time....

But at last, Westin James is here, all 6 pounds of him.  
He arrived on September 29, 2017 and we couldn't be more thrilled.  
He is our 4th grandchild, and might get a little spoiled, seeing that the others are getting pretty grown up.  Thank you Lord, for sending our little miracle!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Another reunion!

My friend, Sheila Reilly, left, was visiting from Orlando. 
Because of Facebook, we made plans to visit another school friend, Diane Altman, center, who now lives in New Bedford, MA.   We all went to North Attleboro High School, (MA) and graduated in 1964.
Lucky for us, Diane has lived in New Bedford for years and actually is a volunteer who explains a lot of the origins of the historic buildings in New Bedford, and is well-versed in the history of the whaling city.
She was able to show us around the historic district and we had a great tour, ending with a visit to the NB Whaling Museum, which was fascinating!  Everything from skeletons from huge whales, to displays of scrimshaw and lots of history of ship-building, wonderful paintings and antiques on display.
We had a nice lunch at an old building, now a pub-style restaurant, which was a bank years ago.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ACCIDENTAL Reunion of classmates

So, my friend from high school visits every year or so, coming back to MA from Orlando.  We decided to visit the Canova Italian Restaurant in Attleboro, MA for some authentic Italian food.  We've been there a few times in the past when she visited.
As we walked in, we passed a table occupied by two women who were looking at their menus.  We both realized that we recognized one of them from our North Attleboro High School days. (the 1960s!)
With Facebook, we have seen many updates and photos concerning our former school mates, so that made it easier.
They asked us to sit with them, which we did, and caught up on happenings in their lives, other classmates' stories, and their occupations and lives over the years.
Left to right: Jeanne (Gracie) Doucette, North Attleboro, MA; Sheila (Reilly) MacDonald, Orlando, FL, me, Taunton, MA and then Marilyn Kinney Levesque of West Palm Beach, FL.

UPDATE: Sadly, Marilyn on the right, passed on less than 8 months after this accidental reunion.  While we were having lunch, she told us of her health problems and that she was awaiting a kidney transplant.  RIP Marilyn.


Thursday, December 24, 2015

A warm Christmas?

I know this may sound outrageous to other New Englanders, especially after our never-ending snowstorms of 2014.....but I think it's too warm here for Christmas.

It just doesn't seem right.

Yes, I had had enough of snow last year, and yes, I like to keep my heating bill low, and yes, I like wearing regular shoes, rather than snow boots.

But here in Massachusetts we've been having temps in the mid 60s and no sign of snow in sight.
What's wrong with this picture?

I've been in Florida in December.....it reminds me of that.   Something is wrong here.
Santa can't deliver all of those presents in his sleigh with this kind of weather.  It's ridiculous to think that he would actually use a helicopter or some other form of transportation!

So....go ahead, have Christmas dinner with a kitchen window open.  Go for a walk with the family to prevent the extra pounds.

I'll be right here, gazing out my window -- and waiting.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Decorating for Christmas

This is the First Baptist Church of Dighton, and we were getting out all of the Christmas decorations last night and putting candles in the windows, etc... so I took a picture while we were working.

Out of the past....1970 to be exact

 I dug out these two pictures this past week; because my maid of honor's son, age 31, was up on my house roof, working on a chimney repair.  I hadn't seen him since he was 3 years old, and just re-met him because of needing work to be done.  I showed him the picture of his mother when she was young.