Word Quilt

I don’t sew, but I write — patching together pieces of my life.

Celebrating Noel in NC

Once again our plans to visit my cousin in Denmark fell through. But hope was not lost. Not only was Lise coming to America to see her parents, but it was during my favorite season of the year 🙂 Just like last year. You might remember that last year I was in too much pain […]

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On Monday I went to the dentist for a maintenance cleaning. The delightful young woman brushing up my teeth (see what I did there? haha) greeted me in a friendly fashion. She hadn’t seen me in six months so she said, “How has your year been going?” I responded honestly, stating that it’s been kind […]

Beach Camping in October

Booking tent camping on a beach in October in northern NY is a gamble. One never knows if it will be beautiful or rainy (normal gambles in tent camping) or if it will be snowing. Not as pleasant imho. Still, Chris and I have been trying to get back to Southwick, our favorite beach, for […]

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Slowing Things Down in a Smart Way

Did you see my Featured Image? I’m throwing it here in the post in case you didn’t. I wish I had the rights to edit it so it says: Slow down for life…. When I cut back work hours I was determined to spend that extra time getting healthier. Mentally and physically. Exercise more, eat […]

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Appreciation in Big and Small Ways (that are also big)

Seven years and one month today. That’s how long I’ve worked for Automattic, helping people using WordPress.com create sites, e-commerce stores and enjoy app usage, etc. Every day I still wake up, excited that I get to work. And you know what? The company appreciates me, too. I just finished reading the book 365 Thank […]

Our Star was a Star

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” ― John Grogan Around […]

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Squirrel !

If you are a fan of the Pixar movie UP, then you totally get that title. It seems Chris and I have become adopted as squirrel buddies. We have enjoyed the squirrel antics outside our window for a few years now. But one has decided it likes watching our antics, too. We usually have our […]

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Mountain Biking at Deer Valley

My last full day in Utah was a treasure of a day. CJ and Lauren had given me a pass for Deer Valley, and Zeb procured a mountain bike for me 🙂 It was Zeb’s day off work so he and Shiloh accompanied me. Last Friday I woke up to have breakfast with my adorable […]

Miraculous Maeva

The last few weeks have felt like a massive roller coaster ride. As you know from a few of my previous posts, our latest grandchild had a tumor. The surgeons decided to wait until she was at around 36 weeks gestation before bringing her into the world using a cesarean section delivery. We were keeping […]


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