38

I have three nephews, from ages 28 to 42.

I only had one niece,who liked to sign her name as Alyx.

She was born 38 years ago today, and I remember it like it was yesterday. I came home and found a note on my pillow from my Dad. I was a new Cioci ( Polish for Aunt) to a little girl names Alexandra Marie. She was a beautiful gal with cornflower blue eyes and Breck blond hair.

I didn’t get a chance to spend a lot of time directly with her, as I was in Philadelphia working and my brother’s family was in Wisconsin. I did manage to go for vacation every year.

God needed a lot of angels the last week if August 1997 and beginning of September 1997. The two weeks took Princess Diana, classical conductor Sir Georg Solti, my niece Alexandra, and Mother Theresa. Alyx lost her battle with her brain tumor, She was 18 years old.

Today she’d have turned 38. I like to think she has Zusher up there for a new party pal this year.

Happy birthday Alyx…..I miss you and will always love you.

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Mom

It’s that time of year.

Every Easter, my Mom got white hyacinths from me. My brother Bob got her purple hyacinths, my brother Henry gave her daffodils and my Dad would buy her an Easter lily.

I cherish the memories.

As I go out with Kasia in the morning, I walk past the two big planters by my gate, and smile . Mom is here in my hyacinths, and things are good.

A Bad Saturday Night Date

See my buddy, Kasia?

See her yawning? Why, you wonder?

Well, she spent part of her Saturday night with a skunk.

That’s right. It means old Momma got her magic potion out. Being a seasoned veteran, I use the well-Googled recipe of Dawn, which gets the skunk oil off, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. She’s washed with warm water and a wash cloth, and actually seems to enjoy it. I talk quietly as I wash her, calling her my little Stinkpot, and telling her I love her 😍 either way, and she’ll feel better when she’s cleaner.

Here she is, resting after her big morning wash. Here’s hoping skunks stay away for a while.

Well……

Call me wrong, but we finally got snow here. It got here around 5:30, and of course schools were closed here today. Snow is due to run until 2 am tomorrow morning.

The bay looked pretty angry when we passed it;precipitation was only rain then. I seriously thought they closed the schools because why?

So this is how I am leaving it before the power blows out. We’ll see if I am in work at 8 in the morning…stay tuned…

Good night from me and Kasia.

Kindness of Neighbors

Two doors up from me live my friends Ivo, Isabella, Matti and Luca…..I go over once a week to have Matti learn interaction with Kasia. She is the best girl and needs Matti to learn how to act with her.

Today is the first day of spring. Dunkin’ Donuts gives out free medium coffee. Ivo was nice enough to go out and get us gals our free coffee in the rain. What a Sweetheart! I especially enjoyed hanging with Isa and the boys. It is so funny to see how quickly they grow

Thanks Ivo and Isa….something to get us through the storm,

Three Strikes and What?

I really, really thought this was all over.

See, this guy Toby is coming into town.

You know Toby, right? He is also known as winter storm Toby. This makes the fourth winter storm within two and a half weeks. We had gotten somewhat lucky and snow passed us by, the exception being a few big flakes.I think we are due for a Nor’easter out of this but there is also the chance of a snow mix in it for us.

Did I mention that tomorrow is the first day of spring?

I still stick by my preference for anything but summer heat and humidity. I am just hoping Kasia and I don’t have to swim for our walk tomorrow morning.

Chef-Non Boyardee

Jim has ,overall, been doing pretty good going gluten-free.


Exhibit 1- quinoa with blueberries


Exhibit 2- gluten-free crackers

The bit scratching at my head is trying to make him romaine wraps for lunch and making them healthy.

I have baked sweet potato,peeled it, and put chicken breast into it. Others, I have put low-fat mozzarella and ham and spinach…but 21 days out..well, I guess it’s time to go on line and figure it out.

As it is Lent for us of the Catholic faith, well, I get to eat a few pierogi out of my freezer, since Jim is gluten-free. We’ll figure out dinner in a few hours. Maybe if I hit the reboot button on my brain, I’ll think of something.

Stay tuned.