43 Years Ago

Oh good grief! We’ve been married 43 years on Thursday. What a hoot.

Our story – Packing up the suitcases to drive to Alexandria from Richmond on the 8th. First – we’re trying to keep up with the news as Nixon is resigning while we pack. There was no “pause” or “replay” back in the old days. Somewhere, we still have the Richmond Times Dispatch with the headline on August 9.

On the morning of the 9th, we’re packing the car. Two of the guys who lived in our building asked me if I want to go camping with them that weekend. I said no, couldn’t go – getting married. Next trip out I was carrying the wedding dress. They were surprised. It was fun. (The wedding dress went to a group that makes burial gowns for deceased infants.)

Our Rt. 20 adventure is close! I found a Rt. 20 bumper sticker today for $1.50. Shipping is $7.95. I didn’t buy it. Moffett doesn’t like bumper stickers so I might buy it just because…

 

Six of our very good friends are arriving on Thursday for a long weekend of New Hampshire fun. We all lived on Arkwright Rd. in Richmond, VA. Two of us had kids in 1977 (Chris & Becky). Three of us had kids in 1979 (Kyle, Scott and Matthew). All of them had other kids before that – – – Donald, Amy, Ann, Richard, John and the last but not least was Katie. It’s going to be a fabulous weekend! With lots of pictures to post next week!

I’m still learning Apple computer stuff – I still have a whole lot to learn. Sigh…

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“Our Song”

This week’s tune is: (from 1966 – jeez, a really long time ago…)

And no – lightning did NOT strike again. It’s just one repair/tech person after another. All of whom are delightful to work with but the time to be home, etc… is annoying.

The computer? The mother board (is that two words or one? who knows?) is fried. Eddie called me yesterday and had a sad voice as he explained that it’s gone… They’re going to see what, if anything, can be salvaged from the hard drive. He didn’t call me today so I’m slightly worried. He’ll write a letter stating that the damage was caused by lightning.

Metrocast – our internet provider, was here today. The young man – a recent arrival in the US from Romania, shook his head and said – you have no signal. I wanted to say, “No shit, Sherlock.” but didn’t – so that’s fixed.

The AC repair guy was here tonight. His mom is one of our favorite pharmacy techs at our local drug store. He’s really busy and working very long days. He arrived at 7pm. He could tell that switches had gone bonkers due to lightning but was able to get it restarted after cleaning out the mouse house built in the control box in the shed under the house. No mice were killed but one was definitely running for the hills. He will have the company write a letter stating that the damage was caused by lightning.

He also advised that we have an electrician check our breaker box – just in case. Getting an electrician around here isn’t easy. Ours was here this morning changing out two lights for us. It will be awhile before we can get him back.

The part that was killed in the generator has been ordered and they will also be doing a letter stating that it was lightning damage.

This week’s question… Are we having fun, yet?

Thank You! to the friends who have signed up as blog followers! Hi Cathy, Linda I. and Linda H.

 

 

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Learning to use a Mac

Learning something new! How to use a MacBook Air. It’s the little things that are driving me nuts. But – I’m getting a whole lot better at the touchpad stuff.

There’s a “control” key but what I want is called the “command” key.

There’s no “backspace” key. At least not that I’ve figured out. Ah ha! I just googled it and actually – the mac delete key is a backspace key. There’s no delete key.
Feb 20, 2012 – The one marked Delete is actually a Backspace key, Apple. If you want it to function as a PC Delete key hold down the “fn” key when hitting it.

I could have purchased help – 3 years of technical support and other stuff for about $250. Didn’t do that. I’m totally depending on my Apple computer friends to be available when I’m looking for advice. And of course, Google.

This morning in Meredith? Just delightful!

This morning at church, the visiting priest asked if there was anyone in the congregation who had been in WW II to please stand. Two men stood up. The entire church applauded. Then our visiting priest encouraged any of the high school students to start learning history first hand by visiting with men and women like these two gentleman. That’s our parents. If mom and dad were still alive, they’d be 95 years old.

We’ve been spending time looking at some “off the interstate” ideas for our “Go West” trip. One is Route 20 that goes from Boston to Oregon. We’re going to try that for a big part of the journey to Twin Falls, Idaho to see Chris & Lindsay – with a detour to KC to visit Kyle.

There’s a video! Go check it out!
There’s a song – probably best not to check that out. Oh well.

 

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Fall Road Trip!

We’re planning a month long road trip – all the way to Idaho (or farther) and back.

Lightning hit near our house the other day and knocked out and/or killed: the modem, the router, my desktop computer, a wall/slimline AC unit and the whole house generator. The neighbors also lost some stuff.

Tonight – no need for AC. Doors and windows are open!

Today – bought a MacBook Air computer. It’s our second Apple computer. The first was an Apple 2E a whole lot of years ago. I have a whole lot of learning to do…

Back in 1975, we bought our first house and ended up with the best neighbors and best friends. We all 8 got together in a cabin in Pennsylvania last year and so enjoyed ourselves that we’re meeting up again next month here in Meredith. More photos!

 

So, in knowing we’ll have lots to “show and tell” for our trip, I’m reviving nhmeanderings.

Thanks for visiting!

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Good grief!

December was the last post?

That’s terrible.

For today – it’s not snowing. The sun finally came to visit.

I’ll do an update later.

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More downsizing…

So…

This morning I said to Moffett, “You know, we don’t need all those Pyrex/Corning Ware dishes/casseroles. Let’s get rid of some.”

He agreed.

Instead of just removing the stuff we discussed, I emptied the entire cabinet.

(As you read this, remember that we ended up with a bunch of dad’s stuff. That was several years ago. This is still stupid.)

And have now decided that we also don’t need:

Six pie plates
I don’t make pies. I don’t know what we’re doing with six pie plates.

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Several, many, lidded casserole dishes
We couldn’t use all of these in a week, even if we tried.
(The green one was a wedding present – 40+ years ago)

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Two angel food cake/tube pans and one bundt pan.

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A whole bunch of cake pans
I cannot tell you the last time I made a large, round cake.
The heart shaped pans came from Moffett’s mom. I don’t think I’ve ever used them.

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And this corner cabinet is really pretty useless. It was amazing what I found back there in the corner. And obviously, we haven’t used souffle dishes in quite some time!

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And now, there is new shelf paper in both cabinets and boxes of stuff to take to our local St. Vincent DePaul.

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One more small step in our GIANT need to “keep on downsizing!”

happynewyear

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Oh, Look, It’s Snowing

Not only have we had snow. We’ve had a whole lot of snow!

And now, it’s snowing on this page.

The “Cousins’ Thanksgiving at Cape Cod” was fabulous. Mary Ellen did an outstanding job of putting it all together and keeping it fun for the entire time. We also had a “party room!” Although, at our ages it was more like a conversation room.

Mary Ellen had even prepared a gift basket for each of us with Cape Cod fun stuff, including cranberry wine. I did not know there was such a thing.

We had planned to work until noon on Wednesday and then take our time driving south to Cape Cod, even stopping for a leisurely lunch. Didn’t happen.

The snow forecast had us out the door at 8 after making sure that our driveway snow stakes were properly placed. Picked up a McD’s breakfast sandwich for the car and drove in pouring rain the whole time. All the time saying, “At least it’s not snowing, yet!”

Arrived at the Inn – Enjoyed a fun lunch with my sister, Meg (who flew in from St. Paul, Minnesota) and my cousin, Meg (who brought her husband Robert and they flew in from Las Vegas.)

Our Thanksgiving Dinner with a whole table full of cousins and spouses was great. Food was delicious!

Shopping on Friday? It snowed. But not much! There are real stores – just down the street! Even a Pier 1! (Where I clumsily knocked down several glass things but they were nice about it and didn’t want me to pay for those things that I broke…)

A sunset in November

2014-11-10 001 (640x480)Another sunset – it was absolutely gorgeous as I drove home from work. There were several deer in the yard. You can see one. 

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Pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese dressing. Yup, yummy!

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Lunch at Walter’s Basin on Squam Lake

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Wednesday’s weather forecast…

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We’re here!

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The Cape Cod Gift Basket!

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Thanksgiving Dinner 

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The Dalton Gang!

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And home – I am so ready to do this again!

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The “S” Word

Nope, hasn’t snowed yet. I’m sure it will do that, soon. But for now – no snow.

It’s in the forecast for Saturday night. That can change, you know. Really.

We probably need to mow the yard one more time.

The geraniums and impatiens and petunias have been removed from the deck and are waiting to be pitched or cut back and put in the garage. (They’re probably going in the trash. I did the “save the geranium” thing last year and – – – it didn’t work.)

Almost all of the deck/porch furniture is put away and ready for winter.

The church’s annual Christmas Fair is in just over a week. I am so not ready to hear Christmas music.

We had COUSINS visit last night! Just wish their visit could have been a longer one. Meg & her daughter, Anna – along with Meg’s old college roommate Stephanie and her mom, Theresa were here. We had a great, fun, laughter filled visit. I don’t think Moffett’s ever had dinner with five lovely women!

A fun story – I spoke with one of our parishioners this week – who reminded me that he grew up on the same street with Dad – in Boston. He doesn’t remember dad – but he definitely remembered the cute younger sister of the Desmond clan on Woodlawn St. in Jamaica Plain. That little sister was Peg, Meg’s (pink t-shirt) (who was here last night) mom.

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We will cheer for the Royals tonight. “Let’s go Royals! clap, clap, clap-clap-clap!”

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We went to Ireland!

We did it. We really did it! We went to Ireland!

It was a great trip. We saw lots! And lots!

It did NOT rain!

We met some really nice people and appreciated the talents of a knowledgeable bus driver/tour guide, even though he couldn’t spell Colleen!

And now – sit down – breathe ——– We have 900+ photos between the two of us. I have to be honest. 600 of them are mine. And being honest, neither one of us has perfected the taking of photos with an iPhone. Sometimes one photo quickly becomes twenty with barely a touch. (It’s amazing and annoying!)

The 900+ photos are not up for viewing by our fans, yet. I’m going to try very hard to knock them down to about 100. To my cousin, Mike Guyot – yes, there are a whole lot of food photos. There are also cows and sheep (a whole lot of sheep!) and churches and beer and pubs and green, green grass.

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The Wedding Dress

wp-weddingphotoSo, it’s been 40 years since the dress was worn. I think I put it on once in the 80’s but never took a photo.

I threw out the HUGE dry cleaners box last year but – just couldn’t throw out the dress.

2014-08-10 001Thought about putting it in a local thrift store but really, who would want it? It’s old. It’s long sleeved. It comes up to the neck.

I loved wearing it but, it’s time for it to go. No daughters to wear it and even if there were, I don’t think they’d want to wear it.

So – I found this awesome, incredible organization that uses donated wedding dresses to make burial gowns for new born infants, who have died before going home.

Angel Gowns

Take the time to go read about them and their mission. It’s really quite nice.

For those who didn’t know us 37 years ago, our first born started in NICU. It wasn’t fun. He just turned 37 in June and he’s okay. The NICU can be an amazing place and a very sad place. Reading how parents whose infant died, looking through a box of donated baby clothes, so their child would be clothed before a burial – – – well, this organization makes a terrible situation just a little bit more bearable.

2014-08-10 002The dress is packed. It will go on Monday.

If your dress is still taking up space and you want to donate it, here’s the website.

Angel Gowns
http://www.nicuhelpinghands.org/angel-gowns/

Take the time to watch one or more of the news videos while you’re there.

And yes, the Angel Gowns are sent at no cost to any family who requests one.

 

 

 

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