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MIAGD: Friday morning

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s a cool breeze on this 68° morning but it’s just barely enough to move the wind chimes without producing any music. There’s a number of things I should do today. The question is, … Continue reading

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AROUND THE HAASIENDA: Thursday morning deck time

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MIAGD: Just you wait and see…

MIAGD: Make it a great day One of my favorite songs since childhood has been “The White Cliffs of Dover,” an oft heard song in our home as Mother played and sang. I was familiar with the Vera Lynn recording … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Ready for the weekend

It’s moving on 1:00 AM and I’m finally winding down for the night with my little snuggle bug, Bailey, tucked in next to me; Harrigan is at my feet, Erma on the floor by the bed, and Chief is in … Continue reading

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AROUND THE HAASIENDA: Little Harrigan

The Sisters, Bailey and Harrigan, were born October 25, 2013. I brought them home Christmas night, December 25th; they were exactly two months old. The next morning, I took the girls and Chief on their first walk, together. They loved … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Wednesday evening walk

From The Haasienda to Town & Country shopping plaza, up Far Hills and back toward The Haasienda as the sky was giving one final blast of Wednesday. A great walk.

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AROUND THE HAASIENDA: Mary Lincoln Daylilies

About eight years ago, Jim and Debbie McCutchen gifted me four Mary Lincoln day lilies that make their annual debut every mid June, generally around the equinox. From the looks of the old girls in the front flower bed, they … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Wednesday afternoon

MIAGD: Make it a great day The morning got away from me after breakfast and then it was suddenly time to teach. The lunch hour is almost over and The Quartet is loving their deck lounging. Bailey is full of … Continue reading

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MY DAY: On the deck

It’s a little after 10:00 PM and all is quiet. The 70° night is providing a super nice breeze. For a while it felt like rain might be moving in but radar doesn’t say so. The Quartet scurried inside the … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Tuesday morning

MIAGD: Make it a great day I fully intended on reading a good hour after I climbed into bed last night, however, my body had different plans. I immediately fell asleep. We have another cool morning on the deck with … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Monday’s done

I couldn’t have asked for a better day of teaching from 2:00 PM – 10:45 PM; the students were just rocking each lesson. Rather than exhausted, the days find me getting more and more pumped as the teaching goes along. … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Monday morning

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s a delightful, very comfortable 60° outside and there’s just enough breeze to play percussionist with the wind chimes which seem to be arranged nicely with several mixtures of bird melodies.  My teaching … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Sunday is off and running

It’s before Noon and I’m heading out for my first masked distance-walk with several friends. The dogs were extra cooperative on the deck for some daily photos.

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MIAGD: Starting Sunday

MIAGD: Make it a great day The deck was a bit chilly this morning for my 7:30 AM coffee/breakfast gathering with connections between Kettering, Boston, and London. Every Sunday morning, my son, Joshua, my son-in-law, Dave, in London, invite Dave’s … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Lazy Saturday

It’s 65° outside, a bit on the chillier side for mid-June, but I really don’t mind. Earlier, firecrackers were exploding down the street, creating a much crowded twin bed in the guest bedroom. Poor Erma, who never gets on furniture … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Chief and Erma

Bailey and Harrigan were not even about to think of being cooperative, tonight. Chief, on the other hand, was unusually cooperative, even obliging. After a few minutes of Harrigan and Bailey being interruptive, I sent them away. Erma, however, saved … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Relaxing

Over the past several years, I’ve finally learned more about relaxing and I am certain I will hone those skills as time continues. At Noon, I decided to read while sprawled out on one of the twin guest beds in … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Friday morning on the deck

MIAGD: Make it a great day It couldn’t be a more beautiful morning with steady breeze that brings musical life to the wind chimes and a most comfortable setting to work from my chaise lounge. I have lofty goals of … Continue reading

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sterling Holloway

I was watching/listening to THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, one of my favorite and few television-shows I actually watch and i kept hearing this familiar voice. The face was familiar. Still, no connection. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0512597/ Then, it hit me. The voice for … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Thursday winding down

I can’t say it was an overall extraordinary day but the weather was perfect and I feel refreshed and more relaxed. I accomplished little: tackled a few business items put dishes into the dishwasher ran the dishwasher cleaned up the … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Starting my Friday on Thursday

MIAGD: Make it a great day It’s a cool 65° breeze blowing across the deck but I don’t mind as it is quite comfortable. The five of us spent the night in the downstairs guest bedroom; the wind constantly made … Continue reading

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MY DAY: Midway through Spring Break

I am so grateful for the kind hearts who check on me and for Nicole Melin’s delicious homemade soup deliveries. Seriously, the woman needs to have a bistro in The Oregon District! I keep getting questions, “How are you holding … Continue reading

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MIAGD: Adjusting my sails…

MIAGD = Make it a great day I grew up, fascinated with the stories told me by grandparents and great-grandparents of their experiences lived through The Great Depression. There was never a complaint or a story drenched in self-pity. There … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT: “Boys & Girls Like You and Me”

“Boys & Girls Like You and Me” from MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS to CINDERELLA Twenty years before The Arch changed the St. Louis, Missouri skyline, Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane teamed up to write the music for MGM’s 1945 nostalgic … Continue reading

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MIAGD: On a rollercoaster

MIAGD: Make it a great day I’m confident, “this, too, shall pass.” I’ve always adjusted to “new normal,” and I shall adjust to this new normal as a progression and a part of life’s process. Life’s roller coaster has given … Continue reading

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