Saturday, December 20, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
after a visit with elvis,
I feel I must give karma equal billing...
just the two of us are here in st paul this week,
watching the days go by through the windows.
(E flew south for few days, but he'll be
back to join us for a wintry holiday.)
monday, it was foggy and warm,
and we walked the open space (i.e., the golf course).
tuesday, the snow returned,
very lightly, just enough to cover the brown.
wednesday, the sun was brilliant as we began our day,
and the sunset was glorious as the day ended (quite early, I might add, as we near the solstice).
today, returned to cloudy, so I leave you
with last night's sunset.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
just back from a whirlwind weekend in DC
to visit my daughter
and be at her baby shower...
her friends gave her the perfect party,
no games, just great food, great women
and lots of shared mama stories
it was a bring-a-book party...
the moms in the group gave
their own kids' favorites...
train books, number and alphabet,
poetry, classics and new ones...
a mix of board books with hard and soft covers
and a few special ones...
worn favorites of the parents-to-be
carried in the suitcases of the grandmas-to-be
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
today, a rerun of my old office life...
drove the route I used to take every workday
to downtown minneapolis
to join some favorite lawyer colleagues for lunch.
it had been a year since we last gathered,
though there had been some online conversations,
there was much to share,
of travel, work, family life....graduations, engagements, and babies due!
returning along my familiar route
I passed the office building
(the white one reflected in the photo)
where I spent the first twelve years of my lawyering life.
I have no wish to return to office life,
but it was a fun rerun...
so many changes,
yet so much the same.
we seem to be preoccupied
by the shortness of the days
sunrise at 7:48 this morning
and the cold...
zero yesterday when I took this brilliant light
streaming into the living room
we are fully in saint paul mode,
lots of layers,
eating comfort foods,
especially turkey and gravy
spend part of the afternoon
with a good friend today,
we plotted her escape to florida this winter,
and our return to minnesota in the warmer months
we had so many stories to share
it was so very good
Sunday, November 30, 2014
fifteen is a special birthday celebration
for girls in Latin American...
I love the spanish phrase describing this special birthday
quince primaveras or fifteen springs
last night we celebrated quince primaveras
for this special young woman,
whom we have known from birth...
E and I have happily filled in as her mom's minnesota family
for her and her brother (our godson), since their mom's family
lives in Uruguay
she was born the fall my daughter left for college
this little one stole my heart
that was aching that year
for much of her first year,
she came once a week to our house,
oh, what joy to watch her and her brother grow all these years
now she is in high school
a thoughtful, articulate young woman...
like her mom, my daughter, and others, soon she will join them, shaping her world
for the holidays, they are heading south
where it is summertime
to celebrate quince primaveras with their mom's family
we love these two
and their developing understanding of the world's complexities...
the gift of their multi-cultural heritage
Friday, November 28, 2014
we are staying cozy
in our st paul home....
enjoying this last bit of winter here.
will I miss it?
sort of, I love the beauty of the winter
and the brisk cold is fine for a few weeks,
but I will not miss its length,
especially with this year's winter
beginning so early in november.
and I will not miss how winter saps my energy,
this week has been a good reminder,
as I struggle to get out of bed for that brisk walk!
and in gratitude,
I want to thank all of you, my readers,
for coming to this space, supporting my efforts,
and leaving me so many generous comments and thoughts.
I am especially grateful for all of you
during this year in which we have made so many changes in our lives.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
of the sort that we have grown to love...
though we miss the young people,
we are spread out too much to gather for this holiday.
we awoke to bright blue skies,
the temperature was zero
and the morning walk was brisk.
we picked up our traditional meal
at our favorite restaurant
that provides holiday meals to go.
all that needed to be done was roast the turkey breast
and heat up the rest.
a grand meal with little preparation.
hope your day was lovely too!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
acclimating to the colder weather,
white on the ground
I always find winter beautiful,
but this one will be short for us
as we will be heading back south
in two or three weeks.
meanwhile we are trying to sort out our lives,
what part to leave behind, what to take south!
Monday, November 24, 2014
no balmy weather this day....
the madison forecast this morning
was rain starting at 10, snow at noon
which was quite accurate.
we drove through the winter storm system
to the other side, where it stopped
about an hour out from saint paul
just before dark
Sunday, November 23, 2014
the balmy weather held
and we arrived in madison
at our friend's farmhouse
right on time....
we talked nonstop
the whole evening
before sleeping off
the fatigue of the long drive....
the rains began this morning,
but we did not care....
we spent the day
eating wonderful, fresh food....
writing, planning trips....
discussing the arrival
of our first grandchildren,
who are due one month apart
in the evening her daughter,
soon-to-be mom, and husband
came for their sunday night family dinner....
more great food
tomorrow, we head further north
to our destination....saint paul
today, was the most wonderful
respite in our travel
thank you Nina and Ed!!