Archive for September, 2018

Alice was at the cemetery last Sunday and was very happy to see how the orange mum from last year had come back and bloomed wonderfully. Paul loved mums and orange-gold ones were his favorites. And along with it is a very healthy Rosemary – for remembrance.  In the spring one can divide up a chrysanthemum and set out many new plants which will be beautiful in the fall.

Alice chrysanthemum 2018

Today, I am just back from Silver Linings Day at what used to be Hillcrest School but is now renamed Richfield School. This is my third such event which the second graders put on for their grandparents. Somehow I was not able to attend the one for Clara’s class. First we all go to the classroom of our second grade grandchild and get to look around and they give us little presents they made. Stephen gave me a lovely bookmark which I will certainly treasure. We also fill out questionnaires which are designed to find out who is the oldest grandparent, who came the farthest to attend, who has the most grandchildren, who the most great grandchildren…who has a special talent…..

Then everyone goes to the auditorium/gym/multipurpose room. The students sang three different songs for us and recited two  poems – all were a bit designed to make grandparents become somewhat teary-eyed! Then the results of the survey were announced and each winner or two were presented with enormous chrysanthemums by their grandchild. The oldest grandparents were 88 and 89 years old. The farthest away came from Texas. One man had fourteen grandchildren. One grandfather was former NFL player, Dave Robinson. It was a lovely event, and I doubt I will be going to another one since Stephen is my youngest grandchild. I’m so glad I could attend today! I was worried about the amount of walking that might be needed, but Alice, who was helping set up the chairs, arranged for me to go with Ingmar who dropped me off at the door and then I returned with Alice.




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Another Desultory Post

The days are very beautiful, with lots of dappled sunlight all around and moderate temperatures.

Yesterday morning I looked up from my breakfast to see a huge Red Shoulder Hawk perched on a tall green garden stake. He remained for quite a while and when he finally left, he called out many times in a surprisingly high pitched and thin voice.

Such hawks are sometimes said to be a symbol of clear sightedness or deep insight.

One lives in hope.

This Sunday will be the eleventh anniversary of the death of my best friend and husband, Paul. I imagine it does not affect me as much as it once did, but I’ve been having terrible insomnia, several days of not getting to sleep until around 5am. Still, last night I had a very good night’s sleep.

And September 30th would have been our 46th wedding anniversary. Lots of wonderful memories there. Hiking in beautiful Allegheny State Park, New York and never seeing anyone else after we left the cabin. Glorious fall days. My favorite days were hiking the ridges through the park.

birds red shoulder hawk

This is not my photograph, but my hawk seemed even larger.

This Sunday will be the roller skating party for Sofia.  Next Thursday will be Silver Linings Day at Hillcrest School. Steven’s second grade classes will be showing their classrooms and giving a program of singing….

Andy went to a class last night for volunteering on the Steam Train when it comes to our Cuyahoga Valley National Park. He will be a brakeman.

Then October 6th will be a party for Stephen’s EIGHTH birthday.

And Maria has said she will come to Ohio for Thanksgiving, and two of Alice and Barney’s children, Poppy and Bob, will be here also.

Lots to look forward to this fall.

Steam in the valley

The locomotive comes from Fort Wayne, Indiana for this event. There are always warnings to people to keep at least 20 feet away from the tracks. It has been known that some less than brilliant photographers have set their tripods up ON THE TRACKS…Some such shenanigans can cost $5,000 in fines!

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I’m hoping that yesterday with its 92 degree heat (33.33 Celsius) was the last such day of the year 2018 in northeast Ohio! Today was much cooler and Sunday is supposed to only reach a high of 67 though it will be back in the low 80s by ten days from now….But I am hoping the really hot weather is finally over.

No idea what the winter will be like, but somehow I can deal with cold better than heat.

Tomorrow is Friday and my younger daughter and her two daughters will be here for dinner. Sofia maus is eleven years old on Saturday! And a very smart, loving and artistic young girl she is. But I remember the day she arrived when Alice and I drove to Pennsylvania to see hours old Sofia for the very first time! Long ago and far away.




Sofia will have a party in a week or two and it is probably going to be a roller skating party because with her parents engaged in their enormous renovation (even walls have been torn down) they don’t think they can really host anything in their own home. So I’m planning to give her her present tomorrow – Lego Elves Noctura’s Tower and the Earth Fox Rescue  – and we’ll have strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Lego Elves

Oh, and she’ll have a Barnes and Noble gift card from me as all my grandchildren do for birthdays whatever else they are getting… Luckily they all love reading

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