Archive for March, 2019

It is dripping above me as I write. The raindrops on the skylight sound rather loud. Earlier today my neighbor phoned to tell me of an enormous tree which fell across the road her house sits beside. She has a corner house. I had not heard the crash, but Donna thought it might have alarmed me.

It has been oddly busy these past weeks. Alice had guests, a family where the father was the son of friends from Hungary. While they were all out touring Cleveland, Andy parked his car in an area where he should not have. He didn’t know that, but it is better not to mention it to the people at the impound lot when one is paying the fine! I had to drive him there, about a half hour from home. When he was home again he realized that an interior light was not working. He took the car to Auto Zone and worked on it for hours without success. Not only was the light not fixed but the car would no longer run…The people there were very helpful and stayed fifteen minutes after closing time trying to help him! But no joy. So he called me and I went to pick him up. That was not quite as far as the Cleveland Impound Lot. Next day after his time at the Grand Jury (he is doing this for two months and finds it very interesting. Grand jurors get a lot of education about our laws.)  he went back to Auto Zone and was able to fix the car so it would run again though the original light problem is not resolved. He then had to drive my car. which he’d had to borrow, back home and I had to drive him back to Auto Zone so he could get his car home again. At the same time the bathroom renovation we are doing (having done, really)  had begun. Lots of banging and drilling and removing the cast iron tub after sawing it in half…Exciting discoveries of the weird arrangement of drains and vents from the original building in 1964. Well, it is a disruption, but it won’t last forever and I hope I will be happy with the result.

Emily was here for dinner Friday. She was alone as she was the Sunday and Friday before that because Ingmar and my granddaughters are spending spring break in Germany visiting relatives. Ingmar’s sister has a Shire horse which the girls rode several times. He stepped on Clara’s foot once, but it was not a serious injury. Emily has been helping me do my taxes with Turbo Tax. More fun!

Alice and her family are doing a spring break weekend in Pittsburgh and their dog Pepper is visiting us for the time being.

We may have sunshine by Monday! Alice and I may be going for my birthday tea at Macaron. It is lovely to have things to look forward to.

blog mar 2019 tea room


When I woke up on Sunday, March 31st, I discovered March was going out like a lion! I really did not expect this!

blog mar 2019 snow

blog mar 2019 mar 31 more snow

These photos were taken through the windows and screens but though they are blurry, I imagine you get the idea of our weather!


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Random Local News

Really, it is rather quiet around here lately.

Em and my granddaughters were here for dinner Friday night which is always fun. I was able to give Emily her little joke gift which she enjoyed. I bought her some judgemints as we are all fans of the indomitable RBG.

blog mar 2019 judgemints for Em

I found these on Amazon, in case anyone else would like some.

Thursday, my oldest DD Alice, left for a week in Budapest to visit her 92 year old aunt. All of my kids are very attached to this maiden aunt who worked very hard to have a real relationship with her nieces and nephews. In August she will be 93! She complains of slowing down and has several health issues, but mentally she is sharp as possible. Her mother lived to be 102 years old so there are some good genes there.

I’ve known for a long time that a grand jury operates differently than a “regular” jury and now I am learning more about this. My DS has been called to grand jury duty which lasts two months! I had no idea. He’s been telling me about how it works without telling me anything about specific cases. They are paid the princely sum of $20.00 a day but my mother always impressed upon me that something is better than nothing. Andy is happy to see this aspect of democracy in action and be a part of it. His paternal grandfather died shortly after a stay in a communist prison in Hungary at the end of the 1940s when the Avo, the Secret Police, were running things and there wasn’t much of democracy in evidence. This is a really sad story and I believe I’ve said enough about it here.

Something wonderful showed up in my mailbox! A blogger whose posts I’ve been reading for a few years, and who is a very accomplished weaver, has been making wonderful towels and sending them to people as gifts. The work is amazing and the towels may last longer than I do! This is so generous of her. If you read her blog you may recognize her work, but I won’t name her here because I haven’t asked yet if I may.

blog mar 2019 towel 1

The above photo is sort of zoomed so here is another which is less so:

blog mar 2019 towel 2

I was able to chose this color from among three. It was my husband’s favorite color and one I like very much! I think it is a Shaker pattern. Perhaps the weaver will correct me if I am wrong here, which is all too likely.

I am also very happy that today is the first day of Daylight Savings Time. I love having more light at the end of the day, especially as I often have insomnia and miss some of the light earlier. Spring is on the way.


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A Word

Remember my post a few weeks ago in which I mentioned words people had misheard in songs or hymns? It was here: https://thickethouse.wordpress.com/2019/01/07/hymns-and-other-confusions/

For more than 20 years I have been getting Anu Garg’s A Word A Day and today I learned a new word which is one I should have known when I posted those misunderstandings.

The word is Mondegreen. ”


noun: A word or phrase resulting from mishearing a word or phrase, especially in song lyrics.

Example: “The girl with colitis goes by” for “The girl with kaleidoscope eyes” (in the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”).


Coined by author Sylvia Wright when she misinterpreted the line “laid him on the green” as “Lady Mondegreen” in the Scottish ballad “The Bonny Earl of Murray”. Earliest documented use: 1954.”
Of course, this word did not exist for the first nine years of my life……But it is here now.


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birds robin mar 2 2019

Today was brilliant with sunshine in the morning and I spotted this robin. I think some are here all year around, but this one today made me have hope for spring to come. “Hope is the thing with Feathers.”

My neighbor has arranged for her insurance claim, paid for by her insurance. I will have to get someone to deal with trees and branches down in my yard. Both our insurance companies explained that such tree falling events are no ones fault and considered acts of God.

Everyone around here is still a bit sick. Our school district had so many kids out that we had to send a special report to the Ohio Department of Health. My dd Alice was a substitute teacher on Thursday and only ten of the the children from the class of twenty were in attendance.

So, my hope is for good health, for all of us, and our poor Earth. And along those lines, Andy and I have been enjoying the National Geographic series One Strange Rock on Netflix….I recommend it!














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