Archive for January, 2020

Last Tuesday all our Christmas decorations were taken down. It was sad to see them leave. They were up through Epiphany, or Twelfth Night. And then gone. And a new year feels as if it is beginning.

Soon a too large number of doctor’s appointments and tests get underway. Some happen every three or four months and others only every several years. I’m not thrilled with them, but I believe it helps me to be healthier than I would otherwise be.

I’ve often mentioned that every Friday Emily and her daughters come here for dinner. This began because her dh Ingmar had to bake for the market on Saturday mornings. (However, I always wanted my grandchildren to spend time in my home. I was so often in my Nana and Papa’s home. They lived within walking distance.) But now he has so many other baking jobs that he decided to stop being part of the Saturday Market (which meant baking most of Friday) and comes with his family for dinner. That market also kept them from having family weekends at our cottage at Chautauqua and we hope they can be there more this coming year. But I always felt bad that there did not seem to be a good way to have Alice and her family over for dinner and now we seem to have solved the problem.


We’re having once a month Pizza at Nana’s on Friday evenings. We had one this evening and it was greatly enjoyed. Unfortunately, I forgot about taking any photos! The one you see above is just from stock….We did a bit of brainstorming to make it easy as possible. I ordered six (we think four will be enough in the future!) large pizzas and Alice brought two enormous salads. Andy bought ice cream for dessert.  I feel a bit guilty about this, but Alice persuaded me to use paper plates. At the moment we don’t have a dish washer that works well enough and until that is fixed, I think I’ll have to bite the bullet and go with paper. The pizzas ordered were 1. plain cheese (Alice says Stephen likes the idea of pepperoni pizza but then picks it all off), 2. one ham and pineapple (especially for Sofia who loves this) 3. two pepperoni pizzas one of which also had black olives on it 5. one onion and green pepper and 6. one onion and mushroom. We have a vegetarian and others who love vegetarian pizza.  Andy got several types of Klondike bars for dessert. We drank water, unsweetened La Croix carbonated drinks and at least one of us enjoyed Chamomile tea. Alice’s salads were spectacular and varied with feta cheese to sprinkle on top if that was wanted.

About ten minutes before everyone arrived I was surprised by a text from a friend from long ago. Suzanne used to be a pastoral associate at Holy Martyrs, the church we attended. Then she lived in a condo in Venice, Florida where I vacationed in the past. But now she seems to be moving back to the Cleveland area which I think is where most of her children and grandchildren live.

two popes

Suzanne texted me about the movie The Two Popes which I don’t think I have mentioned here. It’s a Netflix movie and all of our family was very interested in it because it is about the present pope, Francis, and his predecessor, Benedict XVI. Some of the Pope Francis story (Bergoglio) is entwined with the life of my brother-in-law Ferencs (of Francis, or Franz) who was in Argentina. We were a little concerned with how it would be told but everyone is satisfied with it, I think. And the actor who portrayed Franz looks nothing like him, which is all to the good, somehow. I recommend it. Anthony Hopkins plays Benedict XVIth.  All the acting is excellent.


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Word for the Year

Some people have been choosing a word for the year rather than particular New Year’s Resolutions.

Mine for 2020 is “Action”!


I need a lot more of it. I have many mobility issues that make me reluctant to do things, that make me ask one of my children (all very grown up) to do things for me. And some of this is necessary, but it has become a bad habit. I may need a hip replacement this year but in the meantime, I need to become more active in “mustering my wits in my own defense”. And not only my wits, but all of myself.

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