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SPRING IN MY STEP

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On Tuesday, Joe and I took Ella to the ski bowl for a quick hike. The sun was shining, it was in the high 70s and the snow up the side of the mountain was slushy and soft. A dead leaf rolled by and Ella immediately chased it. There was some leftover winter, a little reminder of autumn and a definite ... Read More »

THE PING PONG TABLE

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There was once a ping-pong table that lived in my apartment. It moved in on July 11, 2014 and for almost two years, it took up an entire room. It was the big room – the one with the four windows that look out onto Main Street. The one with the beautiful light that makes the hardwood floors glow (and ... Read More »

MEMORIES OF ITALY

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Claire’s recent trip to Italy has inspired to finally sit down and write about my trip to Italy – all the way back in May. No, not that long ago. But somehow it seems like a life-time has passed since then. Summer has come and gone. It’s almost Harvest Fest at Gore Mountain. The leaves have turned neon orange and all shades of ... Read More »

THINGS THAT MAKE ME SMILE

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After reading this, I think you’ll guess what finger that is in the photo above. Things that make me smile: Hearing “Your table is ready.” A cup of coffee, a brand new magazine and 30 uninterrupted minutes to enjoy them both. The words “Boat day” followed by “Wine spritzers” (Don’t judge me wine snobs. Spritzers are the perfect summer/boat drink – ... Read More »

CHANGES

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There is a time in one’s life when turning your dining room into a ping-pong room is a logical and inevitable choice. For more than two years, it was that time in my life. I had had a dining room table. It was beautiful and antique with the official sounding name of an “Irish kitchen table.” But it didn’t belong to ... Read More »

PUPPY LOVE

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Last August I started dating a wonderful man. In December he got a puppy. Now I’m head over heels. For both, obviously. But also, a lot for the puppy. Now, I still have two cats (fun fact: single with two cats borders crazy town, dating with two cats is somehow acceptable. Discuss the hypocrisy). Neither of whom particularly care for an intrusive, ... Read More »

ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER SPRING CLEANING POST

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I’ve always loved the change of seasons. There are those few days when things begin to shift, letting you know that one season is over and another has begun. A week passes and you realize you need to start sleeping with an extra blanket on the bed. Or a night arrives when you can begin to keep the windows open again. The delineation of the border ... Read More »

COOKING LESSONS

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I just did something that I never ever thought I would do: I signed up for Blue Apron. Unfamiliar with Blue Apron? Well . . . it’s a meal delivery system that plops a box on your doorstep every week with perfectly portioned ingredients to cook dinner for two or four. Sadly, there’s no single I-live-by-myself-and-my-two-cats option. Sigh. When I signed up, ... Read More »

THE POWER OF NO

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A friend recently posted a short video of Stefani Germanotta (aka Lady Gaga) talking about how we are all “unconsciously communicating lies.” Click here to see the video as it’s much better than having me summarize it for you. I will, however, write that in it Ms. Germanotta talks about how when she started saying no to things that she started being happy ... Read More »

WHY I CAN’T FALL IN LOVE WITH FALL

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I often hear people refer to autumn as their favorite holiday. They wax poetic about the leaves changing color, the crisp cold air that’s “good sleeping weather,” apple picking and making hard cider, and how much they love pumpkin spiced lattes. Uggh. Give me flip-flops and sultry nights, ice-cold drinks sweating in their glasses and tomatoes warm from the vine. ... Read More »

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