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p1000244Twenty-five years ago today, I made the promise to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. A promise I have never, ever have given a second thought. It’s sometimes difficult when I am offered a night out with the ladies (and I love my lady friends, all of you) but all I really would like to do is hang with this guy. Some of our best days have been spent in comfortable silence, reading by the fire together, knowing exactly what he’s thinking because I’m thinking the same thing. I know it sounds corny, but honestly, it’s true.

It was a beautiful January day, contrary to my worrying that the worst blizzard ever to strike New Jersey would pick that Sunday to arrive way before “snowpocalypse” was even a “thing”. It was a perfect day, surrounded by family and friends. My dad made the girls pancakes before everyone got dressed. He was in his glory. Lots of pictures, lots of smiles — I don’t think that I’ve smiled that much at one time.

Great friends who were just as excited I think as we were, since they had known us for a really long time and probably, like our families, thought the day would never come.

25 years is a long time, even longer when you consider that we dated each other 11 years and one day prior to that January afternoon. I think that one of the amazing revelations was the day when I figured out that I had spent more of my life with Tom than I had without him. Tomorrow, we are headed out cross country skiing. Another adventure with this guy. I love him.

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Yesterday, Easter Sunday was a beautiful day. The weather was absolutely wonderfully spring-like and warm. It was made better because I was able to spend it with my sweetie, two of my three boys, my youngest nephew, my sister and my brother-in-law.

We were able to celebrate Tyler’s birthday on Saturday after the Easter Vigil mass where Tim did the readings.

 Sunday afternoon I went for a nice long walk with my dog, getting a nice dose of sunshine and endorphins. All in all, a good day, a nice weekend and a chance to do some community service with my Rotary club.

Since I have moved here, I have been truly blessed to have some wonderful people come into my life. People who inspire me to make our world a better place and give me the faith that there really are good souls in the world despite how our mass media constantly blankets us in the ugly and the horrific nature of our fellow humans.

A group of community members and teenagers came together to help make our town a better place, to instill some beauty into our little corner of the world. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Most of these folks I met as members of my Rotary club, which I will proudly assume the reins of president for in a few months. These folks, like many others in the community where I live, try to make the world a better place and truly embody the Rotary motto of “service above self”. I am proud to be counted among their ranks.

To perfectly top off the wonderful weekend that it was, I noticed that spring has truly come to the hill. My first crocus not only sprouted forth from the depths of its winter slumber but found the warm of the sun sufficient to bloom – sharing its beautiful colors with me.

 I hope you find the time to make your world a better place, “do good and so good will come to you.” Happy Monday. 

The sunlight coming through the window in the late afternoon when I was cutting the tips off of the green beans for dinner caused me to grab the camera and take some pictures of things on the counter that my photography teacher would (hopefully) have been happy to see for a class assignment.

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Got to spend my Valentine’s Day (or at least a good portion of it) with Tim’s Chambers singers. The group of 18 splits into two octets and heads out into Rutland County to deliver singing Valentines to lucky recipients. The day is a fundraiser for the music program at the school. Parent drivers transport these kids to various homes, businesses, offices, the hospital and rehabilitation centers to deliver messages of love and good wishes to spouses, children, grandparents, friends, loved ones and even total strangers. It is a wonderful program and the kids, who dress in concert black with red accents, go about their appointed tasks with great professionalism and good cheer.

This year, they sang “We’re Happy Together” at least 25 times for each group and they did each one as if it were the first time, with great enthusiasm and beautiful smiles, making each recipient feel like they were the only one being sung to today. Their professionalism and musical talents are thanks in no small part to their choral instructor, who is amazing and makes the kids feel amazing themselves.

Here are some pictures from the day. If you missed it this year and you’re in Rutland County, I highly recommend you get your name on the list for next year! So very, very proud of Tim and his friends!

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I have a collection of Calvin and Hobbes books that sit on the bookshelf. I remember how disappointed I was when Bill Watterson announced that he would no longer be drawing the strip. The comic of a little boy and his imaginary tiger bring us back to the wonder and imagination of childhood with adult appeal thrown in for good measure. There is something particularly amusing to me about his snowman related strips. I came across this one today on GoComics.com and needed to share.

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Heh, heh, heh — come on, haven’t you felt like this?

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P1100355The town historical society and the library sponsored a Heritage Dinner this Saturday. As a member of the Historical Society I was asked to not only bring a dish to this festivity but to also lend a hand. The menu was good comfort food – beef stroganoff, chicken and biscuits, macaroni and cheese, lasagna – with bean salad, waldorf salad, jello and about a ton of different, delicious pies. As one volunteer put it – this is the kind of food that we all grew up on – on don’t really get anymore.

It always amazes me how Vermont towns are so community-oriented. This dinner featured both a steady stream of older people and younger families. There were lots of familiar faces – even to someone who hasn’t been here all that long (which is a pretty neat commentary on the friendliness of people in these parts) and some not so familiar, who were eager to introduce themselves and fill me in on local history.

I am still dumbstruck by the openness and friendliness of these people that I call my fellow townspeople. When I was in the kitchen, prior to the event starting, it was amazing how many people just came, bearing baskets, bowls, trays and dishes of food, desserts and salads. Old and young, everyone seemed to bring something.

The tables were set with real dishes, real silverware and real glasses. Nothing paper or plastic about this event. It was like having dinner in someone’s house.

No one grumbled, despite the fact that we washed, dry and put away hundreds of dishes, plates, bowls and cups. The event was held at the Rotary and it was incredible how well stocked this facility was to handle these kinds of events. Community has a place in this town.

It was also astonishing how there were so many different variations on the same recipe – for example, the pies were probably 25 in number and no two looked the same – although we only had cherry, raspberry, pumpkin, pecan and apple. I was appointed official “pie cutter” and we marveled at the ingenuity on some pretty traditional themes – apple pie with rosemary and cranberry, apple walnut pie. The breads, biscuits and rolls that adorned each table were homemade. The smells emanating from the kitchen and the serving tables were heavenly.

In two hours we probably fed about a hundred or so people. People who enjoyed each other’s company and came together for a fun night of food, laughter and good conversation. No one was disappointed – and for sure, no one left hungry.

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