Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Thursday, December 28, 2017


Where is home for you?

It’s a question I frequently ask, but one that I have trouble answering.

Living in the national capital region and working at a univeristy that attracts international students, it’s a novelty to meet someome who claims my current town as home.

More than once in the weeks leading up to break, when I mentioned that Elder, Younger, and I were driving to Buffalo over the holidays, someone said, “Oh, is that home? Are your parents there?”

My gut reaction was to say no. 

I’ve never lived in Buffalo, I wasn’t born there, and I have no particular affinity for the city itself. My mom is in Kalamazoo, and my dad is outside Philly.

Culturally, home is Long Island or the Endless Mountains, but I rarely ever go to either of those places because my people have left.

I’ve spent a lot of Christmases in Buffalo since my Gram moved there in 2003, though. 

If home is where your people are, then I guess when the question comes up again in the post-holiday conversations, my answer should be: Yes, I went home for Christmas.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy Christmas!

Wishing you the merriest of Christmases and a New Year filled with hope and joy.

This photo set is our year in review.

Friday, December 20, 2013


I've been bending your ears (eyes) a lot about grief, so here's a happy diversion inspired by the Friday tradition over at soulemama to post a photo of "A simple, special, extraordinary moment."

The surprise arrival of these living ornaments in the mail jumpstarted the holiday decorating inside Rambling Farmhouse this week.

Sunday, December 26, 2010


To: Self
From: Me & I
Re: Christmas 2011

Lest you forget the adventuresome nature of this year's celebration, here's a list of things to do next December.

1. Thaw the ham before the day.
2. Check to see if said ham is cooked. If no, check the cooking time of uncooked hams.
3. Trust but verify with the propane company. "You are scheduled to be filled." does not mean "We will definitely get to you before before we go home and enjoy the bubbly."
4. Posting wish lists online doesn't work for mother in law. Make sure she has access to them even if it means printing them out and mailing them with a stamp.
5. Dark chocolate, figs, anise, salt, and pepper make great bark.
6. One batch of sugar cookies may not look like much, but it is indeed sufficient. Congrats on your baking restraint.