Monthly Archives: March 2003

Clock update

So the clock was in fact delivered on Saturday. The front door is pushed in, though still on its hinges, and much of the veneer edging it has come off, though we seem to have most of the pieces. I think I deserve credit for keeping it together in...

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The Clock

Cast your minds back. Way, way back. Back to last December. That’s when I was deciding what to do about the 250 year old grandfather clock I had inherited from my father. In the end, I decided not to restore the lost height. Partly because the cost would have...

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Love/hate: Keeping in Touch

Love/hate for Friday, March 28, 2003: Keeping in Touch I have noticed that I have stopped apologizing when we don’t do a love/hate, for example, last Friday. Am I getting as rude as the rest of the world? Perish the thought. Usually it just means that life has gotten...

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Travel etc.

I tend to think of myself as a fairly experienced traveller, even though I have never been to Asia and there are still some states I have yet to visit. But I can go to Europe for three weeks with carry-on only, even in these restrictive days, and I...

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Burning Down the House

The family curse is doing just fine, thank you. While I was flying home from Boston on the 18th, and my stepmother, Margaret, was visiting her cousin in sunny Palm Springs, Margaret’s house burned down. Fortunately, no-one was hurt, and the house was properly insured, but all her clothes...

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Spring, Suzy-style

I have been celebrating Spring, Suzy-style. And color-coordinated, too. Would you expect anything less? Though it may not appear to be very vernal where you live – and in fact, winter seems to be giving what I hope is its final farewell performance in my fair city with fog...

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Boston uncommon

Much like the Duchess of Windsor, she for whom Edward VIII famously gave up his throne and who is quoted as saying “A woman can never be too rich or too thin”, I am choosing to focus on the trivial as usual instead of the chaos around me. Wallis...

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Bahston, pa’t one

You can blame the glacial slowness of dial-up in Boston, combined with its Diana Ross level of temperamental diva-ness, which manifested itself by suddenly disconnecting after a minute or so for what Forrest Gump would call no particular reason. And since you get charged a dollar for each call,...

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Love/hate: Tidiness

Love/hate for Friday, March 14, 2003 Tidiness I really am a control freak. Overly organized and overly tidy for most people’s taste. I buy birthday and Christmas presents throughout the year, whenever I see something that someone on my list would like, and rarely, if ever, am forced to...

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Theory & practice

You know how some ideas seem great as theory, but in actual practice, not so much? This week has been like that for me. Because I live in the US of A, where vacation time is harder to come by than an intelligent and moral politician and is more...

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Quilts

After brunch at Greens, we visited the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, conveniently located next door. The two boys stayed outside and chatted while the women checked out an exhibit of quilts. It occurred to me that quilting is pretty much a feminine artform and always has been,...

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A Movable Feast

If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to the past couple of days – and I know you have – the answer is simple: eating. Eating one fabulous meal after another: Friday: Lunch with my long-time friend Richard, to celebrate his birthday (even though birthday was actually a...

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Love/hate: Decorating

Love/hate for Friday, March 7, 2003: Decorating We all know that I’m a girl of few talents. I am uncreative, and I accept that. After all, the world needs an audience to appreciate and enjoy the work of artists. You famous people would be nothing without the fans, remember....

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On my own

The next week+ is going to be a busy one for lazy Me. My stepmother is visiting from London from Saturday through Wednesday, and Thursday I’m going to Boston for a long weekend. Even more than usual, my father isn’t far from my thoughts these days. My stepmother hasn’t...

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Too little, too late

The 2003 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees include The Clash and Elvis Costello. The 2002 inductees included the Ramones and Talking Heads. Those of you who were either not born yet in the mid-seventies or were barely prescient toddlers at the time will be unable to really...

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Loose ends

You will be relieved to know that all four cats, ranging in age from 10 years old to less than 3, are in good health, and as far as I know there are no additional silver hairs among my resolutely gold ones. Hannah had to have her ears cleaned...

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Spring

Is it spring cleaning when it isn’t spring yet? Or when it isn’t really cleaning, exactly? Or when you don’t really have seasons as such? I guess we do, but they are more subtle than in other climates. Givens: flowers all year round, also hummingbirds and the wild parrots,...

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