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Cockade

A few of the items I received for Mother’s Day: flowers, my favorite candy, and a tricorn or cocked hat, with a flower pin supplied by me. My sweet husband is on board with my history loving lunacy. It was a rainy and low-key Mother’s Day here. I remember every day how lucky I am […]

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Inkadinkadoo

Look at my new pretty. I’m about to write three letters with it. I know, jeez, why don’t you just write with a feather already! Maybe I will!! Actually no, that would be terrible.

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Salty

This morning the women’s group I am a part of held an activity that was part self-care and part caring for friends. We put together jars of epsom salts with essential oils and some botanicals. It was pretty easy, and I never take a bath without epsom salts, so I am looking forward to trying […]

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Finally!

“What is the Battle of Brandywine!!!!!” – me watching Jeopardy! last night, as all my reading and nerding out finally pays off in the form of sweet imaginary cash prizes ($2000).

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Morning

I started reading a novel for my book club yesterday and already noticed no fewer than three errors that could have been easily corrected by a copy editor or proofreader. In a printed, bound book. What is this world coming to? Of course, my habitual spotting of errors in print is more of a sickness […]

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Artifacts

A small sample of the treasures I keep in a bin in the closet. I am forever grateful that I lived during a time when writing letters was a normal, near-daily activity. Long distance phone calls were far, far more expensive than stamps. So we sent mail. I got to participate in a ritual that […]

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Did you know

One of my favorite things about artist Charles Willson Peale is that he named his sons Rembrandt, Raphaelle, Rubens, and Titian. That takes guts. He also painted this 18th c. portrait of … Hamilton? Yeah I’m not sure who that is.

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Red Blend

Tried this at a tasting not long ago, then saw it was on sale. Had to buy two. It is really quite lovely. Many may not realize this, but Washington State produces some fantastic wine. Maybe for my next historical project I will learn about not only when Americans began to cultivate wine grapes, but […]

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Last night I attended a wine tasting party at a friend’s house. Each guest brought two bottles and something to eat; I brought a good Zinfandel that I like, a Sauvignon Blanc, a wedge of manchego cheese, and an entree of thai chicken sliders with sriracha mayonnaise. The hostess, who is far more of an […]

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Candle light

Last night there was a powerful windstorm. The power was knocked out for a few hours, starting around 1am. The house was plunged into a soft black darkness and silence, save the howling of the wind through the forest, the sound of large boughs heavily crashing against the roof then sliding to the ground below, […]

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