Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Full of Grace

  • My niece sent me a link called “Cate Blanchett is A Fucking Flawless Queen”.  Great link and also nice to know that even my extended family recognizes my alternate universe relationship with Cate.

  • Everybody agreeing to adjust their schedules to be able to go apple picking.  It is something we have done as a family since we were carrying the girls in pouches and although I know there will come a time when we will no longer go all together, I am grateful to eke out another year.

  • Then Martha made her “best I’ve ever had” apple pie and batches of applesauce.  I wish my phone would record smells like it can record pictures, because I would love to keep that apple pie baking smell with me wherever I go.

  • Survived a 10 mile Habitat for Humanity bike ride with my daughter without too much damage to my body or my pride.  It doesn’t seem that long ago that I could easily do a 50 mile ride.  I’m still not sure what happened to my body.

  • Celebrating 26 mostly wonderful years, together with Martha.   I really can’t imagine where I would be if she hadn’t stepped into my life.  She is always first on my list of gratitudes when I close my eyes at night and again when she is still there in the morning.  I am incredibly blessed.


  1. Oooh, apple picking, family together. 10 mile bike rides (!!) and anniversaries! Happy happy 26th to you and Martha and may you have many, many more together. I hate apple picking time...the traffic goes from bad to worse out here on the East End and forces us to spend most of our weekends home, lest we get caught up in it and spend hours waiting to move two blocks. :)

    1. Thank you.

      There is so much I miss about Long Island . . . traffic is not one of them.

  2. What a wonderful, heartfelt post. Thank you for sharing these with us, 8. They often remind me to look for the good in my own life. And there is plenty.

    As for the apple extravaganza, why don't you all come out here next fall and we'll have an apple picking party in the Hood River Valley? It's so beautiful! And the apples are outstanding! And the pears, and the cherries, etc... but, we're talking about apples!

    Maybe I'll get the medium size crock pot going with some applesauce. That sounds so good! I've got the large one working on a beef stew right now. Dinner for several days!

    Congratulations on 26 years. I'm impressed!


    1. I definitely have my eyes on Portland . . . apple picking season, or anytime. Gotta make it happen.

  3. Forgot to say: How hilarious that your entire extended family knows about your Cate Blanchett mania! Love that!!!

  4. I know, right? And only a few more weeks to the release of date of 2 of her movies, one where she play a lesbian. The universe just keeps on giving : )