7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 158)


— 1 — Don’t forget the Saint’s Name Generator if you want a saint chosen at random to be your patron for the new year! Leave a comment and let me know who was picked for you. (Note that you have to click twice to get the name — I’ll fix it to make it… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 157)


— 1 — Last week we had a moment that made us realize that Yaya is fully settled in to her new house in our neighborhood: The other day she was talking to a neighbor she recently met, and the neighbor commented about how busy she must be with her job. Yaya is retired, so… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 156)


— 1 — We finally got the tree decorated. Which is good. Because it really needed to happen. For a couple of weeks it loed like this: What happened there was that Yaya kindly bought us a Christmas tree this year, a little before I was ready to decorate it. (Translation: She was so appalled that… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 155)


— 1 — For the first time ever, I did all my Christmas shopping on. (Well, almost all: I note that I did go out of my way to buy a few things at a locally owned toy store that sells hand-crafted wooden toys whose earthy charm makes up for the fact that they’re kinda… [Continue Reading]

Baby gift for Simcha Fisher!

I realize that it’s not very blogging-break-ish that I’m already back three days after the announcement, but this is for a good cause: Simcha Fisher had her ninth baby this morning, a healthy baby girl weighing 8 lbs., 14 oz. (4.03 kg) and with the superhero name of Benedicta Maribel! A few folks have asked if… [Continue Reading]

Partial blogging break – until February 21


Alas, God has not answered my prayers that I could have 40 hours in a day, so I guess that means that something has to give if I’m ever going to get this bo finished. I’ve decided to take a partial break from this blog, so I’ll only be writing 7 Quick Takes Friday posts… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 154)


— 1 — As you know if you were following me on  on the evening of November 20th, some planes have wi-fi now! Which means you can tweet from 30,000 feet! Throw in some claustrophobia, a little wine, a few bouts of turbulence, and the hashtag #thuglife, and you have a quick and easy way… [Continue Reading]

Where I’m doing my Christmas shopping…


First of all, let me assure you that I did have this idea before I saw The Crescat doing the same thing. I mean, it is tempting to plagiarize all The Crescat’s posts, and my blog would be a lot better if I did, but I really was planning to highlight my favorite family-owned businesses before she… [Continue Reading]