Posts Categorized: Holidays

The cartography of Halloween

I touched on it a little yesterday, in the first of what will be many posts about Halloween this month. My annual Halloween display is bigger and more involved than ever. That means I need to figure out how to map my driveway. Or, what I like to pretentiously call, the cartography of Halloween. Boxed… Read more »

A month of horror and a month of peace

Phew. October is here. Thank goodness. Time for goblins, ghouls and other unsavory creatures. And, no, I’m not referring to Washington, D.C. For the time being, it’s all about Halloween. And that will give me a month of horror and a month of peace. The news of the day Bleak. Discordant. Divisive. Lots of us… Read more »

The beginning of the beginning

Welp, here it is. Just a few short weeks until my favorite holiday. And that means it’s time to get serious about preparations. From the BBQ party to the taking over of the driveway, now is the beginning of the beginning. Still learning lessons Yup. I go into the Storeroom of Doom to pick out… Read more »

Just the one Dad is enough

Yup, it’s Father’s Day weekend. I haven’t done a Father’s Day post in a while, so it’s high time. This year, like every one I’ve been on this earth, I am blessed to have my Dad with me. And, as I’ve often recounted and will do so again, just the one Dad is enough. Regular… Read more »

It’s scary how fast time flies

The big birthday BBQ is in the rear view mirror and so, thoughts naturally turn to…Halloween. Well, natural for me, at least. Sure, you say, it’s barely mid-June. But, in truth, preparation for Halloween can never start too early. You see, it’s scary how fast time flies. When I “upped my game” last year for… Read more »

A surprisingly pleasant Mother’s Day

Families. Some families are all about love. And some are filled with aggravation. More likely, if yours is like mine, they are filled with both. And, what better time to show both sides than at family get-togethers. But, I got a shock this year. Because I had a surprisingly pleasant Mother’s Day. Generally, our holiday… Read more »

Smiles on Valentine’s Day

I’ve been out of the Valentine’s Day “business” for a while now. I mean, not exactly. I still send cards (paper and electronic, now). But my old “job” of trying to bring smiles on Valentine’s Day is pretty much something I’ve retired from. Now, granted, the cards could be having that impact. I don’t always know… Read more »

I’ve got a plan

Coming off a successful year of cooking all-new recipes, I was wondering what I could do for next year. Should I start over? Should I take up baking? I was undecided until the family Christmas dinner. Because of that, I’ve got a plan. Beyond the usual spiral ham and other associated dishes, my brother-in-law produced… Read more »

The day after

Hey! It’s Christmas! That means tomorrow is nearly here! It’s my favorite day of the season – the day after! Since we’re Jewish, it’s understandable Christmas isn’t a “home” holiday. Indeed, though I’ll be picking up my Dad and Stepmom to head to my sister’s today for dinner, it’s more just a get together, since… Read more »

Signed, sealed delivered

I am, by any measure, a lover of greeting cards. Any opportunity to ship one off with a personalized note is exciting for me. The holidays, however, amp up my deliveries and my requirements, so I usually start early. By the time I’m done, I’ve had plenty of practice getting everything signed, sealed and delivered!… Read more »