Hudson Valley Winter Wonderland

Hudson Valley Winter Wonderland

The holidays can be so stressful.  Add owning a major fixer upper into the mix when your bedrooms don’t have doors, the whole family is using one small bathroom, and trying to make sure that things get finished before your entire clan arrives for the holidays.  It’s enough to make a person want to pull her hair out – especially when vessel sinks arrive shattered after waiting a couple of weeks for delivery…. ESPECIALLY when electricians can’t arrive due to an ice storm, school has snow days, your Kitchen Aid…

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Things to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving

Things to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving

It’s the eve of Thanksgiving, and I’m a bit saddened that my two eldest daughters aren’t here this year.  The eldest is finishing her master’s degree and has to work on Thanksgiving in order to pay for her classes.  The second oldest wanted to visit the family of her boyfriend in another state.  So, it’s the four of us here. When Katie, my eldest, first started going to college, the vacation days she had for Thanksgiving were so short that it wasn’t worth a $400 or more plane ticket to…

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November Musings – by guest blogger, Christine Peckelis

November Musings – by guest blogger, Christine Peckelis

Donna’s introduction- I met Christine through a common interest in cooking.  What amazed me the most is the depth she has regarding life, interests, and the ability to freely flow in thought process from one subject to another.  She’s one of the few people I know who has a positive point of view.  That, with her intellect, leads to a most interesting perspective and might leave you walking away from a conversation feeling a little bit smarter.  Thank you, Christine, for your post today.  Please visit Christine’s blog at http://bigshotsmom.blogspot.com/  To…

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Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness

Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness

I was paying a medical bill over the phone, when the billing person asked, “Now, can I have the three numbers on the back of your card?” “That’s right.  You caught me.  I stole a credit card to pay off people’s medical bills, “I said. As she started laughing, she then stopped abruptly and told me that, after the Newtown shootings near our area, people started campaigning to do random acts of kindness.  Someone called their office, and, in memory of the horrific and senseless act that is every parent’s…

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The Truth about Liars

The Truth about Liars

I’ve had a lot of liars come and go into my life.  No matter how old I get, I still seem to get snowed by them.  I never could figure out why it would happen.  I wondered if they saw me coming, and thought, “I can get one over on her!”  Then, they attempted it as many times as possible until I finally caught onto their lies. I finally came to the conclusion that the reason I believe people is that I don’t live my life as a lie.  I…

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Colette’s Response – Thanks for all the kind words!

Colette’s Response – Thanks for all the kind words!

Hello, Strangers! Remember the story I wrote about Colette?  You can find the story here:  http://hudsonvalleyhandymom.com/?p=668 Colette is a 93 year old woman I met and befriended during eight hours of flight delays.  Both of us left the same airports.  Both of us had the same connecting flights.  Both of us were caught in a nightmarish trip all the way back to Seattle.  Except for one thing – we were able to enjoy the company of each other. Since the article I wrote, friends of Colette and her family had…

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Heading to the IFBC and Learning More About Being 93

Heading to the IFBC and Learning More About Being 93

I’m not one to travel much, but was excited about the opportunity to attend the International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle recently.  My lack of travel experience led me to be unprepared for delays.  When I say delays, I’m talking about over eight hours of airport waiting time – something that no one really wants to deal with in life. When something like this takes place, the greatest thing in the world is to run into a fellow travel companion that can share your bad fortune. After the first three…

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Happy Mother’s Day – to my Mom

Happy Mother’s Day – to my Mom

My mother holding me June 1970.  Does she even look like she had a kid my size? I grew up well.  When I say that, I just knew how fortunate I was in comparison to other people.  I had two intelligent parents, a large home, and never really needed anything.  Don’t confuse that with being spoiled because I’m sure all of my sisters would agree with me that we weren’t spoiled.  We were taken care of properly, but nothing was overdone or over excessive.  I believe that was a good…

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Food Preservation in the Little Town that Could

Food Preservation in the Little Town that Could

When I tell people I live in New York, an automatic assumption seems to be that I live in New York City. Thoughts of large buildings and the hustle and bustle of city life seem to step into the minds of those who ask. I often have to explain that I’m NORTH of New York City, but not in it. My children watch horses while they wait for the school bus, and, on many occasion, we’ve stepped out into our yard to find we were entertaining guests that consisted of…

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Reflections of 2012

Reflections of 2012

No matter how old I get, it seems I’m constantly reminded of what I never seem to learn.  Despite my age and experience in life, I still tend to trust too much, to believe people will do the right thing by others, and believe friends support friends and family supports family. If you’ve never read Ann Frank’s Diary, it’s an amazing read considering her age.  From a young girl, such deep thoughts are conjured up regarding human beings.  When I think of what she personally had gone through in the…

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