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Monday Musings, February 18

Welcome to Monday!

I hope your past week was a good one! I’ve spent much of the last week staying with my parents, helping my mom recuperate from some minor surgery and taking care of my dad. I am SO GLAD that they moved to be so near us…makes everyone’s lives sooooo much easier. My parents were always there for us, so now it’s our turn to help them.

My dad has Alzheimer’s…what else is there to say but, man, it’s tough. Caregivers out there…make sure you take care of yourselves too.

Since I was over there on Friday, Terry came over and made our traditional ‘Friday Night Nachos’ for 4 instead of 2. While mom and dad enjoyed them, they used forks instead of chips for scoops!  Clearly against all laws of nature (and nachos)! Our movie choice was the most recent Mama Mia (Here We Go Again)…eh.

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I (FINALLY) finished reading A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. While it’s a long book, it took me much longer than it should have since I thoroughly enjoyed it and was sad to have it end. Now I’m looking for my next book and think I’m going to pick up Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.  Has anyone read it? Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

And speaking of books, a friend of my moms gave her the book Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher. I only read bits and pieces of it but do want to dive into it once mom is done.

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Check out this building in Gstaad! It’s incredible.

Have you read about the Celery Juice ‘fad’? Heard rumors that in certain towns, celery is becoming hard to find. Whether real or not, guess it’s nice for underappreciated Celery to have its Fifteen Minutes of Fame!

Check out the photographic ‘art’ and imagination shared on this Instagram page. 

Nine decisions.

Want to make something cheery during these gray February days?

My friend Ashley laid down a gorgeous marble floor and in the process, did a good job staining it! ? Her tips to get stains out of marble. (You may want to pop over just to see the floor!)

How to layer neutral colors.

I love London for many reasons and now there is one more reason!

It’s a soup kind of day here.

Finally, leaving you with this picture I snapped in New York. Every day is a good day to expect a miracle!

Thanks again for spending a few minutes of your busy day with me today.

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  1. Lynn, I enjoy the Knitting tutorials, would love for you to pass on some of your favorite sites for other tutorials and supplies. Sincerely, Tammy Covi

  2. Dear Lynn,
    I have read ‘Crawdads’ and it so good I don’t know how to describe it! Not sure how I stumbled upon it but I actually listened to it through Audible while I crafted away in my sewing room. I was captivated by the story and the struggles of a young girl abandoned at age 7, that she even survived was a miracle. Anyway, no spoilers, just read it and you won’t be sorry. Penny

    1. Oh good! I picked it up at Costco today! I usually use the library, but there was a hold and I needed a book for tonight, so I splurged. Anxious to dive in to it.

      Thanks my friend.

      Have a great day,


  3. So sorry your family is experiencing Alzheimer’s. Having been a caregiver for my husband, I know it’s really important that the caregiver takes breaks to renew her energy. Some communities have Hospice centers with trained volunteers who are willing to sit with the patient for a few hours each week so that caregivers may get those breaks.

    1. Hi Laura,

      Thanks so much for taking a minute to write in. We just hired a caregiver to come in for a few hours a week which is huge to give my mom a break. I’d love to have them longer, but it’s a process…for both of my parents. But, I do think we will be getting there sooner, rather than later. We are blessed that both my husband and I are able to help out, but even with us, it’s a lot on my mom.

      But yes…my heart breaks for all the full-time caregivers out there.

      Have a lovely evening my friend.



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