Grati-Tuesday: The Grinder

Over the Christmas gauntlet, whilst sitting at one of several gatherings of La Famiglia, we decided that we haven’t made sausage in a while, and that’s something we should do. We should gather again. We should make sausage. It was my job to watch the flyers for when pork legs were on sale. And of […]

Grati-Tuesday: Twenty-Twenty-two

Holy Smokes, Tuesday already! This one snuck up on me. Today was the first day back to work after that weird time when you don’t know what day it is for 2 weeks and days merge together and last tuesday feels like twenty minutes ago and last sunday and the one before that merge into […]

Grati-Tuesday – Year End edition

We made it through the Christmas gauntlet, friends. Sometimes there’s a denouement in this space, sometimes a great deal of relief, sometimes a bit of melancholy that after all the effort to get here, it’s just… done. There’s a bit of celebrating still to do in La Famiglia and the Casa Di Swears. My sister’s […]

GratiTuesday: All that glitters: ALL of it

My house kinda looks like the crime scene of a Christmas Fairy massacre. There is glitter *everywhere*. It seems like at least 83% by weight of the Christmas decor in and around my house is sparkley. My eyes feel gritty just thinking about it. But it isn’t going to stop me. Because you know what […]

Grati-Tuesday: (wo)man’s best friend

Yesterday, King Louie turned 13. That’s a lot of birthdays for a large dog, and I’m thankful for every day I get to spend with him. We have a language we share. When he shakes his head at me, it means “Foodmonkey, I’m serious”. When I scoop my arms in a wide arc above my […]

Grati-Tuesday: Play to your Strengths

This weekend past, Child came home from the Royal Military College for the weekend to test drive and buy a car. Child has been saving and budgeting for this for a while, it was jus a matter of finding the right car for the right price. He did all the responsible things – he talked […]

GratiTuesday: Convos with Little Bear

On Hallowe’en night, I opened the door to a little bear, maybe 4 years old. His mom gently prompted him “What do you say?” Which resulted in the ensuing conversation: Bear: WHAT’S YOUR NAME? Me: My name’s Mary. What’s your name? Bear: <moving on with the interrogation. He’s asking the questions hereā€¦> What are these […]

GratiTuesday: Cold feet, warm heart

Every time I read (or watch) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, I am horrified that Dumbledore sees himself in the Mirror of Erised holding a pair of thick woolen socks. He says that one can never have enough socks. I see his lips moving, but I don’t understand what he’s trying to say. Socks? […]

GratiTuesday: Low-power mode

Last week, I was on vacation. Since the heat of summer makes me ragey, I limit my summer days off to fridays (or, actual away vacation where, when I get hot, I just go bob in the waves in the Gulf of Mexico. Alas) So now, as the evenings dip into the 40’s and the […]