Author Archives: maryannniemczura

Tempus Fugit

 I blinked and they were in school. When a neighbor commented to me after our son was born: “before you know it, he’ll be in school.” It sounded odd when she made the comment.  I thought to myself that she … Continue reading

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One Century

 My husband and I sang at a funeral today. The deceased was 100 years old.  She experienced many historical events.  Women could vote in 1920 in the US.  Fashion included flapper dresses. The Charleston was the dance of those days. … Continue reading

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Thank You for your Service!

This Veteran’s Day and always, we express deep gratitude for your loving service to your country.  Many families honor their loved ones both alive and deceased for giving of themselves in armed conflict around the world. We take time out … Continue reading

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A Vibrant Neighborhood

Around this time of year in late October, the weather is conducive to outdoor play. Children on bicycles and scooters abound amid gleeful shrieks. Homes and yards are decorated with a myriad of pumpkins, cobwebs, spiders, witches, tombstones and more. … Continue reading

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Gems of Many Hues

The game of picking up maple leaves in our yard during Autumn is an enjoyable activity. Memories of growing up in Massachusetts.  Our mother helped us preserve the leaves by ironing them between sheets of wax paper. We hung these … Continue reading

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Autumn Magic

Nature beckons us to stroll by the lake. On one of the last warm days, we don walking shoes and wander about in the glorious Autumn foliage. The lake shimmers as the sun casts its rays. Dogs at the dog … Continue reading

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Job Completed

By popular request, this post shows the Town installing a new storm drain recently. A previous post last month outlined the street markings to indicate where pipes were to be installed underground to meet up with the drain between our … Continue reading

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I Do!

  Shortly after her engagement to be married, our daughter visited with her fiancé, Vincent. Traditions. Ask for permission to marry our daughter, Emily. We were delighted with her choice. Next, show him around town and the schools she attended. … Continue reading

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A Very Heavy Load !

  As I opened the door, a mad dash was made from our yard and across the street. A heavy burden caused the squirrel to slow down in the middle of the street to adjust the heavy load, an apple … Continue reading

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From Start to Finish

Home ownership comes with awesome responsibilities. Unlike rental properties, the homeowner must pay for repairs and upkeep. And there are many surprises along the way. We live in an area with soft, clay soil and underground water is a constant … Continue reading

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