Author Archives: maryannniemczura

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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What Should I Wear?

As seasons change in our neck of the woods, proper clothing is essential. I think the Norwegians have an expression which says there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. The telltale signs of autumn approaching are … Continue reading

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A Most Unusual School Year!

Everything about this school year Screams UNUSUAL. Most unusual! Classes normally commence after Labor Day. New clothes and school supplies are purchased. School districts all have different calendars. Our neighborhood has many teachers who must juggle when they teach from … Continue reading

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Can You Find Me?

Most of us recall pictures in books where you were asked to find certain images. Or comparing two pictures, you were asked if you could find what was different. Today’s blog feature four photos our son sent from his Florida … Continue reading

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Our Multi-generational Neighborhood

Inviting, relaxing, and comfortable to the lower back, we enjoy sitting in rocking chairs inside and out. We are in the Autumn of our lives now and want to savor these moments. From our perch on the front porch, we … Continue reading

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Boat or Bikini?

August holds a special place for me, especially August 1st. Yes, it is summer, but for many of my childhood and teen years, it was when my family would leave for vacation in the Southampton Shores community on eastern Long … Continue reading

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Oh, That Magical Player Piano!

Our Nana had a magical player piano. She lived about two miles away in town. My sister and I set off to visit Nana. I was four and my sister was two. Precocious for my age, I confidently walked into … Continue reading

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Our Birthday Traditions

Following in the footsteps of my parents, we phoned our daughter first thing today and sang Happy Birthday. She and her friends are off on a short trip to RI. My parents lived in Colorado in a different time zone … Continue reading

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

As a language educator, I was fascinated with young children and their efforts to use the English language. Certain letters were initially problematic such as the letter L. When asked her name, our daughter would tell others her name was … Continue reading

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Have Suitcase; Will Travel

They pack me full and sit on me to close. Then drive me to the airport and check me in. I am stuffed with beautiful clothes and shoes. I started my travels during my owner’s student days in Heidelberg. The … Continue reading

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