Mental health break

I took a two-day break from Nano writing and went away overnight to celebrate my husband's birthday (and, you know, to take a break from sitting! At the computer! Writing! OMG! I haven't been able to feel two of the fingers on my left hand for a week!).  We had supper at Nolita,  a new-ish … Continue reading Mental health break


Wicked good? Not!

I recently visited a popular restaurant in Wells, one that I go to frequently. Usually I go with my husband but this time I was with  my daughter. We went there on Saturday. My twelve-year-old picked the restaurant and was excited to be going out for lunch with her mom. My preference is always to … Continue reading Wicked good? Not!

Not wasting my vacation

I think that it's very important to get out of your rut--I mean, routine--on your vacation week. This is especially challenging, of course, if you are taking (yet another) staycation. Having part of your time off fall during the holidays can make it a little easier to break in the  "Hel-lo? What day is … Continue reading Not wasting my vacation

Vacation week (continued, day 3)

Sunday (Day 3) started off great. Got up early but for a good reason: to meet friends for brunch. We were on the road by 8AM headed for Cape Elizabeth's The Good Table. We are forging a tradition with our friends of semi-annual Sunday brunches at this lovely place. Our timing was perfect and for … Continue reading Vacation week (continued, day 3)

Summer Vacation: What I actually DID do

You know how they say, "The best laid plans of mice and men..." to paraphrase John Steinbeck? Well, true that. Day 1: Friday:  The entire day did not end up being wasted waiting for the fridge to be delivered (and the accompanying emptying out and filling back up thereof) that I anticipated when the delivery … Continue reading Summer Vacation: What I actually DID do

Date night at the Ogunquit Playhouse

Summer of Love is the current show at the Ogunquit Playhouse. May I just say this: save your money. Skip this show and buy tickets to Legally Blonde instead, which stars Sally Struthers (among others) and runs from 8/24-9/17. I have seen Sally Struthers in two other Playhouse Productions and (both my husband and I … Continue reading Date night at the Ogunquit Playhouse

The day I ate whatever I wanted: Part 2 A (the day prior)

Since my actual birthday fell on a day I had to work (and I had no way to get out of it!), my husband and I celebrated the day prior.  The weather forecast called for a bleak, cold, rainy day. Does the weather influence what you eat? It certainly does me, so I had made a … Continue reading The day I ate whatever I wanted: Part 2 A (the day prior)

The day I ate whatever I wanted…Part One

What better day to do so than on your birthday? That was my thought process anyway.  As I started planning my day's meals ahead of time, I recalled reading about this in a book by Elizabeth Berg, entitled (appropriately) The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted. I was a little disappointed that the whole book wasn't … Continue reading The day I ate whatever I wanted…Part One

Famous (Dave’s) Birthday Girl

I always wonder how best to celebrate my kids' birthdays. Every year there is some sort of friends' party and then a family celebration to cap things off on the actual day of birth. This year, my daughter turned twelve: the last bastion of childhood, the threshold of teenhood. The friends' party was at Get … Continue reading Famous (Dave’s) Birthday Girl

The Hayloft

We recently returned to the Hayloft Restaurant in Moody, Maine after a 10 year (give or take) break. We used to frequent this restaurant with the kids but after getting a bad salad (not to be confused with the "big salad" of Seinfeld's world), we stopped going. Every summer when my son was small he would … Continue reading The Hayloft