Fall Lake Pictures

The end of fall means no more shorts, tank tops and flip-flops. For this girl (yes, I still like being called a girl.  The older I get, the more pleased I am when I’m referred to as a girl and not as ma’am), that means it’s time to run away to warmer climate, despite the…

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Cousins – Then and Now

I got to see my cousins from my mom’s side of the family recently – we had a family reunion at my sister’s wedding.  When we were kids, we used to see each other often, and some of us actually lived together at some point in our lives.  But then we grew up and spread…

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Pinot and Lokie’s California Adventures

As told by Lokie. We got to go to California!  Person’s Sister was getting married and it was decided we would all go and have California adventures. Two months before we left, Person came home with these two black bags.  She set them on the floor and Pinot immediately jumped into one.  We all know…

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Summer Lake Pictures

summer lake

If you haven’t figured out by now, I love taking pictures of our lake and I got some great summer lake shots this year. This was taken on a beautiful summer day on the lake, when everything was peaceful and all was right in the world. And this was taken right before a storm.  You…

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Pinot and the Big Dogs

Pinot is a miniature dachshund, but don’t tell her that.  She thinks she is a Rottweiler.  One of the Big Dogs. When Pinot was a puppy, she didn’t bark at all and her Person thought she was so lucky to get a dog that didn’t bark.  But one day, Pinot the puppy was sitting on…

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ESL: When English is Not Your First Language


My mom and I were having a conversation about someone and I told my mom that my sister didn’t like him.  She nodded sagely and said, “Oh, yes.  She said he’s a Hole of the Butt!” What? I made her repeat that, and on the second repeat, it suddenly clicked that she was trying to…

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Chesapeake Bay and Crabs

Chesapeake Bay

When Jim asked where I wanted to go this summer for a short trip, I immediately said, Chesapeake Bay.  Why?  Because I wanted to eat some Chesapeake Bay crabs. I had read Nora Roberts’ Chesapeake Bay Saga years ago and remembered how interested I was in seeing that part of the US and eating some Maryland crabs.…

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Family Portrait

Recently, we needed a family portrait so we enlisted my mom’s help to take some pictures.  She’s been practicing taking pictures so we thought this was the perfect opportunity. When two of your family members have four legs and have fur instead of hair, it can be a challenge to get a good picture. First…

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Now that summer is here and the tank tops and sleeveless dresses are coming out, my clients are concerned about their nubbies. What are nubbies?  When I first started training, my client and friend Gretchen coined the side of the chest that tends to pop out around a shirt “nubbies.” This is my friend Lisa…

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What To Do In Poughkeepsie, NY?


Recently, Jim and I found ourselves in the position of having to go to the Poughkeepsie County Court House to get a document.  Why in the world would we have to go to Poughkeepsie, NY which is an hour away from our house?  Don’t ask.  Or you can ask, but it’s a long story that…

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