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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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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Acronyms Make Me Feel Old and Stupid


One of the first acronyms I can remember was TGIF.  At the time, I thought it referred to the restaurant.  So when newscasters said, TGIF, the weekend is here!  I thought you could only go to TGIF on weekends. In middle school, I knew I had a BFF.  But by high school, we were no…

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Why I Love Hawaii


Warm weather and sunny days Hot sand beneath my toes Yummy mai tai’s and Kona beer   Ice cold in my hand   Lying on the beach listening to waves Outside on our lanai taking a break Very happy in flip-flops and shorts Enjoying the sense of ohana and the Aloha spirit   Hawaii, so far…

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Some Days, I Should Have Just Stayed In Bed

It was a Sunday morning, and my niece Kristen was playing basketball for Queens College at Madison Square Garden.  It was a big deal, and the whole family was going.  Jim had worked at the firehouse the day before so we decided I would take the train into the city and meet everyone there.  I woke…

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas to you and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy December 25! And a very Happy New Year! Love from Lyn, Jim, Pinot and Lokie (Thanks to my friend Athena and her dachshund Sasha for making the pictures above.  Check out their etsy shop for great dachshund gifts, SassySashadoxie)

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Why I’m Not a Fan of Northeast Winters

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I do not like Northeast winters.  I won’t use the word hate since it is such a strong word.  But on second thought, I hate Northeast winters.  I am definitely not a fan. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving was a beautiful day – dry and not too cold. As the day drew to a close, this was…

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My Obsession with Sewing

obsession with sewing

Since you know about Pinot’s obsession with bags and Lokie’s obsession with Jim, it’s only fair I tell you about my own obsession with sewing. I took my first sewing class in 2008 and from the first stitch, was hooked.  My mom is an expert seamstress (she worked as a tailor for Macy’s for years), and I’ve always wanted…

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My life as a klutz

I had hoped to get a few posts under my belt before I started revealing secrets about myself. But after last week’s confirmation that I have a broken nose and fractured elbow from walking into a wall (more on that later), I can’t hide it anymore.  I am a klutz.  I am a lifelong klutz.…

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