thankful for the written word 2018

Hi Friends as we all gear up for Thanksgiving this week I’m sharing my annual installment of Thankful for the Written Word. Last year I wrote about Books I was thankful were in my permanent collection. This year I’m sharing titles I was fortunate to enjoy in 2018.

our local library

our local library

This is a building which holds a special place in my heart. I grew up visiting the Library weekly with my mother. Rita was a avid reader and would read multiple titles a week. If my mother wasn’t doing laundry or cooking - you found her reading.

I volunteer and am treasurer of the Libraries Friend Group - we work to defray costs and purchase materials that are not in the Municipal budget. A library is the cornerstone of any community. I sincerly hope you have a library card.

I have a basket under my desk filled with books I want to read - lent to me predominantly by my sister - in addition I’m borrowing from the library and if anyone sees me with my earbuds in - I can pretty much guarantee I’m listening to a book through the app Hoopla.

So let’s get down to the list: all titles are linked to Goodreads.


 I continue to recommend my Top Pick from 2017:

Also, I would be remiss if I failed to mention my most beloved title from Childhood:


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Happy Thanksgiving - I hope your time with loved ones is wonderful and filled with fun!

Til next time!

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Deep End

Last week Steven and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. The week before we celebrated twenty one years since the evening we met.

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We are definitely jump in feet-first kind of people. We knew quickly we were in it for the long haul. Within a month of our meeting we’d met family members, within three months we were engaged, we had bought our first home by eight months and by a year and a week married.

The Night We Met  Thank God Steven let himself be dragged to my house-party September 27, 1997.

The Night We Met Thank God Steven let himself be dragged to my house-party September 27, 1997.

We jumped into the Deep End… and we’ve never regretted it.

Here’s our Story.

Family Introductions  Halloween October 31, 1997.

Family Introductions Halloween October 31, 1997.

I apologize for the quality of some of the million images in this piece.

Our First Home  July 1, 1998

Our First Home July 1, 1998

Wedding Day  October 4, 1998

Wedding Day October 4, 1998

We celebrated our marriage on the front porch of an Inn in Spring Lake NJ with a total of 37 in attendance. It was a day centered around vows, libation and good food. We had Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding - in keeping with our British theme - we traveled to London for our honeymoon. It was fantastic.

At the  Tower of London on Our Honeymoon  October 9, 1998.

At the Tower of London on Our Honeymoon October 9, 1998.

We’re planning a trip back to London and the British Isles in a few years with Liam.

Chalet Ownership  July 24, 2003.

Chalet Ownership July 24, 2003.

Most of you know the story of the Chalet - How our first home had sold and the house we hoped to purchase fell through. I was driving with a girlfriend when we spied the For Sale By Owner sign for the Chalet. It was March and it took a few months to finalize the transaction - because the gentleman who was flipping the chalet needed the paperwork to go through the county government before he could sell; and unfortunately in that time he tried to renege on our agreement unless we paid an additional 20K. Well this saying is true my friends -

A HOUSE IS WORTH WHATEVER SOMEONE IS WILLING TO PAY.

I love love love  My Home.  Center Hall Colonial Momma just doesn’t have the same ring! Ha

I love love love My Home. Center Hall Colonial Momma just doesn’t have the same ring! Ha

my first  Red Sox Game  September 30, 2006

my first Red Sox Game September 30, 2006

Celebrating our  Tenth Anniversary  at Chatham Bars Inn Chatham, MA. September 19, 2008.

Celebrating our Tenth Anniversary at Chatham Bars Inn Chatham, MA. September 19, 2008.

Our Favorite Beach  Ocean City, NJ  August 22, 2010

Our Favorite Beach Ocean City, NJ August 22, 2010

I know some of you won’t believe a gal from New Jersey could be a Sox fan… I was not a baseball fan at all until I watched the 2003 playoffs… it was exciting and fast paced - I was hooked! I’ve been lucky to be at Fenway Park twice.

We are a baseball loving family. It is the sport we spend allot of time enjoying.

One of our favorite towns is Chatham, MA it’s an idyllic spot on the elbow of Cape Cod full of wonderful restaurants, shops and art.

We are secret New Englanders.

A Neighborhood Dinner  at Tabor Road Tavern October 15, 2010. I was pregnant with Liam.

A Neighborhood Dinner at Tabor Road Tavern October 15, 2010. I was pregnant with Liam.

As Lucy and Ricky Ricardo  Bienvenido A Cuba  for our neighborhood  Pubs Around the Hood  celebration March 19, 2011.

As Lucy and Ricky Ricardo Bienvenido A Cuba for our neighborhood Pubs Around the Hood celebration March 19, 2011.

The Guide  March 19, 2011.

The Guide March 19, 2011.

I’ve kept the walking map all these year - These are very good renderings of our homes.

Our  First Family Christmas Card  with Fred and a 6 month old Liam December 2011

Our First Family Christmas Card with Fred and a 6 month old Liam December 2011

Dinner out with Friends  Look at this Cute Baby  March 8, 2012

Dinner out with Friends Look at this Cute Baby March 8, 2012

Headed out for  My Birthday  Celebration July 12, 2012

Headed out for My Birthday Celebration July 12, 2012

Lovebird Selfie  July 26, 2013

Lovebird Selfie July 26, 2013

Willkommen in Deutschland  Our Second Pubs Around The Hood June 7, 2014.

Willkommen in Deutschland Our Second Pubs Around The Hood June 7, 2014.

We’ve celebrated Pubs Around The Hood twice - I can’t recommend this fun Drink & Food Crawl with neighbors enough.

Its a great not having to drive.

Each home picks a country - everyone always adds some decor and dresses in celebratory garb of the land.

Offer a signature drink and small taste of said country staying at each for about an hour before moving on.

First time we were Cuba the Second time we were Germany!

Pubs Around The Hood Foreign Exchange Program Itinerary .June 7, 2014

Pubs Around The Hood Foreign Exchange Program Itinerary.June 7, 2014

to my neighbors - we need to do this again and soon!

Liam’s first  Phillies Game  June 14, 2014. The day Jimmy Rollins hit for the Franchise Record.

Liam’s first Phillies Game June 14, 2014. The day Jimmy Rollins hit for the Franchise Record.

My Bow Tie Men  April 18, 2015

My Bow Tie Men April 18, 2015

Liam’s  Fifth Birthday Party  June 12, 2016 (nothing to do with Target)

Liam’s Fifth Birthday Party June 12, 2016 (nothing to do with Target)

I still have this image from Liam’s 5th Birthday Party - A Star Wars theme on my phone.

It makes me smile.

Documenting Liam’s  T-Ball Game  Spring 2017

Documenting Liam’s T-Ball Game Spring 2017

The Day our Marriage was Blessed  February 17, 2018.

The Day our Marriage was Blessed February 17, 2018.

Meeting Minnie Mouse  September 25, 2018

Meeting Minnie Mouse September 25, 2018

Disney was amazing. Every bit as magical and wonderful as you think it will be and more.

Silly Mom and Dad  in 95*degrees photo by Liam September 27, 2018. Twenty-One Years to the Day We Met.

Silly Mom and Dad in 95*degrees photo by Liam September 27, 2018. Twenty-One Years to the Day We Met.

We’ve been blessed and I wouldn’t change a thing. Every event - good or bad has gotten us to this moment. We are wed to the person we were meant to be with. The years we waited for Liam taught us much and we know he was always the boy we were waiting to welcome. Happy Anniversary to my wonderful Husband. I’ll stay in the deep end with you forever!

YOU HAVE GIVEN ME MY LIFE AND I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO SAY THANK YOU ENOUGH. xoxoxo

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til next time.

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Ho Jo's

when i was growing up the 2nd week in August was always vacation. it was the only week my attorney father would take off -  because that was the week the courts were closed. so off we went and although the destination may have changed the accommodations never did.

we stayed at Howard Johnson's.

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i love these old advertisements.

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not only did we stay at HoJo's when we traveled but, there was a location about 30 minutes from home and it was a favorite dining spot of dad's. yum for HoJo burgers!

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i have a Pinterest board devoted to HoJo.

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there wasn't anything that the didn't have their logo on. they sold ice cream, chewing gum, toys,  games - below is a piggy bank.they created the marketing we take as commonplace in 2018.

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did you ever stay at Howard Johnson's? please share your recollections in the comments.

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i know my love of orange and turquoise can be traced back to Howard Johnson! hahaha!

til next time.

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