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Thanksgiving 2017

7 Nov

I know, I know… I haven’t blogged in ages but like most people, life got in the way.  Anyhow, I am currently getting ready to host my third Thanksgiving ever, and, it is nerve wracking to say the least.  I am cooking for 26 people including my parents, brothers, in-laws and various friends and extended family.

It’s almost like planning a mini wedding. Not only am I going to be cooking but I am arranging hotels, things to do and making an effort to have a schedule and keep to it.  Additionally there are decorations to be placed around the house and then there is that pesky thing known as every day life  😀

And no this isn’t a complaint! On the contrary, I am loving this opportunity to bring all the people I love together!  I just had the need to write today and this seemed like the best place to post.

I promise to start blogging again on a regular basis again so check back soon!




More snow, good day to hibernate

5 Mar

The winter of 2015 has turned out to be a snowy one.  Granted, NYC is no where near what Boston has suffered through, but, it’s still maddening to look out the window, and, once again see snow.  I don’t know what it is about snowy days, but, I always want to curl up, under a blanket and just veg.  And this isn’t anything new for me, even as a kid, I’d rather build a tent or a fort and cozy up in it than go out with the other kids and play in the snow.  Anyhow that’s why I am working from home today.

Then again, I’m not exactly working, instead I am blogging and looking at cruises from New York to the Caribbean.  Yes, I admit that this winter has gotten to be me badly, but, I am disappointed with the choices of ships during the winter months in NYC.  I don’t like Norwegian or Royal Caribbean, and, Cunard has their ships off on world cruises.  Why can’t we get a decent cruise line in the NYC area on a full time basis.  Oh how I would love to see Princess or Holland America here for the full year instead of every once in a while…

Sure, we could fly to Florida or Puerto Rico for a cruise, but, the whole point is that you never know what the winter will bring and there is no guarantee the day of the flight to get to Puerto Rico or Florida the good weather gods will smile upon you with kindness.  No, after all the miles I’ve logged in my lifetime on airplanes, I know all too well not to count on anything, especially in the winter.

So, in the meantime, I continue to check out the cruises that are available, and, I am trying to pick out the lesser of the evils.  I hate being nickled and dimed to death like NCL does to its passengers.  And, I cannot stand the idiocy of Royal Caribbean with their gimmicks that appeal to middle America.  Carnival.  Well.  Thanks but no thank you.  Am I a snob?  You better believe it.

I have no desire to spend vacation time watching fat bellied men doing belly flops in pools, nor do I have any desire to watch “Broadway STYLE” shows – the key here is that the shows are Broadway style, and, not Broadway productions; and, I certainly do not want to attempt to swim in a pool with dozens of rude teenagers and their parents who are in denial who always use the excuse “not my kid.”  Well, if it isn’t your kid you better have a paternity test because the kid looks exactly like you!

Which brings me back to the same question.  Why doesn’t Princess or Holland America have a ship in NYC full time?  There are plenty of people in the NYC area that feel the exact same way I do, and, I’m positive the NYC would be a profitable choice.  Alas, I have no say in the matter.  Cruise lines never listen to one person, they’d much rather check what people on large networks that discuss cruising day and night have to say.  And, the problem there is they only represent a small portion of the overall amount of people who cruise.

So in the off chance someone with any type of authority at Princess or Holland America happens to see this post please know I’m in the wings awaiting a miracle that you’ll bring a decent ship to NYC full time.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – by Clement Clarke Moore

24 Dec

From myself and Gary have a happy and save and very Merry Christmas!


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”
(or A Visit from St. Nicholas)
by Clement Clarke Moore

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
tore open the shutter, and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave the lustre of midday to objects below,
when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came,
and he whistled and shouted and called them by name:

“Now Dasher! Now Dancer!
Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid!
On, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch!
To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away!
Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky
so up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too,

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head and was turning around,
down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes–how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
and filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Halloween in the Village 2014

4 Nov

Halloween in the Village 2014.

The lying, cheating jerk part 2

15 Oct

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Hmmmm.  I seem to be bad at keeping up with my blog lately.   Shame on me!  And, while I admit the mood to write in my blog only seems to hit when it is raining out, I need to be just a bit more consistent with my posts.  And, as I signed in today, I checked my stats, as I always do when I sign on, and, without failure one post above all others continues to get hit after hit.  It’s my post: the lying, cheat jerk:

I don’t know about you, but, I find this fact rather depressing.  That means there has to be an awful lot of iinfidelity going on in the world. 

As for my friend in the original post, she has since moved on from that creep, and, I do mean creep, and, has a wonderful career blossoming, more dates than she can accept, and, pretty much living a dream life.  As for the sorry piece of dirty she was so desperate to shake off, he’s still doing the same things…  Eating bad (with a serious heart problem and diabetes), sucking the rest of us dry by being on disability, and, apparently still thinking he’s a kid because all his photos are of theme parks and choo choo trains.  EESSSHHH.  This guy is now over 50.

And, yes ladies this cartoon is a close facsimile of “Fred”and I know you’re all DYING to get his contact information, but, I’m sorry, I will not allow another living sole be  stuck with this horrible, I mean, wonderful man.  Which leads back to the question.  How do these guys find us?  And more importantly don’t they own a mirror and have a conscious?  There is a solid reason that guys like this don’t get girls like me friend, and, all it takes is one good reality check.  The problem is… They never do!

6 May

I’m under the weather today with a bad cold. big_sneeze-3584

Almost Easter

15 Apr

When I was little I could never understand how people could say things like “the year is just flying by” but now that I’m an adult, I really do understand what is meant and have even pondered why time moves faster as an adult.  It’s by far a too vast concept for my pea-brain and I’m sure if you’re reading my blog (and by the way thank you for doing so) you probably want something more interesting to read than my thoughts on the space time continuum 😀  So let’s hop to it and get to my usual mindless blogging!

(Yes that pun was intentional if you happened to catch it.)

Easter is rapidly approaching and after much debate and getting work schedules coordinated.  Gary and I plan to return to Paris the last week of May.  We’re just debating if we want to include Labor Day as part of the vacation or as an extra day to get over jet lag.  As you may recall my last blog entry was on this very topic.

I am very excited and cannot wait!  There was so much we didn’t get to see and do the last time since we were abruptly called home, and, what better time than Spring to visit.  I’ll blog more later this week…  Our Chinese food is here and I’m starving!  More to come, I promise!

Everyone Is Talking About #GivingTuesday

4 Dec

T.R. Threston - Travel Writer and Historical Fiction Writer

Everyone Is Talking About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday has exploded nationwide and around the world! Gaining over ten thousand partners worldwide and over thirty-three hundred #GivingTuesday Social Media Ambassadors. Across the nations the #UNselfie behavior has been trending on twitter and Facebook! Here are some celebrity #UNselfies on social media…


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#GivingTuesday at the Adaptive Design Association

4 Dec

T.R. Threston - Travel Writer and Historical Fiction Writer

#GivingTuesday at the Adaptive Design Association

The Adaptive Design Association (ADA) started 15 years ago in New York City with our founder, Alex Truesdell, and a clear mission—to make sure that every child with a disability receives the custom equipment required to make school work more inclusive and rewarding, play time more fun, social networks wider, and perceived differences negligible. Nine-year-old Max’s wheelchair, for example, is burdensome in the school lunchroom. It doesn’t fit at the side or end of the cafeteria table, and if it did, his elbows would still be four inches below the tabletop. So Max eats lunch at a low table in the corner of the cafeteria, isolated from his classmates. Until a custom-made seat built by ADA that slips over the bench at any…Read More


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It’s GAME ON for #GivingTuesday!

4 Dec

T.R. Threston - Travel Writer and Historical Fiction Writer

It’s GAME ON for #GivingTuesday!

Over 60 Nonprofit Sports Organizations are on board with this year’s #GivingTuesday initiative including Right To Play, Tiger Woods Foundation, Pitch in for Baseball, Street Soccer USA, US Lacrosse, Stoked, Girls on the Run, and many others. Sports fans can #GiveAnAssist on #GivingTuesday through donations, volunteering, coaching, fundraising or simply spreading the “Give An Assist” message throughout the holiday season. We’ve got all of the details and links to each organization’s campaign at  


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