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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.


Friday, December 26, 2008


I'm going to the gym -- at least I'm dressed and supposed to be there. I will when I finish this...maybe.
We had an exciting Christmas Day. Middle daughter is now engaged. Her fiance' took her dad and I aside on Christmas Eve and asked our permission and blessing. He said, "I love your daughter; she makes me want to be a better person." No plans, yet. I think she is still in shock.
I thought this might be a good time to introduce you to some other members of our family both two-legged and four-legged. Our son and DIL have a small farm with three dogs, four horses, and a herd of barn cats.

This is the whole brood minus the horses and Deuce (middle daughter's dog). Luke is an American bulldog; Lilly is a rescued wolfhound/Great Dane; Beau, on grand daughter's lap,(2 months old in this photo) is a harlequin Great Dane. Leon, in front of my son is our youngest's dog. Not sure of the breed; suffice to say he's big. All four are sweet, gentle, dogs.

Zoe (the cat) and Leon belong to our youngest and her husband.

Zoe has special talents.

Lola on her birthday.

Our youngest daughter (the one on top :)) teaches riding and trains Lola.

Our youngest was married last July. That's Leon, who was the ring-bearer, at her right.
Oh, something I thought you'd enjoy: our son's fire house does the Santa thing every year; they ride Santa around on one of the trucks, waving and yelling , "Ho, ho, ho." You know the drill. This year, the only firefighter who would put the suit on (evidently it needs to be laundered) is Jewish. So they're on the truck riding through the community, but Santa is yelling, "Shalom, mazel tov!" :)

I do believe it's time for me to go workout.


Cheryl said...

I planned to go swimming today. My doctor told me not too. I ate Trader Joe's cookies for breakfast. To help my knee. It's an old country medicinal treatment. You've heard of it, right?

You have a beautiful family. Mazel tov on the engagement.

Gin said...

Love the photos. You have a very attractive family and some very cute fur-kids!!

Would love to see more photos of Lola! In my other life, I was a riding instructor and had horses for 30+ years. I had a mare (Registered Quarter Horse...Three Bars breeding) who looked a lot like Lola! Someday I'll do a blog post about some of my horses. I don't have many photos of my horses on the computer, and no scanner, so I have to take pictures of the pictures...LOL! You can see the mare I'm talking about in the photo on my blog about caroling on horseback.

Great blog post today Kathy!!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Best wishes to your daughter.

Did you ever make it to the gym?

cri said...

Kathy, you are great!!!!
You have a beautifullllllll family, and I'm very happy for your middle daughter.
Yes, I hate to play cards with Claudio, only problems!!!
It's better when we play SCRABBLE: I LOVE IT!!!
I know MONOPOLY very well, like RISIKO....