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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, March 13, 2009

A Week in the Life

It has been a very busy week. On Monday night I taught a childbirth/Lamaze class. I did this a lot during the 1980's, and as I mentioned in a previous blog, teach a class every once in a while. I loved being pregnant and giving birth and I enjoy being being around prospective parents and helping them through this interesting time in their lives. It's a great privilege.

Tuesday night we celebrated our middle daughter's 32nd birthday with a dinner at a local restaurant, Clyde's, where we are regulars. Her fiance, Dan, and her Godparents, Margie and Dave, joined us. Margie and David have been our closest friends for 34 years. They are our travel buddies and Richard, an only child, considers David to be his brother. Richard and I will lose them to the West Coast in May as they are moving to San Diego to be with their children. Richard and I are really sad to lose them, but happy for them as they really miss their kids. We've been out there three times within that past two years and really love San Diego and I see a lot of "going West" in our future.

Wednesday afternoon, I picked up our 9 year old grand daughter from school, ran to the grocery store, dropped off the Lamaze teaching materials I had borrowed from a friend, and came home to a pacing husband and an 11-month old baby missing her mother. Richard needed to return to work so I held the baby on my hip while I helped the 9 year old with her homework. The baby finally let me put her in the high chair, where I fed her Cheerios with one hand and cooked dinner with the other. Now I understand why only the young should have children. I'm not sure if Richard ever sat down to dinner. Their respective parents picked them up at around 9:00 PM. Suffice to say I slept well on Wednesday night.

Tonight, Richard and I drove into Baltimore to meet my aunt and cousin for dinner at Sabatino's in Little Italy. My uncle had surgery this morning at Johns Hopkins. He's doing really well and will probably be discharged tomorrow morning. Then they'll return home to Lewes, Delaware. After our dinners of gnocchi with marinara sauce and house salads, we stopped at Vaccaro's (a great Italian pastry shop) to get my uncle a milkshake made with chocolate gelato. We also bought a few sfogiatelli: Italian seashell pastries filled with mascarpone cheese. Yum!! Breakfast tomorrow will be lovely! (So will dinner as we brought home much of the gnocchi!).


Palm Springs Savant said...

Oh my that italian dinner sounds delicious. I love italian food. So your friends are moving to SD? Wow that is an expensive relo

TAG said...

Sounds like a very busy week. Glad you got to spend some time with the grandchildren. I know that really puts a big smile on the face of any grandparent.

As for San Diego, I've never been. But that will change in a couple of weeks. I get to travel out that way to teach some classes.

Gotta love it.


Cheryl said...

You have been busy. Isn't retirement great? I'm glad things are well in your life. No teenagers, a good marriage, grandkids, etc.. Can we trade places for a few days?

happyone said...

Sounds like a good, happy, busy week.
Glad to hear your uncle is doing well.
Enjoy your Sunday.

Gin said...

My goodness you are a busy girl!! I got tired just reading about all you do. It's great to keep busy...keeps you out of trouble. LOL

whimsical brainpan said...

A belated Happy Birthday to your daughter!

I'm glad your Uncle's surgery went well.

That is one busy week!

Thanks for stopping by my place.


oh that awful bewitching hour around dinner time.. I dread it daily.

I think that's fantastic that you still teach classes on occasion. How long do you have to be in the industry before you can start instructing? or is it something that the head nurse has to appoint?

Happy Birthday to your daughter..32 is a great age..I miss it already...

Best of luck for your Uncle's recovery!!!


are the hawks still screeching?

Dear Liza said...

OM Gosh - you are a busy woman!

I think teaching lamaze classes would be an amazing thing to do.

And yes-you are absolutely correct about having children when you are YOUNG.

Have a great week!


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

My goodness you've been busy.

The food sounds incredible. (Sorry I'm being terse. It's getting late.)

Brad said...

This post left me both tired and hungry!

Kathy said...

Give me your tired, your hungry...