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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.


Thursday, August 25, 2011


Living with a toddler is like living with a tape recorder, one that  plays back at the least expected times.

At the onset of the earthquake the other day, Ariana's nanny (she's from California!) grabbed her and they went under a rather sturdy dining room table.  As they lay on the floor, the house shaking around them, our cherub looked up at her and said, "So where's the giant?"  

Well we're buffing up the ark and preparing for the Great Winds of 2011 and a visit from Irene.  My goodness, it's been an interesting summer.


Mage said...

Yes, our TV news this morning even showed Mayor Bloomburg talking about evacuationg and go bags. You just stay safe.

George said...

What a cute (and appropriate) comment from Ariana. I hope Irene is a well-behaved guest if she insists on visiting you. Stay safe.

Anonymous said...

We were in Columbia when Isabel visited.. trees down all over our street and one crashed down on top of a neighbor's van who was too lazy to park it in the garage. Live and learn when it comes to Mother Nature and her wrath. Stay safe!

Purple Flowers said...

Your grandaughter sounds adorable. Smart of the Nanny to do what she did.
Hope you're feeling better with each new day.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Out of the mouths of babes!!!! How sweet....

Stay safe --if you get any of Irene... It could cause much damage in some areas. Scary!!
P.S. are you still feeling well?

Deb from WhatsInMyAttic said...

What a cutie she must be! Definitely something to put in the baby book...you can't make this stuff up!

Looks like Irene has us in her sights, so batten down the hatches and take in the flower pots!

Kimberly said...

Too cute for words!

Gilly said...

What a cutie!! She sounds like my great granddaughter - they are lovely at that age!

Hope and pray you keep safe when Irene descends on you - here's hoping she veers east and calms down a bit!

The Vanilla Bean Baker said...

Aww, that was so sweet. I wonder if she was asking out of fear of perhaps possibly seeing one or just curiosity.

Hoping you have a safe weekend and Irene moves further out to sea with each kilometre she travels.

Cheryl said...

Interesting, indeed.

I hope you're feeling much better!

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

So cute!!

Stay safe during the hurricane.

forsythia said...

Yes, where's the giant? She's on her way as we speak. Stay safe.

Lena said...

Kids are so great.

I hope you are feeling much better now!!!

What a weekend! Stay safe and dry.

cri said...

Hy Kathy! I think of you, these days.
After the surgery (I'm very happy to know you feel good), the earthquake (no problem for you and your family), but now I'm a little bit worry about the hurricane Irene. How are you? And your family? I hope to hear you soon. Kisses, Cristina

Palm Springs Savant said...

OK, so you have now survived it all. I feel for you Kathy. Say a nice prayer and have a drink! :-)

Cobalt Violet said...

What a great story! I love it! It's all about context!

Amy said...

Thank you for the laugh, I needed that.

"Out of the mouths of babes..."
Arianna's comment is just great...and when I thought about it, very spot-on. I'd imagine an earthquake feels like a giant walking around.