Thursday, July 22, 2010


Working at the library I have been introduced to many authors, not in the flesh but by their writing.

Why it took me so long to read this author is beyond me, I have seen her books go out to patrons many
times and people have ordered her books constantly. Still I was never drawn to the books for some reason. I thought they would end up being boring or uninteresting.

I can't explain why "SHADES of BLUE" piqued my interest. Reading the synopsis did not even come close in
Preparing me for this heart warming, soul touching book. Who is the author? Karen
Kingsbury - many of you have probably read her Christian books, but I have not.

The story touched my heart, I usually stay away from reading books that affect me emotionally. I go for thrillers, who done it type of books.
But, this, this was fine reading, I loved the fact that Karen put in so many quotes from the Bible. "LOVE WHEN IT'S DIFFICULT TO LOVE" - "BE MERCIFUL"- "-DO NOT JUDGE YOU WILL NOT BE JUDGED"
Those sayings hit home because I did judge,found it difficult to love and be merciful and yet considered myself a decent person - I have a lot to practice.

I can't remember the last time my eyes filled up with tears from reading a book, but this one did- I don't
like the feeling it causes but yet the book has warmed my heart and the characters have stayed with
me. It did not end the way I was hoping it would but it did end realistic.

A good way to bring God into your daily life for sure - - -Karen Kingsley writes from the heart - -

I am glad I found her.

Friday, July 16, 2010


Being a sentimenal person I have among my dishtowel drawer "Grandma's Apron"
It is a sturdy pinafore apron made up of white muslim  trimmed in green wih a little pocket that my Grandma Fidazzo made .
 I can still visulize Grandma wearing her hairnet over her snow white beautiful hair and her apron on making one of her home made recipe's. Home made Gnocchi's, Ravioli's and her homemade Pizza which everyone just loved, , they were just some of the delicious meals that she made with loving hands.

She wore her white apron every day but Sunday, Sunday she put on a fancier one but sill made by her hands.
Grandma would stay at her sons and daughters home's for visits every once in a while and she always brought her apron. Once when she was at our home she left her beloved apron behind, I have that loved apron to this day and treasure it - I don't wear it, I did have it hanging in the kitchen for a while but was afraid it would get ruined so back in the disth towel draawer it went and is still there.

Today's aprons are considered to be novelties, There are bar-b-que aprons, printed ones with funny sayings, ones that look like tuxedos, all kind to choose from. But, the aprons of yester year are scarce -  except  for those of us who are fortunate to have one of "Grandma's Aprons"

Sunday, July 11, 2010


I was meeting up with two dear friends for lunch today. We had worked together for 13 years if not more and we were meeting for the first time in 3 years. We were seated at a cozy little restaurant with booths and tables put close together. It seemed like they were trying to seat as many people as possible. The Hostess sat us next to a table of 4 women who were talking rather loudly, making it very hard to talk and be heard among each other.  At one point we just gave up and listened to the conversation.

The one woman was saying that even though her kid did not live out of state she felt like he did. She only had the one child and it seemed like her child never had time for her and her husband. They were always doing things with their friends and never included them.  The other two women with her were laughing at her antics. Her hands were flying all over the place as she talked., it was hard not to notice it. .

They were well dressed ladies eating their rabbit food which made me feel instantly guilty, why? because I was craving  fries!  When the waitress came to take our order, did I ordered the fries I really wanted?  No, how could I with these thin women seated right next to us & my friends  thin also? I ordered rabbet food while my friends ordered  fries to go along with their meal,  My friends offered to share their fries with me, but I said no thank you and started eating my salad, rabbet food because I was the only one  that was "fluffy".

Lunch was a howl, as we reminisced about our working together and how we were called "The Three Musketeers"  because at that time we all wore the same size,  a "7/8" and we were always shopping and going out to eat. We got along great and we worked hard. This was our 2nd reunion, the first being 3 yrs ago when I was just done with treatment, trying to regain my strength when they took me out for brunch.  As good friends do we have kept in touch over the years, it's been 6 years since I've worked at LeWinter., Gloria was the first to quit, Lois being the second. I was the last musketeer still hanging in. It was a mentally exhuasting job. and you had better pay close attention to detail or else you could make a mistake that could cost the picture framer a job.

We stayed longer then we should have but we had so much to catch up on and just wanted to enjoy each other's company. The table of ladies next to us finally left and we were able to converse quietly instead of trying to shout to be heard. It was a fun afternoon spent as the Three Musketeers.

Dee's shared items


This time of year makes me think of all of those things I have to be thankful for - - - -
my husband
my children
my grandchildren
my health
my freedom
always thankful for friends made