Friday, June 22, 2018
That awkward first full day with no school, no camp, no travel, no pool, no sitter--a dangling Friday. Loose ends--but newfound freedom for the children.
Took Punch for long overdue haircut. Got groceries. And had sister/brother pair of friends over for long time. They all played with 3 boys who live on the block. Activities included:
- Eating the mini seashell pasta I made for lunch.
- Drinking ice water.
- Playing in Miles’ backyard, on swing set.
- Walking to Bradford School playground.
- Playing in ravine behind house.
- Walking to grassy island.
- In between activities, popping in to say, We’re bored. What can we do?
- Having pizza for dinner; the bro/sis don’t eat dairy, so ordered pie w just sauce and bacon for them. Whatever works.
- [Punchy] Getting upset that one of the boys got orange soda in her freshly trimmed hair.
- Walking to basketball hoop at bottom of block.
- [Punchy] Even after 7 hours together--1:30 to 8:30--asking repeatedly for a sleepover w friend before she left.
Oh! Punch and pal noticed the gray-blue dangling pearl ring on my finger and loved it. You look like a mermaid, Punch said.
If only? Or maybe not. I’d be way too tired to swim the high seas.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
I love this slender silver ring with dangling gray-blue pearl. The luminous orb moves when I move, like charms on a bracelet, and feels so feminine.
It was made by Andrea Schettino, an artisan and gifted baker who still lives in my hometown--Dumont, NJ. The small town can tend toward the dull a bit--but of course it’s the people that matter, and some glitter like this lifts it up! I’m a snob, I know. For that I apologize.
I know Andrea and her family from St. Mary’s parish and her older brother, John, was a high school runner with me.
Andrea’s mom, Sue, volunteered w my mom at the Saint Mary’s School Library and today mother and daughter both came to Montclair to meet me for lunch and a little browsing.
Sue shared some memories of Mom with me, which I cherish. And her husband, Aniello, had a tiny shop in Dumont where he crafted beautiful silver and gold jewelry, with and without gemstones. I grew into such an accessory lover, starting with my first job as a fashion assistant at a magazine. I can’t believe I did not immerse myself in that mini shop! I don’t know if I ever went in. But my parents watched their pennies much more carefully than I do.
So grateful for lunch today with two lovely women holding a gossamer thread back to my girlhood--to Sunday Mass, the June carnival and more.
They both said to always take pearls off before immersing in dishwater. I ruined a Mikimoto pearl bracelet by NOT doing that. So I took my magical ring off and put it back on after sponge and Palmolive. I hate to take it off for bed, and might not.
Andrea’s website is ArtigianoJewelbox.com. Treasure chest! Must see!
- The lunch w Andrea and Sue, and walking around the shops a bit.
- Bought a handmade bath fizzy at Dolly Moo.
- Ice water.
- Applied mascara.
- Ate some vegs.
- Texted my friend Meggy in Stowe, Vermont. Plan to drive up for a few days when Punch is at sleepaway camp for 2 weeks. I miss Meggy and Vermont.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Can’t believe I have to write this whole post again! Just lost it.
Is my moon in the seventh house and Jupiter aligned w Mars? There’s a thread I can see.
Yesterday I dropped my good fur-trim sweater at Moline Kronberg, the ritzy tailors/cleaners that dates to 1911, to mend underarm holes and clean it. Then I took 3 other sweaters to the more reasonable place in town, where the cost for all 3 combined is half of the Moline bill.
But my fur-trim sweater is everything.
Today I went to upscale Frederic Goodman Jewelers, where we got our engraved gold wedding bands, to drop off my pearl Tin Cup necklace w small garnet birthstone pendant, a gift from Dan years back, for repair. Sug broke the fragile gold chain w her paw when she was wriggling in my arms. This is about the third time I’ve had it fixed, since the delicate chain breaks easily.
Then I stopped at STITCH, that fashion boutique I love, where I resisted a pretty pink pineapple top [$88, but a lot to love] and dropped off the favorite Kenneth Jay Lane earrings I bought there. The owner, Caitlin, has already repaired them once and is trying again. I’m grateful. I wore them constantly.
Earlier this season, beading rock star Mary Marino repaired my gorgeous pearl mala beads, her design, for free.
I don’t know, maybe this is a sign that I’m getting my life in order and fixing broken, beautiful things. That I’m repairing treasures that already exist instead of looking for new ones [well, pink pineapple top aside].
I still have two fancy pairs of Tory Burch sandals to get in to the shoe repair place.
Good night to you.
- Walked around block.
- Steamed veggies in morning, had some for dinner.
- Important reading, writing, reflecting.
- Met w wise person to talk, and listen.
- Planned short Cape Cod getaway for next week w Dan, Punch, Anne, Michael and Nikki. Yay. Can’t wait. Anne did the legwork.
- Ate some fruit.
Monday, June 18, 2018
The Montclair school superintendent sent an email blast Sunday advising us to remember water bottles for the kids. I was late getting Punchy’s to her before the bus, so drove over and dropped it at the office. It was frosty and cold.
I hate the heat. And it was so hot today that just waiting on line for a Starbucks decaf iced coffee had me breaking out in a sweat.
They were out of decaf, and I avoid regular after 5, so no go.
I know it’s beastly hot when jewelry feels like a heavy wool coat. Even my light turquoise leaf earrings were almost too much.
- Went to dr. for follow-up. Better bloodwork and weight going down.
- Invested in multivitamin for women, nurse practitioner’s suggestion.
- Turkey burger, no roll, and crunchy pickle.
- Dropped off four sweaters for dry cleaning. Closet organized!
- I sautéed fresh apricot and white peach wedges in a little salted butter and dark brown sugar.
- Important reading, writing and reflecting,