Birthdays parted by 3-years & 2-days

It is the same every year; separated by 2-days.  The birthdays of my first and second children.

 September 29

As luck would have it I started having contractions during my first son’s third birthday party while I was sitting crossed legged on the floor watching/helping “D.A.K.” open his presents.  I was a tad embarrassed when it took three men to hoist me off the floor as I was not adequately able to fully see myself through the standing up process on my own.

We did not rush to do anything other than continue celebrating DAK’s special day as we finished enjoying time with our guests, eating hamburgers, hot dogs, cake, and ice cream.

DAK 3rd Birthday

Celebrating his 3rd birthday, DAK was excitedly opening gifts.

The contractions sporadically continued as we finished the party, said goodnight to our friends and turned in for the evening.  I was able to get a bit of rest off and on during the night and into the next day.  Late into the night of Sept. 30 and early morning Oct. 1 the contractions begin to be more consistent and timely.

October 1

Around mid-morning on Monday, 10/1/84 we decided to call the doctor’s office when we were instructed to take our time, but start getting things ready and head to the hospital.  It was mid-day when we left DAK with the sitter and explained the next time we saw him he’d be a big brother.

Upon arriving at the hospital all was pretty standard, except in New York at the time, unless you were having a Caesarean (C-section), you were given nothing, nada, zip to help with the pain and discomfort…REALLY?  Since this was my second pregnancy I already knew what to expect and worked my way through the pain.  I however, felt terrible for the first time mom who was down the hall from my room, yet sounded as though she was in the room with me; as she was not dealing well with the “no meds” rule very well at all.  It wasn’t until 1988 when “Patient-controlled epidurals, which allow women in labor to adjust the timing and frequency of their anesthesia with the push of a button, come on the scene.”  (Source:

Approximately 9:15 pm the nurses told me I was ready to deliver and would retrieve the doc from the doctor’s lounge.  As he entered the room the doctor said without batting an eye, that I was interrupting his Monday Night Football.  My response “too bad.”  Although he may have been joking…I certainly was not!

A few minutes later, at 9:29 pm, JMAK entered this world and expanded our family.


DAK and his new brother, 1 month old JMAK

So today I wish my two oldest boys a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  DAK turns 33 today and on Wednesday, October 1st, JMAK will be 30.  My how time flies and before we know it, we’re grandparents.

Happy Birthday boys.  Yo momma loves ya.

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Hello Autumn

Autumn is a season filled with change, days become shorter and although it is often warm and sunny during the daylight hours, evenings can get a bit chilly.  Corn is one of the major crops you will see swaying in the fields waiting to be harvested; and this is the season when animals prepare to hibernate by storing fat that will sustain them through the winter months.

Whether you refer to this time of the year as “Fall” or “Autumn” it conjures up the same visions of trees changing into beautiful shades of red, gold, yellow, brown, green, and orange and the fallen leaves will soon be covering your yard (or your neighbors).  On the way are cool and crisp nights, bonfires, camping, hot cocoa, pumpkins (and all the wonderfully fabulous drinks and dishes made with them), and fires in the fireplace.

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Not only is Autumn my favorite time of the year, but it is also the start of all the really neat festivals in my neck of the woods; and, October is usually the start of my Christmas shopping frenzy.  I begin thinking about my Thanksgiving menu and pulling the seasonal decorations out of the attic.  This is the time year when I reminisce about seasons from long ago and all the big family meals we would have together when we traveled near and far to spend the holidays together.

New Seasons, New Beginnings

This year I have a new man in my life to share the holidays, the laughter, and adventures…my fourth grandchild Baby “X.”  He is only seven weeks old and has already added so much joy to our home and family.  He is beginning to respond to the googly faces Nona does for him and the raspberry kisses lovingly shared.  I am blessed to have two of my three children and their family living near and life would be complete if my eldest and his family could be closer.

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As we ready for the cooler days and chilly nights, below are some Autumn fun facts and trivia for you to enjoy and share.

  • Maples, Oaks, Elms, Birch & Ash trees are just a few of the trees that give spectacular colors during the autumn season.
  • September, October, and November are the best months for “Fall planting.”
  • The pumpkin is a member of the gourd family.
  • The Autumn/Fall season runs from September 21st through November 21st.
  • Why is the season called “Fall”? What happens in the natural world during this season? The leaves on many trees die and fall to the ground. About five hundred (500) years ago, when Middle English was spoken, expressions like “fall of the leaf” and “fall of the year” were quite common, and the season name “Fall” comes from them.
  • Autumn marks the end of baseball season and the start of football.
  • In Greek mythology this was supposed to be the time when Persephone rejoined Hades in the underworld.
  • The Chinese celebrate the Moon Festival around this time of the year with particular emphasis on being thankful for the success of the summer harvest.
  • One of the visible signs of fall is the changing color of the leaves. This happens because photosynthesis stops during this period so leaves do not stay green.
  • Favorite fall fruit and vegetables include apples, spinach, squash, bell peppers and, of course, pumpkin.
  • The custom of bobbing for apples originates from Roman times.
  • Evergreen trees remain green through the winter because they have waxy leaves which do not freeze.
  • Autumn’s full mood is called, The Harvest Moon. Long ago farmers would take advantage of the Harvest Moon’s light to “harvest” their crops because in late summer and early autumn many crops would ripen all at once. This made farmers have to stay in the fields long after sundown to harvest them and the moonlight became essential to their harvest.

Below are links to some area festivals and other fun things to do in the Fall in major cities.

Cincinnati         Seattle               Tampa          Atlanta            Dallas

Birmingham      Nashville           Miami           Los Angeles    Cleveland

Charlotte           Indianapolis     Knoxville       Sioux Falls      Rapid City

Fargo                 Boise                Little Rock    Wichita            Denver

Portland            Billings             Philly              Charleston      Grand Rapids


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Fun with English (American & British)

ThePubThe other night dad and I visited “The Pub” for dinner, which got me thinking about British English vs. American English (sans the different dialects.)  As a side note, it would really be awesome if all the servers at The Pub actually spoke the Queen’s English, sadly they don’t.

I work for a company owned by Bryan,* a mate from England (exact location unknown although he’s told me several times.)  When I first begin working at the company, Bryan was on the road a lot and would call the office to have me do something, call someone, or retrieve his messages.  Each time the telephone rang, I would silently say a prayer that it wasn’t Bryan because of his heavy accent it was difficult for me to understanding what he was saying and I would often ask him to repeat himself, each time making me feel more like a dunce.

To say the least, with many years passed, I now completely understand Bryan (accent and terminology), like we both speak the same “English.”  No, I’ve not picked up any pronunciations of the British English, nor he with the American side of things.

I ran across the image below which, from my personal experience, is fairly accurate.


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English vs English

For fun I’ve listed some of the American words we all know and its British counterpart.

AmericanFlagAmerican BritishFlag on Britain Map
absentee ballot postal vote
advice columnist agony aunt
apartment flat
apartment building block of flats
bachelorette party hen night
backsplash splashback
barrette hairslide
checking account current account
coffee with cream white coffee
common stock ordinary share
counterclockwise anticlockwise
diaper nappy
divided highway dual carriageway
doghouse kennel
drop cloth dust sheet
drugstore chemist
emergency room casualty
fanny pack bumbag
fish stick fish finger
French fries chips
garbage can dustbin
grab bag lucky dip
guardrail crash barrier
hazard pay danger money
hood bonnet (of a car)
instant replay action replay
John Q. Public Joe Public
ladybug ladybird
lawn bowling bowls
layer cake sandwich cake
liquor cabinet drinks cupboard
mailbox postbox
median strip central reservation
mineral spirits white spirit
odometer milometer
pacifier dummy (for a baby)
pantyhose tights
parking lot car park
paved road metalled road
Popsicle (trademark) ice lolly
robe; bathrobe dressing gown
rummage sale jumble sale
rump roast silverside
scalper ticket tout
shopping cart shopping trolley
sidewalk footway
slowpoke slowcoach
sneakers trainers
sponge bath blanket bath
sprinkles (for ice cream) hundreds and thousands
station wagon estate car
suspenders braces
sweater jumper
switchblade flick knife
takeout; to go takeaway (food)
taxi stand taxi rank
thermos bottle vacuum flask
thumbtack drawing pin
tic-tac-toe noughts and crosses
tow truck breakdown van
tractor-trailer articulated lorry
trunk boot (of a car)
unlisted ex-directory
utility knife Stanley knife
vacation holiday
wall-to-wall carpeting fitted carpet
washcloth flannel
wholewheat bread wholemeal bread
yard; lawn garden
zip code postcode
zipper zip

*Name has been changed.


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