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Kitchen Construction 101


Before we began the work on our kitchen remodel people  wished me an easy time. I thanked them, but truthfully I didn’t get what could be so complicated about building a kitchen. I really didn’t know what the big deal was.  Basically, pre-kitchen construction,  my impression was of the process that you go through a few simple lifestyle changes, and voila you have a kitchen at the end of the journey. You make a few decisions, and you go about your life, and there’s a huge mess and that’s it. Oh, yeah. You buy a lot of pizza and takeout in the interim,  and you eat a lot of spaghetti made in the microwave, and cereal and milk for breakfast, lunch and even dinner sometimes. You have a hot plate and microwave and toaster oven and George Forman grill set up in your living room, and lots of paper dishes and you manage. You get invited to your kind friends’ and relatives’ homes for Shabbos dinner sometimes too. And that’s a lot … Continue reading


On Celebrating Mistakes and Making Music


When my 6 1/2 -year old grandson came over after school a few weeks ago,  he pulled a worksheet out of his backpack and sat down at the dining room table to do his homework. The sheet had a series of incomplete phrases, pictures and blank lines where he was supposed to fill in the blanks with the word that matched the picture. The first word was “bike,” which he found on a list of choices and copied correctly onto the blank. Further along the page came a picture of a lake. He saw that and started to write the word, but he somehow skipped the “a” and wrote “lk” which I pointed out to him, by asking him to look at it again. “Oops,” he said, and turned over his pencil to erase it. And just as he was beginning to erase the letter, he said, “Wait a minute,” and turned the pencil back again upright. Then he drew a circle around the K and … Continue reading


A GUEST POST: SANDWICH GENERATION ISSUES


One of my favorite topics that I’ve blogged about is the sandwich generation. I am blessed to have my mother and mother-in-law in my life as well as my children and grandchildren. That’s four generations right there. I constantly vacillate between being a daughter/daughter-in-law to my mom/mom-in-law and a mom/mom-in-law to my own children. And so it goes. Today we have a guest poster, Fay Wein, from Senior Planning Services, who comes with loads of knowledge on the topic of sandwich generations, caregiving and elderly parents. I welcome you to read Fay’s article below and feel free to comment below the post. Sandwich Generation Vexations Introduction: There is almost nothing as stressful as caring for elderly parents while at the same time raising your own children. Being pulled in all different direction daily can get anyone frazzled. At the same time, the altruism and strong multi-generational relationships fostered cannot be understated. This topic is multi-faceted and we’d like to touch on some … Continue reading


A Special Day with a Friend


When fellow bloggie-friend and  commiserating grandmother, Lisa Winkler   contacted me a few weeks ago that she was coming to Los Angeles with her husband, I was thrilled.  She and I decided to fit some time in for each other. We exchanged a few emails back and forth – from what to pack (warm clothes? raincoat? layers?) to where we would meet (her hotel!) and what we should do (“whatever you want” – we each said!). I’ve lived in LA for several decades,  almost my entire adult life. I love it here, and have many dear friends and family. But there is something special about getting together with  friends from the (freezing cold) East Coast. First, I get to show off LA’s weather! Listen, we may have earthquakes here, but nothing beats our 70’s climate in January.  Second, I get to spend some time taking friends and family around, something I love to do. Being with people from the East Coast reminds me of my family, who I … Continue reading


Remodeling Mania


When we made the decision to renovate our kitchen a few months ago, it was a long time coming. I had fantasized for years about having a brand new kitchen with shiny appliances, fancy wood design and smooth granite countertops. Recalling the many magazines I had perused over the years, I knew it was going to be fun, even with the budget we had in mind. As we said good-bye to our old kitchen which over time had developed the “distressed” look, we looked forward to newer, pretty ones… Soon came the mess of the demolition.    But we were overall kind of  relaxed. Then came the decisions. I recall telling the contractor, “I’m not picky. You lead the way, show me a few choices and I’ll tell you what I like.” I never thought I’d be the type to fuss over paint color or wood design. At the end of the day,  I knew what I liked, what I didn’t liked, and I would make … Continue reading


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