A Birthday Filled with Indulgences




Mexican Latte- espresso, chocolate, cayenne & cinnamon



Brugger’s Bagels

Everything bagel with cream cheese


Skyline chili

4-way & a cheese coney

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Gaslight cookies

Chocolate chip cookie


Sixteen Bricks bread

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Toast w. butter

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LeVain’s Cookies

Dark chocolate with chips


Dewey’s Pizza

Pepperoni & onion

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Banana split w. Mocha chip & Cookie Dough ice cream, bittersweet chocolate, butterscotch, whipped cream on top


Next day….food hangover….I don’t think I will do that much cheating in one day again or at least not on my birthday!


Until we meet again…

Enjoy! Eat, travel, laugh…often….


Loveseats, Gelato, Beantown Friends in Cincy and Cool Cousins

There were these two mint green loveseats that lived in my grandparents condo, which happens to be where I currently reside. I loved them back at that time decades ago because I was small and they were small and cozy. The loveseats moved to my mom’s home and went from mint green to black. And they ended up back where they started in my current residence. It was time for them to move again. I am too tall for sprawling out on a loveseat to watch my favorite nighttime dramas. I sold them to my neighbor. They are gone. Wait till you see what I put in the den to replace them. I will tell you later. But here is a clue. I love it!!!!

This awesome couple named Judy and Bill in the building have a daughter named Kris, who 10 years younger than me. I think. And I needed some help trying to formulate a series of questions for an event and I was stuck. Judy offered up her daughter Kris to help me. I know Kris from the summer at the pool. She has two adorable kids named Cole and Lyndon (Linden). Well, Kris came over to help me and we discovered that we both lived in Boston and loved it. We both love New York like it is the greatest city on the planet, which it is! And we both are Eng. Lit majors who did grad school in Beantown, and we are both back here and happy here because we met cool people and love our friends. So, it was a lot of fun to hangout and she was great at coming up with questions that I would have never come up with for the event!

I had to leave that meeting to meet 96 yr. old or is it 97-year old Marion for lunch and I talked her into the Green Papaya in Hyde Park. She needed to get to her volunteer job at Legacies around the corner so it was a perfect meeting place. How hip is she that she was eating Pad Thai? She is an amazing woman. She is on a break but plays 18-holes of golf. A dear, dear old friend of my grandparents on my mom’s side.

My friend Joan thought that her friend Liz and I would have a ball together being foodies. Unfortunately, I was working on something and on a tight schedule (tell me something new) and she came early for lunch. Joan wasn’t there so she came to my place and I felt terrible that she had to watch me type up a report for a meeting. We went to lunch. I was stressed and then I had to leave for a meeting so it was not good on my part. They promised me a rain check.

I had a board meeting that I feared would go long and thankfully it didn’t because I was meeting my cousin Pam for dinner up in Middletown in a place called Murphy’s Landing.

Awesome chopped salad and the bloody mary had a piece of crispy bacon in it.


Pam and I could talk forever! We talked for 4 hours!!! I love her! She is so bright, so nice, so real, and so down to earth and I just love being with her. She is family. Thank goodness! I need some!

I went to breakfast with a gentleman in the building who has been asking me to go out for a meal and/or drink for quite some time and I have said no because he is too old for me and I think his sons would be a better fit. They live out West, but I can become a cowgirl!

Well, he is a nice man and so I went. He said, “Well, when I was in Korea during World War I.”

I said, “You mean WWII!”

“No,” He said. “WWI!”

I said, “That can’t be possible. You would be…” The fact that I was EVEN doing the math on this was preposterous! I should not be dating men that were in WWI or WWII!!! Yikes! Back to the drawing board.

That evening I met my friend Mindy for sushi at Ichiban in Mt. Lookout for half price sushi.

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It is such a good deal and it is great sushi. She is trying to fix me up with her husband Ed’s friend who is in his late 50’s or early 60’s and I have met him. He is attractive. I keep thinking and saying he is too old for me. Says the gal who went out with a WWI veteran.

After dinner, we went to this awesome gelato joint down the road past Zip’s that Mindy noticed. It was called Buono Terra.

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We tried so many flavors and were downright torn about which one to get they were so darn tootin good! I ended up with Cookies and Cream and Mint. Mindy had Salted Caramel and S’mores. Definitely a great place! Check it out!


It was such a fun night. I am so happy for her to be in a great neighborhood, great house with a lot of land, but I hate that she feels so far away! Obviously, selfishly, I liked it when she was 10 minutes away instead of 50!

One of my old dear, dear Sanibel friends who live in Indy came to Cincy for the day! It was so great to see Jules. I feel like we haven’t seen each other in awhile, she is one of those friends that whether we do or don’t see or talk much, she is one of the greatest friends I have ever had! She is such a good person and such an amazing friend! We had such a nice day!


I first took her to Tucker’s for breakfast. She, like me, loves diners and dives and so she loved the place. We both had 6-cheese omelets. Cheddar, Swiss, Provolone, American, Mozzarella and Asiago cheeses and it was a normal size not overly huge.

Then we went up to the Cincinnati Art Museum because I had read in the paper that they were having a trunk show. The place was beautiful for X-mas.


We left there and a friend had told me about the Cincinnati Weaver’s Guild having a show so we went there. People are so talented.



Then it was warm enough that we went and played tennis for an hour. Then took Dulce and Duffy for an hour walk in Clifton.

Then I took her to Littlefield and we each got a Fleur de Bee  with the edible hibiscus flower in it


and a container of bread with bourbon Moody Blue butter. It was so flipping good!

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I handed Jules the keys to the car because your friend is SUCH a lightweight. One drink and I am done!

We went to Dewey’s and had pizza. We shared the Don Corleone, which is red sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, salami, Capacola ham and oregano. All that meat makes me happy.

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So fitting for me the Godfather lover. Every time that movie is on…and I am channel flipping I watch it. ONLY because Michael (Al Pacino) is so hot I can’t turn the channel.

Then we walked over to Graeter’s and got ice cream. We walked and played tennis. We decided we could indulge.

Then Jules got in her car and drove back to Indy! It was so much fun!

I then went upstairs to see Emily Jo, who was visiting her grandmother Trouble from Michigan. Em J’s mom was at her college reunion and Trouble was babysitting. Before we knew it, we were playing cards. Mary Merryman joined us. We played for hours. Fun night.

My friend Mary Lou and I finally had a chance to catch up. I asked her if she could make a winter coat for Dulce. Darn if she didn’t leave and go home and make one in 3 hours. It was perfect timing because it was due to get cold soon! Dulce LOVES her coat. She prances around like she is the bee’s knees! Queen of Sheba! It is so adorable!


That night I was on babysitting duty with Duffy and for some reason, Dulce was mad at her boyfriend. I don’t know why, but she was! Dog lovers quarrel, I guess!

I went and had lunch with my dad. He said Frisch’s pumpkin pie and I was ALL over it! AND a big boy!!! Here I am following a diet and then someone says Frisch’s pumpkin pie and I get weak in the knees.


I went to my friend Jennie’s afterward to hangout with her and her daughters and take our dogs for a walk. She cooked dinner. ALWAYS a great meal. Chicken and a yummy tossed salad.

Next day, I had to go to an annual check up at the doctor. All is fine. My reward at the end was Jennie was picking me up and we were going to a joint she loves in Newport, KY! We went to the Mansion Hill Tavern. I ran into an old neighbor from Wyoming eating there with a bunch of buddies. Small world. We ate chicken salad and cottage cheese. It was good. Not great, but fun to hangout with Jennie and chat. Then we went shopping at a wine shop for Jennie to get wines and then she dropped me back at the car. Going to the doc isn’t so bad when you get to do something fun afterward.

Then it was time for Dulce to go to the Vet. Dr. Grady. Although, it was a vet named Kathy Mohlman she was great. Dulce sat in my lap and just shook till the doc came in and she realized she was A) not going to hurt her and B) not going to take her away. She got a clean bill of health. I liked the folks there. They were so nice and yet so professional.

Friday night I baked cookies for my book signing and iced them.


Mary M. kept me company. On Saturday was the book signing. Jo, Mary, Judy and Lynn helped me set up and stayed for the event. It went well. I was pleased with the people. I hoped for more but happy with what I got!

Then Tara Pease and her daughter Sam came over for me to edit her essays for college. We would chat and then work and then chat. I love Tara. I am so sorry I didn’t spend more time with her years ago. She is great!

Sunday was an ugly and blustery day and I was in my pj’s for the long haul when my friend Jo sent me a text to remind me of her sister’s book signing at a restaurant in Wyoming.

Her sister was lovely. Some of the other writers may have been lovely but so boring. Sad but true.

We left there and went to Gabby’s for wings. Yum!!

My cousin Perin…REALLY wanted us to have lunch one day with our identical twin dads. We made it happen. Dad and Uncle Bob went to Shadeau breads and bought croissants. Then to Avrils for ham. My dad had bought Jarlsberg cheese and they made the sandwiches. We went to Perin’s beautiful home in Hyde Park and sat around eating and talking. We had a really nice time.

See my dad thinks I am a snob because of the way I eat, but what he doesn’t know is that I could careless about where I eat. It isn’t the restaurant that matters to me. It is the quality of the food. I rather eat amazing food in a back alley then eat ordinary food in a fancy, posh restaurant.

Now, I am off to the mountains for a little R & R with friends who invited me to their home. Can’t wait. It is 9 degrees in Cincy. Maybe it will be 20 down there.

Until we meet again…

Enjoy! Eat, travel, laugh…often….