Is Home a State of Mind? Or Just A State?

Well, I have to say that the weekend trip to Cincinnati to see Oona was a successful one all around.

Ahhh..the weekend trip.  It’s great because only a carryon is needed!

And let me tell you something. It was hotter than July!  I ended up changing into shorts as soon as I arrived at Oona’s house! This outfit was way too warm!

She found the perfect wedding dress –it is spectacular and she was radiant when she wore it in the shop’s bridal suite.  I can’t give details away.  But I can assure you that when you finally see the dress on my daughter, it’ll take your breath away!

I’ll share a photo of Oona, on the right and her best friend and Maid of Honor Lauren on the left.  We were all relaxing with Mimosas and high-calorie food after the dress was purchased!

Dress and wedding plans withstanding, overall, it was a great weekend.  The night before I flew out to see her I received a text.  And it was one that made me realize no matter how independent the kids are, mom still has a purpose.  It was a text asking me to make dinner for Saturday night. How could I refuse that offer?

Note the “IF YOU SAY YES”–as if I’m gonna say “NO”!!  This is the greatness of being a mother.  Even when they are adults they still love mom’s cooking. And not only did I make ONE Nougatine–I made TWO!  Jake is making a stopover this weekend before heading to NYC on a business trip! It’s his favorite dessert!

It was also the weekend to be introduced to the newest addition to Oona and Sam’s family—their Goldendoodle puppy, Gracie.  And she’s the cutest little nugget I’ve ever seen.  Sam and Oona are epic doggie parents because Miss Gracie is already housetrained—in a week!  And she can sit and she listens!  They are far better dog parents than I ever was!

Look at this little nugget–meet Gracie!  Eight weeks old and the cutest puppy ever!

Drinking coffee in the morning, sitting down relaxing watching TV, running errands, getting dinner and dessert ready, enjoying drinks before dinner—it sounds very mundane but there comes a point in your life when your relationship with your child changes into an adult relationship and it’s one of those moments in life when you realize that it’s all just so good.

Hanging ’round in the AM enjoying cawfee with my daughter. It’s all grand!

Cincinnati is now my daughter’s home. It is the city where she works.  It is the city where she met her future husband.  It is the city where they purchased their home.  It is the city she has settled.   And when she and Sam raise their family, Cincinnati will be the city where their children will have their roots. It will be the foundation of their lives.

And they’ve made a lovely little home!

And I love the city where Oona lives.  The homes are older and have a ton of character.  There’s history in each and every home.  The neighborhoods surrounding downtown Cincy have history.  It’s charming and there are many areas going through growth.  It’s great to see and makes me very happy.

And we all know that if mommy is happy, the whole family is happy!

And as all great weekends come to an end, Sunday rolled around so quickly.

Grandma had to give Gracie departing kisses–I think she’s wondering why my hair changed from long and layered to a chin-length bob.  I travel with hair. It’s easier!

My grandpuppy wanted me to stay!

For the first time in a very long time that “Sunday night feeling” came over me a few hours early.  You know the feeling I’m talking about.  It’s that empty anxious feeling you get in your stomach with a touch of sadness and melancholy—and it only occurs on Sunday usually beginning late afternoon.  It happens more often in the winter than the summer too. I don’t know why—but it does!

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True dat!  Sunday nights should be better spent so that feeling goes away!!!

I had that feeling as I exited the car and we kissed each other goodbye.  Entering the CVG (Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky) Airport though was a bit uplifting though.  Truth be told, it’s one of my favorite airports because it’s so dang manageable!   There’s never a line for check-in and the TSA lines, though long, move briskly with the only TSA agents I’ve ever come across that are all pleasant and friendly—they actually like their jobs!

I kid you not Sara Ducker and Thomas Gibson are Transportation Security Administration agents at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. This photo is from an article that was written in the Cincinnati Enquirer and it’s true.  This airport has THE friendliest TSA people ever!

There’s a tram to the gates but since I’m the laziest woman on earth who needs any form of exercise she can get, I always take the opportunity to walk to the gate!  And here’s where the airport gets really good.  The Cincy museum has dinosaur skeleton exhibits on loan.  I freaking love that airport.

The only thing that could make my more gleeful than this Mastodon skeleton would be the skeleton of a Woolly Mammoth!  

Best airport in the USA!

Back at the gate and preparing to board, the weekend played over in my mind like a cinematic big screen event.  And that Sunday feeling dissipated until I arrived back in Philly.

Back to Philly!

It’s difficult to put my finger on it but I’ve just never warmed up to the Philly area.  I live here but it isn’t home to me.  When we moved from Manhattan to New Jersey, I warmed up to the Pennington area because the kids were so young that eventually it was home for a while.

But my true home will always be New York.  I love New York.  The City. Long Island. Upstate—there isn’t one place in New York that I don’t love.

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I’ll always be a New York City girl!!

And when I arrived home, New York was waiting for me. Yeah. It was.

I’ll explain…

A couple of weeks ago, the folks at Messages in Metal reached out to me.  I thought it was a company that made messages out of metal sheeting to hang on the wall.  But, the company creates jewelry.  Affordable and quite nice. Here’s a link to the website so you can see the offerings. Messages in Metal Website  Anyway, I was asked if I would like to choose an item to review.

One of the most unique items the company makes is the state necklace.  You can have the state of your choice embellished with your local area code or with the word “home” or “love”—clearly a message on how you feel about your home state—or the state you’ve grown to love!

Montana.  Home of Area Code 406 and home of Messages in Metal

And after perusing the site, I decided to order a New York State necklace with the area code that I used for many, many years—the NYC area code of 212.  I chose the copper and silver model—simply because the combination of those two metals looked irresistible!

I love the combination of the copper and silver! It’s unique and sharp!

And I couldn’t have been happier!

The necklace came very well-packaged.

The necklace was delivered very quickly and the packaging secure!

In the big box was this smaller box..

…and in the smaller box was a velvet box with my necklace!

The workmanship is excellent—it’s definitely a high-quality product for an affordable price.

The necklace is weighted perfectly. It’s heavy enough that it hangs beautifully but doesn’t feel heavy!

The weight of the actual pendant is heavy enough so that the it lays flat and isn’t moving every which way when you move.  But it doesn’t feel heavy at all.

It’s honestly such a unique piece and I received many compliments and inquiries when I wore it to work.  Everyone agreed that the idea of your state with your area code was genius!

Although my photography skills leave much to be desired, I love the size of the necklace too. It isn’t large and is delicate enough to wear even for dressier occasions.  I wore it to work the past two days!!

For those who would want more of a traditional necklace, Messages in Metal offers Birthstone necklaces engraved with the names of children, or grandchildren or a significant other.  I’ll bet you could even have a necklace made with your dogs’ names too!

Gold Four Name With Birthstone Dog Tag

This dog-tag necklace is a great mom or grandmother gift.  Hmmmm.  I should get one with Ruby, Dorothy, and Chippy’s names on it–making it a true dog tag!

Integrity Silver Birthstone Name Tag Necklace

You can even gift yourself!

With the Holidays just around the corner, these necklaces would make great budget-friendly gifts.

If I were to order a Jake, Roman, and Oona necklace–this would be the one!  What do you think?

And they are made at home—in the USA!!

I think Mr. Bald Eagle wishes I were a bit lighter. Don’t worry, I’m back on Weight Watchers!

I want to thank Hallie from Messages in Metal for lifting my spirit after a memorable weekend with my daughter.

And after I put that necklace on, and came downstairs to have dinner with my husband, I realized that I was home. To the home that my husband and I made together!

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And my favorite little nook at home is the sunroom!  It’s next to the kitchen and the heart of the home!

Anywhere your heart is—is home! And I hope you can see this little video of Gracie!!


About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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12 Responses to Is Home a State of Mind? Or Just A State?

  1. Glad you had a great trip. That puppy is so cute! I am puppy sitting right now as my daughter and her hubby took a vacay to Atlanta. She has a bull mastiff mix and a pit bull mix…they are big, silly and lovable. Your necklace is really cute. I grew up near Buffalo, so I’m a fellow New Yorker! Ha, ha. – Amy

    • Catherine says:

      Amy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You’re a displaced New Yorker too!!!! We’re NY Twins!! Ohhh you grew up in the snow belt!! Actually, I wouldn’t mind that right now…it was in the 80’s today!!!! Have fun puppy sitting!!!!! XOXOXOXO

  2. Deborah says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh….reading your post is such comfort food to me. I feel so at peace and content after reading about such a satisfying weekend with your daughter, as though it happened TO ME!!! I think that must be some good writing on your part! I can relate to 99.9% of what you wrote….the difference is the time you lived in NYC—-I do not share that but HOW I wish I did! New York just tugs at me and gets under my skin and I would LOVE to be able to live there! Thanks so much for posting this — it made my evening!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Deb! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post! Oh the weekend was just so great! It’s hard when I leave the kids or when they leave me!! Thank you so much for liking this!!! XOXOXOXO

  3. Renee in Northern California says:

    Sounds like a wonderful trip…felt like I was there. I have extended family in the Cincy/Northern Ky area, both of my parents grew up there. You’re right, nice airport and great city! Did you go to a Chili parlor? My dad loves the stuff, me not so much, lol! Oh my, that puppy is so cute! I’ll check out the jewelry…maybe they make one for California.

  4. Momcat says:

    Oh that puppy is sooo cute! Such a sweet little face! My baby dog’s Daddy was a golden doodle ( it was a May /December romance between an older terrier ( couger;) and a youthful golden doodle)
    Oona is lucky to have found her dress, it means one less thing to worry about in the wedding planning process. I’ve heard of brides who are still contemplating gowns just a month or two before the wedding which led to some drama…!!
    Life is good when the kids are adulting isn’t it? They offer to bring food for family get togethers, clean up after holiday meals without being asked….but it’s great when they ask (plead?) for you to cook a speciality…just this morning Thing Two opined that “it would be really nice to have home made turkey soup for supper” Now I don’t usually have a turkey carcass in my purse waiting to be made into soup but the kid was in luck as this past weekend was our Thanksgiving up north and being one step ahead I had the broth ready so he and Dad had soup and I got a big hug!!!!
    I know what you mean about that Sunday afternoon feeling…I don’t feel it so much any more probably because I know retirement is looming and I don’t dislike what I do. …and I am no longer fretting about home work, school projects, laundry, lunches etc etc

  5. Barb Straub says:

    I know that Sunday afternoon feeling well. The good thing is now that I’m retired, I don’t have it any longer! I love the curls on you! What is the wig and the color if you don’t mind telling? Very attractive.

  6. vavashagwell says:

    Gracie is so cute!!! Glad you had a nice weekend, sounds like a lot of fun!

  7. Juliet says:

    What a gorgeous post – there is something very lovely about knowing and admiring what good people your kids are when they are grown isnt there, and then to be needed – well thats the icing on the cake, cant get better than that 🙂 Loving the puppy – she is so cute and Oona is going to be the most gorgeous bride, I am so glad she has found “the dress – but really she could rock anything, still that means you now have to focus on your dress (and hair!).

  8. Nancy says:

    Oh Gracie is so cute! And the food sounds great! Hope you would like to join my Fancy Friday linkup party!

  9. Jane says:

    From The Netherlands, many congratulations on your lovely Oona’s Mom of the Bride!

  10. !. That puppy is adorable. So cute I can barely stand it.
    2. Must have the recipe for the Vietnamese Chicken
    3.That Sunday feeling. I hate to tell you it will be wrenching to leave when you have grand kids. Trust me Know.
    4.Can’t wait to see the your daughter in her gown.
    5. Love that dinosaur. Love manageble airports.
    6. Thanks for taking us along.

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