Author Archives: Catherine

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!

I Needed a Rest-But Did I Really Rest? Or. What I’ve Been Up to the Past Few Weeks.

Happy Independence Day!! Old Glory isn’t hanging in front of my home because I am a true believer in proper Flag etiquette. We don’t have a flag pole but I love this symbol of us! As I type this, fingers … Continue reading

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Pied-a-Fair–The Shoes of Summer

The Summer Solstice 2020 occurred last night.  The longest day of the year.  Luckily, Bonaparte, my son, Roman and I enjoyed a late dinner on the deck with great conversation and food.  I didn’t even have time to be depressed … Continue reading

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The Skincare I Wear. And Test. And Revew. And…A Pleasant Surprise!

Hi Ladies and Gents!  It’s been a moment since my last blog post so I’ll fill you in: Last week we took a trip to NYC to pick up Roman so he could spend a couple of weeks in the … Continue reading

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Flower Power, The Yellow Phase and Personal Time Off!

It’s been a moment.  Actually, it’s been longer than a moment. It’s been months of pandemicmania.  And we, in this area of Pennsylvania have now entered into the “yellow” phase.  That means more businesses are opening. Aggressive mitigation my ass.  … Continue reading

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The Bag I Covet. And the One I Bought.

If there’s one activity that I discovered during this pandemic season, it’s the ability to bring new life into an old bag. A sampling of the vintage Coach Bags that I’ve restored during this pandemic. Since the commencement of the … Continue reading

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The New Bronze Age—For Proagers!

It’s a daunting time for sure.  Under normal circumstances a great number of us would be getting ready to head to the beach, the shore, a lake, a pool—perhaps even putting those last-minute vacation details and plans together. Or perhaps … Continue reading

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A Good Book and The Better to See You With!

Let’s go back a couple of weeks. Shall we? We’re taking a little trip back in time! Mother’s Day.  One of the gifts I received was a book. The book was from my daughter, Oona.  Oona knows me so very … Continue reading

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Where Have I Been? A “Heart” felt Answer.

A funny question to ask during this lockdown, isn’t it?  Where are we going besides our homes, and for some, work. Allow me to answer. I’ve been at work.  A never-ending saga of paperwork and faxing and mailing.  Quite honestly, … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to J. Crew. How Did This Happen?

Dear J. Crew: It saddened me to read about your filing for bankruptcy. It downright confused me as well.  For many decades, I’ve been a loyal customer.  My love for you goes way back—even before your flagship store! In fact, … Continue reading

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This Old Bag’s Got More Old Bags! More Vintage Bag Love. Coach Has Returned into My Life

As we continue with our new normal of malls being closed and local businesses hopefully reopening and not going under, boutiques and small shops on hiatus, we haven’t been shopping as much as we used to.  Or is it that … Continue reading

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