At least once, and oftentime twice, a year we head up to visit our dear friends living in a slice of heaven. The trip up is like unwrapping layers and layers that get more beautiful as you go until you reach the gem inside. The area they live in is beautiful and they are the most fun people to be with. It’s one of those places where we want chores to do because they are so unlike chores that we do in our urban environment-  planting and harvesting gardens, moving rocks, clearing space for a backyard lobster/clam bake, getting up predawn to count loons, eating on the pier-sublime, and specific to this area and these friends. It just doesn’t get any better than Bristol, Maine with Carol, Peter, Nancy and Steve.


And Kathy really thought it would never happen! Seamus and
Lindsey brought me Miss Adilyn Morgan Lennon-dream come true!


The best Pizza in the world at Pepe’s is by itself enough of a reason to travel down rte. 91 but when you add in the Yale art museum and Ikea it is a great way to spend a day. First off was Ikea where Carol finally got herself a new office chair then off to the Yale Art Museum.

Just beautiful and so much really nice artwok. After a couple hours of culture we were ravenous and Pepe’s is the place to take care of that-we share two pies-margherita and clam. Bonus- they now sell Pepe’s San Marzano tomatoes and of course we each bought them before heading home.


For Christmas Carol’s son Paul gave his mother and wife tickets to HAMILTON” – May 5th was the big day. Off the charts fabulous!


Both of us headed down to the Big Apple for a couple of days of culture and food. Took the train down and hit the ground running. We had tickets to what was (we thought) a minor musical called “THE BAND’S VISIT”we loved it and four days later it won all the Tony’s!

Initially we had decided this trip was about the food. Just unbeliveable. Our lunch at “Los Tacos” just outside Times Square was so good we got takeout the next day for the train ride home. For dinner we had reservations at “Prune”-the 2018 James Beard winner for best chef. Very good food and drinks- adorable, tiny space and didn’t break the bank.

The highlight foodwise, however, was David Chang’s “Ma Peche.” Every. Single. Bite. Was . Delicious.

In between all this we managed to walk the length of Central Park up to The Met.

They had a really interesting exhibit called “Heavenly Bodies” highlighting fashion within the Catholic religion.


Clothing by every haute couture designer beside actual papal robes accompanied by a very haunting soundtrack-seriously-more gems than you could shake a stick at


Don’t know about you guys but we needed a rest after all that and headed out to the Berkshires for a few days of relaxation. Lying by the pool reading books was great but we did manage to rally for a performance at Jacob’s Pillow by the Royal Danish Ballet.

Before the main performance at Jacob’s Pillow there are performances  on this gorgeous outside stage. This was a folk dance group from Crimea. We try to go to at least one show a summer there and this one was so beautiful. To see one of the world’s premier ballet companies in this intimate setting was unreal.

Sad to say springtime has ended….

but wait! We’re off to Vermont where mountains, lakes, family, friends and new adventure await us.


  1. Congratulations to baby girl Lennon. Without knowing it she hit the grandmother lotto. Katrina was born to be a grandmother

  2. You two live a wonderful, exciting life. I love your blogs. Keep them coming. Kathy, enjoy your new granddaughter. She’s beautiful.

  3. Congratulations Kathy on beautiful Adilyn! So happy for you! We can’t wait to meet her.

  4. Dear Kathy,

    Congratulations on the birth of your new grand-daughter!!! You have a girl now! I hope you enjoy being a grandparent as much as we do!

    Sue and Tom

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