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Cleveland With Jacquelyn

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Along the streets of the city you might have observed  two wayfaring pilgrims out to find new sights and sounds for they believe a few hours of wandering equals a golden day of companionship and discovery.

My husband was in Cleveland for a home builders show from Thursday morning until Sunday evening, so my daughter and I took this as an opportunity to meet him for breakfast one morning before we set out to explore unknown parts of the metropolis.


Jack Flaps on Lorain Avenue in Cleveland was a good choice. The food was quite satisfactory and definitely not your average fare. Pictured above is the Peanut Butter Cup Waffle. Below is the BreakfastBánh Mi, followed by Tiramisu Pancakes.



An hour with Dale, a tasty breakfast, and we have a great beginning to a new day. After driving to the downtown area we parked our car and set off on foot, in search of an unusual destination.


It is none other than a cemetery with the possibility of peaceful walking paths, a plentitude of sculptures, and …

Armoire Amendment

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Old-fashioned as the concept may be to some, I believe work and productivity is never time wasted. What to one is only mindless, unnecessary activity, to another may be a profitable piece of work.


Even though this large cupboard was in fine usable condition, I did not love the look of it. Winter seemed a great time to tackle the update.


This job of refinishing an armoire is nothing too daunting, but there is a sense of accomplishment in taking a piece of furniture from outdated to refreshingly up-to-date. I had the paint and sandpaper, plus spray paint for the hardware. All I needed was the right day to get started. It finally arrived!


I removed all the handles but left the hinges, sanded the whole piece - very lightly with 220-grit sandpaper - then it was out with the yellow-orange stain and in with the white chalk paint. I debated whether to give it a second coat. It looked a bit unpolished for my taste.


In the end, the decision was a practical one. I simply ran out of paint. The ne…

Snowy Saturday Synopsis

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Some days the plans hold true and some days they simply do not. To the disappointment of one and the delight of another, our original schedule was tossed aside. But in the end, all of us were totally thrilled. What follows is a simple summary of our snowy day at home.

When I first glanced out the window in the early morning, I was delighted to see our forecast of snow had come true. Last night it was freezing rain, ice, and very little fluffiness.


But this morning? Pure, pleasing, perfectly pretty puffs of powder.



After confirming cancellation of plans, my husband and I sat by the fireside for another cup of coffee, this time shared. Isn't it always made sweeter for companionship? We don't get up at the same time and don't often have coffee together, so it was a gift for us both.


In preparation for Jacki's commute to Rebecca's Bistro, I dug out the shovel and started the SUV. The doors were frozen shut and had to be forced open, the wipers were buried in ice and h…