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Writin’ Dirty

I am pretty sure I have a peptic ulcer. Before you start with the lip pursing and teeth sucking and head shaking, I wish to stress that this is not a complaint brought on by stress; nor is it sparked … Continue reading

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Hot enough to set alarm bells ringing

The smoke alarms went off at 1am, waking me and probably the whole of Itchy Ankle. I tumbled out of bed and stumbled into the kitchen where I stood naked on a kitchen chair to rip the alarm from the … Continue reading

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The Best Kind of Birthday

Birthdays always fell a little short of special when I was a child. My sister was born a year and three days after me and so my mother would invest in one packet of candles, bake two cakes, and make … Continue reading

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Things we do in Itchy Ankle

Much has been written about what people do in NYC. There is a list outlining how people spend their time in Washington DC. Although Gretel will tell you that nothing ever happens in Itchy Ankle, this is what we do here: Bemoan … Continue reading

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Garden in close up

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A Buck or Two for Jill’s Buddy Camp?

One year ago, my friend lost his wife and his unborn daughter in a terrible accident at the ocean. (https://blarneycrone.com/2012/07/27/the-golden-boy-and-the-cruel-sea/).  The last year has brought me closer to Matt and made me very sorry I never met Jill– a wonderful … Continue reading

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Summer garden party for 20

It is all going terribly well.  There was a moment of panic on Thursday of course when I thought I’d lost my credit card. How was I to buy the comestibles for this weekend’s party? It turned out to be … Continue reading

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Thank God for Sunday

I bolted out of bed at 6:15am, already worrying about the first three things I would need to tackle at the office. In the midst of a contemplative moment in the bathroom, it dawned that today is not Monday. I … Continue reading

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Waiting in–and waiting some more–and waiting still

Call me tomorrow if you want to. I’ll be in all day. This is because I will be awaiting my third service call in a week from HHGregg, a home appliances company that claims to have customer care and satisfaction … Continue reading

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