Grab Your Shades…

by Renee on February 4, 2021

We are seeing longer days again, lately it has been light past 5:00, and I have a sneaking suspicion that spring is on its way…yes, it’s only February, and snow and cold are still a part of daily life in Northeast Ohio. Still, the trails call to Porter and me every day, in every kind of weather. One of the great joys of my time at home during this COVID crisis has been our daily walks through the local MetroParks and along the Chagrin River in my little Village. The beauty in every season, time to reflect–just getting outside and moving has kept me sane through these strange times.

Things are already better in 2021. We have humanity and leadership in the White House again, as the Biden administration has taken over. I celebrated the Inauguration with a bit of bubbly, Chucks and pearls (a nod to VP Kamala Harris), and a few tears of happiness. I received an offer of full-time employment once again–thrilled to accept and be headed back to work next week! (Booking dog walkers now…) Mom got her first COVID vaccine shot, while my last blood donation showed I have the antibodies after my bout with coronavirus in November–that heartens me as I await my turn. My daughter is busy making plans for a wedding in 2022, and I’m having fun anticipating that celebration.

There is a plan forward for New Albion in the coming months, and while I can’t divulge the details yet, I’m *very* excited about the possibilities. Stay tuned for further details!

Meanwhile, I’m daydreaming of patios, live music and events…our future is bright! We’re all going to need shades.

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Craft Brewers Conference News

by Renee on January 12, 2021

Brewers AssociationNews from the Brewers Association out of Colorado: the 2021 Craft Brewers Conference has been rescheduled for for Denver for September 9-12th. I’m hoping that we have had a significant improvement in COVID-19 vaccine rollout and coverage by then, I’d love to attend. I’ve been to several CBCs, and the Great American Beer Festival in Denver (celebrating its 40th year–I’m awaiting dates), and it’s always a great trip. Denver is a great beer town, and the Rocky Mountains are always a favorite travel destination. Cheers to future travel!




2021: Something to Celebrate Ahead

by Renee on December 31, 2020

2021As we say “see ya!” to 2020, there is hope ahead for 2021. The change of the calendar will be like a coat of fresh snow–blowing in to cover up all the muddy ugliness underneath. (Snow is pretty, I’ll take its cosmetic beauty.) But don’t let magical thinking have you believe at the stroke of midnight, everything we’ve had to endure in this crazy COVID year will disappear: it’s a long road ahead until everyone who needs it has the vaccine, and we achieve herd immunity. And of course, our economy has a long way to go to recover.

But like always, I’m going to be optimistic, and look forward to the day we can celebrate Ali and Josephtogether again, whether it’s a birthday, or a new job, or an engagement. And speaking of, my daughter is now engaged to her longtime love, and we have a wedding to plan! So I’m going to end this year on that happy note.

Wishing you and yours a VERY HAPPY new year, in all the ways that matter most. Cheers~


Grateful in 2020: All the Little Things

November 26, 2020

This Thanksgiving I’m grateful for all the little things that have carried me through 2020. Let’s be clear: it has been a shitty year. I’ve spent most of 2020 unemployed. I’ve been apart from my children, Mom, extended family and friends more often than not. I’ve spent the past couple of weeks quarantined because I’ve […]

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