Hope you are well and taking care of yourself and your family. Here in New York we are praying for the week ahead. It will be tough as we approach the predicted apex. We hope it will not be as bad as the experts say but we must be prepared for the potential number of … Continue reading Dispatch from the Epicenter
When I was going through my health issues last year I observed that there was a lot of churn in using and dumping plastics and personal protective equipment. Though I am a dedicated recycler, I recognized it to be a necessary precaution to protect everyone involved. Now it is more vital than ever to reduce … Continue reading A ramble about RNs & PPE
Last weekend Pamela and I attended the wedding of her son in Richmond, Virginia. It was a terrific ceremony and a great after-party. I don't know how the honeymoon is going as we weren't invited. The ceremony was held at Richmond's Monumental Church on Broad Avenue. It is historical and not only because it was … Continue reading A Monumental Wedding
Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day and you should really join me in celebrating by reaching out to a friend, family member and especially a stranger with a random act of kindness. The world really needs this now. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes
Today is National Chocolate Covered Cherries Day and I think you would agree that nothing goes with chocolate better than cherries. Pamela used to give her boys a box of chocolate covered cherries each Christmas. Well, mint also goes well with chocolate, I mean my mouth waters for Girl Scout Thin Mints each year. Anyway, … Continue reading National Chocolate Covered Cherries Day
I am happy to wish 2019 farewell. It has been a tough one for me. Luckily I did not die on the operating table after my body went into Severe Septic Shock back in late August. I emerged from three operations over an eight day period thanks to the prayers and positive thoughts of family … Continue reading Footnotes #20 – what a year it has been…
Today is National Gingerbread House Day - that wholesome family traditional of assembling a dwelling made of gingerbread, icing, candies and especially gumdrops as part of the seasonal festivities. Much of the time this is assembled from a kit but it is still a lot of fun and creativity to assemble the structures, especially for … Continue reading National Gingerbread House Day
Some of you may know of the actual source of this National Day. Apparently there is a tradition of making a casserole that includes egg noodles, sometimes vegetables, sometimes canned tuna, in a round shape like a bundt pan or similar. Sounds, um, interesting, but come on, you also thought of that canned American treat … Continue reading National Noodle Ring Day
As the December holidays speed toward us, it is time to start making preparations. For me that used to mean making a huge numbers of cookies to distribute to family and friends. Before moving to New York City I had houses and kitchens large enough to support the hobby. That scale of operations are not … Continue reading National Cookie Cutter Day
May you be blessed to find yourself among friends and family and loved ones for this holiday of shared plenty. May you bless others by sharing your bounty. I am blessed. I hope you are also. Oh, and may you not be burdened by political rants as you gather around the table. Pass the mashed … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving Day
Quick update to my healing. My surgeon wants me to stay in a wheelchair while out and about town. But inside the apartment I can weight bear and walk about with crutches or a walker. So far so good. Getting better and will get update in a few weeks. He advises that tap shoes may … Continue reading Footnotes #15 – next steps, literally…
The third Tuesday of October is National Pharmacy Technician Day. Not only am I dealing with lots of pharmacy stuff during my recuperation, I have a pharmacy connection in my history. There was a Thinnes Pharmacy in the Westwood neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio from 1922 to 1977. My grandfather John L. Thinnes purchased a business … Continue reading National Pharmacy Technician Day
In the continuing saga of my recovery I've been released from rehab and am recovering at home. There is still lots of healing to go as my right leg is still non-weight-bearing. While a small New York apartment is less kind to a person in my condition than a rehab center, the pleasure of being … Continue reading Footnotes #14 – home again
Personally I'm waiting for National Cake Eating Day as that is my specialty. Regardless how pretty the icing is, it all tastes the same in my tummy. I'm not very good at decorating, but my sister excels at it. She has made some exceptionally pretty designs. If this is your hobby you know that you … Continue reading National Cake Decorating Day
Today is National Coffee Day and many chains are offering deals and discounts. At Krispy Kreme you can get a free brewed coffee and one original glazed donut. At Wawa you get a free coffee if you sign up for their rewards program. At Dunkin' if you buy a brewed coffee you can get an … Continue reading National Coffee Day
One day each year Fort Tryon Park in Northern Manhattan is transformed into a festival celebrating Medieval Times with jousting, attractions, performances, crafts, fair food and more. In 2019, it is scheduled for this Sunday, September 29 from 11:30 AM to 6 PM. It is literally next door to where I live and I have … Continue reading Take the ‘A’ Train to the 35th Annual Medieval Festival!
Just a quick update as I rehab after the recent encounter with sepsis and multiple operations to set it straight. I am getting stronger everyday and am working on a comeback. I have heard lots of stories at the hospital and where I am doing my rehab about others with sepsis and the truth is … Continue reading Footnotes #12 – getting stronger every day
Please pardon me for not being in touch for the last couple of weeks. If you know anything about sepsis you know it can be a devastating energy draining event that can rob you of any ability to do anything. If you don't know much about it, don't choose to go deep within it around … Continue reading September is Sepsis Awareness Month
It has been a very long time since I have been visited by the tooth fairy and I am rather jealous. I happen to know of a couple of youngsters in this racket and I am told that teeth are now worth a dollar and sometimes even more. Folding money instead of coins for discarded … Continue reading National Tooth Fairy Day!
The first Friday in August is National Water Balloon Day. Some may claim it is harmless fun and an easy way to cool off in the blistering summer heat. However, I am deadly afraid of today, especially when these weapons are in the hands of tiny terrorists like this one. I do believe I will … Continue reading National Water Balloon Day
Every region of America has their unique and unusual culinary traditions. I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio which has more than their share of distinctive flavors. One of those is Goetta. It resembles scrapple and other concoctions where butchers and families made use of the entire animal and extended its use with fillers in the … Continue reading Oh, to be in Cincinnati for Glier’s GoettaFest!
I've said it before and will happily say it again. My favorite Chili Dog is known as a Cheese Coney in Cincinnati Chili Parlors. Bun, stripe of yellow mustard, hot dog, diced onions, Cincinnati Chili*, generous heap of mild cheddar cheese. Deeeeeeelicious treat. You can find one in Edward's restaurant this Monday (Cincinnati brands every … Continue reading National Chili Dog Day
Happy National Cousins Day and luckily, I have a few to celebrate. To mark the occasion, I am including my favorite family portrait of all time. It was the summer of 1967 (I think it was the Fourth of July). It was scanned by my cousin Gigi who is helping us preserve family memories. It … Continue reading National Cousins Day
When I lost most of my mobility with the broken ankle I was confined to bed or a chair for most of the day. As Pamela came home to take care of me she could do many helpful things but she simply does not enjoy cooking. I love to cook and missed it terribly. As … Continue reading FootNotes #7 – Now we’re cooking with gas!
Tapioca pudding is a delicious and easy dessert option. My mom used to make it for me and my sister and brother when we were much younger. She would make a big double batch in a large bowl and keep it in the refrigerator. We all clamored for it and she allowed us to sample … Continue reading National Tapioca Pudding Day