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Brrrr, Tribeca, Love Songs, Farewell Lisa

Warm greetings on a C-O-L-D January day,
Today’s temperature is a negative 10 to 20 degrees with expected wind chills of 50 below zero. There is a danger of frostbite on exposed skin in 5 minutes. Sheesh, our friends in Alaska have warmer weather than we do in Wisconsin. But have no fear - it won’t last long. We’ll have a warm up of about 60 degrees in four more days. I’m thankful the city is being extra cautious. The show was cleared before the ice age set in. Schools and most activities have been cancelled. Even some bars have closed!!! In MILWAUKEE. What? Most non-essential city services have been shut down, even mail service. I think that’s a first. They have declared us in a state of emergency and opened additional warming centers for the next 48 hours for those in need. Call 211 for help. I’ve seen friends on social media offer assistance for bitter cold emergencies. This all warms my heart. Maybe hell has not frozen over. Hope everyone stays safely snug at home if possible.
This time of year is usually very quiet, but I did have a paint job doing a groovy all copper faux finish powder room and a large laundry / mud room with a weathered tan and gray finish. I also lined up an art exhibit towards the end of February at Tribeca GalleryCafe & Books in Walker’s Point on the corner of South 1st Street and Greenfield. We have not yet set a reception date, but I’ll keep you posted. It is really modern and fun. Owner Julie Crnkovich opened her first Tribeca GalleryCafe & Books in Watertown over a decade ago. It is named for the NYC Tribeca neighborhood where she used to live. The coffee is outstanding. Otherwise I’ve been busy with piano students, reorganizing (and clearing out) my jewelry and art studio. All good winter tasks. I’m also back to working on the book about my dad. Going through all the old photos has been quite emotional at times. But I’m making good progress. Got the next sing-along on the calendar too – romantic love songs – lunchtime at the Landmark Apartments on Feb 13th.
For fun we had a couple of movie dates with friends. OLD movies. Can’t get enough of that. On a sad note, the friend that I was able to visit in the hospital last month passed away days after her 60th birthday. Lisa DuCharme was a co-worker of mine at the old Harold’s Restaurant. After that she worked in food and beverage management at the Clarion Hotel and The Radisson by Mayfair. We traveled to Amsterdam together. We had epic phone chats. Not often enough. But I will always be thankful that I was able to see her on some of her last really good days. She never cried or felt sorry for herself. She was a gal who could strike up a conversation with anyone, and if you needed something and she could help – she just did it. Even for strangers. I have several scarves and kitchen dishcloths that Lisa crocheted. She was making blankets till the end. For the hospital staff – doctors, nurses, you name it. Eight years ago when Lisa’s dad passed she became sole caretaker for her mentally disabled sister Nancy. Then a few years ago she and Nan both got serious cancers and fought it off. When Lisa’s cancer returned she could not tolerate the chemo. Nancy is doing OK for now and is with another family member has stepped up to that task. Thank you and bless you, Kim. And to all the caretakers out there. You are the true angels on Earth.
In the meanwhile, let’s all help take care of each other.


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