Ups and downs from Cramer Hill

Dear Readers,

I hope that all of you are having a decent 2018.  You know how it is.  Some years are up and some are down.  Often in the middle! Hope your 2018 is good.  Mine has been pretty good.  Grateful.  You need those breather years.  Do you know what I mean?

The photo is from a really UP day in the restaurant of the Galmont Hotel in Galway, Ireland this October.  After a day of trains and vans and seeing the island of my ancestors, I was extremely tired, but happily so.  A pot of tea, a newspaper and a view–in Ireland! I still can’t believe that I had that time in Ireland…  Dreams do come true sometimes and they make good memories.

Today I’m home with a mug of tea, my laptop and a view of my kitchen in Cramer Hill.  Still very good.  I’m enjoying this free day and the company of pets.  My tiny cat, Reina, is standing on my chest meowing.  I think she likes me a lot. My dog, Finn, tries to push her off.  He’s jealous. Oh, to be so loved!  It’s a pretty much up day to be so desired.

A little down happened today–I got the news that I need a new washer.  What happened to those washers with metal, not plastic, parts like my mom had and that I also once had that lasted for decades?  I rejoice in a big up that I am able to get a new one.

Laundromat costs add up fast and I always manage to drop a pair of panties on the floor of the laundromat in front of a stranger. It never fails.

That’s my Cramer Hill day.  I’m not in Ireland and I’m not pinching myself that I’m in a dream come true, but I’m good.  I’m going to finish my tea and look at washers online.  UP.

Hope your days and years are UP.

Love to all my readers from Camden, New Jersey,

Marguerite (Wunsch) Ferra

Retired Camden City Public Schools ESL Teacher

Camden resident
























6 thoughts on “Ups and downs from Cramer Hill

  1. Beautiful photo. Ireland soothes the spirit.
    Another thing we must talk about, your Irish ancestry. I am obsessed with family history. Debbie


    • What a nice surprise! I was so glad that I had that opportunity. We didn’t know anything about our ancestors except we were told German and Irish ancestry. However, with the DNA matches, I’ve found out a lot and there’s British, Irish, German, French, a little Swedish and Norwegian. Since I started to research our ancestry, I’ve learned lots of history and geography. Ireland is a beautiful country and I’d like to go one more time. It has a fascinating, but often sad history. Thank you for sending the music! I admit that I only heard Irish music once each trip (I was there twice) and that was in a special tourist program. If I go ahead, I’d like to hear more in a more natural setting. I’ve bought Irish music CDs, though, and I listen to them in the car. Jose, thank you again! You made my day here in cold Camden.


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