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Planning happy holidays

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Over the river and through the wood to Grandmother’s house we go! It’s a refrain as old as the hills — or at least as old as the holidays. What is far less worthy of sing-along, but just as common, is the well roasted chestnut of holiday discord: where — and with whom — to […]

O captain, my captain

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. — Henry Ford There is a certain beauty in a Midwestern autumn afternoon. The light is golden and the air is brisk, but not yet bitter. We cherish those days. This is not one of them. This day is leaden. The air […]

Stripping is not for sissies

Thursday, October 31, 2013

“It has so much CHARM” I said. “It has so much CHARACTER” I said. “Just shoot me now” I said. The latter as I entered hour nine of the stripping of the endless layers of wallpaper in the dressing room of our home. It’s a small room and, as such, was slated to be a […]

Finders keepers

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Apparently when you become a mother they install a device on your person that keeps track of all your offspring’s belongings at all times. This makes sense when children are infants and not as capable of keeping track of their things. A person working on holding his or her head up and rolling over really […]

Picky people

Thursday, October 17, 2013

I’m not going to get any smarter — ever. I know this because I went ahead and picked at the wallpaper. That is always a bad idea. There is never a moment when you peel off a little bit of wallpaper and that improves a situation is there? Any rookie knows this. You don’t “just” […]

Farm accidents, while unsettling, can be good lessons for all

Thursday, October 10, 2013

His story almost ended before it had a chance to begin. There is a small black and white photograph that served as a reminder, tucked in to the oldest photo albums of the many that were created over a happy life. In this picture, a very simple-looking, bare-bones tractor lies tipped over, lying in water. […]

That dirty word, ‘just’

Thursday, October 10, 2013

There is a four letter word that has wreaked more havoc and cost me more money than any other word in the English language. That word is “just.” It’s not a swear word, but it probably should be. “Just looking.” “Just going to see what we might get into here.” “Just going to be a […]

The dance of daddies and young daughter’s dating

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mr. Wonderful refers to most teenage boys with designs on his daughter (aka all of them) as “the one with the hands.” He further categorizes them as “the other one with the hands.”

Fall is a time to reflect and be thankful

Thursday, October 3, 2013

As we closed the door on yet another beautiful September, life shifts into a different gear. My hubby baled up a fourth crop of hay and put it in the barn on a gloriously sunny final Saturday of September. Our sweet daughter came one day and helped me organize and clean up the garage, the […]

Some things, you simply cannot make up

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A month ago an editor friend replied to a draft copy of one of these weekly efforts with the simple email comment: “You’ve got to be kidding.” My reply assured him I wasn’t kidding because, “No one, not even me, can make this stuff up.” For example, could you make up the fact that when […]

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