Life in General

Finding the Courage to Say Goodbye

Finding the Courage to Say Goodbye

  Today should be one of the happiest days of my adult life.  It is Bill’s last day of having to commute to Portland. From here on out, he’ll only be working locally.  His work schedule will be shaved in half and we’ll actually get […]

Living Life On A Whim

Living Life On A Whim

  Bill and I bought our property in the Oregon wine country 10 ½ years ago.  We still talk sometimes about why we would do such an impetuous thing, on a whim. We’ve come to the conclusion that the “sudden” decision to move to the […]

Liebster Awards

Liebster Awards

Woo, Hoo!  I just got home from visiting the kids for the night and I found a very sweet email, saying my buddy Angela at StrivingforBalance.com has nominated me for the Liebster Award, after being nominated herself.  All of her nominees are supposed to answer […]

Life is Short

Life is Short

  It’s the day after Christmas and it’s not my favorite day of the year.  Exactly 47 years ago on this date, my father dropped dead of a massive coronary in front of my family. I was 17 at the time and, needless to say, […]

Hey!  It’s Still Better Than McDonalds!

Hey! It’s Still Better Than McDonalds!

  We were invited to the neighbor’s Open House tonight.  I spent about an hour getting ready, trying to cram myself into my “good jeans,” that fit really well, 10 pounds ago.  It took an hour because, as someone once said (Nora Ephron?) it takes […]

Chickens in the Country

Chickens in the Country

  Yesterday was one of those days.  I woke up late and groggy, having spent several middle-of-the-night hours up, in back pain and unable to sleep. I had a cup of coffee, which helped.  The weather was beautiful, cold, clear and sunny, which helped, too.  […]

On Kitchen Disasters

On Kitchen Disasters

  Yesterday, I spent the day making this sign for my darling little grandson.  He has an entire wall in his room filled with stuff Grammy has sent him – including a garter snakeskin!  That makes me pretty darn cool, right? Anyway, I had a […]

When Dealing with Lemons

When Dealing with Lemons

  I had my teeth cleaned today and, believe it or not, I had a blast. I can only imagine what you’re thinking: Wow, this old gal has really lost her marbles. Don’t get me wrong.  I had a cleaning scheduled for today and then […]

A Freezer Martha Would be Proud Of

A Freezer Martha Would be Proud Of

  I’m just kidding.  If Martha ever found something so messy and disorganized in her garage fridge, she’d pass out in a dead faint.  And later, she’d fire her entire kitchen staff. I spent about an hour this past weekend, freezing my rear end off […]

Imperfectly Perfect

Imperfectly Perfect

  It took me most of the day to decorate the big tree in our main room. I have been re-reading “Slowing Down in a Speeded Up World.”  I have owned it for many years and I have absolutely no idea where I got it.  […]

Grief is Our Souls’ Way of Letting Us Know We Love

Grief is Our Souls’ Way of Letting Us Know We Love

  The Christmas Blues hit me tonight.  I wasn’t particularly looking forward to doing the tree and the house, because my back has been killing me. But that isn’t an option, of course.  I’m not about to miss decorating for one more holiday, after we […]

On Evacuation and Freezer Lists

On Evacuation and Freezer Lists

  I have accomplished three important things, so far today. The first thing is coming to the conclusion that, no matter how smug I might feel about having a freezer full of food and dinners, that alone will not be of much help in my […]

If You Want to Make God Laugh, Tell Her Your Plans

If You Want to Make God Laugh, Tell Her Your Plans

  I was thinking about a recent post, in which I was bemoaning the fact that so many of our kids live on the other side of the planet. Then I thought, what in my past life has ever lead me to believe that God, […]

A Laugh A Day.  Sort of.

A Laugh A Day. Sort of.

  “Do not take life too seriously.  You will never get out of it alive.” This is one of my favorite quotes.  Throughout my life, it has served me well. There have been very few occasions in my life when I cannot, for the life […]

The Insomnia Post

The Insomnia Post

  This is an Insomnia Post.  No doubt my husband, who is gently snoring upstairs in our loft (along with Bo and Molly, the dogs, and Leo, the kitty), will wake up because of my absence, come downstairs and demand to know what the hell […]

When NOT to Leave Your Warming Quiche to Throw on Some Mascara

When NOT to Leave Your Warming Quiche to Throw on Some Mascara

  Yep, this is a good example of what NOT to do when you are re-warming your quiche, the morning after your holiday dinner. My oven has been acting up for a week or more (great timing, right??), vascillating between 325° and 475°, while I’m […]

Save that Turkey Broth for Next Year’s Gravy!

Save that Turkey Broth for Next Year’s Gravy!

  Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, as far as I’m concerned.  It’s all about food, family and celebration, without the stress of all that endless nervous fidgeting about What-to-Get-Whoever.  Ugh. That being said, hosting Thanksgiving and the next day is a LOT of work.  My […]

More Thanksgiving Funnies for the Older Crowd

More Thanksgiving Funnies for the Older Crowd

  If You’d Like a Laugh…… Just read that 4,153,237 people got married last year.  Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn’t that be an even number? Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. […]

Artisan French Bread for the Best Turkey Sandwiches, Ever!

Artisan French Bread for the Best Turkey Sandwiches, Ever!

  I feel like bread baking, because it’s cold and rainy and it’s that kind of day.  I added up the actual hands-on time with this bread, and it came to less than 15 minutes over two days.  It’s no big deal, seriously! The day […]

Fast and Easy Chicken Marsala

Fast and Easy Chicken Marsala

  As far as I’m concerned, there is no such thing as too many recipes for dinners that only take a few minutes to throw together, especially during the holidays. I made a rare, “last minute” shopping trip for a dozen items today.  It’s only […]

Turkey Tetrazzini with Sherry

Turkey Tetrazzini with Sherry

  Ode to my dishwasher:  I believe I own the most gentle-hearted dishwasher in creation. Most dishwashers blast their unsuspecting contents with punishing blasts of scalding water, fiercely pummeling every scrap, crumb and smear from their trapped victims.  And as if that weren’t enough, your […]

Too-Tired-to-Care Turkey Pot Pie

Too-Tired-to-Care Turkey Pot Pie

  I never quite made my Goal-of-the-Day, which was to get a shower before Bill got home.  My blog and Thanksgiving prep were keeping me chained to the kitchen. I went so far as to lay out real clothes in the bathroom, complete with 2 […]

Easy Step by Step French Bread Rolls

Easy Step by Step French Bread Rolls

  My phone gave up the ghost 11 days, 6 hours and 23 minutes ago.  But who’s counting? When your phone is broken and you live in an empty nest which is 8 miles from your small town, with only the company of two labs […]

Pork Loin or Tenderloin Scaloppine

Pork Loin or Tenderloin Scaloppine

  I don’t know about you, but the two weeks before a holiday are a pretty crazy time of year for me.  There’s the menu planning, the grocery shopping (I order online and Bill picks up, which ROCKS), the list double-checking, making sure the guest […]

LAUGH OUT LOUD FOR THE OLDER CROWD

LAUGH OUT LOUD FOR THE OLDER CROWD

  My sister-in-law sent this to me the other day.  I’ve read it about 3 or 4 times, and it still kills me.  Nothing’s more fun than a good laugh. And yep, this was our wedding invitation.   My goal for 2017 was to lose […]

Presto Pesto Pasta for the Freezing to Death

Presto Pesto Pasta for the Freezing to Death

  It looks like we may not eat tonight. Ok, on second thought, maybe we will, but only because my darling husband has been killing himself all day, working on “the farm” (this is really a joke because all we have is a veggie garden, […]

On Being Prepared

On Being Prepared

  I spend a lot of time complaining about this weird house of ours.  Right now, for instance, I am sitting here, typing away, and impatiently waiting to be able to feel my fingers. Yesterday, I was on my bike upstairs, in the freezing back […]

A Recipe Binder Full of Memories

A Recipe Binder Full of Memories

  There are some things that computers just can’t do for you. These are a couple of photos of my old recipe binders.  When I was just out of college, I thought it would be a fun project, to start my cooking binder for my […]

Pennies From Heaven

Pennies From Heaven

  You’re going to think I’m a major nutcase, but you wouldn’t be the first one.  I haven’t even told most of my kids about my theories on the afterlife.  They don’t need more evidence of my insanity. My ex-husband passed away 10 years ago, […]

Always Celebrate Halloween

Always Celebrate Halloween

  Regarding Halloween, I am a LOVER.  I love Halloween, I love the idea of the Day of the Dead, ghosts and witches, and I think it’s just plain fun! Today is Halloween, one of my very favorite holidays, ever.  I think it has something […]

WordPress Anonymous

WordPress Anonymous

  I’m going to start a group named “WordPress Anonymous.” I am sorely addicted, and I’m not sure there’s much anyone can do about it. It all started with my brilliant idea to start a blog. Or rather, learn how to start a blog so […]

Olympic Shedder

Olympic Shedder

  I once made the stupid mistake of buying this really pretty and warm black wool coat.  I loved that coat. Then came Molly.  We already had the Dog Love-of-My-Life, Bo, who I’ll tell you about in a later blog.  But I wanted Bo to […]

Technologically Stupid

Technologically Stupid

  At this point in time, I estimate that this blog will be ready in about a year and a half. I’m not kidding.  Guess what?  Turns out that being able to shop on Amazon in my sleep does NOT make me a computer expert. […]

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

  Our home is directly in the path of this summer’s solar eclipse.  We had 100% totality. Months ago, my oldest son called and asked if he and his wife could ask some friends to come and camp out the day before the eclipse.  I […]

Leo’s Nine Lives

Leo’s Nine Lives

  I have just had one of the most roller coaster, harrowing weeks of my rather lengthy life. We have a year old cat named Leo.  After being catless for a year or so, Bill and I decided to give it a go last summer, […]



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