Pets

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 […]

Whole Grain Mustard and Sage Chicken Salad

Whole Grain Mustard and Sage Chicken Salad

  My daughter in Florida is on a keto diet.  Why she’s on a diet in the first place is beyond me, but you know how easy it is for women to be self-critical. It sounds pretty yummy – I mean, who doesn’t love bacon?  […]

Balsamic and Orange Chicken

Balsamic and Orange Chicken

  I am having some animal angst lately.  My darling Bo is 13 and isn’t doing very well.  The doctor thinks it’s the arthritis in his knees.  I’ve got him on anti-inflammatories and pain meds, and they seem to be helping. Molly, our 8 year […]

Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken Lo Mein

  Sometimes I think it’s a downright miracle that I EVER manage to get anything accomplished.  Take this morning, for instance. I wanted to sleep in but the pain in my back wasn’t having it.  So, I got up, let Leo and the dogs out […]

Raspberry Balsamic Chicken Tenders with Parmesan Butter New Potatoes

Raspberry Balsamic Chicken Tenders with Parmesan Butter New Potatoes

  I had to take our 13 year old black lab mix, Bo, to the vet this afternoon.  His back legs have been bothering him and he can’t put any weight on his hind feet. When I opened the door to Bill’s old Camry, he […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Empty Nester

Empty Nester

  We have a big, old empty nest out here in the country.  I am the very lucky mom of 5 amazing kids, two loving (and tolerant) kids-in-law, a darling gal who I think of as a daughter-in-law (whether she likes this idea or not) […]


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