Happy Trees

(Originally posted March 25, 2018) A few years ago, on Mother’s Day, my kids took me to the garden department of a local home improvement store. Keeping within their budget, I picked out two of my favorite trees – a self-pollinating Pomegranate (for the fruit) and a Japanese Maple (for the brilliant crimson leaves). Soon […]

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Numb and Number

(Originally posted March 23, 2018) When I first thought about writing this post it was going to be about how much I hate my teeth and how much I hate dentists. Instead, it’s about how my new dentist became my hero. I inherited a lot of things from my father. The love of reading and […]

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Only ONE Item!!!

(Originally posted March 19, 2018) How many times have you gone into Costco (or any store for that matter) for just one item, and came out with $300 worth of stuff? Now I’ve never done that! (Okay, maybe $200, but that’s not what this post is all about.) Ever since the Spring Conference on Saturday, […]

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Left or Right?

(Originally posted March 12, 2018) I fell off the gluten-free wagon the other day and purchased a bag of Fun Size Twix bars. The gooey caramel, mixed with the crunchy cookie, covered in chocolate called to me. I figured if I was going to blow it, I might as well get all the good stuff […]

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Sixty Years in the Making

(Originally posted March 8, 2018) I remember the day I turned 40. I thought it was a huge turning point. As I reached my 40s I realized I’d soon I’d be in my 50s, then (gasp) in my 60s. I thought 60 was old. Like using a walker with green, un-fuzzy tennis balls on the […]

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Who Dun It?

(Originally posted March 2, 2018) Researching a new novel is always exciting. With the last one in the editing stage, I’m already working on the next one: A Cozy Mystery. In case you might not be familiar with the genre, it’s where a murder occurs usually “off stage,” without the gore. The crime usually takes […]

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Let Them Eat Pie

(Originally posted February 21, 2018) I’m in the midst of birthday week. All three of my children were born in February. Brian (17th), Michelle (19th), and Matt (22nd). First one in 1980, the last in 1996. Brian visited a week before his birthday with the request of yellow cake and chocolate frosting. Done! Michelle lives […]

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Playing in the Mud

(Originally posted February 19, 2018) Thank goodness for YouTube. One can attempt just about any home improvement project with confidence. Last year, we re-tiled the Master shower. It only took us a year – but we got it done. And it looks great. With that success behind us, we decided to tackle the main bathroom. […]

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Sock It To Me

(Originally posted February 14, 2018) I only own a few pairs of shoes. The minimum to get by – tennis shoes, two pair of ‘dress up’ sandals, and my Birkenstock sandals. That’s all. I’m good with that. But when it comes to socks, I’ve got oodles. Several for every holiday. Many just for fun. All […]

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Dandelion Wine

(Originally posted February 11, 2018) Even though it’s early February, my garden thinks it is spring. Bees are humming. Daffodils are blooming. And the weeds are spreading I enjoy spending time in my garden – as previous posts have purported. As a kid, I hated weeding, but as an adult, it’s my chance to get […]

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