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You Ruined Christmas (Eve)

It is a very long-standing tradition in our family that at some time during the gathering someone will furrow their brow, rise up with mock angst and horror in their voice, and point to someone else with a quivering hand and say, “YOU RUINED CHRIIIIIIST-MAAAAAAS!”  (or Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day, or Easter).   (I realize.. Read More

Craigslist (and no more debt)

It started out looking like one of those days where it takes a whole pot of coffee just to sit on the couch.   After a weekend without that deep restful sleep that comes when you snuggle into your own bed, a couple of late nights, losing an hour to “Spring.. Read More

Misha’s – The World’s Best Coffee

THE WORLD’S BEST COFFEE Our family, once upon a time, discovered the World’s Best Coffee and it became part of a much appreciated Christmas tradition.   This tradition started when my oldest brother was graduating from law school in D.C. and we’d all piled in the car to go up there.  At.. Read More

Saturday Morning (and a new cat)

This is Muffin in her living room “Fork” with our new cat “Mew Mew.”     She has pronounced “Fort” as “Fork” every day for a week (while she has dismantled the couch and beds and proudly built and displayed her work in our living room).   Until today.  .. Read More

Birthday Visits

My baby turned FOUR!   I can hardly believe that on this day in 2012 I was holding such a tiny newborn bit of life in my arms.   Wondering how could ever be possible that she would one day be running circles around me, talking a mile a minute,.. Read More

Muffin’s 92 Year Old Friend (Mine Too)

Our 92 year old next door neighbor has an in-home studio from 50+ years of playing the piano at church and parties.   Muffin is his latest accompanist.     He doesn’t seem to mind that, at 89 years his junior, she’ll slobber into the mics, constantly fiddle with his soundboard, and hopelessly crush and.. Read More

Chicken Coop Build: Why We Need One

  We’re building a chicken coop this weekend for our eight chickens.  Well, a man is coming to build it—and we’re watching.  Sometimes right up in the action and sometimes from the windows.   Our chicken coop situation started out pretty makeshift.     I came home with a box.. Read More

Things To Remember. . .

Good things are worth sharing!   A lot of Internet memes and inspirations lately have sounded good but just weren’t true.   And I’ve had to be intentional about reading things all the way through before I hit “like.”  But something a dear sweet friend shared on her Facebook page last night was very encouraging. .. Read More

How Kind Are You?

We Remember Kindness   and we tend to remember when people are unkind too . . .   Do you ever just randomly dream about several people at once?  I met this new day just realizing (again) that I’ve known a lot of really quality people!   We might not live close or.. Read More