Happy Halloween … And An Announcement

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Happy Halloween!  Although this is primarily a day for the little ghouls and goblins, children, no matter their age, never really grow up.  Do they? Mine don’t.  Instead, they call mom and ask if they can come over and carve pumpkins. Perhaps I’ll feed them as well. And they always bring friends. But that is … [Read more...]

DIY: Fast, Fun & Spirited Halloween Decor…And Then Some

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Hey friends!  How was your weekend?  Any fall activities? John and I traveled to Pasadena to go to the Oregon v. UCLA football game – and watch a great win. Aside from our flight being delayed for four hours on the way home, it was a great weekend.  We did a little bit of shopping and a lot of eating.  A quick … [Read more...]

DIY: I Finally Got A Clue!

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We spent hours in the hallway.  That long hallway that connected the living room to the three bedrooms in my childhood home where years of playing hot potato with a balloon, keep-away with someone’s prized possession, or rolling a ball back and forth. In that same hallway was the typical mid-century home’s closet.  … [Read more...]

You Just Can’t Make This Stuff Up…

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This post is for all of you who are raising boys. First, take a look at this…   That was Joey and his buddy racing against each other at a baseball game the other night. And this is what immediately followed as a result of that race…   In reference to Dr. Seuss... Thing One: A separated … [Read more...]

The Outback

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Last weekend, we traveled the road that leads to nowhere to get two weeks from everywhere (as they say.)  We did our annual gathering in the Oregon Outback, on the other side of the mountains.  I was planning on sharing it all earlier this week but I was still on vacation so to speak. The “family camping compound” … [Read more...]

I’m Making A Mental Move For Summer

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TGIF! I hope you all have started your summer vacation off on the right foot.   I decided to take a little break as you may have noticed. But I’ve been busy: I have been working at the store and getting the new inventory stocked… Watching a lot of baseball… Working on projects… Planning our … [Read more...]

My New Pedestal Dining Table And Our Oregon Coast

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Time gets away from us sometimes and things can become a blur.  This time of year is packed with events and obligations and we find ourselves counting the days when summer is really here.  And things can get neglected in the process.  I have had a list of to-do’s for my home for quite some time but have been unable to … [Read more...]

Hanging It All Up

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Good morning!  I hope you all had a great three-day weekend.  Ours was full.  A little work.  A little play.  It was all good.  The weather was perfect.  Summer has started according to my calendar so no turning back now.  Friday, when thinking about the weekend, the months ahead and how it was necessary to my mental … [Read more...]

A Head Start To My Summer Thanks To My Kids

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Good morning! I’ve got one question for you… Spiderman or Captain America? ***crickets*** My Mother’s Day started Saturday evening with dinner and a movie - the best part of which is dumping a box of Milk Duds into my popcorn. That is a big treat for me! Anyway, Spiderman was the movie of choice and I … [Read more...]

How This Green Swan Caused Me Childhood Trauma

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Happy Friday! With all of the snow that has been hitting many parts of the country I’m sure the ol’ “I had to walk three miles uphill in the snow to get to school” story has been shared more than once.  Sharing childhood tales, whether faux or faux-real, with our kids is human nature for a parent.  Agree?  Well, not … [Read more...]