Medical Kudzu

Intense non-stop long-term pain is like kudzu on your life. It covers everything and strangles it, including your enthusiasm, your will to live, and even those who live with you. You live in a landscape where all you see and feel is pain. You can see the shape of all those people and things in [...]

One of the seven signs….

Prepare yourself. We’ve just experienced one of the seven signs that the world is coming to an end.

The kitchen is actually finally completely utterly DONE!!!

I think back to when my thoughts paralleled Shakespeare’s – Oh kitchen, how do I hate thee? Let me count thy ways… Though I don’t think I ever actually [...]

I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill

Last summer, we packed the whole family including the inlaws into the car and drove for an hour to go blueberry picking. It was the end of the season and the bushes were fairly picked over. Nevertheless, five of us picked 11 pounds. We froze most of them, and they lasted until spring. So we [...]

Lessons in gardening…

My gardening has taken a huge turn this year. Last year, we tried to plant a mongo garden in our back yard. Since we didn’t have any grass, we figured we could use the entire back yard. What a colossal disaster that was. Despite an incredible amount of manual labor to till the ground and [...]

New Digs and other excitement

This morning, we bought our dream house in the mountains. Or as close as we’ll be getting to our dream house for a while. And the mountains for that matter. Okay, so it’s a fixer-upper, but it’s got a lot of potential, don’t you think? Remember — Less is More. Tiny houses are all the [...]

Confession of a PAA member

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Silver Linings

You’ve heard of Christmas in July? Well, this is Thanksgiving in June.

I’m grateful…

- that the bag of dog food that is now in a thousand chewed up pieces was empty

- that we have a 8 pack of big girl pants for Tot, since today used up half of them

- that I [...]


No, this picture has absolutely nothing to do with this post. But would you believe I could not find pictures of corn-on-the-cob eating patterns? I know!! I was shocked too. And of course, I have to have a picture, so, here’s my favorite subject…

Night before last, Mr.Tot had a meeting, and I had [...]

A thirst-quenching walk through park full of glass…. Dale Chihuly’s vision

Think of somethiing that you find incredibly mind-blowingly beautiful. That is the way I see Dale Chihuly’s blown glass masterpieces. While visiting my grandmother, Gigi, for her 97th birthday, I went to see his exhibit at the Meijer’s sculpture Garden in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The park in and of itself is pretty darn cool, but [...]

New Directions

I have so many things I want to share and my mind feels like a schizophrenic VCR skipping over hundreds of bits and pieces. This bit I have to write first because it’s fresh in my mind and represents so much of my life’s energy right now.

I have come to a decision to take [...]