My Kids on Christmas Morning So all I can say is, thank God for Skype! This was my first year to not have all three kids here for Christmas morning. Skype was the next best thing! Michael was able to be with us while we opened presents - including opening his for him right there … Continue reading Christmas 2011
A rainy Christmas Eve for 2011. I think the temps dropped to the lower 40's in the daytime. Ron ran out to get a little heater for my greenhouse. Because the Cookie Exchange was yesterday, we had plenty of great treats to munch on all day long. Alyssa and Josh went to visit his Grandma, … Continue reading Christmas Eve 2011
The Annual Cookie Exchange! Truthfully, it's not that annual. I missed last year. There was simply too much family drama for me to focus on doing the "extras." So in spite of a few date changes, we were able to get friends together for the "Annual" Cookie Exchange. For those who don't know about Cookie … Continue reading My Cookie Exchanges
What if every day, everyone just did ONE thing. One thing unexpected. One thing to make someone else's day easier. What if this became a habit?
I know the calendar says it should be Winter, but here in Central Texas, it's just now Fall. You may be braving blizzards and shoveling snow, but here on my back porch, this is what Autumn looks like. There's a chill in the air, but it's still comfortable to sit out on the deck. My … Continue reading When the Leaves Finally Fall
This Fall, I became painfully aware of how my body is getting weary. I've tried to increase my exercise, but it comes in spurts. First, I joined the gym - went to water aerobics 4 x/week, met with a trainer, recorded my food. My blood pressure got a little wonky, so that was my excuse … Continue reading Upping the Exercise
I'm not really a dog person. You wouldn't know that though if you came to my house. You would be accosted greeted by three rambunctious dogs. They will act as if they haven't had any attention in years! And, if you think simply patting them on the head will get them to move along to something or … Continue reading Dogs! Dogs! DOGS!!
I know. I should be focusing on exercising more, counting calories, lowering carbs. But not this month! I've decided to set a challenge for myself: Bake a Holiday dessert each day. Not gigantic batches. Just enough to try them out and see how they are. In years past, I'd host my Cookie exchange, trying out … Continue reading T’is the Season – For my Cookie Challenge!
It's hard when you have found something wonderful, and then you come to realize its not going to work for everyone.It’s possible that “anyone” can; but many would have to really live outside their comfort zone, learn and adopt completely new communication styles, change their world view, and maybe even spend some time in therapy … Continue reading Should You Unschool?
Every blog I've read that talks about Pinterest, shares that the blogger doesn't need another time sucker at the computer. Yet, there they are, inviting people to join them on Pinterest. I, on the other hand, make no bones about my procrastination tendencies. It seems that I should simply share my tools with you. Pinterest … Continue reading Pinning Away!
My little front room. It's had several incarnations and now, it's embarking on a new one! When we first moved here, it was clear that the little front room was meant to be a dining room. But with our dining room set, that's a tight fit. Still, we managed to cram the whole set … Continue reading Evolution of a Room
I glanced out the bedroom window, noticing that it was looking like a very gray day. Novembers are often gray in my memories. When I looked across the street, I noticed how fuzzy the neighbor's house looked. My first thought was, "oh great. Now I am near sighted and farsighted!" After puttering around all day, I … Continue reading I love FOG!
If you were reading before, you'd know that our sliding glass door broke on Thanksgiving Day. Glad to see our family tradition of some kind of house-fiasco-always-occurring-on-a-holiday-when-people-are-coming-over, is still intact. With three dogs, that back door is vital. It's not just something we were going to postpone until after Christmas. The roller had … Continue reading New Doors!
So I made this little word cloud of my entire blog. A couple of things really jump out at me. The word, "really" and the word "just". I think these are bad writing habits. I noticed it during NaBloPoMo. When I was proofing my posts, I would often have the word "really" twice in one … Continue reading Word!