What Am I Sowing?

"Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a shovel. By virtue of this curious loophole in the rules, any clodhopper may say: Let there be a tree - and there will be one.”  --Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac...more

One of Those Days

One of Those Days ...more

How to Help a Loved One Overcome Addiction

The lives of those closes to us, for all our devotion and concern remain something we will always observe from the outside. And in few situations is this more painfully clear than when someone we care about is struggling with an addiction. Perhaps they don't view it as an addiction. They think they have matters well in hand and no matter what you say, you cannot convince them to seek help. It even seems that your insistence creates a rift. Even still, you love this person and want what's best for them....more

How to Fall in Love With Your Life Again

A friend recently shared her favorite advice for keeping her marriage strong. Her method doesn’t involve sexting or Kegels or kinky sex positions. Instead, whenever she’s feeling disillusioned in her marriage, she literally walks outside of her home and looks in the window at her husband, as if she’s getting a glimpse of a stranger’s life.While I suspect she’s a wannabe voyeur, she swears this technique helps her fall in love with her husband again....more
@OneQuarterMama Yes! I'm much too lazy to have to go far! Outside is just far enough.more

Life View of a Five Year Old: Diary Style


Teaching your children to respect your home, and themselves

I just finished doing the thing that every parent seems to have threatened to do at one time or another.  Packing up all of the toys from my daughters’ playroom....more

Tell me before I pack the bags!

I was hoping to be telling you all about my trip to the East Coast to see family and friends. But, as the saying goes~ the best laid plans, blah blah blah. The night before we are suppose to leave for a week to see my family something happened. That something was my brother-in-law. He got sick and ended up in the hospital. My husband calls to tell me his brother is in the hospital and he has to cover for him at work, so we can't go on our trip. A couple of things you need to know: first, I already had the vehicle packed when hubby called, and second, the brothers work together....more

Memories with Mom - Around the Table

My sister called this week to say that Mom is failing quickly.  The news caused many family scenes to play through my mind:  a picnic at the lake, where honeybees tried to sample much of our food, making homemade ice cream out by the cistern on the farm, sitting around the kitchen table on a 100 degree day with glasses of fresh lemonade.  It’s funny how family memories so often revolve around food.  Mom was a farm girl, and was more likely to serve a bowl of fresh, unadorned cantalope than a fancy dessert.  The meat was from some of our own livestock, we pr...more
@LiJacobs5  Thanks, Lisa.  I appreciate your comments.  I do have so many wonderful memories.  ...more

Running in Circles…One 5K at a Time

Ah….the year is finally winding down, yet, I am still running in circles. Camp forms need to be completed, sneakers need to be replaced, closets need expunging, duffle bags require fumigating.   I’m a one woman show.  I  amass the camp clothes, label, wash all the pool towels on a regular basis and I wonder sometimes, do my kids actually know how much behind the scenes preparation it takes just so they can have fun? The answer is a resounding NO.  I work alone with no one beside me....more

When Vacations Cost ME Too Much

When Vacations Cost ME Too Much...more