Me and Menopause: Cooking and Eating and Losing Weight!

Living in the persona of “menopausal,” my heart is divided: my love of gourmet foods—cooking and eating—which undoubtedly feeds my soul, and the desire to lose weight and be thin again. The mirror and my eyes are deceitful; what I see is an artifact, a relic worn-down by time, with just remnants of life still left. The life left is a cross between Phyllis Diller and Mama Cass. But I’ll content myself for now with the knowledge that I am losing weight. I’ve lost another 3 pounds!...more

Homes: The Way They Were

 Homes: The Way They Were There’s a scene ...more

Coming to Terms With Myself

The latest installment on my new blog for is up! Please follow the link to check it out, as well as the other awesome stories & blogs on this wonderful site!  Oh, and be sure to leave comments - we LOVE comments! Be the change that you want to be in the world. ~ Gandhi...more

Threads and the Interconnection of All

In the spirit of spring cleaning, good for the soul, good for the mind, a way to get all those mental cobwebs cleaned out, this is a blog about the connections we are all encountering, pretty much all the time, yet just don’t pause and feel gratitude over, you know? We are united by the thread of family ties or interests or vocations or passions. In my life I have been fortunate enough to connect with people, at times in the oddest ways, and it is those seemingly random encounters that teach me to be more grateful....more

Thank you for sharing... They say that 'a Life without Friends is like a garden with no ...more

A Month of Awareness? I'll take a year.

April is Autism Awareness month. I know I should be jumping on board, but if you are a loyal reader, you know that's not how I roll. I am ambivalent towards having a month dedicated to awareness. Really, I feel like that about all the causes that claim a month.. On the one hand, it's great to get the word out and educate, but on the other? Autism is part of our daily life, and 30 days of people feigning interest doesn't do it for me. ...more

At the barn...

My son is a true delight and someone I get to share my absolute adoration of horses with. Thankfully he is pretty into it and has a blast at the barn and always announces to me that the barn is "fun". Riding for me is my peace time, doing dressage is hard work, quite physically demanding on both horse and rider, well very demanding on the horse! Riding this way, has taught me great patience, to chose your arguments carefully and to just let somethings go for the short term and address them later....not everything needs to be dealt with right now....more

Lessons we are learning...

Show off! When Hannah, our firstborn, was a baby I loved to dress her up in cute little dresses and take her out and about.  Often, people would walk up to me at the grocery store, post office, or church and tell me, “She is so cute.”  I would reply, “I know!”  Brian told me the proper reply was “Thank you.”  But, I did know she was cute.  I was just agreeing with a fellow admirer....more


Let me start by warning you that I am in a mood today.  Therefore, this post will most likely not be funny at all.  If you just said to yourself, “But her posts are never funny”, then I suggest you go back to eating your lima beans and looking at your Land’s End catalog because YOU SIR/MADAM obviously have no sense of humor. ...more

Joy Just Isn't Cool

Joy just isn’t Cool....more

Book Review: Peace Like a River

Such timing, this book entering my life, the landscape shifting and changing around me, just so. Come two more weeks into April, and I could not have abided a story with blizzards and below zero temperatures. Come one week earlier, and I would not have savored strong rivers and spring time like I do this day. ...more