@KarenLynnn  We don't talk much Karen....but we always know we are there. Thanks, my friend.more

365 Days of Blessings – Day 93 – Time Spent with my Sister and Niece

I am thankful for time spent with my sister and nieceI headed over to my sister’s today (the author of the blog Good Grief Guru – if you haven’t checked it out make sure you don’t let today go by without clicking on over there!).  We spent the time just visiting, watching our daughters quarrel play together, and just puttering around....more

My Sister is Taking Advantage of Our Parents!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My older sister has 3 children. Her husband works out of town on various construction projects and is home only 3-4 times a year. When the economy turned sour, they unfortunately lost their home and moved in with my parents. This provided the kids with 24/7 access to my parents and they happily stepped in to take even more of the burden off my sister. My problem is this: since moving in with them over a year ago, my parents STILL take care of the kids once a week so my sister can have a night alone. But now she also expects them to watch the kids at a moment's notice so she can go to the store, get her nails done, or go to the gym....more
Sorry, but you are way off base. You should have stopped your advice with the suggestion she ...more

It's like Marie, but with a "T"

My sister and I have a deal. If she is ever comatose, I promise to go the the  hospital at least every other day to pluck her chin hairs.  She promises the same for me.  Tarie (her nickname due to our brothers inability as a child to say "Marie") and I are in our 50s.  Together, we're getting age spots and crows feet and moustaches....more
@HomeRearedChef It's such a hit to our self-esteem when we get involved with lousy men that ...more

Day 19, Cousin Coming to Town!

“Cousins are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.”--Ed CunninghamI'm gearing up for my cousin's visit. It's been 4 years! She's like a sister and we'll have 8 days to celebrate!

Sisterly Love

Katie was five when I found out I was pregnant with our second child. She had wanted a sibling for so long, and when we found out the baby was going to be another girl, we were all elated. Especially Katie. I had always wanted a sister; the bond between sisters is unbreakable. They would be best friends, I was sure.And then Julia was born....more

Playing Favorites

I follow Mom out to our car.  When we're both in and buckled, she glances at me in the rearview mirror.           “We’re not going to stay long,” she says. “Maybe five minutes. He’s bound to be exhausted.”            I nod, blow on the window, and draw a smiley face in the condensation. Then I sit back and consider how the five minute visit might play out.             I want to show him how much I love him....more
Let me ask him. I'm really not sure. Took us a long time to get around to being close (as adults).more

Now what do I do after the abuse?

 Now what do I do? ...more

Secret Blogging

Secret blogging.  Do you do it.  This is the place that I sometimes do it.  I have a blog on Blogger and usually when I post there I just copy and paste here again.  I used to just put the link but I get more traffic if I copy and paste.  Sometimes, not often, I will write something entirely different here than on my usual home page blog, like today.  I used to have a Wordpress blog too but found it harder to go back and forth on that one too.  Oh, probably someone will find this too, very easily, but the ones that would do it, that I write about, won't go...more

21 Days of Compliments – Day 13

              Today is Day 13 of the 21 Days of Compliments challenge.             When my daughters were little, I made smocked and French lace dresses for them. It was a craft where I excelled and the joy on my little girl’s faces when I presented them with a new dress and matching hair bow never failed to warm my heart....more