The annual gift buying extravaganza

My son struggled with his Christmas wish list to Santa this year. My husband had a theory that this was because our son has too much stuff and didn't know what to ask for. While I do not disagree with the viewpoint that our son has too much stuff, I think there was another reason that he struggled with the list:...more

A New Marriage Tradition

Even though we both know it’s important to establish marriage traditions, we haven’t done anything too specific or too regularly to actually call something a marriage tradition other than Grinch and Grilled Cheese. That is, until now. Any guesses from the photo? That’s right, we’ve been drinking tea together. Specifically, we’ve been watching television together (currently The Great British Bake Off) and drinking tea and eating cookies after dinner. Two things The Mister LOVES but we’ve never really done together on a regular basis because until recently I’ve hated tea....more

December 2015 BlogHer Writing Lab Theme Is Tradition

So what is the first BlogHer Writing Lab theme of the month? ...more
Yay! I must say yesterday I was going through NaBloPoMo withdrawal and wrote a post titled "The ...more

Flexibility as Part of Holiday Tradition

 I like reading "Dear Abby," the same way I like reading the Horoscope or guessing how old the celebrities are on their birthday (I give myself ±2 years for a "correct" guess. Did you know Gloria Steinem is close to Mom's age than mine?)No, Abby, No. Oh Abby, you got this one so wrong....more

The History of Royal Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry

When I first moved to Hawaii, I was quite impressed with the amount and quality of jewelry that many of the older Hawaiian women wore. It was not uncommon to see four or five solid gold bracelets and three or more golden necklaces adorning their arms and necks. I was curious as to why these pretty women had to wear so many at the same time, and learned later that it was more of a tradition. So, here I will tell you about the beginnings of Royal Hawaiian Jewelry....more

Pot Liquor

About a week ago, I made some off the cuff vegetable soup. I threw in a pot some potatoes, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, chicken broth and some kale. I ate it for a few days then in the fridge it sat. Today I work I remembered the soup, as I was eating a frozen pot pie cooked in the microwave. Tonight I came home and transferred the rest of the soup to a container I could take to work. I noticed there wasn't much kale in there. So I quickly chopped some up, put some water in a pot and cooked down the kale so it would match the consistency of the rest of the soup....more

Thanksgiving Day

From my blog, Take It Easy published 27 November 2014...more

Why Mother's Day Is Hard For Me

Mother's Day is a mixed-bag. It always has been. I imagine when I was a young child I didn't have any issues. I'm sure I made lovely, cutesy little things for my mother. As an adult though, I have been inconsistent with even recognizing Mother's Day as a day to celebrate my mother. I often am not entirely sure when it is. (Though that may be related more to me not paying attention to holidays much....more