How a Community changed the Homeowner's Association.

Karol and I purchased a house in a very nice neighborhood about 8 years ago. Before that she was stationed in Pennsylvania, and I was living in a little three-bedroom house I had purchased after my divorce. I loved that little house because it was something I bought on my own with my own credited and just my income. It felt like a major accomplishment to be able to provide that for my kids. It was a very small house in a working class neighborhood and I loved it....more

I am a Feminist and I don't hate men!!

Yes, I know, that may confuse some people.  A great many people think feminists are crazy radical women who don't shave their armpits or legs, and carry on about how men are awful human beings who don't deserve to be alive, and should just be servants to womankind forever.  Or something like that.....First of all, as the mother to two teenaged boys who will someday be men, and a stepmother to a wonderful young adult who is already a man, that is the farthest thing from my mind.  If I hated men, wouldn't I see my sons (i.e. future men) in that light?...more

My version of "Stone Soup", a hearty, delicious soup!!

As I have talked about before, my lovely Karol really enjoys cabbage.  So to please her I made Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls a few weeks ago when the boys were visiting their dad because the Universe knows, there is no way they would eat food with cabbage in it....sigh........more

Why I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions

I am almost 50 years old.  I am 49 1/2 to be exact.  In my younger days I used to make New Year's resolutions.  Things like:  lose 10 pounds, quit smoking, save money, etc. These resolutions oftentimes were never reached, and maybe not even started.  I may have quit smoking for a day, but was not able to quit for good. I exercised some, but never met my weight loss goal....more

10 Things You Need to Stop Saying to Gay Parents

So I have read a few funny posts lately about "if Latinos said the things white people say" and if "Asians said the things white people say." Also, things you shouldn't say to a lesbian or a gay dad, and I decided to add my own list of things you shouldn't say to people. Specifically gay people. Even more specifically gay parents....more
yes to all of them! :)more

I Used Jennifer Lawrence's Stolen Images to Teach My Kids About Internet Security

A few days ago, nude pictures of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kate Upton, Lea Michele, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and others showed up online. I happened to see them on a friend's Twitter account. When I saw them, I was like, "no way those are real." But apparently they were. ...more
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Roasted Smashed Potatoes. Super easy and delicious side dish for any night of the week!

Do you all ever get in a dinner rut?  I do!  It seems like we eat the same thing over and over.  I try to look for new things to make, and when I do sometimes the family loves it:  Potato soup, and sometimes they don't: yellow tomato pasta. To be honest I ended up tossing part of the pasta after everyone refused to eat it for lef...more

Perimenopause and it's symptoms are awful!

I have written about Perimenopause before.  Looking back over my posts I have written about it twice.  Once in October 2012, and again n October 2013.  Not sure whey October seems to be the month to write about it, other than all this crap started the week of my birthday the year I turned 46, so maybe my birthday month (October) triggers something.  Not sure.  But I suppose if that is true than writ...more

What Blogging means to me

I started blogging in 2008....more

What #NMOS14 means to me and my 15 year old son

I have always been more of a Facebook person than a Twitter person.  I didn't often check my Twitter feed.  But for some reason last Tuesday, 12 August, I woke up and while laying in bed talking myself into getting up to make a cup of coffee I opened my Twitter and looked at the feed.  I saw that my 15 year old son "The Genius" had been tweeting....a lot....all night in fact....more