The Afternoon Nap, Chapter 4 - The Angel

If I ever needed some winter magic, it would turn out to be today.I had finally made my much-needed trip to the grocery store this morning because the blizzard was arriving later today and my cupboards were empty. I did not even have a crumb to leave for a mouse....more

The Afternoon Nap - Chapter 3, Chili & Bread

I had no idea what I was going to eat for dinner and I was too tired to care. I had never made the much-needed grocery store visit that had been last on my list of errands today but luckily, there was take-out food.It had been a long first part of the day and I was exhausted. My errands began at the gas station and each leg of the trip around town became more frustrating, probably more from my lack of the “ability to deal” with the growing pile of errands gone wrong....more

The Afternoon Nap, Chapter Two - Twinkle Lights and Holiday Tunes

My afternoon nap had not happened for a few days and I had been all right with that since my last nap had involved a strange dreamlike trip to an unknown kitchen where I whipped up the greatest spiced tea and cookies ever known to man. Then I woke to find it all on the table beside me as if that was normal. I have yet to describe how I feel about that nap. It could not have been a dream and that is the strangest part of all. So what was it? I did not know. Even though it seemed harmless I was left with an odd feeling....more

I blame Charlie Brown (and probably too much coffee)

It's been simmering and was just below the surface. Then I watched Charlie Brown's Christmas Show last night and it happened.My Christmas Crazies started.Spending money and buying lots of "stuff" can leave me unbalanced at any time of the year, but this time of the year I get completely unbalanced materially and financially.(And have you indulged in Starbuck's bottled Iced Coffee - Vanilla? I may have just a little too much...)...more

"The Afternoon Nap"

"The Afternoon Nap" is a collection of seasonal short stories about winter holiday magic, simple recipes to savor for enjoying the season’s moments and thoughtful gift ideas to share with friends and family. Last month I realized that I was not going to have this ready in full for this holiday season so I decided to share some of the stories with you for feedback to help shape the book and to use the season to feed my creative process so that I can complete my book....more

Stomach Bug..."The Beauty and the Beast"

Our family is expected to share, but sometimes that means the bad stuff too.We were all afflicted with a violent stomach bug over this past weekend as it went from one family member to the next. No one was left out. How kind.As I miserably counted down the hours for the 24-hour bug for myself, as well as each member that I had the pleasure of caretaking for, I saw the "beauty and the beast" of the stomach bug....more

Holidays are Coming, Find Fresh & Thoughtful Gift Ideas

The Holidays are coming!Whether you enjoy them peacefully or go into the season kicking and screaming, it is time to start getting your ideas in place.For help in finding fresh and thoughtful gift ideas, come visit me at: are lots of ideas for all of those special people in your life and "token" gift ideas for co-workers, teachers and schools, and gift exchanges....more

"One Cup" Mini Hot Chocolate Mixes

I was determined to get to at least one homemade gift project this season and I am happy to say that I did and this was a lot of fun...and very tasty. I have had 3 mugs of hot cocoa already - I did have to test my recipe ya know!Present a gift of homemade "One Cup" Mini Hot Chocolate Mixes, no Keurig required!...more

My Summer "Thank You" Note

There are so many wonderful things about summer and the people who make mine wonderful. It would be lovely if I could remember all those that I should thank, but my mental fog cannot clear past today, so I will give a shout-out and say..."You know who you are!"...even though they really don't.Two moments today gave me reason to pause and realize that my summer fun is not just dependent on my own action....more

The Kissing Hand