What Did You Do This Summer?

Your Spin Cycle writing prompt for this week is the traditional essay on “What I Did Over My Summer Vacation.” And here’s a bonus: You have two weeks to link up your essay! The Spin Cycle linky will be open today until Sunday, September 13 at midnight. Link up posts you’ve written over the summer! ...more

Celebrating firsts, whether I’m with her or not

I’ve been there for most of my first daughter’s firsts. First tooth, first steps, first day of preschool, first time riding a bike without training wheels. First day of preschool I listened to her read her first book, Olivia’s Opposites, I held her hand when the dentist pulled out her first loose teeth (they wouldn’t come out on their own!), and I held her hand as we walked to her first day of Kindergarten ....more


It’s that time of year again–photos of the first day of school are popping up all over Facebook. Many of my college friends are driving their kids to their first year of college. I’m a little behind them! ...more

Not So Thrifty

I have to admit, I am not one for thrift shop shopping. I do go into Good Will occasionally when I need to look for a Halloween costume. I’m more of a thrift shop giver than a thrift shop buyer ....more

Are You Thrifty?

Today is National Thrift Shop Day, and one of my most popular blog posts includes a thrift store find. I bought two ugly orange shirts at Good Will, and turned them into a scarecrow costume. The shirts were almost brand new; perhaps someone’s wife hates the color orange! ...more

4 Ways I Relieve Stress

There have been times in my life when I’ve been under a lot of stress. Ugh, I hate stress! One of the ways I deal with stress is by banging things, like cabinet doors and laundry baskets ....more

#GrowYourFood, and then #ThankaFarmer

Do you #growyourfood? It seems to be one of the hashtags of the summer on Instagram, in my feed at least. And I think this is a very good thing for a number of reasons ....more

You Need To Relax

My daddy put me down. His eyebrows looked confused at me. “Can we talk about this at dinner?” he asked ....more

Sugar Sand of Michigan

It’s been a week since I last dug my toes into the sandy beach and watched my kids play in the waves. I love the beach! I love hearing the waves wash up on the shore ....more

Ten Fashions of No Return

Why, yes, at some point in my 46 years, I have worn every single one of these fashion mistakes, and hope that they never come back into fashion! If you’ve lived through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, I’m sure you’ve endured these fashions as well. Pictured above is me, on my eighth birthday in 1977, with a version of the Dorothy Hamill haircut ....more