It's a now- familiar letdown

I don't know if it's because I'm an introvert that rubbing shoulders with rooms full of people drains me, ,or if it's just human nature, but on the day after Christmas I inevitably feel deflated, almost  depressed, no matter how happy and joyous I felt the day before.  For many women, particularly those of child-bearing age-or grandmothers-the bulk of preparing for Christmas falls to them.  I know, it's almost 2015, but I still do most of the shopping, wrapping, baking, preparing of dishes to contribute to holiday potlucks, etc.  ...more

Another NaBloPoMo done

The last day of Nablopomo is here.  Over the course of the month, I’ve written some pretty boring posts- stuff nobody really cares about-I’m sure, but I have completed the exercise.I’ve applied some stick-to-it-iveness, which can’t be a bad thing. There hasn't been a lot of time to devote to this project, but a year from now, or two, I’ll have this rather sketchy record to remind me of what was going on in our lives. My recently downloaded Timehop app has convinced me of the value of that.  ...more

Teaching kids to appreciate nature is a worthwhile thing to do

We just got back from an afternoon of hiking and rambling around the hulking cliffs that surround Bear Track Lake.  It’s a challenge to hike with small children, but I think it is well worth the time and trouble to instill a love of nature in them while they are young. We’ve been dragging our own kids around on hikes since they were babies.  We carried Hannah into the bowels of the earth (at Mammoth Cave), when she was only six months old. ...more

Disconnect to reconnect

I was without internet service for day 28 and day 29 of my NaBloPoMo challenge, so I’ll be posting a couple of days late, although I wrote this on the correct day, I promise. The gals and I-my sis, her daughter, my daughters and the two grand kiddos, decided to skip the black Friday madness and rent a cabin not too far from home. So here we are, nestled on the edge of a small lake in a little cabin, and we are taking it easy. ...more

Christmas after the kids grow up...

I used to take the whole decorating for Christmas thing pretty seriously, especially when the kids were little. I wanted to re-create for them the magic of Christmas that I experienced when I was a girl....more

Around and around we go...

We've just sent the last November issue of the paper to the press, and that leaves four more issues to produce this year. The next few weeks will be filled with shopping, giving, baking, decorating--all things American Christmas.  During the holiday season, I'll cover as many Christmas events as possible. January is time to haul ourselves back onto the wagon of self-restraint.  We'll work hard for a few weeks to set goals, to organize, to lose weight, or stop some bad habit....more

Simple Sunday: Ruminations

I spent a few minutes this morning reading from one of my favorite childhood books, one called Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. As I start to write this blog, it occurs to me that I usually write about the same sort of things that Wilder did. She focused a lot on the natural world around her, and she wrote about family, farming, growing and preserving food, etc. Her family butchered hogs, smoked venison, and salted down barrels of fish, enough to last through the winter. They stored root vegetables in a cellar....more
Great post and i for one am gratiful for the invention of the slow cooker ! Hot meals at 5pm :)more

Kentucky loves a green bean casserole I received a press release at work yesterday which said Kentucky is number one when it comes to loving the green bean casserole. This press release came from the Del Monte company and included the basic green bean casserole recipe and several variations. Green bean casserole was never a part of my family's Thanksgiving meal until my sister in law began to bring it a few years ago. ...more

Finally Friday

Is there an Elf on Your Shelf?

Across the country, schools and homes have elves on their shelves to prompt good behavior.The elves are watching, you see, to see if kids are behaving.  If not, the elves will report to Santa, which means some unfortunate little boys and girls might not get what they want for Christmas.Decades ago when I was a youngster, there was no elf on the shelf.Santa Claus himself was watching us, or the Big Man upstairs. Like the popular elf, they were liable to be anywhere and everywhere....more