We have been under a stay-at-home order for several weeks. School has been out for a month. We bought food when the stay-at-home order started. But sometime you look at the cabinet and think “What are we going to eat?” When we lived in West Virginia, snow was a common winter occurrance. One of the … Continue reading Recipe: Kitchen sink soup
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As a kid, my mom made a good portion of my clothes. We'd travel to Jo Ann Fabrics and flip through these giant books filled with various patterns. If we were lucky, they'd have some out-of-date ones I'd take home and trace to make my own fashions. We'd pick colors on the color palette designated … Continue reading Making peace with high-waters
On Sept. 11, 2001, I was assistant editor at a small, three-day a week newspaper in Ohio. It was my day off. My husband and I slept in. My husband got ready faster than I did and turned on the TV. "You better come down here," he yelled from the bottom of the stairs. "A … Continue reading September 11
Italian dressing is a versatile ingredient. Yeah, it’s a good compliment to salad, but you can use it for so much more. When I run out of Italian dressing, I make my own. My own recipe calls for one part oil to two parts vinegar — 1 cup oil to 2 parts vinegar — plus … Continue reading Transformation Tuesday: Italian dressing
It looks scary. That big chasm between where you are now and where you could be. Maybe someone comes along for emotional support. The other friend is just along for the ride. Take the step to the ledge and find a comfortable spot. Take a deep breath. Let the fear and your breath out. Now … Continue reading Monday motivation: Take the leap
I want to talk about the college football game experience. Every family should try to go to at least one sporting or musical event. If your enthusiasm is contagious, the kids may end up finding something new to enjoy. It's a magical experience being with a group of people who are all excited about what they see in front of them.
This photo gallery is a little glimpse of some of our water adventures for the past few years. Even while we lived in West Virginia, we had our homes near the water -- creeks, lakes, and rivers. It's just part of our life. The shoreline has changed from hilly to flat. The good memories are … Continue reading Water adventures photos
What's the point of training for a half marathon in which you won't be able to race? I took a few days off my training to figure out why I need to keep going.
I think the powers that be don't want my family to embark on epic adventures during Easter weekends. Last year, we got a flat tire on our way home from the Outer Banks. We ended up staying an extra night in a hotel and taking a few expensive taxi rides. Mountain Kid 1 deemed it … Continue reading Two sides of an epic adventure
Our neighbor's dog -- it's a sweet dog but jumps on my kids and can be a pain in the butt. It takes a lot of courage and forgiveness to deal with the dog's antics. And courage and forgiveness is something I've been dealing with a lot lately as I tackle some mental aspects of … Continue reading Finding courage and forgiveness