10 Favorite Cartoons from the 70s

Growing up, for me, meant moving. A lot. My dad was in the Air Force. We moved 7 times by the time I was 10 years old. During those first ten years of my life, we spent 2 tours, close to 6 years, in Germany. Two different locations and at two different times, of course. Back in the 1970s when we lived on base in Germany, the only channel to watch on TV was AFN, the Armed Forces Network. By the age of 8, I had the TV schedule memorized. It really wasn't that difficult to do. After all, only one channel Read more [...]

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: It’s Pumpkin Time

Recently, my family and I learned that there was a pumpkin patch in our town Well, "our town" is a stretch. For whatever reason, the post office has them sharing a town name and zip code despite being 7 miles ESE from our town. In fact, it is only a mile north of another small town in our area. Anyhow, it was nice to discover that there is a pumpkin patch less than 15 minutes away. After all, it is pumpkin time! Being that it is October and we love Halloween, we decided to take the girls to the Read more [...]

10 Great Halloween Shows for Toddlers

I have to confess that we watch a lot of TV in my house. I'm not proud of it, but it's a fact of life. All of us love TV. I try to limit my girls' viewing, but there are some days that I suck at that, too. Grace seems to love TV the most. If the TV sits idle and dark, she will find the remote, hand it to my husband or me, then say, "TV on." She really doesn't like it if I refuse to turn on the television, and has been known to pitch a fit. The TV stays off but the rest of us are miserable. While Read more [...]


"What do you want to dress up as for Halloween?" I asked Ginny, my imaginative three year old. While I hoped for an answer, I didn't expect one. Her first three Halloweens I picked out her costumes without any input from her. It wasn't until last year that she started understanding what Halloween was. However, Ginny plays dress-up almost daily in some way. Sometimes she comes out and declares that she is a sheriff. The next moment, she will be dressed differently and claim she is a ballerina. Read more [...]

Sweet Saturday: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Since I don't like chocolate (yes, it's possible to not like chocolate), I rarely bake chocolate treats. Usually the only chocolate that comes into our home is store-bought, to satisfy my husband and daughters. Or, if my husband, Chris, feels inspired, he might bake a chocolate treat, like a box of brownies. Today is a special day, though. Today I baked chocolate chip cookies. Why? Well, it is my husband's birthday. He loves chocolate chip cookies so I baked them for him. And, of course, Read more [...]

Welcome to 40!

On this day forty years ago, I was sick and miserable, like today. At very nearly three years old, though, I needed my mom, but she wasn't there for me. I felt angry and upset. It wasn't that my mom didn't want to be there for me. She did. However, she had other priorities that day; namely, giving birth to my little sister, Amy.  The arrival of my baby sister meant I went from only child to older sister. When my sister finally came home, a few days later, I gave my mom the silent treatment, Read more [...]

I Just Don’t Understand

Today, as I tried to decide what to write, my mind wandered, and I began thinking about a few things I just don't understand. I'm not talking about physics or anything related to the sciences, although I will never understand hard sciences. Nope. I'm talking about other more confusing things.  1. Small Decks Why do people build small decks on the back of their homes? I will drive around a neighborhood and see a large home. It's glorious, perfect in every way. Then, I'll look at their backyard Read more [...]

Happy Blogiversary to Me!

Happy Blogiversary to me! Happy Blogiversary to me! Happy Blogiversary dear meeeee! Happy Blogiversary to me! This week I'm celebrating my 1st blogiversary. Sort of. You see, technically, my blog is over four years old. It all started when I found out I was pregnant for the third time. After two earlier losses, I was hopeful that the third pregnancy would be different and result in a healthy baby. I started by writing about the hopes for the baby. Unfortunately, I lost that baby and my blog, Read more [...]

Lazy Sunday Casserole

When I was single, I got to where I hated cooking. I found cooking for one to be a lonely enterprise. While I enjoyed the actual act of combining flavors and testing out new recipes, I didn't like that I had no one to "Ooh" and "Ahh" over a dish with me.  Now that I'm married, I have someone who appreciates it when I cook something new or attempt to create a recipe. It helps that my husband, Chris, enjoys cooking as well. When we eat a new dish, we discuss how it might be improved the next Read more [...]

My 10 Favorite “Modern” Quotes (Otherwise Known as Tweets)

I love reading quotes, so much so that I bought Bartlett's Book of Quotations. Yes, I am a nerd. My love for quotes started young, right around my junior year of high school. I had to write a term paper and chose the topic of muckraking (at the time, I dreamed of being a journalist). As I researched the topic, I discovered a quote by President Theodore Roosevelt on the topic. I thought the quote fit so well that I used it to introduce my paper. "We muckraked, not because we hated our world, Read more [...]