Survivor Coconut Popcorn Challenge

Survivor Coconut Popcorn Challenge

My husband, Rick, and I are fans of the Survivor television program. Whether we have recorded it or watched it when it was shown, we’ve never missed an episode. When the last season (Season 40) of Survivor ended, Rick and I were talking about how much the game...
Can You Trust Your Memory?

Can You Trust Your Memory?

I was wrong. My husband was wrong. And, unknowingly, we perpetuated this untruth for years. When our son, Brian, was 5-years-old and our daughter, Jennifer, was 11 years old, we visited Magic Castle, a famous clubhouse in Los Angeles, California, where you can dine...
Why I Cut my Hair and Why I Let it Grow

Why I Cut my Hair and Why I Let it Grow

Until one certain incident in my life, my hair has always been long. I don’t remember how I felt about long hair as a young girl; but in my teen years, I appreciated the fact that I could wear it straight down, in a ponytail, put it up in curls, or fashion it...
Are You a Clean-as-You-Go Person?

Are You a Clean-as-You-Go Person?

Are you a clean-as-you-go person? Or do you have a tendency to set things down wherever you are when you finish using them? I hate to admit it….. I don’t know why I’m like this….. I’m pretty organized in my life, in general….. You...
Would You do This?

Would You do This?

I am not a formal person. I prefer jeans and a t-shirt to a dress. I am more likely to host a spontaneous get together than a formal party. And I would much rather eat at the kitchen table than in a formal dining room. In my house, at this time in my life, I look at a...
Create a Unique Gift in an Hour

Create a Unique Gift in an Hour

It’s hard for me to select gifts for our grandchildren. I’m not always sure exactly what their interests are now (today!) or if they already have that “special something” that I chose for them. I find this especially true when I am looking for...
Sometimes I Sound Like My Mother

Sometimes I Sound Like My Mother

It’s true. Sometimes I sound like my mother. In general, that’s not a bad thing. It’s just that sometimes the things I say don’t make a lot of sense. I was “under the weather” this weekend. I mentioned that to my 6-year-old...
How Does Hiking Make You Feel?

How Does Hiking Make You Feel?

My husband, Rick, is the kind of guy who knows what he wants and takes the most direct route to achieve his goal. Me, not so much. Yesterday we went to Yosemite and hiked Sentinel Dome. It is sometimes referred to as the “little Half Dome.” Since I knew I...
Being a Grandparent during COVID-19

Being a Grandparent during COVID-19

Our son and family live 3 hours away from us. They have young children, Ella who is 5-years-old and Owen who is 6-years-old. I drive to their house every 3 weeks to spend the weekend with them. When COVID first entered our world in March of this year, we, of course,...
What is the Purpose of a Scrapbook Page?

What is the Purpose of a Scrapbook Page?

What is the purpose of a scrapbook page? To preserve memories? To document your stories in a creative way? No matter what type of scrapbook page you create, whether it be simple or elaborate; no matter what your favorite page size or format is, all scrapbook pages...
Did you Hear the Good News?

Did you Hear the Good News?

A few weeks ago, I received a video call from our 5-year-old granddaughter, Ella. “Grandma,” she said with great excitement in her voice. “Have you heard the good news?” While I was talking to her, my husband’s phone rang. It was...
Letting Go

Letting Go

“Letting go”… that phrase can be full of so much meaning. Letting go of the hurt from others or failures of our own. Letting go of our children as they make their own way into the world, or letting go of parents or loved ones as they leave this...