Attention Bird Lovers

Attention Bird Lovers

I look outside of my window and see birds flying around like they don’t know where to go. I think they are hungry and looking for a place to get food. So I buy a bird feeder that attaches to my office window. The birds come to get food, and I feel happy as I...
What do You do with Your Great Ideas?

What do You do with Your Great Ideas?

Have you had a great idea for a product that wasn’t on the market,? Did you later see that product on a store shelf, having been manufactured by someone else? This is my story. I have been creating paper scrapbooks since I was 11 years old. I used a 3-hole punch...
Cooking Isn’t My Thing

Cooking Isn’t My Thing

After I was married, I confided to my Mom that I didn’t really like to cook. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t like coming up with a weekly menu or going to the grocery store, although that was part of it. But the main thing was I just didn’t...
Family Tradition

Family Tradition

There are all kinds of family traditions. We might have the same meal on a particular holiday, or visit family members on another. We can choose to always stay home on a certain holiday, or always go out! In our family, one of the traditions we had when our children...
DIY Shelving

DIY Shelving

My office is small. It is 12.5 feet long and 6.5 feet wide. The width has always been a problem when it comes to furnishing my office with what I need. I’ve had several cabinets on the wall behind me, but they weren’t suiting my purposes any longer. I...
Say YES to the Best

Say YES to the Best

Our granddaughter, Ella, is 5 years old. She and her brother, Owen, spent 4 days with us recently. One of Ella’s favorite things to do is paint rocks. Fortunately, we have plenty here; so Ella can just step out into the yard, select the rocks she feels are...
How do You Resolve Conflict?

How do You Resolve Conflict?

I don’t know if it was a generational thing or if it was just my family; but we, as children, were not taught conflict resolution. When my siblings and I had a conflict, our parents told us to “work it out.” But they didn’t teach us exactly how...
Thank Goodness for Photos

Thank Goodness for Photos

Thank goodness for photographs. When we capture a moment in time with a photo, it helps us recall that memory long after the details might ordinarily fade from our mind – or after things change. Over the past weeks I have been scanning all of my family photos....
How to Cope When You Are Having a Bad Day

How to Cope When You Are Having a Bad Day

We all have them. Days when things don’t go as planned. Days when we just want to go back to bed and start all over again, or better yet, go back to bed and wake up to a new day. I had not 1, but 2 days like that this week. On the 1st day, I utilized my usual...
Wishing on a Star

Wishing on a Star

When I was growing up, I had a large window in my bedroom, with a window sill underneath. The window was the entire length of one wall, and high enough that I could stand and rest my arms on the sill and gaze out into the night. My window faced the west, and there was...
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...