Are Children Smarter Today?

Are Children Smarter Today?

Are children smarter today than we were at their age? I asked Google to find out what others think. “Kids are more aware of the world than the children of 25 years ago due to the spread of computers and internet and other global media They are also a bit smarter...
Sportsmanship When Losing

Sportsmanship When Losing

It was the day of Ella’s “big tournament.” She was very excited and had been talking about it all week. She woke up earlier than usual and was dressed in her uniform before anyone else in the house was awake. This is the first year Ella has played...
Sometimes Simple is Better

Sometimes Simple is Better

Last week I spent 4 days at our son’s house. Brian was out of town and our daughter-in-law, Melissa, was sick. I went to help with their 7-year-old (Owen), 6-year-old (Ella), and 6-month-old (Asher). Brian had just set up a tetherball in their yard for Owen and...
My Pajama Dog

My Pajama Dog

I have something new sitting on the bookshelf in my office. It’s not something new, in itself. The fact that it is sitting on my bookshelf is new. In looking through one of my “treasure boxes” the other day, I found my pajama dog. I never gave him a...
Kids, Dinner, and 3 Pet Peeves

Kids, Dinner, and 3 Pet Peeves

I love my kids. I’m sure you love your kids too. But I’m betting that some of you can relate to at least 1 of the 3 pet peeves I had as a young mom raising 2 little ones. Pet Peeve #1: Child: What are we having for dinner?Me: Chicken and rice (or whatever...
Funny Phrases

Funny Phrases

Something went wrong and the first words out of my mouth were “Oh, Crumb!” My 19-year-old grandson, Tyler, was present and heard me. He started laughing, raised his eyebrows, and gave me a look that said, “Really? Where did THAT come from?” Oh,...
What a Mouse Made Me Do

What a Mouse Made Me Do

I love to give new life, and perhaps even a different purpose, to vintage items. The thing is, though, that it’s way too easy for me to go to flea markets and find “trash” that I want to turn into “treasures.” Things that call out to me....
Clothes for Porg

Clothes for Porg

Porgs are flat-muzzled birds, covered in brown feathers, with the exception of the orange around their eyes and the white on their belly. They flock around rocks and roost in the cliffs of Luke Skywalker’s secluded island. They are also known for being...
Who, What, Where, When, Why

Who, What, Where, When, Why

A photograph captures a moment in time. If we took the photo, just looking at it later can transport us back in time to that moment – to the smells, the sounds, the feelings we had that caused us to press the shutter on our camera. Recording names, dates,...
Traveling by Train

Traveling by Train

My husband, Rick, traveled across the country by train as a child. It was such a great experience for him, he has always wanted to do it again. So Monday morning of this week we boarded a train in Sacramento, California. Our ultimate destination was Detroit Michigan....
How Much Do Dogs Remember?

How Much Do Dogs Remember?

I find a dog’s memory fascinating. How much do they remember, and why do they remember it? According to dognotebook.com: It’s believed they remember what they need to remember in order to survive. The memory of a certain event can also be induced by fear, thus...