An Empty Nest … literally

An Empty Nest … literally

A few weeks ago, I noticed that a bird had created a nest in an artificial tree on our porch, within 2′ of our front door. Every time we went out the front door, the mama bird would fly away. She would sit on the porch railing and chirp until we were far enough...
A Mother’s Instinct

A Mother’s Instinct

Last Saturday, our son and daughter-in-law (Brian and Melissa) welcomed Asher, their 3rd child, into their family. I was staying at their house, awaiting Asher’s birth, as I was going to be the caretaker of their other 2 children, Owen and Ella, while Asher was...
Waiting for Asher

Waiting for Asher

Our son, Brian, and daughter-in-law, Melissa, are expecting their 3rd child, whom they have named Asher. Although Melissa’s official due date is April 18th, on Monday, the 12th, Melissa’s doctor examined Melissa and predicted that Asher would arrive that...
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...