what if i focused?

— March 02, 2017

Lately, I have been doing A LOT of reading and perusing of the magazines and trade journals that piled up during my busy fall and holiday season. It’s been on my to-do list and is a good task to do while my ability to flit about has been limited with sick ones home. I…


hot dish

my pinewood derby potluck “hot dish”

— March 01, 2017

We recently had our first adventure with the Boy Scout’s Pinewood Derby Race. I am convinced that the Pinewood Derby is more for the dads than for the kids. Especially the younger kids. I suppose most teenagers could handle the intricacies needed to build a pinewood derby car. My 8-year old Wolf? Not so much….


tear open the shutters, throw up the sash

— February 20, 2017

It’s the middle of February and the weather out here in the Midwest has felt more like May. It’s crazy! This winter has been especially harsh when it comes to sickness. I have only had one week since January where all of my wee ones went off to school and preschool as planned….


2 years, 11 months and 27 days

— January 25, 2017

I have been blogging for almost 3 years and it finally happened. The Dreaded White Screen. Have you heard of it? I first learned of it when I started blogging and have been worried about it ever since. Your website just suddenly goes blank. You see Nothing. Nada. Zip. Nothing but a blank…


happy holidays!

— December 23, 2016

So, it’s the holidays and the end of 2016, a time to slow down and take in all the last bits of life for this year that one possibly can, but I cannot help but think about the New Year coming. Have you been pondering and planning for 2017? 2016 was a year where…


the best laid plans

— December 04, 2016

I am going to kill two birds with one stone here. (Just wait…I am only getting warmed up on the corny bird puns.) Before I chat at you, I have a gift idea to share. I wanted to share these adorable and hearty chicken and rooster mugs by Jacques Pepin – they would…


busy bodies

— November 17, 2016

Breathe. Pause. Look up. Take a break. Focus on the picture of a beautiful calm November day. Don’t you feel more relaxed now? I thought that last month was going to be the end of my crazy imbalanced life. I was wrong. This picture of my desk is what every corner of my…


it’s beginning to look a lot like a gift shoppe

— October 18, 2016

It was exciting. It was scary. It was fun. It was hectic. It was stressful. It was challenging. It was pretty cool. It was exhausting. A month ago I decided to participate in a local craft/vendor show this past weekend and I spent the month trying to create a mini-gift shoppe. It felt…


national coffee day

— September 29, 2016

Ahhhh…the sound of coffee brewing (because I still use a brew pot – can’t go without that sound or going back to pour a second cup) and oh, that smell. I was well into adulthood before I liked the taste of coffee on a regular basis. Although, it is really about the flavored…


dusting off the blog

— September 28, 2016

Phew…it has been a while and I really needed to see how you are doing! It was time to dust off the blog and check in with you. I know many of you have been busy also with the end of summer, harvest season, new jobs, back-to-school routines, making moments that matter and…