Worth reading (and a giveaway!)

Between yard work and OB work and the challenging work of parenting teens fluttering on the edge of the nest, I haven’t been reading lots of books lately. But two that I’ve read are very worth mentioning. First off is an excellent book about relationships called Attached. This book is actually geared toward adults at […]

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Cooking with gas

Now we’re cooking with gas

I think I told you that just before we moved out of the old house, in the midst of repainting and recarpeting and replacing the whole kitchen,  our oven broke, forcing us to buy brand a brand new range also---a mite frustrating after all the money … [Read More...]

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What do you do….

...when you've moved into a house where the back yard has high fences and your sweet lil puppy dog has absolutely zero view on the world? Well, you go to Hobby Lobby and you find a really cool piece of framed decorative metal (on sale for … [Read More...]

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The Baby Today…

…was was spotted helping her Thursday-Thirteen-inspired momma clean the bathroom…. by LICKING the floor! Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww! (No, I hadn’t mopped yet.) ——————– …also managed to get half way up the stairs unattended this evening. The sight of her crawling up was made doubly worrisome by the fact that at the time she was also holding a […]

Heard From The Three Year Old

The three year old, in her best tattling voice, “Mo-om, he called me a skillet!” (teenager in the background, defending the 7 year old, “No, he didn’t! He called the skillet a skillet!”) ——————————- While setting the table, “Mommy, is the table a boy or a girl?” She wasn’t too satisfied with my answer that […]

Thursday Thirteen!!

Thirteen Things about Mary Thirteen Things I Feel Great About Doing 1. Getting a few pages done in one of my children’s scrapbooks 2. Lying on the floor and playing with my baby 3. Playing a game with my kids (depending on the games, this one sometimes feels good only after completion!) 4. Cleaning my […]

The New Math

So this morning my 7 years olds were whining their way through the obligatory two pages of math before they could go play video games. They’re just starting multiplication: the 0’s, 1’s and 10’s. I checked a mathbook where obviously some confusion existed about the 1’s. “No, hon, anything times one is itself. See, 8 […]


Last night my baby came over and clung to my leg, begging to be picked up. I leaned down to pick her up just like I always do. But as I scooped her little body into my arms I was overwhelmed by a sense of awe. She has come so far and yet she is […]

Turkey Cornbread Sandwiches

I like to buy turkeys when they are on good sales around the holidays. Then once a month or so during the winter, we have a nice turkey dinner for no reason at all. We did a turkey this weekend– a 25 lb beast that gave me lots of leftovers. So today I was on […]

Birth Control

I came across this post on Big Yellow House and had to share it. Just hilarious!

Have A Toddler?

Just wondering here: when walking along with my one yr old on my hip, she will watch my free arm swing, and pretty soon her outside arm is swinging along in imitation of mine. Then she will look up at me and grin in the most companionable sort of way. As far as I can […]

Quick Beef Stroganoff

Serves 8 1 lb lean hamburger 1-3 garlic cloves 1/4 cup flour 2 cups milk 1 16-oz carton light sour cream 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper Pasta, about 8-10 servings (look on package for servings) Put a large pot of water on to boil. Brown hamburger in a large […]

Pasta Perfection

It all started with an innocent question. “What do you feel like having for dinner, honey?” Now, one of the things I love about my hubby is that he is NOT a picky eater. The only down side is that when faced with a question like this, he can think of any number of dinner […]