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Snowpocalypse 2021

It’s like everyone thought 2021 couldn’t be as bad as 2020, so the new year said “Hold my beer.” The temperature hasn’t been above freezing since Sunday, I think, maybe before. Today, finally, there’s no new snow. But this week we’ve gotten record snowfall in Arkansas. I lived in this state for most of my …

Recommended Reading

I’ve been really struggling this week with what to post. Basically, I’m censoring myself because a lot of what I want to talk about isn’t pretty. I’m talking toxic people, unsettling world events, and other such depressing stuff. So, until I have something more cheerful to share or am ready to stop biting my own …

A Kindness Filter

#nofilter I’m sure you’ve seen this hashtag, right? It’s commonly used on social media, accompanying what the poster is claiming to be an untouched, unedited photograph. Sometimes the photo is of a beautiful sunset, or of someone being him/herself. I don’t know for sure – and didn’t even try to look this up – but …

Down But Not Out

Let’s say life is like a boxing match, and last week nearly TKO’ed me. Actually, it felt more like a cage match from which I couldn’t escape – so I clung to the sides like Spider-Man and waited for the bell. Things started out just fine, albeit a little more hectic than usual. On Friday …

DC-Area Extras #dcchristmas

Saying there’s so much to do in the DC area is probably the understatement of the millennia. But there’s even more than just museums and monuments and memorials, oh my.  Here are a few of our highlights: We spent a morning in Georgetown … And walked (down) the Exorcist Stairs and stepped back in history …

DC-Area Dining #dcchristmas

The other day an old friend asked if I had any recommendations for places to eat in DC, and it reminded me that I hadn’t yet posted about our Christmas trip dining adventures. And it’s almost February. Ah, life and priorities. So, if for no other reason than posterity … I struggled a bit with …

Exploded Eggs

Have you ever exploded an egg? I have. More than once. Yeah, I didn’t learn from my mistake the first time. In case you didn’t already know this, if you boil eggs too long – like so long all the water is gone, then they’ll explode. Seriously, the egg gets so hot on the inside …

Out with the Old, In with the New

May is a time of endings and new beginnings; this truth is never more evident than with high school and college graduations. But even without a current graduate* in the house, we’ve had our own share of endings and beginnings this month.  (Technically, Bryan graduates in July with his Doctorate of Nursing Practice!)  Truth be …

If Cars Could Talk

I think we’re all feeling a little nostalgic about Aunt Bee. Not the original Aunt Bee. See, that’s what we call the van.  She’s getting on up there in years and, with her dents and dings and moans and groans, she always seems frazzled and on the verge of breaking down. But, nevertheless, she always …

Am I too old for this sh*t?

Lately, I’ve been feeling older than I should. I’m certain it’s due to the creaks and pops my joints make or the involuntary groans that escape my mouth upon any movement. No, seriously. We’ve been doing this “boot camp” at the local YMCA for the past couple of weeks. Tuesday was heavy on the biceps …

Imperfect Progress

I used to be tough. Or, at least, I thought I was tough. Not physically, of course (I mean, have you seen my bird arms?). But in a verbal argument, I could hold my own and then some. I was like a Kung Fu master where my words were like combination kicks and my tone …

Awe

Have you ever put your forehead on an airplane window and dropped your gaze straight to the ground? I’m not sure I had until the trip home yesterday. It was a beautiful sight. One that would, I believe,  make even the most cynical person in the world fill with awe. The first few shots are …

Our Next Adventure

For the last couple of months or so, hubs has been commuting to Hot Springs (about an hour and half drive from us one way) to work at in an interim position at a hospital there. He’s been staying there some nights and driving back others, mainly to not miss kid-related events. Yesterday, he accepted …

Farewell to Farming

On Wednesday evening, February 12, 2014, our last goat left our property. That was only about a week and a half after I posted our herd of goats and cows for sale, though I’d been thinking about it for awhile. We still have a few chickens, but all our livestock are gone. So for the …