So, Labor Day is here (or past depending on when you are reading this) and we already have leaves in the yard.  I’m not complaining….Fall is my spirit season.  The cooler weather, the changing colors and comfort food makes me happy….really happy. I was walking a lot in my yard this past week and enjoying a breeze as it whipped through my hair like a supermodel under a fan in a photoshoot (okay….I’m pushing it here but you’ve got the picture.) The handful of leaves were rattling behind me as I stopped to pick more from my bountiful crop of tomatoes.  As I plucked thoseRead More →

  I like to twirl…..and twirl….and twirl.  Do you twirl? I can walk in my yard and just start to spin.  My arms spread out and my head tilted back.  I spin for only a moment, just enough to get my hair flying and feel a gush of wind on my face. It is an amazing feeling of freedom and lightheartedness that usually is reserved for little kids. It is that sense of not having a care in the world.  You are immune to everything.  It is uninhibited and it is fabulous!!! I think that is why I like to use the word twirl whenRead More →

I am a firm believer that life is like a book.  It can be long or short.  It can be well written or it can be a bit of a mess.  It can be of great historical importance or it can be almost so surreal that it seems like science fiction. There are chapters that capture our hearts and there are chapters we would soon rather forget.  It can be so fascinating that there may be volumes or it could be so slow you may just want to peek at the cliff notes. And in most good books you can look at the people whoRead More →

Do you have specific things that your mom said to you growing up that ring in your ears as part of your everyday life?  It can be little things like the way she said I love you or how she answered the phone.  It can be little affirmations that she would tell you all the time or even ways you were reprimanded.  (My mom is now reading this and feeling nervous as to what I’m about to say.)  On a daily basis, I get to hear my mom’s voice….part of it is because I call her all the time and the other part is thatRead More →

Stupid…..stupid…stupid..stupid.  This is what I was saying on Friday night.  We were going to have weekend company and I thought I would try something new for dinner.  Nooooooo!!!  You are NEVER supposed to do that!  What happens if it doesn’t turn out?  What happens if it is overcooked? Now a normal person would not go into hysterics if dinner is ruined but I think we all know by now I’m not normal!  Let me rewind and play back the whole scene for you…… Some friends were coming for the weekend and planning on being here around dinnertime.  (Honestly, it doesn’t matter what time you planRead More →

When you hear the words “inside-out”, what do you think of? Do you think of the film where every emotion has a character?  (If you haven’t seen the movie, it is cute.) Do you think about accidently wearing a piece of clothes the wrong way?  (I went to the beach last week and put my t-shirt inside out when I left…went to lunch like that…and then errands….or at least that is the story I’m going with!) Sometimes inside out makes me think of just being all turned around and not knowing what is going on.  I have felt like that lately.  I feel like thingsRead More →

STOP THE PRESSES!  STOP THE PRESSES!  Wait….this is only on the internet….STOP TYPING….DON’T HIT ENTER….DON’T POST ANYTHING YET!! I’ve got HUGE news to report.  After my last blog on sonnets, I received a huge response.  (I thank all five of you who chose to reach out.)  Besides being told I know nothing about poetry or Shakespeare, I was told that I OBVIOUSLY don’t know as much about food as I thought I did.  (I thought this was a little mean, obviously, I am transparent about the fact that I am always learning and that is why I spend so much time on The Google….and citeRead More →

Sonnet 1:  Ode to my Garden (With a little help from Elizabeth Barrett Browning…. but my iambic pentameter and stanza are a little off) How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth of my countless bags of composted My roots feel free to grow and don’t feel hurt. For your pretty flowers and green leaves. For the vines of cucumbers that roam free To the height of tomatoes that have outgrown me I love to water you every single day And watch the way you absorb sun rays. I love thee for the veggies that you grow.Read More →

“We go together Like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong Remembered forever As shoo-bop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom Chang chang changitty chang sha-bop That’s the way it should be Wah-oooh, yeah! We’re one of a kind Like dip da-dip da-dip doo-wop da doo-bee doo” Do you remember this song?  It is from the movie Grease which I love to watch every summer. I woke up humming this today as I sorted socks in the laundry.  (FYI….it is a great sock matching song!) As I was “Boogedy boogedy boogedy boogedy shoobee doowop shebop”ing my to the bottom of the basket, IRead More →

Happy July!!!  Any big summer plans?  Do you like to just hang out at home and avoid summer crowds?  Or maybe this is the only time of year you get off work so you take a big vacation? I like the mini-stay close to home vacation.  I feel like I’m getting away but I still pack like I’m going on a safari.  (Actually, I think I pack like the Howell’s from Gilligan’s Island.  I don’t have any boas or gowns but I do have my bag count usually outnumber my days away.) We went on a trip the other week out east to visit someRead More →