Do you ever wonder what you truly mean to a person?  Are they really your friend or are they just being polite?  Do people really want to hear your opinion or are they just making their grocery list in their head while you are talking?  When someone says they love you do they mean it or is just how they say good bye? I’m an open book.  People know that I am pretty upfront with my feelings and I have no poker face.  If I care about you, you know it.  (Plus, I have these wrinkles on my forehead that are really a billboard ofRead More →

Hooray for Memorial Day weekend!!!!!!!  Any big plans?  Maybe you like to travel with your family for a quick getaway and play tourist is a small town.  It is also a good weekend to get those veggies in the ground that you’ve been meaning to plant.  And you can’t have a Memorial Day weekend without a little time on the barbie!  (Um, I’m talking about the barbeque….in case my husband is reading that differently.) The only problem with Memorial Day in the Midwest is that the weather sometimes can be a little iffy.  So, what do you do?  You don’t cancel a basketball game becauseRead More →

One Shrimp. Two Shrimp. Pink Shrimp. Poop Shrimp. I bought a bag of shrimp, all safe in a stash.  Pulling off the shells and placing them in the trash.  I looked at the pile all pretty and pink when all of a sudden I saw something that I think stinks. They call it a “vein” and line of black goop but I knew better…it is shrimp poop.  This is the Dr. Seuss story that was never told.  (And probably not really the most appetizing start to a food blog post.) I have a love/hate relationship with shrimp.  I really love to eat it.  It isRead More →

“Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ Rawhide Keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ Though the streams are swollen Keep them doggies rollin’, rawhide Through rain and wind and weather Hell bent for leather Wishin’ my gal was by my side All the things I’m missin’ Good vittles, love and kissin’ Are waiting at the end of my ride Move ’em on, head ’em up Head ’em up, move ’em on Move ’em on, head ’em up, rawhide Cut ’em out, ride ’em in Ride ’em in, cut ’em out Cut ’em out, ride ’em in, rawhide” Don’t you hate when youRead More →

Do you ever get a case of the grumpies?  You grumble, mumble and lash out.  You can’t be cheered up no matter what anyone says or does.  You may even start to react violently and fling scrambled eggs across the room.  (What kind of lunatic does that…um…thanks for cleaning mine up, Honey.) I had a really bad case yesterday.  I woke up in a mood and was not going to get happy no matter what.  I was like a 92-pound lump of grump.  (Pretty much anything said to me resembled a bee in a jar….I was buzzing and ready to sting.) I felt bad forRead More →

Mierda.  Cabron.  Cojeme.  Que chingados!  Me cago en la leche! Que? I had this whole wonderful post written up about Cinco de Mayo and then had an issue with my server.  (Not my server at a restaurant….my website server.) I am not a computer whiz so this gets me really frustrated fast.  I was trying to entertain myself while waiting for tech help to answer and I looked up some Spanish swear words.  (See above.) I then started to think to myself “How did I not learn any words after two years in Spanish class in high school?”  (I did remember the word baño becauseRead More →

DISCLAIMER: NO HUMANS, DOGS, STUFFED MONKEYS OR CHILDREN WERE HARMED IN THE WRITING THIS BLOG. (With a disclaimer like that….you want to keep reading…right?) What do you do when you are tired? Do you curl up on the couch and watch TV? Maybe you check out of life with a book on a hammock in your backyard? Some folks have even been known to catch a few “z’s” just to recharge. Not me. When I’m tired, I think I should write a blogpost. Not a good blogpost…but a blogpost that makes sense as I’m typing but when I look back…I think to myself “Don’t writeRead More →

One of the best parts of spring is it seems to launch the food festival season. Whether you live in a huge city like Chicago or one of the smaller suburbs, odds are you will find a tasty outing within your reach. If you have never gone to one and are a little intimidated, it is time for you to get your feet (or is it fork) wet! The Taste of Michiana will be taking place Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5-8 PM (Eastern Time) at the Century Center in South Bend, Indiana. (And for my Chicago readers, this is a great way to peruseRead More →

Hooray the sun is shining, itty-bitty green leaf buds popping out on my trees limbs and the daffodils are in full bloom….aaaahhhhh…Spring is finally looking like…well…spring!!!! I love everything about the newness of the season…well…almost everything. I don’t like the warmer days!!! Whaaaat??? I’m probably in the minority on this topic but it is just weird that it was in the 40’s last week and just yesterday it hit the upper 70’s!! What happened to the 50’s, the 60’s and the 70’s??? (It kind of like aging…I don’t know what happened to my 30’s and now somehow I’m in my late 40’s!) A few moreRead More →

Another year conquered….PHEW! Something weird happened this year…I think I started aging. (At least physically, I am still mentally very immature and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.) I looked in the mirror this morning and took notice of the little things that remind me that I am not getting any younger. I know many would be horrified but oddly enough I feel so joyful about each and every one of them because they map out the stories of my life. The crinkles by eyes remind me of everything wonderful I have gotten to see over the years. Every crease shows the joy IRead More →