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Home is Where the Heart Is
Thursday, December 17, 2020      6 comments

As we prepare to sell the log home my husband built for us, we're all feeling a little sentimental--particularly during the holiday season. My 11-year old granddaughter wrote this poem for a school project and it is hitting us all right in the... Read more
The Great Train Escape Pt 3
Tuesday, June 10, 2014      31 comments

I have been remiss in completing this tale, so will try to at least take you through the next leg of our journey. By the time Cathy (LECATES) dropped us at the entrance to the station and we swapped hugs and thank yous, it had begun to snow lig... Read more
The Great Train Escape Pt 2
Friday, May 02, 2014      7 comments

The USA Rail passes I had purchased gave us 30 days to take up to 12 rides (in Coach) on almost any Amtrak line, getting on and off anywhere we chose. Of course, we still had to make reservations to be sure to have a seat in the event that the ... Read more
The Great Train Escape Pt 1
Monday, April 28, 2014      7 comments

I have been wanting to take a trip on the train for a few years now and my husband finally agreed to let me research it to see whether or not we could afford it. When I received the dates for the National Conference for one of our favorite mini... Read more
The Geographical Center of North America
Friday, March 28, 2014      6 comments

Rugby, North Dakota. That's what the sign said at the railway station we just passed. Now there's another bit of trivia to clutter up my brain. Until this trip I had never seen this part of the country and I am finding it to be beautiful, albeit... Read more
How I Spent Black Friday
Wednesday, November 28, 2012      7 comments

While others rose early (or never went to bed) after Thanksgiving, we opted to sleep until we felt rested, made a light brunch and enjoyed a quiet morning. Later, our 3 eldest kids and our nephew joined us, bringing their families with them and... Read more
Something's Fishy around here!
Saturday, September 22, 2012      7 comments

Ever since I got married in 1974, I've been interested in doing things the old-fashioned way. I like the idea (if not all the work) of growing one's own food and living without dependence upon the grocery store or the power company. Over the y... Read more
Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose
Tuesday, September 18, 2012      8 comments

That's kind of a mantra around my house and I take a lot of ribbing from my kids for it. I'm known as the woman with the matching set of yogurt cup drinking cups, the matching cool whip salad bowls, and the never-die ziplock sandwich bags. Yes... Read more
Christmas 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011      3 comments

We celebrated DH's birthday yesterday afternoon and then began our whole-family Christmas celebration. I gathered all the kids and my son-in-law for a red-flannel picture. I j... Read more
My Graduation Speech
Monday, October 24, 2011      13 comments

*This is my first blog. Some of my Spark friends were very encouraging while I was stressing about writing this speech and suggested that I put it into a blog for all to read...so, here it is. **** May 15, 2011 ... Read more