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Happy Father’s Day!

June 16, 2024

My question is this:  What do you get a dad who has everything for Father’s Day??? You get them his daughter’s boating license!  Right?  I bet you guessed it, didn’t you??!! Well, Dad, this one is for you.  I did it!  I passed my boater’s safety course and can now run the boat, legally, at the lake.  No more getting after me!  What are you going to worry…

Travel

An Early Case of the Empty Nest…

June 2, 2024

An early case of the Empty Nest… It’s springtime…fast approaching, summer. It’s the busiest time of year on a farm. Planting, mowing, chopping—I can go on and on. As the kids have gotten older, they have taken on more work at the farm during this time of year.  It’s expected, and it’s welcomed.  You know what they say about idle hands…the devil’s workshop. Teenagers are no exception to…

Family

Are You In?

May 5, 2024

I went to a very small wedding Saturday night.  I like weddings. Weddings are not just for the couple being married, but also for those who support them.  They are an opportunity for renewal and a reminder of love for those of us standing on the sidelines, watching. Whether you are next to your mate of 40 years, 20 months or 10 days one can’t help but think…

Perspective

Summer of 1996

April 14, 2024

One of the most influential summers of my life…1996. It changed my trajectory.  I went into the summer as a rising senior from Cornell University, bound for a profession in veterinary medicine.  I had no idea that things were about to change.  Or that it was perfectly okay to make a change. I came out, eyes wide open, bounding for something else. But what? I spent the summer…

Family

Pretty Exciting!

April 7, 2024

I went out for my third Mom’s Day Weekend at Purdue, and what a weekend it has turned out to be. Purdue won their basketball game, and they are headed to the final on Monday night! It was a madhouse here last night. Poor Tyler having to manage his mother in all of it. 🙂 Needless to say, I retired shortly after the game with my travel companion…

Perspective Travel

Linens and Sunshine Back in 1952

February 18, 2024

A couple of weeks ago, I had lunch with a dear friend. She reached out to me in an email and asked if I wanted to have lunch with her…at her house. She wrote, “I know it’s old fashioned and not very fancy, but my hearing is getting quite bad, and it’s easier for me in a home setting.” That sounded lovely to me. When I walked through…

Perspective

The “Dead Inside” Picture

February 4, 2024

If you are a mom, I am sure you have one.   The picture that captures a moment in time when you are revealed. “I am dead inside from nurturing these children.” If you have been there, you get it. If you are in it, we get it, and we are here to tell you you will get out of it. If you haven’t yet gotten there–you don’t understand,…

Lifestyle

Yikes! It’s Cold!

January 21, 2024

Yikes!  It’s cold! (Finally) Ooh, did I say that too loud? I hate the cold, but at the same time, we needed it here in the Northeast.  It was time for the ground to freeze, the ticks to die, and the ski slopes to fully open. And I have kept walking every day, working out, fiercely getting my work done, and eating things like mac and cheese, chocolate cake,…

Food

It’s All in the Recipes

January 14, 2024

I love to bake. Baking is my first go-to when someone needs love and care.  I immediately offer up homemade food. It’s what I want to celebrate with: Baked goods!   It’s how I want to socialize: A cup of coffee and a freshly made pie. I am completely content and happy to wake up on a Saturday or Sunday morning in the winter, take up residency in my kitchen…