Family

Fireworks. Watersport. Family.

July 7, 2024

Some years, one gets a little more stage time compared to the others. We honor that, as the emotions run high when you bring everyone together for a few days each year–but we wouldn’t want to have it any other way.  We will take the drama, all of it, as long as we are together. The fireworks display, in particular, has always been an area of every emotion…

Perspective

Summer Vacation

June 30, 2024

It was a lazy afternoon…   The cicadas were thrumming in the background, as I hopped from shade tree to shade tree, to get out of the hot sun. The scent of freshly mowed hay filled my olfactory senses, intoxicating me like a drug.   I made my way along the brook’s bank, stopping and peering down on it, listening to it trickle. Bumbling on its way to the river, it…

Travel

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…

Food

National Donut Day: What Kind of a Donut Are You?

June 9, 2024

National Donut Day!  And we did it up in the office! We are a crew driven by food.  All of us find great joy in eating–together.  Lunch is at noon every day–so everyone can eat together. (Chandler won’t eat before the clock chimes 12 o’clock–much to Elisa’s chagrin!) So, National Donut Day was an excuse to eat and be merry, and we did! While putting together a reel for…

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…

Travel

Dusting off Winter

May 19, 2024

A weekend for opening up and letting go of winter… For anyone who has ever owned, been a part of, or had the privilege… …opening up a summer camp is a bit overwhelming and daunting. Don’t forget to turn the water and electric on, and make sure the propane tank is full. That first inspection of the property, in its exterior, and interior, is like walking into winter…

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…

Travel

l’Île-d’Orléans

April 28, 2024

Always good to open your eyes and see somewhere else. Find a familiarity, find a difference, find a connection. Upon walking into the quaint, very old, stone home located in Ill de Orleans, Quebec,  I was pleasantly greeted by my past. Mrs. Sanborn’s farmhouse kitchen.   Familiar. Sitting to the right, when you walked through the door of the old farm kitchen, it was the heart of the home…

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…