Celebrating 14 Years of Marriage at the Ivory Tower

It’s only appropriate that the traditional wedding anniversary gift for 14 years of marriage is ivory. For this year, we will be celebrating at the office together. Refuge.  Respite.  Asylum.  Escape.  My workplace. I love my job and I love being in the office. It’s quiet, cozy, warmly lit with household table lamps and often … Continue reading

Mama Hen Earns Some Scratch

It’s the end of an era.  No more eggs can be laid.  The chicken has been hatched and the rooster is singing, “cocka-doodle-doo, it’s time to go back to work for you!” That’s right, after nearly a decade of lounging in my coop, I have re-entered the workforce. I must say that my feathers were … Continue reading

The Sights And Sounds Of The Pumpkin Patch

Ahhhh a visit to the pumpkin patch.  There’s nothing like the sweet smell of Kettle Corn and the pungent smell of goat shit to kick off the Fall holiday season. As we enter the magic of the Pumpkin Patch, the sounds of fiddle playing and banjos fill the air.  What direction to start?  The animals?  … Continue reading

Stalking Your Grown Children or Guarding Your Angels?

Our hearts raced with excitement as we stood in the donut-shaped cage attached to a giant orange and yellow stripped hot air balloon.  Just as we were gingerly launched into flight high above the prairie, my Blackberry rang.  I couldn’t read the caller I.D. through my sunglasses so I played roulette and answered the phone anyway.  The … Continue reading

Mrs. Dude, You’re Hired!

Just when I’ve gotten used to labeling myself a housewife, I’m attempting to re-enter the workforce.  I know, it’s great timing.  Nothing like pounding the pavement in a downward economy when I haven’t done anything but child rear’in and house clean’in for the past seven years.  I’m picturing myself crammed into my dusty Casual Corner black suit, … Continue reading

Fashion’s Night Out With The Unfashionable

I admit it.  I’m fashion-challenged.  The signs were evident early in my childhood – the mismatched clothes, the dutchboy haircuts, orthopaedic shoes and the nose plugs I sported poolside after my botched tonsillectomy.   Perhaps the biggest tell-tale sign was the fact that I dressed like Raggedy Ann for my 5th grade picture.  There were obviously no … Continue reading

Crock-Pot Luck

Crockery Cookery author, the late Mable Hoffman, must be rolling over in her heavenly slow-cooker.  If you have a Facebook account, chances are pretty good you noticed a majority of your friends liking a page titled, Crock Pot Girls over the last few days.  You may have even pressed the Like button because you have an interest in crock-pot … Continue reading

Dog Walking Is The New Yoga

When did yoga become a country club sport? If I had a dollar for every time a friend declared that yoga has changed their life, I might actually be able to afford to take a class. And, buy fancy schmancy yoga gear with a spa pedicure to boot. Don’t even get me started on the … Continue reading

Eat Like A Bird

Eat Like A Bird In an attempt to drive home a message to its members that, “if you eat like a bird, you will lose weight”, the Weight Watchers in my town is apparently co-branding with Wild Birds Unlimited.   It’s actually a brilliant move.  Co-branding is the original “two heads are better than one” marketing strategy.  … Continue reading