A Fresh New View

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in travel, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Most of the time when I drive through the downtown business district of Elkin, I’m passing through on my way to somewhere else. I drive past the small businesses, the offices and the restaurants on my way to a meeting at the library, or to drop off a kid at guitar lessons, or just to get from my house to the movie theaters in the neighboring town of Jonesville. Yesterday was different. Rather than hurrying to a specific location for a meeting...

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Valentine’s Day Cookies

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in cooking/recipes, Family, Friends, Parenting, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Why should sugar cookies only be made at Christmas? Sure, these melt-in-your mouth delights are associated with the holiday season, probably in part due to their colorful sprinkles or icing. But when I was a kid, we had sugar cookies for all sorts of seasons and holidays. Shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day, leaves in the fall, bunnies at Easter, not to mention the host of fun cookie cutter shapes that weren’t holiday related that my mom would use...

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Christmas Cards in the Facebook Age

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Family, Friends, Holidays, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Every family has its own Christmas traditions, and I love that we enjoy so many of them. In our family making sugar cookies decorated with sprinkles is one thing I do with the kids every year at Christmas, and Bill and the kids make buckeyes, or peanut butter balls with the peanut butter showing through the chocolate at the top. These are just two of many, including decorating the tree, watching Elf, and looking at other people’s...

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Surviving the Holiday Season of Hyperactivity

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Family, Parenting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Remember that excitement you used to feel when you were a kid every year when December rolled around? The lights, the decorations, the cookies, the music, the holiday specials on TV, and maybe most exciting of all — a break from school! If you have young children, you remember that excitement well. You live it, vividly, through them, each and every day. As a parent, I have come to realize that my kids, who are generally well behaved, turn...

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A Snow Day with No Snow: Coping as a Work at Home Mom

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Uncategorized, work-at-home | 2 comments

I love snow days. Sometimes. As a kid, snow days were the best. Watching the weather the night before, guessing whether it will snow or not, waking up in the morning to all white outdoors and your mom greeting you with the exciting news that school’s cancelled. There’s nothing better than a day off you weren’t expecting. Then, in my 20s, they weren’t so fun. Work didn’t get cancelled like school did. Snow meant having to clean off my car,...

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Real Feel

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

It was a running joke on our post-Christmas trip to Ohio that the “RealFeel” temperature on my phone was always at least 10 degrees less than the actual temperature. On our drive up, while we were in the middle of the trip in West Virginia, I would look at my phone for some entertainment. “Hey guys, it’s 34 degrees in La Rue (Bill’s hometown). But it feels like 22!” Peals of laughter would come from the backseat. “And guess what, it’s 48...

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