How Much Change Is TOO Much?

August was a month of changes for our household. All were unexpected. They include: Our youngest son dropping out of college, getting a new job and moving out New jobs for three family members New hours and schedules An unexpected medical diagnosis requiring surgery post haste Medical bills not covered by insurance My husband’s company, … Continue reading How Much Change Is TOO Much?

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Spoon Out This Easy Crock Pot Soup for Lasagna Lovers!

Hungry for lasagna but no time to cook? Try this quick and easy recipe for crock pot Lasagna Soup: Ingredients: 1 Frozen Stouffers Party Lasagna 7-9 cups Chicken Broth Italian Seasoning and Garlic Salt to taste Shredded mozzarella for topping (optional) Partially thaw lasagna in the fridge the night before. Cut lasagna into 1 inch … Continue reading Spoon Out This Easy Crock Pot Soup for Lasagna Lovers!

Why I’m NOT Planning to “Age Gracefully”

I was watching the idiot box the other day when some geriatric genius came on. She was extolling the virtues of "aging gracefully." Like into 100 years, plus. (I swear she didn't look a day over 110.) Anyway, it seems that if living to the centennial mark or beyond is your idea of grabbing the … Continue reading Why I’m NOT Planning to “Age Gracefully”

Why ‘At The Mountain’s Edge’ is a Cliff-Hanger!

At The Mountain’s Edge By Genevieve Graham This book was so much fun! A fast-paced, engrossing story full of wild outdoor adventure and snow. Lots and lots of snow. I grabbed this off the library counter as I was checking out. Read it cover to cover in a day and a half. At The Mountain’s … Continue reading Why ‘At The Mountain’s Edge’ is a Cliff-Hanger!

Do You Remember Elsa?

Have you ever re-discovered a book from your childhood that still has the power to move and profoundly impact you even a half century after your initial read? If so, then you’ve found a true classic. Pinterest Joy Adamson’s Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds is such a book. Evocative and compelling, Born Free … Continue reading Do You Remember Elsa?

THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Tent Campers of America, Untie! (That’s not a typo)

I’ve been misinformed.  In the noble days of camping yesteryear, tents were the only way any self-respecting camper would go.  Now it seems that most “campers” prefer taking their homes with them to the great outdoors, hauling TV, microwave, refrigerator, shower, electricity, chilled champagne and caviar and all the comforts of home with them to … Continue reading THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Tent Campers of America, Untie! (That’s not a typo)

THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Hiking!

Striking out on a morning hike in the Cascades with the fam, the trail is initially clear, dry, and tantalizingly level. The sky’s an infinite bowl of blue.  Sam helps Josiah with his jacket and shoes. Sons Daniel and Nathan trade compliments and backpacks hauling chores.  The sun is warm. The breeze fresh. All is … Continue reading THE FAMILY CIRCUS: Hiking!

When a “Secret” is Too Good To Keep…

Every once in a while those “spur of the moment” ideas pan out pretty well. Like The Oregon Garden. We visited there recently on a fluke. Located about 20 miles east of Salem, The Oregon Garden is easy to miss. Don’t. Because I’ve been to downtown Salem. Ditto the Capitol Building. If you haven’t visited … Continue reading When a “Secret” is Too Good To Keep…