“I just found the perfect Christmas gift for you!” my husband, Brian said while scrolling through his phone. “Really?!” I couldn’t leap out of my chair fast enough. I had to see the perfect gift for me, and there it was: a tactical stocking equipped with, “26 must-have survival tools,” including a flashlight, fishing kit, … Continue reading ‘Santa tested. Rambo approved.’
Ah, the Thanksgiving season. When we gather around the table taking stock of our blessings, appreciating our families, and pondering that age-old question, “Why can’t we turn up the furnace??!!” “Nope,” I quash that craziness immediately.“But it’s freezing in here!”“Put on some pants!”“I like wearing shorts! I’m turning it up!”“Don’t do it!” You’d think my … Continue reading Hot or cold – don’t touch that dial!
Someday I’m going to shop at ALDI, I’d tell myself while driving past the store, pondering all its mysteries and wondering what ALDI shoppers knew that I didn’t. Was there a secret handshake? A code word to enter? Is it really cheaper in there? And what the heck is up with the cart/quarter thing? I’m … Continue reading It’s not rocket science. It’s just ALDI
When your husband is working from home since March and you're sharing an office, the topics of conversation have digressed well beyond, "where's the stapler?". “Do you know what I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid?” I ask, while typing at my desk. “Give me $100?” Brian replies. “Raft down Duck Creek.” Duck … Continue reading The shared home office: Where productivity goes to die
If I learned any lessons this week it was this: a miracle can happen when I least expect it, even in a Dick's Sporting Goods store. There I was - wandering aimlessly around the North Face puffer vests when I happened upon a table stacked with shoeboxes and a "CLEARANCE" sign. Under the word that … Continue reading Do you believe in miracles? Step up to the table
Blood, sweat and tears. Wait, what I meant to write was: bugs, sweat and weeds. This is what I hate about gardening. I said as much to my husband. "That's exactly why I don't garden," he replied. "But I like tomatoes and herbs!" I whined. "That's what grocery stores are for," he said. As usual, … Continue reading Gardening tip: shop at the grocery store
I'm in the blogger hole by $75. This is what securing my own domain name along with several how-to books to help me navigate you, the blogosphere, has set me back. While I didn't get into blogging to become rich, when I read chapter 20 in "Blogging For Dummies" my interest was piqued. "Making Mad … Continue reading Dear Blogosphere:
Headline: Tollhouse shocks the Internet with surprise raw cookie dough announcement Word 'round the kitchen is that Tollhouse is selling cookie dough that's safe to eat. I suppose that means some people can start eating raw cookie dough now. As for me, I'll continue to eat my cookie dough the old fashioned way: dangerously and … Continue reading Cookie dough that’s safe to eat – good news…for some
This article appears in the July 2019 issue of Mature Focus. To read the entire issue, visit http://www.mature-focus.com. One of mankind’s greatest inventions is online shopping. The fact that I can plop down at my computer while wearing my jammies and with a few clicks have the power to purchase just about anything without crowds … Continue reading Reader beware!
Recently, I received the following text from Alex, my 13-year-old daughter: Dwight's face is a perfect representation of my first reaction to this news. My second reaction was to dispatch the disaster team to salvage the situation. "I claim Saturday, May 9 as Mother's Day!" I was not about to share my other special day … Continue reading Mother’s Day 2020: A planning catastrophe