Happy Birthday To You, Mini!

Side by side Or miles apart,  A daughter like you,  Is always close to the heart.    Today is Mini’s 14TH Birthday! This is the first time she’s not been with us on her birthday, snivel… I’ll make it but it’s VERY strange! She’s growing up. She had the opportunity to spend 3 fun filled …

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Comfort In Tradition

“Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…   It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”   – Vivian Greene Recently I’ve been thinking about comfort. The word it’s self is just jam packed loaded down with ideas, refrences and interpertations. What brings each of us comfort is SO varied. About the only …

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Good Golly Miss Molly

  “A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things – a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap …

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Happy Earth Day!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead I was raised at the tippy top of this beautiful state of California. An hour and a half drive to the Oregon boarder… as my sister drives. 😉 Two hours for the …

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Well Bust My Budget… NEVER!

Stockpile noun 1.a supply of material, as a pile of gravel in road maintenance. 2.a large supply of some metal, chemical, food, etc., gathered and held in reserve for use during a shortage or during a period of higher prices. 3.a quantity, as of munitions or weapons, accumulated for possible future use.   The word …

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Do Better!

I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.  ~Edward Everett Hale   Just when you think you have it all figured out, the universe quietly offers reminders… do better. A little over …

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Fresh Take on Chicken…

“As for those grapefruit and buttermilk diets, I’ll take roast chicken and dumplings.”  -Hattie McDaniel I must apologize, it seems as though I’ve been remiss. I received a text from a friend, standing in the cheese section of her local market. “Pain in my butt- you never said if that Kraft Chicken stuff was good or not. See I …

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Finders Keepers!

“Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching for what it gets.” -Henry Ford    Welcome to my side of our offices… Finders Keepers Treasures! Everything you see has come from a storage auction or estate sale.  Oh yes and totally for sale! Anything can …

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Rainy Day Dinner- Homemade Veggie Soup

I think that women just have a primeval instinct to make soup, which they will try to foist on anybody who looks like a likely candidate. -Dylan Moran April Showers Bring May Flowers! Yes, even here in the beautiful, sunny Southern California, it rains. Sorry to burst your bubble but every so often, even Hollywierd needs …

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Our Princess Is 120 Months Old Today!

“What I wanted most for my daughter was that she be able to  soar confidently in her own sky, whatever that may be.”   -Helen Claes    Ten years ago today, a very impatient baby arrived 6 weeks early. Weighing a slim 5.5 pounds, Kenzie was a bitty little thing, happiness seemed to radiate from her …

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The Best Things In Life Are Free

The Best Things In Life Are FREE About a month after I was out into the world, on my own… It hit me while standing next to my mailbox. Getting the mail, SUCKS! As a child I’d recieve postcards from traveling friends and family as well as many cards from loved ones. I loved holiday cards as …

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We Are Property of “The Half-Blood Prince”

“I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death  if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.” -Severus Snape  Any given day of any random week, if you asked my whole family, if someone was currently reading a book from the Harry Potter series http://harrypotter.scholastic.com/ for …

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Papa’s Sizzling Snake Strips

“With us, it’s a very specific audience. If you like steak, this is it for you.” -Jerry Only There are many wonderful “Papas” in this great big world… none could ever have been as special as “Our Papa”. My parent’s were blessed with a Brady Bunch Family. His 2, Mom’s 3 and yet I still felt …

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Do It Yourself Dinner… $10 & 15 Minutes!

“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.” ― Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival   I  was talking to an old friend the other day. She is a Full time Stay at Home Mom for the FIRST time… she …

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Stockpile Your Way To Freedom!

Me ” Holy Noodles! Cup Noodles has it’s own museum!” Luc “Cool! I’m hungry, can we go?” Me “It’s in Japan bud.” Luc ” Whoa, that’s too far to go for something I’m going to live on when I move out.” I think I went wrong somewhere. 🙂     The perception people have when they hear the work “stockpile” …

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