Tagged: 2014

Thanksgiving Break

Don’t get me wrong – I very much enjoy peace and quiet. But it always takes me a little while to get use to it after a few days like we’ve just had. It...

Claire and Phil

After my last post, some of you may be thinking, “Uh oh, there’s trouble in paradise.” But no one ever claimed this was paradise. Today is our 26th wedding anniversary. The marriage got off...

Simple Machines

When the kids were in elementary school, they learned about and built models of simple machines. Wikipedia defines a simple machine as a mechanical device that changes the direction or magnitude of a force....

Letters

My father died September 29, 1982 – the day after my youngest sister, Joanne, turned 12. My mother has commented that I never talk about him. She’s right. It’s still too soon. So, I’ll...

A Real Vacation

I traveled with my niece Lexi and my nephew’s brother Ben (I’ll let you figure that one out) to Alma, Wisconsin to visit my brother Dave. We met up with my sister Jo, her...

#10 and Friends

Another emotional event in the month of May.  This time Heather’s graduation. First, a little bit about #10. She is quite a bit like me.  The determination, the high standards, the withering stares when...

74

74 years this Sunday. That’s how long my grandparents have been married. They have 5 children. After that, it gets complicated. Our family tree would be classified as an invasive plant. And it’s amazing...

Master Moody

It’s now official. My daughter is smarter than me. She received her masters this past weekend, and this is the stack of books I found on her desk: Of course, the fact that she...

Excellente

Back from Florida again. You might be asking “How can she possibly complain about her budget?” Good question. What do you get when you mix 2 second graders, a tween, a teen, 3 college/grad...

Motherhood

A few weeks ago, my daughter had a friend over for dinner, and we were talking about what they wanted to be when they grew up. My daughter’s friend asked me what I had...