Gone to Texas

For the past two weeks, we’ve been in the land of 10,000 lakes. It wasn’t Minnesota. It was Texas. It rained nearly every day we were there. Water was standing everywhere, in lakes, in ditches, in fields, in ponds, in puddles. We drove through torrential rains, with water over the

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The Changing Role of Dads

In the “olden days”, child-rearing was left to the mothers, with dads only dishing out discipline when mom needed help. My mother talks about when I was born, my dad was totally hands-off with me. He would hold me occasionally but that was the extent of his part in childrearing.

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The Good Old

There other day when I was preparing a meal, I pulled out my aluminum colander and used it to rinse vegetables. I shouldn’t call it mine because I got it from my mother-in-law’s kitchen when we cleaned out her apartment. I think of her every time I use it. Her

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I Love Dull Weeks

It finally happened. After months of unsettled, constantly moving routines, I had a dull week. Nothing earth-shattering happened. Hubby was able to handle each crisis with relative ease. I made progress on my projects. Some may not like dull times, but I do. It means all is well, and I’m

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A Trip to Oregon

Last fall, when we left Boise, we’d planned to return soon on a trip to Oregon. Hubby’s mother who passed away last October left her minivan to our son. We left our car and motorhome in Boise and moved to Rapid City, intending to return shortly with his minivan and

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Bucket Lists

Hubby asked me the other day if I had a bucket list. I’m not sure if I do or not. Do you have one? A bucket list describes all the things you want to do and places you want to go before you die. The term became popular after a

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Happy Mother’s Day

Being a mom is a lot of hard work and some efforts aren’t appreciated until 20 years later. There are days when it’s a thankless job, but those are far outnumbered by the days when a mom’s heart is so full, it leaks out her eyes. Those are the treasured

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Many Thanks

The first warm days of spring have arrived, and it’s put me in a very thankful mood. Rather than keep them to myself, I’ll share what I’m thankful for in the hope that you can find things to be thankful for as well. First, I’m thankful to Hubby’s aunt and

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