Winter is Here

When Hubby and I were talking about moving back to South Dakota, our number one concern was the winter. It can be brutal here, especially on old folks like us. Our blood had thinned a lot in the mild winters of Boise. Could we stand a bad Dakota winter? Since

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A Round Robin Story

I want to tell you about an amazing round robin. I’m not talking about a bird, person, competitive meet, or petition. This special round robin is a collection of letters, photos, and other items circulated between the Johnson family members for decades. Whoever gets the round robin takes out their

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Buying A Home: The What-Have-We-Dones

Hubby and I closed on a townhouse in Rapid City a couple of weeks ago. It has a million dollar view but didn’t cost anywhere near that much. It didn’t check many of our gotta-have boxes, but it called to us and that’s what persuaded us to write the check.

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Better Phone Manners

In April 2019, I wrote about telephone protocol and how it’s changed over the years. With so many robocalls and telemarketers calling, it’s hard to stay civil. I know for some of them, it’s a job putting food on their tables, and as long as there’s a dollar to be

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Thanks, Granny Slats

It was a rough week last week with lots of anger and hatred flying around on social media and the news. I worried we were watching the end of our nation. Stress, prayers, and doubts have plagued me since then. How do I keep from being led astray by lies

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2021 Goals

Whew! We made it through 2020. As glad as we are to move away from the hard year, don’t forget to pray for all those who lost so much in 2020, who lost loved ones to COVID, lost their businesses, lost their jobs, lost their homes to fire and flood,

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The End is Near

This week, 2020 will come to a close and I, like most other people, will be glad to see it go. It has been the most aggravating, annoying, grief-inducing, depression-invoking, lousiest year ever. It’s unprecedented. Many things were unprecedented. The fires in the western US were unprecedented. The numbers of

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Don’t Forget to Say Thank You

We passed the season of being thankful and have rushed into the season of giving and taking. I love giving gifts to my friends and family. It brings me a lot of joy to be able to do that. I’m humbled when I receive gifts from them and appreciate their

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Buying a House, The Agony

This week, our house in Boise will officially belong to someone else. An artist will be living in our townhouse. She’s got great neighbors around her, and we wish her happy times there. She’ll get to enjoy our blueberries next spring which makes me slightly envious. The feeling of homelessness

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