• The Granola I Make Once a Week

    The Granola I Make Once a Week

    Ready yourself. I’m about to ask a presumptuous question. Have you ever wondered how I decide what to write about? See? Presumptuous of me to think you might wonder. I’m cringing too, but I needed a jumping off point for this post. Today I decided to write about the granola I make once a week because of sunlight. Yep, sunlight. As I was cleaning the table up after lunch I realized the outside light was streaming in on my jar of granola so beautifully. Pretty light on a jar of granola sitting on a messy table. The lens through which I view my surroundings might be a little…unconventional. Then I…

  • 11 Things to Know Before Hiring a Piano Moving and Storage Company
    decorating,  moving

    11 Things to Know Before Hiring a Piano Moving and Storage Company

    I started playing piano in second grade on a second-hand upright piano bought for me by my grandma. I played that piano for 20 years. Later, with my first big work bonus, I bought myself a baby grand piano. It really is my ‘baby.’ It’s also my ball and chain. I can’t tell you how many of our housing decisions have rested on one key factor: Is there room for the piano? Scratch that. I CAN tell you. It has been ALL of our housing decisions. *sigh* My upright piano lived in five different homes. My baby grand piano has lived in six different homes and two different storage places. Needless…

  • Family

    Taking The Week Off For Spring Break!

    It’s Spring Break in our house! Finally. Does it feel like a late Spring Break to you? It feels like one to me. Our kids won’t finish the school year until the end of the third week in June, so maybe it make sense. We do not have any Spring Break travel plans. Handy Husband has to work and the kids start spring sports this week. It doesn’t mean we won’t have plenty of fun on our staycation though. Although, I am not going to cross over a river on a pipe! I’ve done that once and don’t need to do it again. I hope you have a happy week…

  • happy list

    Happy List: #116

    Happy Good Friday and early Easter to you! Do you celebrate Easter? We do, but we will be by ourselves this year. On the plus side, more ham for me! Speaking of Easter Dinner, the folks who work at our local grocery store are so, so nice and helpful. They pointed me in the direction of the best ham (flavor and price-wise) to buy for a small family dinner. I felt like I was getting the insider’s scoop on what the employees buy because they were giving me all their tips for glazes and how to cook the ham. It just goes to show that it doesn’t really matter what your job…

  • i have something to say poem by ann l olsson 1999
    education,  gift and learning,  learning

    An Original Poem for Poem In Your Pocket Day

    Tomorrow is Poem in Your Pocket Day. I think more of us are into poetry than we might realize. Many of those short sayings that get passed around on social media are actually poems or portions of poems. A perfect example of this is one of my favorite poems by William Butler Yeats. Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by W.B. Yeats Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread…

  • holidays

    Easter Egg Hunt for Adults

    Easter egg hunts aren’t just for little kids. No, really! Hear me out and I think you’ll agree that an Easter Egg Hunt for adults is a fabulous idea. My mom and dad used to organize an Easter Egg Hunt for us “older” kids who ranged in age from late teens to late-20s. How do you get teens and 20-somethings (or even the “29 forever” folks) to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt? Oh, you up the ante. That’s how. My mom put money in the eggs. Cold. hard. cash. I don’t remember how many eggs she hid, but there was at least one egg that had a $20 bill.…

  • happy list

    Happy List: #115

    Hey, Hey, Hey! Hope you all had a great week! It’s never dull around here, so I’m looking forward to the weekend. This week I shared a new use for old hubcaps as a magnetic bulletin board. I also made one more attempt at decorating faux Easter eggs and I love how they turned out. If you are on Pinterest would you do me a huge favor and give me a follow? Here’s the link. I would GREATLY appreciate it. Thanks! Here’s the Happy List! GARDEN STORAGE CADDY This Gardener’s Supply Company Mobile Tool Storage Caddy is a smart idea and would be a cool gift for someone who likes gardening.…

  • Crafts,  holidays

    DIY Stained Wooden Easter Eggs

    I’m on a quest to decorate faux Easter eggs that I will love so much I will want to decorate with them year after year. I’m sure there are far nobler quests out there, but since comparison is the thief of joy, let’s not compare how you are curing cancer and I’m…not. My last attempt at decorating faux Easter eggs was a comedy of errors and I still haven’t fully recovered from that episode. (If you want to get caught up, you can read all about how I painted a marbling effect on fake plastic Easter eggs here.) There was one aspect of that egg painting fiasco that I wanted to…

  • Use for old hubcaps magnetic Bulletin Board
    Crafts,  decorating

    Use for Old Hubcaps: Magnetic Bulletin Board

    Today’s post is not a DIY. It’s more of a PSA. Did you know that old hubcaps (the many decades old ones) were made of stainless steel? It’s corrosion resistant, which made for a great wheel cover – until plastic hubcaps came around in the 1970s. If you find a hubcap that is made of stainless steel then there’s a good chance it is magnetic. If a magnet will stick to the hubcap then voila! You now have a creative use for old hubcaps as a magnetic bulletin board. Are you as excited as I am right now for this discovery? I thought so. There might not be space to…

  • happy list

    Happy List: #114

    How has the first week of April treated you? I don’t want to knock you over with shock, but I finally spotted one lone daffodil blooming out by our pond. That’s how far behind our East Coast spring is from some parts of the country. Did you read my April Fool’s Day story on Monday? My son never did pull that epic prank, but he did give me an “I dropped the ball as a mom” moment. Apparently, “every kid” but him had an April Fool’s trick in their lunchbox, “lovingly” placed there by their moms. It was probably one kid, not every kid, but I fell for the mom…