Memorial Day

3 p.m.

“We owe this freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this nation and its interests in time of need. In particular, we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free.” President Reagan

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Gelato, how do I love thee?

Being a mom comes with those inevitable consequences, like that 10 lbs of “baby weight” that you still have 20 years after giving birth. Or, everything that you own gradually becoming the property of others. Not remembering your real name because all you ever hear is mom, Maaahhm, mom-mom-mom, mommy, MOMMMMMMM  or my personal favorite,…

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Memorial Day

A white marble headstone, in the Netherlands American Cemetery, marks the grave of a man who gave his life for his country during WWII.  He was killed on February 23, 1945 during the battle of the Roer River.  He was just 22 years old.  His ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten.   Our flag does…

Our hearts are unbroken

Change is inevitable.  Sorrow is a difficult part of life.  The loss of a beloved animal is extremely difficult to bear.  When we lost our oldest Australian Shepherd this past February, we were all heartbroken.  But as human beings, we are able to reason and understand that loss.  What added to the pain we were…

I hope you had the time of your life…

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go So make the best of this test and don’t ask why It’s not a question but a lesson learned in time It’s something unpredictable but in the end is right I hope you had the…

Cherry chapstick and other important things

After a long day, complete with an unfortunate incident involving a deer and my vehicle, I have concluded that I no longer want to be an adult.  I am officially resigning as a grown-up and immediately reverting back to a time when the most important things were: Splashing in mud puddles Snow days The ice…

Ten things that make me happy

Sometimes, if you’re not careful, life will knock you down and run you right over.  It takes an effort to snap out of the everyday-worry-about-everything-there’s-got-to-be-more-to-life-than-paying-bills stressed out attitude that, over time, we all seem to adopt.  Life is not only meant to be lived, but enjoyed.  So, today I took a deep breath and walked…

My roots are starting to show…

Growing up, I only had the privilege of knowing my grandparents.  My great-grandparents were lost to the ages well before I was born.  So was all their history – their parents’ names, the towns they were born in, the stories of their journeys to America. Not knowing who these people were has always haunted me.…

Have you ever eaten a cupcake in the bathroom?

Have you ever eaten a cupcake in the bathroom?  I have.  After a long week of absolute disasters, total calamities and countless near-misses, I decided to give into my inner Tastykake demon.  I wheeled into the convenience store and made my way right to the Tastykake display.  There it was, in all its glory –…

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Last of the dairy cows

For almost 85 years, my husband’s family milked cows at our farm.  Twice a day, everyday, without fail. In 1949, during the time his grandfather milked, there were 2,299 operating dairy farms in the county where we live.  Small dairies generated enough income to support the family and the farm operation, and if you were…