I’ve found quite a few recipes for cupcakes made in the microwave, and they’re okay, especially if you’re in a hurry for something sweet.… Read more
Lots of people binge watch their favorite series on Netflix; I binge watch baseball at the end of the season.… Read more
I’m currently recovering from my first cold of the season. Yechh. It’s a chest cold, with a lingering cough. I hate those. Sneezing can be kind of fun; coughing never is.
I’m not big on taking over-the-counter cold medicines. It seems to me that they just prolong the cold and, in the case of a cough, keep your body from doing what it can to get rid of the congestion.… Read more
In September, I feel the need to savor every swim. Will it be the last of the summer? Is this the last of the warm, blue sky days, when I can follow my fur children down the road to the lake and dive in?… Read more
I finally have a garden! After eight years (!) of procrastination, I managed to get three 4 x 8 foot beds built and filled with beautiful topsoil in time for planting in May. I built the fence two years ago (with help from the fabulous Christoph), but it was only fencing in weeds and blackberry vines until this spring.… Read more
My family makes an annual pilgrimage. No, not to Mecca nor to Jerusalem. And not for any overt religious purpose. But our annual camping trip to the lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains has become a tradition, as my son says “more important than Christmas.”
The tradition started when I took my son, age seven, and my daughter, age four, to meet my brother and his wife at the lake.… Read more
Another in my occasional series: Audiobooks I Have Loved.
(NOTE: All of the proceeds from sales of this book go to organizations that are doing real and good work on the ground in Haiti. Read more about that here: http://www.becauseweare.com)
Because We Are, a Novel of Haiti, sat in my queue of audiobooks for a few months, waiting for me to get up the nerve to listen to it.… Read more
Where I live, everyone gardens. Plus I used to grow most of my own food. And here I am, after living on my half-acre for eight years: garden-less. I do have a fenced-in area, safe from deer and rabbits.… Read more
Have you ever had this situation? You buy a huge watermelon and lot of other fruit because you are going to a barbecue and want to bring a fruit salad. The barbecue is cancelled. Yikes. What do you do with all that leftover fruit?… Read more