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All That Glitters Is Not Gold






  Inexpensive bird houses from the local craft store provided the fuel for a burst of spring creativity as Anna, her mother-in-law, and I busied ourselves with paper, paint, glue, and lots and lots of glitter. A whirlwind of activity … Continue reading

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Black Beans & Roses Finale






  Anna’s dried bridal bouquet… and one-month anniversary.      

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Takeout Boxes






Brides in the mid 70’s had basically two options for wedding favors: Jordon Almonds, candy coated almonds in a variety of “baby pastel” colors–or groom’s cake, a fruitcake concoction I barely recall. The world of wedding favors today is limited … Continue reading

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Tissue Pom-Poms






  Experiencing Christmas decoration withdrawals along with the arrival of Valentine’s Day–and more importantly Anna’s birthday–it was once again time to decorate the house. Anna was somewhat surprised to discover that I had actually made tissue paper pom-poms when I … Continue reading

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Tomatoes, Oatmeal Cookies, & Salsa






  Fond memories of canning projects alongside my mom in late summer inspired me to purchase forty pounds of tomatoes from a local farm as my sister Janet and I made preparations to make new canning memories. There are nine … Continue reading

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Apples, Apples, Everywhere






  What do you do when the lawn–such as it is–is continually littered with apples of various sizes, shapes, and colors? After picking them up repeatedly only to have them reappear more numerous than before, it was time to marshal … Continue reading

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Moving Playground






  As I stand at my kitchen sink looking out the large window before me, I take in a vista of metal barns, a slightly aging chicken coop that was moved “Egyptian style” on a cold rainy day across the … Continue reading

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60’s Green






  S&H Green Stamps… one of the original shopping reward programs. If you are old enough to remember these you can appreciate the memories stirred up in repainting this outdoor furniture. My mom was faithful to shop at stores that … Continue reading

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