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Starting out on a romantic vacation, or treading water hoping someone will notice?

May 30, 2018

I’ve introduced you to my cousin Ollie - great guy, but about a leg short of a chair, if you catch my drift.  Today, I’d like to introduce you to Ollie’s ma, my Aunt Leena.  She taught him everything he knows, which explains a lot.

Now Aunt Leena doesn’t have a lot...

May 25, 2018

Memorial Day is a national holiday to honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. While people have been honoring their dead and decorating their graves for a very long time, the practice really took root in America during the Civil War. I don't think the o...

May 24, 2018

Something is wrong with me. I must be a horrible aberration or have a rare immunity to this debilitating disease. You see, my youngest child recently moved out. And I’m happy. Possibly even thrilled.

I’ve been hearing about this disease called Empty Nest Syndrome for ye...

May 22, 2018

Today I'm going to introduce you to a life-altering method of relaxation. Anyone can do it, almost anywhere. All you need are a bag of M&Ms and a flat surface.

First, dump all the M&Ms out on the flat surface.

Sort them by color

Then make a picture with them.

I prefer land...

May 21, 2018

This is another story in the continuing (mostly factual) saga of my Cousin Ollie.  Not the sharpest tool in the shed, and speaking of tool sheds... 

There was the time Ollie went out to clean the garage at Mom's farm.  The shed was a tiny little place, barely room...

May 16, 2018

Last weekend the weather was absolutely great.  Normally I would have spent it doing chores, but winter isn't that long past and I couldn’t bear to waste the sunshine.  We all loaded up for a drive up in the hills – husband, kids and, of course, dogs.

While I packe...

May 15, 2018

You know, that odd duck who just seems to get himself into all kinds of crazy situations? That slightly goofy relative who’s always the first to offer help when you need it but is about two tacos short of a combination plate? Don't get me wrong. Ollie's a swell guy.  H...

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