The Week with My Mom

Happy Friday Eve! (That makes the day so much more doable, doesn't it?) My mom is here visiting, so the week has been filled with walks (for both her and the dog) and lots of games. And for the record, she still is on top of hers (game, that is). Not bad for almost 88.…

Quinn

Well, there you have it, folks. Christmas is officially over. Never mind the fact the tree has been down for well over a week and the traditional Hovie candy canes (ceremoniously handed out on Christmas Eve by Gma and Gpa Hovie with strict instructions to 'suck and think of the fam' on the 12th day…

5 Things I Am Currently Loving

Oat Milk I remember the day I tried oat milk for the first time. I was at Timshel Cafe, a quaint "eclectic urban coffee shop" (their words, not mine) situated in downtown Neenah. I had ordered a soy latte, when the barista informed me they did not have soy milk. And would I care for…

My One Word for 2020

Well, the house is quiet. Just Quinn and I this morning. Last Thursday, I drove Kristin and her BF, and Alli and her fiance (that just happened!) to Atlanta to catch their flights. Then on Tuesday morning, I drove our son, Logan, and his girlfriend of almost seven years, to the Columbus airport. So we…

Alli

"I' won't have a special ribbon when I graduate, will I?" Alli asked. I looked at my youngest, as tears welled up in her eyes. She watched as her older brother reluctantly posed for graduation pictures in the high school cafeteria, a purple ribbon around his neck. My heart broke for her. The year before,…

It Was a Pretty Big Year for Doctoring

I am pleased to tell you, my doctor visits for the 2019 calendar year are now complete. Optometrist, check (my contact prescription, now a -11, allows for not quite 20/20 vision and with my contacts in, I can't read anything within arm's length without my reading glasses). Dentist, check (gold star...even my gums are healthy).…

Thursday’s Thoughts: November 14th, 2019

October marked the one year anniversary of living in our new home. We've accomplished a lot, but there are still many projects left to tackle. We spent last winter working outside in our 'woods', unwrapping and pulling down vines from trees, removing underbrush and fallen trees, and cutting down 'less desirable' trees (with the hope…

Thursday’s Thoughts: November 6th, 2019

A month or so ago, my oldest asked, "How did you know when you loved Dad?" How did I know? Reed and I met on a blind date arranged by mutual friends. Our friends came with to make the date a little less awkward. He was tall with broad shoulders and sleepy blue eyes (classic…

Thursday’s Thoughts: October 31st, 2019

This is Quinn: Isn't she precious?! I mean, really. Just look at her. Best. Dog. Ever. Of course, I may be a bit biased. (You know, my view may be slanted. I see the good; I overlook or ignore the not-so-good.) For example, she's a snuggler, but she's not so good at listening. (Unless a…