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    Hushed hooking - Feb 28th, 2012
    I started a new crochet project back in January. But I couldn’t tell you about it because it was for my friend’s birthday present. And she’s such a good friend that she reads my blog all the time. And I knew that even if I tried to talk about it without saying what or who it was for, it would ruin the surprise. [more...]

    The other birthday girl - Feb 27th, 2012
    I share the title of Middle Sister with my younger sister, Celeste; there are two older than me and two younger than her. I also share my birth month with her. I’m nice like that. [more...]

    A Lenten poem - Feb 22nd, 2012
    I’ve written about Lent and my beliefs in the past but try as I may, this year I couldn’t come up with the words. Not because of a lack of faith, but rather because I don’t know what more I can add to the discussion. [more...]

    A birthday in Crieff, not grief - Feb 21st, 2012
    It’s here! It’s here! The start of my 38th year of life is here! (Translation: Yay! It’s my 38th birthday!) [more...]

    A Birthday in Crieff - Feb 21st, 2012
    I took myself to Crieff, Scotland, to celebrate my 38th birthday. It was really all about the candy and food, if I’m honest! [more...]

    A winning announcement - Feb 21st, 2012
    As promised, today is the day that I’m announcing the winner of my anniversary contest. (But you have to read a bit of a ramble first. And more of a ramble when the announcement is over. I offer no apologies for that.) [more...]

    An anniversary contest - Feb 15th, 2012
    Two years ago, JustFrances.com entered the blogosphere. Can you believe it!? In that time there have been 572 posts, the writing of which have provided me with great deal of enjoyment and comfort—and have hopefully provided you with some entertainment, too. [more...]

    Random thoughts: Challenging things - Feb 14th, 2012
    Random thoughts—Week 2: Write a list of 10 challenges you’ve faced in the last three months. Pick one and write about it. Wow. Ten challenges in three months? I guess that means I’m going to have to define challenges a little more loosely than I normally would. [more...]

    Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race - Jan 25th, 2012
    Oh, what a happy belly I have, all thanks to the lovely Burns’ Supper that Rebecca prepared. [more...]

    Birthday annoucement - Jan 24th, 2012
    This will be a short post (lucky you!) and serves two purposes: 1) To get me back in the habit of regular posts and 2) To announce that I think I’ve made plans for my birthday. [more...]

    Another year passes - Dec 31st, 2011
    As 2011 winds to an end, I find myself reflecting on the year’s joys (and sorrows). It’s funny the way we do that—the way we compartmentalise our years as if the changing of the date will truly make an impact on our lives. But I suppose we need to have hope that ‘things will be better’ next year—just like we have hope that with each tomorrow life will improve. [more...]

    Home(ish) for Christmas - Dec 28th, 2011
    Well, I suppose now that Christmas is over, I should tell you a bit about my lovely Christmas weekend! And it really was a lovely weekend! I went through to Aberdour with my friend, Rebecca, to spend Christmas with her parents. [more...]

    Christmas 2011; Aberdour, Scotland - Dec 27th, 2011
    I went to Aberdour, Scotland, to spend Christmas with my friend and her parents. And whilst I wasn’t with my own family, I was made to feel like family indeed! [more...]

    A lesson in carols - Dec 24th, 2011
    Being a guest in someone’s home at Christmas means the joy of participating in the traditions of the family. It’s a chance to experience new things and to learn new lessons. In fact, today’s tradition shared was a lesson, indeed. A lesson in carols, that is. [more...]

    More than gifts - Dec 24th, 2011
    It’s Christmas Eve already. Wow! It seems to have jumped up out of nowhere. But, I am pleased to say that I have all of my shopping done. And I’m pleased to say that a couple of unsuspected gifts have arrived for me from America, too. [more...]

    A spirit found - Dec 21st, 2011
    I’ve been struggling to find my Christmas Spirit since the season began and was starting to wonder if it would be found in time. I haven’t had the energy or the inclination for baking Christmas cookies or writing Christmas cards. [more...]

    A thankful weekend - Nov 27th, 2011
    Well, my Scottish Thanksgiving weekend has come to a close. Yes, the original planning process was difficult, and I found myself having to make do with all sorts of things to pull it off, but I think I can fairly call it a success. [more...]

    Thanksgiving 2011 - Nov 27th, 2011
    Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday, and the fact that I was able to share the holiday with friends, despite being 6,000 miles from home, made me extremely thankful this year. The bonus is that I think everyone enjoyed their first Thanksgiving! [more...]

    Fifty years ago - Nov 27th, 2011
    Fifty years ago, a great man was born. Today is a guarded celebration of that fact; guarded, because Paul’s not here to join in the merriment. There is no cake. There are no balloons. There isn’t a stack of cards or a pile of presents. [more...]

    Making do - Nov 25th, 2011
    Tomorrow, I will be hosting Thanksgiving for the first time since Paul died*. It won’t be as big of a crowd as our last Thanksgiving together, but I find myself just as nervous about the preparations. [more...]

    Countdown - Nov 23rd, 2011
    As I write this post, people are counting down to Christmas. Really. I mean, it’s not even Thanksgiving and they’re already counting down to Christmas. And I have to say, it makes me a little sad. [more...]

    He’s getting younger - Nov 22nd, 2011
    Today is my Daddy’s 67th birthday. And you may not believe it (unless you know him) but he just keeps getting younger and younger every year. Or maybe it’s that as each year goes by he realises that life is for living so he goes and lives it. [more...]

    Warming up - Nov 21st, 2011
    I’ve been upset about Thanksgiving for a while now. Like really, really upset. I know it’s silly, but that’s the way it’s been. (As I’ve said.) [more...]

    A cunning plan - Nov 19th, 2011
    Sometimes, no matter how much thought goes into plans, things don’t work out. From Daedalus and Icarus’ attempt at building wings to escape from Crete to Windows Vista, history is full of failed attempts—despite the extreme cunningness of the plans. [more...]

    Guy’s night - Nov 6th, 2011
    Last night was Guy’s night. Guy Fawkes’ Night, that is. (Well, it’s more often called Bonfire Night in Scotland, but that doesn’t make for as fun of a post title!) And to celebrate, Rebecca and I went to the Bridge of Allen fireworks show. [more...]

    Sugar high - Oct 31st, 2011
    OK, if you’ve been paying attention, you might know that I like candy. No, that’s not true. I love candy. I mean, let’s face it: This is a typical candy stash for me! [more...]

    Coming home - Oct 24th, 2011
    I got the keys to my new flat this morning and have spent the day traipsing up and down several flights of stairs to get my belongs moved in—and more trips up and down to get groceries and bedding and a few other bits-and-bobs in. [more...]

    Trick of the treats - Oct 13th, 2011
    Oh, what a sweet day it is! I arrived home to see that the postman brought me a parcel all the way from America. Oh yes—a parcel filled with yummy candies from the homeland. [more...]

    Job done! - Oct 2nd, 2011
    I am now officially a marathon finisher! Can you believe it? No, neither can I. Today’s feat went much, much better than I expected. And now you get to hear all about it! [more...]

    Not quite the answer - Sep 27th, 2011
    Today is my eldest sister’s birthday. Yep. The big something-or-other. I’ll give you a hint: She’s a year shy of being the answer to life, the universe, and everything. (More hints can be found here.) [more...]

    Boom! Bang! - Jul 4th, 2011
    Today is the 235th birthday of my beloved America. I always get a bit weepy on Independence Day because my patriotism always gets the better of me. Of course, today I realised that next year I won’t be in America for the big celebration, and whilst I’m happy that I’ll be in my adopted home of Scotland, I’m a bit sad knowing I won’t be here to celebrate my heritage. [more...]

    The last long weekend - Jul 4th, 2011
    I’m in the homeland enjoying a four-day weekend before the start of my final (three-day) work week. And as it happens to be Pioneer Days Weekend (in celebration of Independence Day) there is lots going on! [more...]

    Schrodie lives!! - Jun 19th, 2011
    It was just before 4 a.m. when the screaming howls of cats outside my bedroom window woke me with a start. I ran toward the back door to rescue my cat, only on opening the door I heard the sounds of an animal running into the cedar trees. [more...]

    For love of country - May 28th, 2011
    This weekend, families around America will gather for barbeques and picnics. Campgrounds and parks will be filled to capacity. Parties will be held; laughter will be had. Yes, Memorial Day Weekend has become synonymous with the start of the summer season! [more...]

    Should be - May 21st, 2011
    Today should be my sixth wedding anniversary. It’s the ‘candy’ anniversary, so I should be on a sugar high by now. And Paul should be in a chocolate coma. We should be getting ready to go out for a fancy dinner, too. [more...]

    Something-9 - May 12th, 2011
    Today is my baby sister’s 29th birthday. And in about a month’s time my second-eldest sister will turn 39. [more...]

    Her Majesty’s big day - Apr 29th, 2011
    It’s Friday, April 29, 2011. It’s a date that will be remembered around the world as a commoner weds a prince in a faraway land. [more...]

    God save the Queen - Apr 21st, 2011
    If you know me, you probably know that I am very sickened by all of this “Royal Wedding” mania. And I bet that you’ve maybe even come to the conclusion that I am an anti-monarchist. But I’m not. I am actually a bit of a royalist. [more...]

    Why today is awesome - Mar 18th, 2011
    St. Patrick’s Day is awesome because everyone one wears my favourite colour and that makes the world really pretty. [more...]

    National Grammar Day - Mar 4th, 2011
    It’s National Grammar Day here in the fantastic United States of America. Are you as excited about that as I am? No? Well, I suppose I didn’t expect you to be. But I am super-duper excited! [more...]

    A valentine-less Valentine’s Day - Feb 14th, 2011
    I’ve always been a bit put off with Valentine’s Day. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I was never the girl who got the boy in school. I was the weird one, a Tom boy, and a loner and frankly got a bit disgusted with the whole process as a child. [more...]

    Frosting and graham crackers - Feb 6th, 2011
    Growing up, I used to love it when we had frosting and graham crackers as part of our school lunches. It was awesome! And the lunch ladies normally mixed food colouring in with the frosting so that we’d have green frosting on St. Patrick’s Day, pink on Valentine’s Day, and whatever random colour they wanted to use other times. [more...]

    Fannies and Haggis - Jan 25th, 2011
    Gallery: The second annual “Freeze Your Fanny and Burns’ Supper Extravaganza” was a success! [more...]

    Fannies and haggis - Jan 25th, 2011
    The second annual “Freeze Your Fanny and Burns’ Supper Extravaganza” weekend is officially over and I think it was a great success! There were 18 of us for dinner all together and everyone seemed to enjoy the haggis! [more...]

    Insanity descends - Jan 22nd, 2011
    Oh my, oh my, oh my! My normally quiet home has transcended into a mad house! But it’s a happy mad house. [more...]

    I’m [not] Scottish - Jan 5th, 2011
    I am American, born and bred to American parents. My ancestors are Germans from Russia. This means that I am not, contrary to the insistence of some, Scottish. (But I hope to be one day!) [more...]

    New year hopes - Jan 2nd, 2011
    Yay! It’s 2011! Part of me dreads entering yet another new year because it reminds me of where I thought my life would be by this point in time, but part of me is excited because I am certain that the new year will give me new hope for a brighter, happier future. [more...]

    Reflections of 2010 - Dec 31st, 2010
    As 2010 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the past year. And if I’m honest, I have to admit that it was a very difficult year and one that I am very glad to put behind me. [more...]

    Merry Christmas - Dec 25th, 2010
    Today I celebrate the birth of My Lord, My Saviour; Jesus Christ. May the joy of the season be with you today and throughout the year. [more...]

    Truffles!! - Dec 24th, 2010
    Now that all the truffles are rolled and dipped and drizzled and wrapped, it’s time to share the recipes. First, to credit the inspiration: My recipes are adaptations from my Better Homes & Gardens cook book. [more...]

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