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    No sleep for the artist - Dec 24th, 2010
    My foster daughter has just brought me a lovely drawing that she made last night when she couldn’t sleep. She proudly proclaimed that she hid her signature underneath some of the sketching so that I could scan it and share it online (because she knows I won’t use her name on my blog). [more...]

    Christmas goodies - Dec 24th, 2010
    I’ve spent the day making Christmas goodies for family and friends. I thought it would put me in the Christmas mood, but it’s really just reminded me of the last time I spent the day making Christmas goodies—about two years ago. [more...]

    Everybody hurts, sometimes - Dec 22nd, 2010
    I’ve really been struggling through this holiday season—much more than last year when I was still in a bit of shock and disbelief over the fact that I no longer had Paul to share Christmas mornings with. The loneliness and sadness just seems so much worse this year. Much, much worse. [more...]

    I miss dinner parties - Dec 20th, 2010
    Shortly after we got married Paul and I started a new tradition of monthly dinner parties. Parties to which we were the only guests. It began with Paul’s birthday when I asked where he wanted to go for dinner. And he requested a five-course meal at home. [more...]

    Not finished! - Dec 18th, 2010
    Yesterday I shared the finished scarf for my foster daughter’s Christmas present. Today, I’m sharing the unfinished afghan! [more...]

    Finished! - Dec 18th, 2010
    Yay! It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally finished the purple scarf I was crocheting for my foster daughter’s Christmas present. The afghan may not be ready in time, but better late than never. Right? [more...]

    How hokey! - Dec 17th, 2010
    I think it was Celeste’s wedding when we started the tradition of doing the Hokey Pokey at Cook Girl weddings. I remember all of us girls standing in line together for a photo and one or two of us started goofing around. [more...]

    2010 Christmas card and letter - Dec 16th, 2010
    I sent out my Christmas cards on Monday and, as promised, am sharing the card and letter with all of you. After all, just because you’re not on my mailing list doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get the fun of a Christmas card and letter. Right? So, without further ado … [more...]

    A cartridge in a bare tree - Dec 15th, 2010
    Growing up, one of my favourite Christmas decorations was a small twiggy, leafless branch, planted in a little pot and standing 6-8” tall. Hanging from one of the little stick-limbs was a spent bullet casing. [more...]

    Tree time - Dec 13th, 2010
    With less than two weeks before Christmas, I am trying to get into the spirit. I’ll admit it’s difficult, but I am trying. [more...]

    No-bake cookies - Nov 28th, 2010
    I remember the first time I made no-bake cookies for Paul. He came home from work, looked at the plate of cookies on the kitchen counter and made sounds of disgust. Those sounds were louder when I told him what was in them. [more...]

    A birthday remembered - Nov 27th, 2010
    Today isn’t what it’s meant to be. Instead of me baking a cake for Paul’s 49th birthday, I’m stuck remembering that he only made it as far as 47. Instead of him opening cards and presents with the excitement of a small child, I’m left wondering what I would have gotten for him if he was here. [more...]

    Tearful but thankful - Nov 26th, 2010
    Well, it would seem that I wasn’t meant to have a proper Thanksgiving this year. I wished for one, and even invited family and friends to join me, but no one was able to come. So instead, I decided that I would make the trip to my homeland to share a traditional turkey dinner with my parents and one of my sisters and her family. [more...]

    I’m thankful for… - Nov 25th, 2010
    This Thanksgiving I have much to be thankful for. I have amazing parents; five sisters who’ve supplied me with loads and loads of fantastic nieces and nephews; wonderful in-laws; and terrific friends. I have my health. I have a job. I have a nice house. I have a car that runs well. [more...]

    11-22-44 = 66 - Nov 23rd, 2010
    Just a quick post to say: Happy 66th birthday to the world’s greatest daddy—EVER!! [more...]

    YayDay! countdown - Nov 11th, 2010
    Yay! It’s just 89 days until YayDay!! YayDay! is one of my favourite days on the modern calendar. It’s a self-created holiday that I’ve been celebrating since I first began working proper office hours. [more...]

    Happy 235th birthday, USMC! - Nov 10th, 2010
    Since 1775, the United States Marine Corps has been winning battles and defending our nation. On what marks the 235th birthday of the Corps, I want to say that I am proud to be the daughter of two amazing Marines. [more...]

    Boo! - Nov 1st, 2010
    A few weeks ago I wrote of my apprehension about Halloween’s approach and wondered how I would manage to get through what was once a favoured holiday. And then it dawned on me that I would manage by inviting the kid’s mom to come and participate in the day with us. [more...]

    Hooked - Oct 29th, 2010
    I work full time. I parent an 11-year-old foster kid. I have a house that requires my care and attention. I have applications to complete for entrance to a postgraduate program. I have this amazing blog to keep up with. And I have the full-time occupation of being completely awesome. [more...]

    Papier-mâché pumpkins; Part 2 - Oct 24th, 2010
    Yay! One week later and our fabulous papier-mâché pumpkins are done! This was a fun and inexpensive project and requires absolutely no talent what-so-ever. Plus, most of the supplies are probably things you already have in your home which makes it even easier. (Supply list below.) [more...]

    Papier-Mâché Pumpkins - Oct 24th, 2010
    Halloween means pumpkins and pumpkins mean fun! My foster daughter and I managed to fill two weekends with fun by making papier-mâché pumpkins. Read about the making of the pumpkins here and here. (Most of these photos were taken by my foster daughter.) [more...]

    Papier-mâché pumpkins; Part 1 - Oct 17th, 2010
    Yay! We’ve been busy making papier-mâché pumpkins for two days now. I’m using a new technique (no balloons for this gal!) and it seems to be working out pretty well. I had to buy some orange paint, but other than that everything is either recycled materials or general household junk (staples, duct tape, flour, etc) which is pretty cool! [more...]

    a-MAZE-ing - Oct 17th, 2010
    Yay! I had an a-MAZE-ing day with the kid at the Corn Maze on the Palouse. (Get it? A-MAZE-ing. Hee hee…) [more...]

    Scarily unexcited - Oct 5th, 2010
    Halloween is less than four weeks away and I am anything but excited about it. In fact, there is this niggling feeling of apprehension about what once was a favorite holiday. If I had my way, the day wouldn’t happen; the kid wouldn’t trick-or-treat and I would turn off the house lights so that no one came to the house for treats, either. [more...]

    Punctuate this! - Sep 24th, 2010
    Yay! Today is National Punctuation Day. And if you know me at all you know that this is a day I love to celebrate. [more...]

    Falling into autumn - Sep 1st, 2010
    I used to enjoy the confluence of seasons; the awkward meeting between weather patterns—one anxious to begin its reign whilst the other tries in vain to retain its glory. Summer will soon lose the battle and fade to the changing colors of the trees and the crisp morning air that belong so adamantly to autumn. [more...]

    Remember yesterday - Aug 20th, 2010
    Oh yeah, I’m totally remembering yesterday* today. It started with a text message from my 13-year-old niece who has found that she loves my music collection. Her text was letting me know that one of her new-found songs from my past put her ‘in high spirits’. The song was Good Love by Poison. [more...]

    Correct-handed - Aug 13th, 2010
    Today is International Left-Handers’ Day. Yay! A whole day set aside to celebrate the awesomeness of being a lefty! [more...]

    God bless the USA - Jul 4th, 2010
    On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress of the United States of America signed the Declaration of Independence, announcing their departure from the rule of Great Britain. [more...]

    Going green - Mar 18th, 2010
    Across America, people are going green. Not in an effort to be more sensitive to the environment but rather in an effort to get in touch with their inner-Irish. Regardless of family ancestry (mine being Germans from Russia) every American is Irish today. Or is that Oirish? [more...]

    Fannying Around - Jan 25th, 2010
    It was the inaugural “Freeze Your Fanny, Scrabble Showdown, and Burns’ Supper Extravaganza” at the Ryan house! [more...]

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