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    Joy in an envelope - Mar 23rd, 2011
    I go to the post office on my way home almost every day. And each time I put the key in the lock I hold my breath hoping that there will be a letter or parcel for me. You know—something other than a bill. Sadly, it doesn’t happen often, but I still hold out hope. [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...]

    On beating children - Mar 12th, 2011
    I beat two children today. I didn’t plan to do it. I mean, I expected to beat one, but the other just happened. I also beat two adults. Sadly, I was beaten by a child, too. [more...]

    Lunch with Claudia - Mar 11th, 2011
    I’ve been quite lax in my determination to take back my lunch hour so decided that I’d take some me-time today because the stress of the world has been getting to me and I needed the respite. So I had lunch with Claudia Fitch at the WSU Museum of Art. [more...]

    A faith-led journey - Mar 9th, 2011
    Today is Ash Wednesday; the start of the Lenten season. For 40 days (and six Sundays) I will reflect on my faith and my relationship with Jesus Christ, my Saviour. And as I contemplate the essence of the penitential season meant for the preparation for Easter, I am invigorated by the thought of examining my faith. [more...]

    Hopscotch - Mar 7th, 2011
    Like most kids, I played Hopscotch growing up. It was a great game and really only required a piece of chalk. And since they used blackboards in schools back then, chalk was an easy commodity to come by! [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...]

    Friday eve - Mar 4th, 2011
    Friday eve is here and I’m celebrating with a cold bottle of Pyramid Brewery’s Haywire Hefeweizen and a bowl of pretzels. [more...]

    Future plans and dreams of the past - Mar 2nd, 2011
    I spent an hour or so transferring my old floppy disks onto my external hard drive today and was very pleased with myself for managing to only open six of the files: Three photos, two obituaries, and one assignment from my Sociology 101 course. [more...]

    Swirly tree Ts - Feb 26th, 2011
    Right! Remember how I posted a couple of weeks ago about a project I was working on for His Majesty? Well, I can talk about it now. Yay! [more...]

    It may never be done… - Feb 25th, 2011
    Shortly after moving into our new home, I started working on a queen-sized afghan using the bits and scraps of other projects. Paul and I were looking forward to having loads of handmade afghans and quilts to keep us warm. [more...]

    It’s done! - Feb 25th, 2011
    When I began stitching my foster daughter’s Christmas afghan back in October, I really thought I would be able to finish it. But with the holidays came a bit of depression, which—added to the fact that I could only stitch when she was sleeping—meant that the project was slow going. [more...]

    Thirty-seven birthday wishes - Feb 21st, 2011
    Today is my 37th birthday. And the birthday girl gets to make wishes. And I don’t believe in the whole “if you tell anyone your wish it won’t come true” malarkey, so I’m sharing my birthday wishes with you—all 37 of them. [more...]

    Passing the baton - Feb 20th, 2011
    I think that one of the saddest things about not having children is the knowledge that there’s no one to pass on your traditions to. Paul and I were so excited about adopting and that was one of the exciting things for us: Passing on our knowledge, love, and traditions to future generations. [more...]

    100 random things - Feb 17th, 2011
    My friend posted a list of 100 random things her daughter wrote about herself out of boredom and I thought I’d give it a shot and create my own list. So, if you’re not already bored, this should help… [more...]

    A year of Just Frances - Feb 15th, 2011
    It’s been a year since I started Just Frances. Whilst it’s certainly not my first blog, it is unique in that I’ve actually put my name and face to it! [more...]

    Pain-loving partners - Feb 13th, 2011
    My nephew, Haden, and I ran the Partners in Pain 5K in Spokane this morning. It was Haden’s second time running the race and my fourth last. The official race times aren’t in yet, but I’m pleased to say that we both beat last year’s time. [more...]

    The big announcement - Feb 12th, 2011
    Today I gave my official notice at work and my last day will be July 8. This is a celebratory moment because it means that I can now publicly share my happy, happy news. [more...]

    A happy thought - Feb 11th, 2011
    I don’t know that my day started off badly, but it didn’t start off happy. Stress has been preventing me from getting a proper night’s sleep for quite some time and it’s causing my days to be more apathetic than anything. [more...]

    Friendship bracelets - Feb 5th, 2011
    My foster daughter was given a friendship bracelet making kit for Christmas. I remember thinking it was a silly thing to sell as a kit. I mean, all you need is a bit of embroidery floss and a safety pin, right? But she seemed happy about the gift, so I wasn’t about to tell her what a silly thing it was. [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...]

    Swirls are my sunflowers - Jan 19th, 2011
    This post started out as a long ramble about how my [hopefully temporary] malaise got the better of me and I gave up on my silly worksheets and sketchbook project. And, as sometime happens, my long ramble brought me around to a solution to my artistic mental block. [more...]

    We forgot the camera - Jan 18th, 2011
    I almost never go into the upstairs of the house these days because the only things up there are two guest rooms and storage. But I’ve decided to bring the desk down from the small guest room for my foster daughter to use, so I went up this morning to measure it so that I know where to put it when it comes downstairs next weekend. [more...]

    DO open your junk mail! - Jan 9th, 2011
    I hate junk mail. I really do. It’s a waste of resources and a waste of my excitement—because I always get excited when I have mail, and am then disappointed that it’s junk mail. [more...]

    30 things - Jan 6th, 2011
    My friend posted a list of 30 things that make her smile and asked her readers what would be on their list. So, here’s my list! [In no particular order.] [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...]

    Home and (partially) de-stressed - Dec 30th, 2010
    Well, I’ve finally made it back home after having a lovely mini break to Canada. My drive home turned into a bit of a longer journey than expected, but it wasn’t a disaster by any means. So, I’ll not bore you with the details of the drive. [more...]

    And I didn’t fall once… - Dec 30th, 2010
    Well, I’m back in America now. But not home. I’m still working on that. So, I’ll save the trials and tribulations of my homeward journey and instead just share yesterday’s super-happy day in Canada with you. (Yay!!) [more...]

    A winning day - Dec 28th, 2010
    I arrived in Canada yesterday afternoon to find lots of left-over Christmas turkey and friendly people waiting to greet me. (The turkey gets first mention not because it’s better than the people, but because it seems to be playing a very big part in this little mini holiday of mine.) [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...]

    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...]

    Venice videos - Dec 18th, 2010
    I don’t know what made me start looking at all of these old videos, but I have been and it’s making me smile so I’m sharing them with all of you. [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...]

    Water, water, everywhere - Dec 14th, 2010
    I had a long, partly mostly tear-filled conversation with a friend today where I went on and on about many of the fears and uncertainties that I’m facing as I start looking toward my future. And he commented about how I need to stop looking at the glass as half empty and start looking at it as half full. [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...]

    Pizza, pizza! - Dec 3rd, 2010
    My foster daughter had a visit with her mom tonight which meant I was on my own for dinner. So, I decided to stop into The Green Frog in Palouse on my way home to grab some grub to-go. [more...]

    I’m goin’ for it! - Nov 30th, 2010
    I’m a runner. I have been since school when I ran on the cross country team. I enjoy running. Really, I do. But I never wanted to run a marathon. I thought maybe I’d do a half-marathon at some point, but 26.2 miles? I don’t think so. [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...]

    Fire and wine - Nov 24th, 2010
    It’s been a very long week. A very, very long week. But whilst last Tuesday ended with my going to bed sobbing and crying, this Tuesday is ending with me feeling happy and having a smile on my face. [more...]

    I have awesome neighbours! - Nov 24th, 2010
    I have awesome neighbours! After last night’s blizzard I decided to work from home so that I didn’t have to deal with the roads. [more...]

    It’s snow time! - Nov 23rd, 2010
    The National Weather Service has announced a blizzard warning for the Palouse through tomorrow. And let me just say, I believe it! That’s a lot of snow falling from the skies! [more...]

    Scotland: A rocky start; but home for my heart - Nov 18th, 2010
    It was September 2001. I was 27 years old and travelling off of the North American continent for the first time in my life. No, that’s not true. I had just been to Hawaii a few months prior. But I digress… It was my first time using a passport at least. [more...]

    When you’re responsible for another life - Nov 13th, 2010
    When you’re responsible for another life, you have to think of that life’s needs. And sometimes, you have to put that life’s needs ahead of yours. [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...]

    Clay play - Nov 10th, 2010
    As part of my on-going mission to relax and find a bit of silly joy in life, I broke open a box of coloured clay this evening. I didn’t do much with it today, but I’m inspired now and have a great idea for some fun time with my foster daughter this weekend. [more...]

    Feeling dotty - Nov 9th, 2010
    I’m still struggling with the sadness that came over me yesterday. Not in an “I’m still sad” way but in a “Big episodes of grief really wipe me out” way. So I decided I’d take it easy and doodle for a bit after dinner. [more...]

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