Smoky Goodness

I’m revisiting a very savory subject matter and a bacon post from 2014. Natasha and I used to have a hearty appetite for the flat, crispy strips of pork. We would drive over an hour north to buy the good stuff on sale, as if we were rendezvousing with a nefarious swine dealer. But then our eating habits changed in the name of better health and we both cut back on red meats. Fast forward to April 4, 2020. NatashaRead more

Beer with the Bud

“The best beers are the ones we drink with friends.” So it was on Saturday. Lunch, conversation, laughs and beer with a good friend. Biking/beer buddy and I finally scoped out a microbrewery in Oshkosh that had escaped us since it opened two years ago. Not sure how that happened. After a yummy lunch that included chicken panini, crab cakes, assorted sides and a ancho chocolate strawberry creme brulee, we headed over to Fifth Ward. Our favorite micro-brew? Tangerine Sour.Read more

SoCS: When Knives Attack!

This post is based solely on the movie name of “Knives Out,” per direction from the fabulous Linda G. Hill. Have I ever told you of my relationship with knives? I love using knives. They make cooking much easier – slicing instead of pounding with a rock or tearing with my teeth. Knives, on the other hand, don’t always love me back. Take, for instance, the time many years ago when a bread knife decided to take a journey offRead more

Go Help Yourself

It’s been forty-two years since I first met Mr. and Mrs. B. I will never forget that day. The former husband and I were dating and he took me to meet his childhood buddy and wife. Being just 19, still somewhat naive, and brought up by conservative parents who believed in manners, I was about to encounter a bit of a shock. As we drove down a long, gravel driveway, this black dog came bounding to meet us, tail wagging,Read more

My People

“Take me back to my people.” That was the directive mom gave me on Christmas Eve, when my brother, the girlfriend and I decided it was time to leave. Mom usually sits in the main living room between meals, among the other residents. On December 24th, we had taken mom in her wheel chair to the front living room of the assisted living facility, where it was just the four of us and we could have a quiet, personal conversation.Read more

Snapshot: I Don’t Want to Grow Up

Discover Challenge: Get inspired by Andrea Jarrell’s post “A Roar for the Ages,” and tell a broad story using a series of short, focused scenes. The Shower I remember the day clearly, walking home from eighth grade with a girlfriend. We were standing in the middle of the sidewalk, next to an apple tree, near where a former house had been replaced by a gas station. Vehicles buzzed past, maneuvering a curve, then disappearing. We were on the verge of ninth grade, highRead more

Reader’s Digest Vacation

I’m fixing to leave again. After two days of “catching up” after the Washington DC trip, the bags are packed for a long weekend in Door County and fall festival. It will be the last days of vacation, the ones that I need to savor. They will go fast. Before I leave, though, I wanted to give you the Reader’s Digest version of the past week…where I’ve been, what I’ve done, the miles I’ve walked…through words and photographs that I’mRead more

The Color of Winter’s Spring

Photo challenge: Today’s word is “Reward.” How do I show reward in a photo? The response is two amaryllis bulbs that rewarded me with beautiful flowers…just when I needed a taste of spring. I posted this on Thursday, but it is so appropriate to the Friday challenge, don’t you think? My brother’s girlfriend shipped a couple of amaryllis bulbs (in a pot) to me before Christmas. Wonderful gesture and gift, but I didn’t know what to do with them…I wasRead more

Chocolate Martini Therapy

Wednesday was less than stellar for a good part of the day. I felt like this. Grumpy, pouty, irritable girl..the vision of a protruding lower lip alive in my head and a dour look jogging around a sullen heart. I woke up with Grumpy Glenda creeping into the senses and I attributed it to hormones and the cold weather. I wanted to stay in a warm bed, but the many piles of paper on a desk at the office beckoned.Read more

Snapshots from a Gym

“This week, I challenge you to mark your phone as off limits. Rather than giving into the urge to take a picture, write down your impressions of the scene. Who’s around? How does the air feel? What sounds do you hear? What emotions are you experiencing?” Two blocks away it stands. A gym waiting for my presence. Brick, mortar and the tall glass windows that surround the pool and the parking lot that doesn’t quite fit on a busy MondayRead more