…while I’m organizing mine. When the new year arrives there’s no rest for the weary until all signs of Christmas or other holiday celebrations are neatly stored away and order … Continue reading Holiday Clean Up: Organize Your World…
No, I’m not celebrating Boxing Day or Kwanza. I’ve been planning for and celebrating Christmas since Black Friday. My daughter cooked a delicious Christmas dinner and we had a family … Continue reading December 26th: My Favorite Holiday
Like it or not, Christmas is here and, if you’ve not already dealt with the issue, you’re going to have to figure out what to do about gift-giving. The act of giving … Continue reading Gift Giving on a Poor Man’s Budget
I love Christmas movies and I have a collection of the ones I consider to be the best. I watch them every holiday season without fail. I’m always surprised when someone tells … Continue reading Favorite Christmas Movies
One of the best things about growing up in the 60s and 70s was watching the holiday episodes of our favorite weekly TV shows. In the 1990s many of these … Continue reading In Search of Classic Christmas TV
The best oatmeal cookie recipe isn’t hard to find. It is printed on the lid of the Quaker oatmeal box. This is the same recipe that my mother used to … Continue reading Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
These cookies may look rather plain but looks can be deceiving. These puffy, sugar coated rounds are packed with flavor. I bake them throughout the year as a special cookie … Continue reading Old Fashioned Sour Cream Cookies
Most of us have suffered through the “lean years” at some time in our life. Others are just tired of the annual drain on their bank accounts each and every … Continue reading Making Merry on a Poor Man’s Budget
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” or so the old song goes. But for many people, Christmas may seem like more of a burden than a celebration. For those who … Continue reading The Poor Man’s Christmas Party!
In the early 90s, I completed part of my college coursework locally, at one of Kent State University’s branch campuses. I worked at a local bakery in the morning. In the … Continue reading Peanut Butter Pie
When I was a kid, my mom made a lot of fudge. It was simple to make. It didn’t use a lot of ingredients and therefore it was cheap. My … Continue reading Real Old Fashioned Fudge
I like to Christmas shop early in the season. I wait for the Christmas decorations to go up but like to be finished with my shopping list before the post … Continue reading Weekend in Columbus: Let the Holidays Begin!
Who doesn’t get a little bit excited when they open the mailbox to find a handful of stiff, hand addressed envelopes in white, red, or holiday green? With mail from … Continue reading Bringing Back Tradition: the Christmas Card
Christmas commercialism getting you down? Once again, stores are filled with all manner of things that I don’t need or have any interest in buying. There comes a point in life where acquiring “more stuff” just isn’t important anymore.
With just a few days to go until the next Christmas craft show, I’ve begun to round out my inventory with a few last minute projects. I like having a … Continue reading A Craft Show Project: Fancy Wrapped Nuggets
With only a few days left until our local Christmas craft show where I have reserved a table, I was scouring the Internet for some inexpensive, last-minute projects that I could … Continue reading Last Minute Craft Projects
<a href=”https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/14437571/?claim=wj4d4r9b3pq”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> The Christmas craft show season is upon us. This year I have reserved a table at a local show in Harpersfield, Ohio. Because it’s … Continue reading Preparing For the Craft Show
Pumpkin pie isn’t just my husband’s favorite pie. It’s his favorite food. My dad’s too. Both men live for Thanksgiving when they get the first pumpkin pies of the season. … Continue reading Baking Pumpkin Pie: the Best Ever Recipe Trick
Each year as the wind turns bitter cold and the once green, and then golden, and now brown and falling leaves pile up beneath the big oaks and maples in my … Continue reading Daytripping to Geneva, OH for Christmas and Crafts
As leaves turn to red and gold and the air turns crisp and cool, curling up on the sofa with a blanket and a good book becomes my evening routine … Continue reading Favorite Halloween Reads
Near the end of every summer, an invitation arrives in my mailbox. It’s my reward for completing another year of the PPMI clinical trial at the Cleveland Clinic – an appreciation … Continue reading Life with Parkinson’s Disease Part 6: PPMI Appreciation Dinner
One year ago tomorrow I quit my job as Public Relations and Marketing Director of a fine arts center. I wasn’t old enough to retire. I didn’t start collecting a … Continue reading Retirement: My One Year Anniversary
The day begins some time around 9 AM. I check in to the Mellon building and make my way to the third floor. Jennifer, the study coordinator, meets me in the … Continue reading Living with Parkinson’s Disease Part 5: PPMI’s “Long” Visit