Archives for July 2013

Coincidence? I think not…

  As a young wife, I began a love affair with Trader Joe.  He was a calm port in the storm of grocery store strikes, a haven for those in Southern California who didn’t want to cross picket lines.   But our love outlasted the union turmoil, and it grew as our family grew.  Organic […]

3 Reasons, Vol. 4

For more information on the Hows and Whys of this monthly link-up series, read the original instructions.  For inspiration, you can check out the April, May, and June editions. ~1~ The relationship between Judaism and Catholicism In college I flippantly told a Jewish friend that if I weren’t Catholic, I would be Jewish.  I realize […]

Crafts, Money, and Wine: Makings of a Great Week

~1~ Last month Sallie Mae called to tell Kevin he could stop paying his 2 (undergrad!) student loans because they were now paid in full.  We were more than a little surprised because the way Sallie Mae does it, you never see a single sheet of paper, so we had no idea what the balance […]

Rooms: Theme Thursday

This post is not going to be pretty.  I did no editing, the lighting was atrocious, and I was hurrying.  But if you kinda like me, or are interested in our move, or you are somewhat of a masochist when it comes to finishing what you start, Welcome!  Grab a beer, some peach wine, or a […]


I spent the better part of last week completely unplugged and away from the computer.  Don’t feel sorry for me, though.     No running water other than the creek. No phones, iPads, or computers. Thinsulite = beds Sleeping bags = blankets Tent = home   But it didn’t matter one bit, because: a) It […]

Theme Thursday/3 Reasons/Bad Blogger

I’m a very bad blogger this week. No soup for me. But first, the good news: Adorable children!  That’s good news, right? The other good news is that as you read this I will be camping.  Real  camping (not glamping) in the wilderness.  No internet, no phones… It will be a welcome respite. The bad news […]

My Last Tour in Korea, DMZ part 2

Does this topic feel like it’s been dragging on to you? I feel like I’ve lost my oomph with it.  This post has been sitting in my drafts folder for a few weeks and I just can’t seem to figure out how to make it better.  But alas… I’m going on a short vacation from […]