Holding her while she took her last breath was the best thing I could have done

It’s been a rough few months in our home, but last Friday was one of the most difficult days of my life. She was a baby when we brought her home. Big, beautiful brown eyes that glittered with mischief had me at first glance. She played hard, slept harder and was an absolute snuggle bug.... Read more »

Genealogy: My DNA test results shocked me

Genealogy: My DNA test results shocked me
With all of my grandparents gone, and with the passing of my maternal uncle over the summer, I know many of the stories I hoped to hear are lost for good. So, I did it. I purchased a DNA test from ancestry.com, the site with my family trees and where I do most of my... Read more »

To Donny as you take office: Love, Barry

To Donny as you take office: Love, Barry
For centuries, the outgoing POTUS (president of the United States) writes a letter to the incoming POTUS. This time around is no different, President Barack Obama wrote a letter to President Donald Trump. I am not privy to that letter, so for fun, I’m writing one for them. If I were President Obama, this is... Read more »
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Why I am thankful for the Plainfield woman in the silver Mercedes who nearly killed my husband

Why I am thankful for the Plainfield woman in the silver Mercedes who nearly killed my husband
First, I want to say that I adore my husband, and I do NOT want him dead. That being said, I am still thankful for the woman that nearly killed him yesterday, and this post will explain why. My husband is an avid angler. Translation? He loves to go fishing. We worked very hard most... Read more »

Why is the local Jewel grocery store selling tiny fried chicken?

Why is the local Jewel grocery store selling tiny fried chicken?
My husband does the shopping now that he’s retired, and I work full-time. We do most of our shopping at Aldi, but today was a Jewel run. In order for me to have a night off from cooking dinner, he “made dinner” and bought a fried chicken for $5.99. It’s normally, $6.99, but today is dollar-off... Read more »

The spider that caused screaming, running and a panic attack

The spider that caused screaming, running and a panic attack
Life around our house is never dull, but this particular August evening was especially memorable. As the newly appointed office manager at work, I work long hours, while my husband, now retired, takes care of the kids, the dogs and the house. However, we all like to eat, so I do the cooking. When I... Read more »
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5 reasons why I hate Facebook

5 reasons why I hate Facebook
After seven years of using you, Facebook, I have come to the conclusion that I hate you. You are the reason I’ve struggled to write my blog over the last several weeks. With all your political clap-trap, social rants, perfect people/family posts, I’ve about reached my limit. Every time I open you, Facebook, I feel... Read more »

Why I avoid breaking the rules

Why I avoid breaking the rules
Tonight is Blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow. We’re given a topic at 9 pm, and we have one hour to write, edit and click “publish”. Our topic tonight is: “Since rules are made to be broken, write about rules you routinely break or want to break” Nope, nope, nope. I confess to NOTHING. You see, I have... Read more »

Genealogy: What I know now that I wish I knew then

Genealogy: What I know now that I wish I knew then
Several years ago, I started doing my family’s ancestry research on Ancestry.com. I’ve learned about my great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War. I discovered two maternal ancestral lines that trace back to Colonists-turned-Revolutionists back in the 1770’s. I’ve even discovered that I am a direct descendant of William Brewster, elder of the Puritans and... Read more »
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Ben & Jerry's non-dairy ice cream: I cannot believe how delicious it is

Ben & Jerry's non-dairy ice cream: I cannot believe how delicious it is
Ben & Jerry’s has delicious ice cream. I really like ice cream, but due to my whey protein intolerance, I’ve stayed away from it for years. On the rare occasion I chose to eat it, I paid a torturous gastric price. After a few too many embarrassing toots, and a few too many mad dashes... Read more »