Archive for November 2013

Putting up Christmas lights: mastering the craft

Putting up Christmas lights: mastering the craft
When Fran and I first started dating, he wasn’t that “into” Christmas decorating. He wasn’t the Grinch or anything, it just wasn’t his, shall we say, cup of tea. When it came to Christmas, you might want to say, compared to him, I sounded a little like this. We got our first Christmas tree together... Read more »

10 Interesting Facts about Poinsettias and Amaryllis

10 Interesting Facts about Poinsettias and Amaryllis
This evening we bought an Amaryllis bulb to grow at home. I’ve seen these bulbs sold around Christmas before, but I didn’t know much about them. The Poinsettia seems to have the upper hand on the Amaryllis, or at least it seems that way because they’re everywhere this time of year. We brought our Amaryllis... Read more »

A turkey trot and a great big thank you

A turkey trot and a great big thank you
Short post today because it’s Thanksgiving and I’m sure most of you are either sleeping, eating, watching TV, cooking, hanging out with family or actively hiding from your family. This morning I ran the North Shore Turkey Trot for the first time and let me tell you, it was brisk. The temperature at start time... Read more »
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We're getting nuts for squirrels

We're getting nuts for squirrels
It’s Thanksgiving Eve, and you might say we’ve been getting squirrely around here. You might even call us nuts. When I was in college, the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving called for getting together with friends at the bar. Now, it calls for some good old fashioned squirrel feeding. We have these pecans in their shells... Read more »

My senior dog is the coolest

My senior dog is the coolest
My dog Vincent is getting old. It’s hard for me to admit, but he is. His black muzzle is white now, as the kids point out every time they see an old picture or video. When I took him for his annual checkup the vet ran into the room, hugged our dog and said, “Vincent!... Read more »

Favorite holiday drink recipes

Favorite holiday drink recipes
Luckily, we’re not a house that gets sick very often. However, we had a certain seven year old get taken down by a virus. The girl has never missed school for being sick and today, well, today she didn’t either because she doesn’t have school all week. As we sat in the doctor’s office this... Read more »
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How to make fantastically frozen bubbles

How to make fantastically frozen bubbles
A little ways back a friend of mine sent me the idea to try blowing frozen bubbles. At the time, the temperature around here was still pretty warm. These past two days it’s been in the 20′s and all of a sudden, the frozen bubble idea came back to me. In order for this to... Read more »

Cold weather running challenge: before and after pictures

Cold weather running challenge: before and after pictures
I’m an on and off jogger. I usually like to sign up for some sort of race so I can follow a training schedule, otherwise I start to slack off and lose all motivation. This means, when I am jogging, it’s usually in the spring and summer. Running in the winter has never been my... Read more »

Move over marshmallows, try this delicious sweet potato and apple soup

Move over marshmallows, try this delicious sweet potato and apple soup
Sweet potatoes seem to come out of hiding around Thanksgiving, but I love to cook them year round. Sometimes I eat them baked, other times I put them in a stew with peanut butter and kale. I know, it sounds weird, but believe me, I got the recipe from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything... Read more »
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Small things equal big happiness

Small things equal big happiness
This morning Franky was headed with me to do some shopping. The store we were going to is in another neighborhood and we drove by a park that we’d never been to before. “Mommy, why don’t we go to the park anymore?” “We go the park,” I replied, knowing full well we hadn’t been in... Read more »