Today I’m Making The Corned Beef

Today is one of my husband’s favorite holidays. Saint Patrick’s Day. He seems to have been 1/4 Irish. He thought he was about half, but since his death the kids have taken an Ancestry.com DNA test and they are almost 20% Irish/Scottish. Because of her Father’s DNA, Gigi is actually 1% Jewish. Shalom! My DNA … Continue reading Today I’m Making The Corned Beef

A Controlled Burn

“They’re burning next door” she said when she walked into the room. Were they? I hadn’t noticed. Sure enough, when I looked out of the south bedroom windows the sky was full of smoke. Zoe was referring to a controlled burn that was happening next door to us on conservation land. I saw the flames … Continue reading A Controlled Burn

It’s Already Time To Think Of Halloween

My daughters have already been thinking about what they want to be for Halloween. The teen daughter plans her costumes with her friends now--oh how I miss the days when the sisters had coordinating costumes...a pirate and a parrot...a mummy and a zombie cheerleader...Japanese girls in kimonos...little red riding hood and the big bad wolf. … Continue reading It’s Already Time To Think Of Halloween

Fried Alligator and Fuzzy Cows

My kids and I head to the Illinois State Fair annually with my parents. Man-Farmer always has to work the week of the fair because it's always scheduled the week before the university he works at starts classes.  He's busy that final week fine-tuning his employee schedules, making sure everything needed has been ordered.  Stuff … Continue reading Fried Alligator and Fuzzy Cows