Monthly Archives: July 2017

Simple Pleasures

Every now and then, we surprisingly find ourselves with a few spare minutes, or even an hour, to fill with whatever we’d like. Maybe an appointment was cancelled, or it’s Sunday afternoon and everyone in your family is busy. We can let this time slip by like sand through an hourglass, or we can fill […]

Classic Films

Do you ever find yourself surfing the television channels, wishing that there was something “good” to watch? We all have our guilty pleasures ~ news marathons, reality TV, or crime dramas. However, once in awhile I find myself at a point where I simply cannot force myself to watch another episode of House Hunters (I know they want […]

Lovely Thing ~ A Staycation

My husband and I decided not to go on a summer vacation this year. Instead, we chose to enjoy a summer-long staycation. Admittedly, we are a couple of homebodies who have never really been bitten by the travel-bug, but here are a few great things we’ve discovered about a staycation ~ ~ no worries about […]

The Joy of Jane

This Tuesday, July 18, marks the 200th anniversary of the death of English novelist Jane Austen. Thankfully, her witty and delightful novels have made Austen immortal. Through her clever observation of people and society, her novels offer a glimpse at life in late 18th century England and the timelessness of human nature. She keeps it […]

Lovely Thing ~ La Seine and I

This weekend, I watched the sweetest animated movie with my children. While browsing through Netflix, the movie, A Monster in Paris, caught our attention. Set in Paris in 1910, a mishap in a greenhouse turns a tiny creature into the “Monster in Paris.” The Parisian music had all three of my children dancing on the living […]

To the Good Guys

My toddler son is very into good guys and bad guys. Amazingly, he can name scores of good and bad Star Wars and Marvel super hero characters by name. And to top it all off, he frequently leaves the house in costumes that range from Darth Vader to Spiderman.  One summer morning, I had to […]

Lovely Thing ~ Summer Rain

After several hot, summer days in the Midwest, our spring green grass begins to show signs of browning and crunches under bare feet. Flower petals look sad and pouty, and we tire of fighting with the garden hose and sprinkler. A few dry days later, the weather becomes collective conversation in grocery store lines and […]

Wabi-Sabi Love

Twelve years ago today, my husband and I were married in a small, outdoor ceremony. The weather was gorgeous. The setting was lovely. We were a match made in heaven. Except it wasn’t perfect, and I really like perfect. Don’t you? Are there chapters, pages, and paragraphs of your story you’d like to rip out […]