The Suitcase Lady

Complete Archive Page

2017
Jun
27
Kale
2 comments
20
Rescue
“The beach in front of our house looks like a giant has been playing pick ...”
3 comments
13
Royalty
1 comments
06
Jupiter
“It's June, the month named after Jupiter's wife, Juno, and I would like to talk ...”
3 comments
May
30
May
4 comments
23
Oranges
3 comments
16
Bespoke
4 comments
10
Heartwarming
2 comments
02
Smashed
“If I had unlimited wealth, flying around to see special exhibits at art museums would ...”
3 comments
Apr
25
Mystery
6 comments
18
Orgy
3 comments
11
Ball
“"Objects in motion tend to remain in motion" is a law of physics that I ...”
4 comments
04
Mar
28
Twain
1 comments
21
Fickle
3 comments
14
Village
“I walked into one of my favorite public school classrooms last week, and half the ...”
5 comments
07
Coupons
8 comments
Feb
28
Deco
“Perhaps my love of Art Deco is hereditary. For their wedding venue, my parents chose ...”
2 comments
21
Eleven
5 comments
14
LaLa
4 comments
07
Pasta
7 comments
Jan
31
Wrapped
2 comments
24
Nuts
2 comments
17
Wintry
“About three week ago, I got winter out of the closet. Ever since studying Japanese ...”
2 comments
10
Zamboni
3 comments
03
Walking
5 comments
2016
Dec
27
Champagne
“It's the perfect time to think about champagne. It's an even better time to drink ...”
5 comments
20
Modern
“Picture the perfect Christmas home scene. Chances are the vision is a Victorian or colonial ...”
4 comments
13
Pine
4 comments
06
Lighted
9 comments
Nov
29
High
“It takes a true visionary to look at an abandoned, weed-infested, rusty, garbage-strewn elevated train ...”
2 comments
22
Skunked
4 comments
15
Woolly
“Last month my husband and I missed a wonderful event. We missed it because we ...”
1 comments
07
Cancelled
“I am cancelling the Suitcase Lady Blog for this week. I hope to return next ...”
3 comments
01
Library
“My books were checked out and I was leaving the library. But then I spotted ...”
2 comments
Oct
25
Bewitched
“I know exactly where I want to be on Halloween night. I want to be ...”
4 comments
18
Stress
9 comments
11
Subnivean
1 comments
04
Cartalk
1 comments
Sep
27
Beer
2 comments
20
Psychedelic
“In very small towns, the Post Office is the heart. Our Post Office is a ...”
3 comments
13
Omelettes
1 comments
06
Aug
30
Exercising
“I spent a fair amount of time this summer standing on one leg like a ...”
3 comments
23
Malts
“When I was a child, I lived within easy walking distance of two drug stores. ...”
8 comments
16
Surprise
5 comments
09
Marigolds
“Tagetes patula is brightening up our porch. That is the scientific name for marigolds which ...”
1 comments
02
Panic
3 comments
Jul
26
Report
“For many of us, summer is the most glorious season of all, a time to ...”
1 comments
19
Zen
2 comments
12
Rain
1 comments
05
Animail
2 comments
Jun
28
Lady
1 comments
21
Purple
“We are having a glorious purple moment. It's happening in our front yard and was ...”
2 comments
14
Parade
“It takes a lot to induce us to get up at dawn on a Saturday ...”
4 comments
07
Putulik
“Readers of this blog know that I am a dedicated beachcomber. For me, nothing is ...”
5 comments
May
31
Goodbye
“I will not be the art teacher at one of my favorite small schools next ...”
9 comments
24
Bakeries
4 comments
17
Turtles
2 comments
10
Tulips
3 comments
03
Calories
1 comments
Apr
26
3D
2 comments
19
Brains
1 comments
12
Cherries
1 comments
05
Mar
29
Flag
1 comments
22
Bravo!
“March is painted in many shades of gray up here in the tundra where I ...”
1 comments
15
Snowman
2 comments
08
Betty
2 comments
01
Sandwich
1 comments
Feb
23
Gated
1 comments
16
Sweet
2 comments
09
Crazy
2 comments
02
Respect
6 comments
Jan
26
Rabbits
3 comments
19
News
5 comments
12
Snowed
“The fantasy ended a week ago. I had myself convinced that we were going to ...”
2 comments
05
Bumper
2 comments
2015
Dec
30
Mush
“When I worked for a library, I visited schools each May to promote our summer ...”
2 comments
23
Stars
3 comments
15
Waves
2 comments
08
Appetizers
1 comments
01
Nicholaas
2 comments
Nov
24
Cookbooks
3 comments
17
Cafes
3 comments
10
Dachshund
12 comments
03
Incinerated
5 comments
Oct
27
Cemeteries
5 comments
20
Experience
5 comments
13
Prints
3 comments
06
Ludicrous
2 comments
Sep
29
Tardy
3 comments
22
Tea
4 comments
15
Fog
2 comments
08
Paper
3 comments
01
Pink
1 comments
Aug
25
Beatrix
6 comments
18
Intruders
3 comments
11
Dragonflies
3 comments
04
House
“Twenty years ago, I embarked on the largest art project in my life. My husband ...”
9 comments
Jul
28
Quintessence
3 comments
21
Inventions
3 comments
14
Taos
3 comments
07
Gift
“A dear friend just gave us a marvelous present. It weighed five pounds and was ...”
1 comments
Jun
30
Dollar
2 comments
24
Green
“We are surrounded by a giant cocoon of green. The April showers did not materialize ...”
1 comments
16
Magical
“"I have a wonderful fairytale for you today. It takes place in a magical forest ...”
2 comments
09
Nurseries
5 comments
02
Update
“On September 30, 2014, I published a blog about New Jersey. ("Jersey" in the archives.) ...”
2 comments
May
26
Curiosity
“I've just finished another year of Art in a Suitcase programs. One overriding thing made ...”
4 comments
19
Grawlix
3 comments
12
Vera
2 comments
05
Mothers
“Elephant mothers don't get cards, flowers or presents on Mother's Day, but they definitely deserve ...”
1 comments
Apr
28
Diva
“To find spring in Wisconsin, a scavenger hunt is necessary. Swelling buds and returning birds ...”
21
Drones
2 comments
14
Ephemera
4 comments
07
Smart
2 comments
Mar
31
Polite
2 comments
24
Geometry
“The title of the book jumped out at me from the shelf in the art ...”
7 comments
17
Pancakes
7 comments
10
Emergency!
7 comments
03
Burgers
4 comments
Feb
24
Hygge
5 comments
17
Nine
7 comments
10
Love
7 comments
02
Groundhog
2 comments
Jan
27
Bored
3 comments
20
Puppets
“My mother only had one punishment that worked on me when I was a kid. ...”
5 comments
13
Vegas
“This blog is about Las Vegas. If immediate thoughts of a million flashing lights, frenzied ...”
1 comments
06
Nutritious
5 comments
2014
Dec
30
23
Festivals
1 comments
16
Popcorn
6 comments
09
Glitter
4 comments
02
Marketing
5 comments
Nov
24
Greedfulness
2 comments
18
Phobias
6 comments
11
November
2 comments
04
Outrageous
14 comments
Oct
28
Superstition
“We share our home with two black cats who frequently cross our paths. I have ...”
3 comments
21
Families
3 comments
14
Mice
2 comments
07
Robots
“Robots are a hot topic at the moment. Reports  heralding the incredible advances in robotics ...”
2 comments
Sep
30
Jersey
3 comments
23
Scotland
4 comments
16
Stridulation
“Soon the stridulation will start. For me, that's the signal that summer is waning and ...”
2 comments
09
Time
4 comments
01
School
4 comments
Aug
27
Sunflowers
“All the marketing people in the world couldn't do a better job of branding the ...”
3 comments
19
Guilt
1 comments
12
Blueberries
6 comments
05
Jul
29
Calvin
2 comments
22
Prehistoric
1 comments
15
Espresso
4 comments
08
Remodel
3 comments
01
Porches
1 comments
Jun
24
Cocoon
“Summertime has officially arrived and with it comes the world's most charismatic insects, the butterflies ...”
2 comments
17
10
Mailboxes
1 comments
03
Petunias
4 comments
May
27
Piggy
1 comments
20
Red
4 comments
13
Delicious
4 comments
06
Apr
29
Woody
“His official name is Marmota monax monax, but we just call him Woody. A woodchuck, ...”
3 comments
22
15
Exonerated
1 comments
08
Diary
1 comments
01
Handy
6 comments
Mar
25
Wired
8 comments
18
Relaxation
4 comments
11
Glacial
2 comments
04
Vivid
“"I don't think we're going to see many bright colors outside for about three months," ...”
11 comments
Feb
25
Wind
4 comments
18
11
Bubbles
2 comments
05
Evil
“I took Rangda to school with me the other day. A seventh grade teacher had ...”
1 comments
Jan
28
Banks
7 comments
21
Counting
2 comments
15
Nature
3 comments
07
Dump
3 comments
2013
Dec
31
Obsolete
1 comments
24
Scissors
5 comments
17
Polar
1 comments
10
Favorite
3 comments
03
Tangerines
7 comments
Nov
26
Hands
2 comments
19
Treasures
“I've been a beachcomber all my life. As a child, spending a day on the ...”
3 comments
12
Poignant
1 comments
05
Beets
“Pulling into my driveway, I spotted a bulging plastic bag beside the door. After getting the ...”
2 comments
Oct
29
Potions
1 comments
22
Rosettes
4 comments
15
Storyteller
7 comments
08
Wasps
“We've been eating breakfast between the bees and wasps lately. The days have been sunny ...”
01
Baguettes
2 comments
Sep
24
Underground
“I am a dedicated tunnelophile. I've been fascinated by tunnels since I was seven years ...”
1 comments
17
Week
1 comments
07
Ants
“We have ants. Fortunately none are inside our house, their two residences are outside in ...”
03
Beans
“"Better walk across your road and pick some beans," my farmer neighbor advised. "The canning ...”
1 comments
Aug
27
Workers
2 comments
20
Lowriders
“Sometimes you just get lucky. We had finished eating a late dinner at a restaurant ...”
2 comments
13
B.L.T.
3 comments
06
Tom
“Mr. Tom doesn't purr. We know that he is a happy cat. Every time we ...”
2 comments
Jul
31
Ripe
“Summer is at its peak of ripeness. Despite the fact that every store is trumpeting ...”
2 comments
23
Nostalgia
1 comments
16
Tomato
3 comments
09
Lighthouse
4 comments
03
Tonkas
1 comments
Jun
25
Flyer
1 comments
18
Pleasurable
1 comments
11
Mermaids
2 comments
04
Crabby
4 comments
May
28
Gallery
3 comments
21
14
07
Duckie
4 comments
Apr
30
Redheads
3 comments
23
Remains
4 comments
16
Puddles
4 comments
09
Introverts
1 comments
03
Tessellations
6 comments
Mar
26
Baskets
1 comments
19
Edge
1 comments
12
Tools
6 comments
05
Feb
26
Emote
3 comments
19
February
2 comments
12
Redhead
5 comments
05
Snowman
1 comments
Jan
29
Notes
1 comments
22
Tires
1 comments
15
Hon
“The Maryland branch of our family recently suggested dinner at Cafe "Hun". Visions of Attila ...”
3 comments
08
Chickadees
3 comments
01
Cosmic
1 comments
2012
Dec
25
Heirloom
4 comments
18
Light
1 comments
11
Snowsuit
2 comments
04
Knitter
5 comments
Nov
27
Gobble
1 comments
20
Diabolical
4 comments
13
Trackers
6 comments
06
Molly
1 comments
Oct
31
Smashing!
3 comments
23
Gorey
2 comments
16
Travelers
4 comments
09
Socked
1 comments
02
Craziness
2 comments
Sep
25
18
Tweak
3 comments
09
Expectations
1 comments
04
Soar
3 comments
Aug
28
Cup
“The present arrived in a bucket. Shortly after we moved to the country, a good ...”
6 comments
21
Finale
“The curtain is coming down on summer. Many sun filled days remain, yet the signs ...”
14
Lucky
3 comments
07
Newspapers
1 comments
Jul
31
Souvenir
“I take great delight in finding the treasure in the trash. And since almost everything ...”
24
Lizards
1 comments
17
Sprinklers
1 comments
10
Read
2 comments
03
Pride
1 comments
Jun
26
Lunchtime
6 comments
19
Salads
2 comments
12
Gambling
1 comments
05
Identity
2 comments
May
29
Childhood
3 comments
22
Wild
1 comments
15
Collector
“Quick....if you had $120 million to spend on art, what would you buy? This tantalizing question ...”
3 comments
08
Zombies
5 comments
01
Antiquities
4 comments
Apr
24
Venus
3 comments
17
Cellphones
2 comments
10
Artisanal
4 comments
03
Beautiful
1 comments
Mar
27
Broom
“Last weekend we drove to Kentucky to buy a broom. Our thirty year old broom ...”
2 comments
20
Flirt
1 comments
13
Y.A.M.
6 comments
06
Garlic
7 comments
Feb
28
Steerage
2 comments
21
Macho
3 comments
14
Donuts
“I just found out that I am part of a cult. For 39 years I ...”
1 comments
07
01
Murals
4 comments
Jan
24
Auspicious
“It's time for dragons.  Forget everything you know about these legendary beasts...that they breathe fire, ...”
3 comments
17
Lakers
3 comments
10
Tango
6 comments
03
Juiced
“I've been banned from juice boxes. "I don't think you should associate with juice boxes any ...”
1 comments
2011
Dec
27
Word
2 comments
20
Eve
“Christmas Eve is the only Jewish style holiday Christians have. I've always been puzzled why ...”
1 comments
13
Kitty
1 comments
06
Nov
29
Beauty
“No English phrase exists for the Japanese concept of wabi sabi. My favorite explanation is ...”
1 comments
22
Keychain
1 comments
15
Arboreal
“Our son likes to get high. He is once again building a tree house. It's ...”
5 comments
08
Loss
“I don't subscribe to pity parties, nor do I favor unbridled nostalgia. But I do ...”
4 comments
02
Fitness
“"Lifetime fitness" was not a phrase that had been invented when I attended a Polish, ...”
2 comments
Oct
25
Magic
2 comments
18
11
Meat
“One morning last week, my husband went out for the mail and came back with ...”
1 comments
04
Wraps
10 comments
Sep
27
Spotless
“My husband and I have always considered ourselves to be tidy people ... no mold ...”
3 comments
20
Blooming
“Finally, after sixteen years, something is working. Readers of this blog know that my husband and ...”
1 comments
11
Attention
1 comments
06
Neko
“Neko (neck oh) is the Japanese word for cat. Maneki Neko means "beckoning cat" and ...”
Aug
28
Jello
“I have never understood Jello. How can anything made out of water, sugar, food coloring ...”
2 comments
24
Rainbows
“I waited a long time to see my first rainbow. When it appeared, it did ...”
16
Backside
2 comments
07
Seashells
“Our beach is heavenly. But our shells are evil. Crunchy piles of zebra mussel shells punctuate ...”
1 comments
02
Relocation
3 comments
Jul
27
Buzz
“The girls are back. Correction: the mothers-to-be are back. Two days after the Fourth of ...”
1 comments
19
Heat
“I've only wanted to attack my husband once in 47 years. Forty years ago on ...”
3 comments
12
Grilled
9 comments
05
Zucchini
“I did not buy the zucchinis. Fleet Farm had a 2 for 1 sale on ...”
2 comments
Jun
28
Teas
“I believe that the perfect celebration of the Fourth of July would be a nationwide ...”
2 comments
21
White
3 comments
14
Snakes
2 comments
07
Pies
5 comments
May
30
Veterinarians
4 comments
24
Orioles
5 comments
17
Funny
“If I start to tell a joke, stop me. It is genetically impossible for me ...”
1 comments
10
Eyeballs
“"Wear a crown of eyes around your head," was the advice of Joan Miro's art ...”
6 comments
03
Fridays
3 comments
Apr
26
Booted
“I have figured out the ultimate solution to my footwear needs. Only two items are ...”
6 comments
19
Spinning
“We're spinning, and it's not a lazy twirl. Zipping around at 700 to 900 miles ...”
2 comments
12
Jukebox
“It appears as though I have become a pariah to 50% of my fellow Americans. ...”
4 comments
05
Directions
“I married into a family that is famous for throwing away the directions. From faucets ...”
2 comments
Mar
29
Hairspray
“Having recently seen an exuberant production of Hairspray, my thoughts wandered to hair. Unlike those ...”
4 comments
22
Red
4 comments
15
Gallery
“March is Youth Art Month. All across America, teachers will be decking the walls with ...”
2 comments
08
Hope
“It's coming. Any day now a huge wave of euphoria will wash over us bringing ...”
1 comments
01
Quantity
“I learned in fourth grade how to be an "A" student. The assignment was to ...”
3 comments
Feb
22
X
“This week marks the fifth anniversary of my weekly blog. To celebrate, I want to ...”
4 comments
15
Morris
1 comments
08
Amour
“This is a love story. And like all love stories, it is happy and it ...”
2 comments
01
Worry
“My mother-in-law was a world class worrier. Her worst case scenario was: "What if a ...”
3 comments
Jan
25
Olives
5 comments
18
Chairs
1 comments
11
Introspective
2 comments
04
Scam
“Anyone who has lived in America the last decade knows that every transaction with a ...”
7 comments
2010
Dec
28
Peace
“The word "peace" is currently in season. But three more words should also be considered: ...”
5 comments
22
Stirring
“A creature definitely is stirring. And that creature most certainly  is a mouse. Fortunately, said ...”
1 comments
14
Cookies
“The idea behind a Christmas cookie exchange is simple. A number of women each agree ...”
8 comments
07
Stitches
“Sewing machines and I are not compatible. For Christmas many years ago, my husband surprised ...”
2 comments
Nov
30
Mess
“Last week was a mess. At times we didn't know which mess to tackle first. I ...”
3 comments
23
Thankful
“In these pre-Thanksgiving weeks, elementary school children all over America have been busy writing assignments ...”
16
California
“Perhaps I love California because we had such a hard time getting there the first ...”
09
Pursuit
“Last Thursday I walked into my library to see a book display informing me that ...”
4 comments
03
Houseguests
“Several hundred houseguests arrived last week. Fortunately, they don't want to be fed. Unfortunately, some ...”
Oct
26
Ghosts
“Every issue of New Mexico Magazine that lands in my mailbox has some reference to ...”
3 comments
19
Naptime
4 comments
12
Spin
“The evil letter arrived two weeks ago. "Spider Problems" it screamed in bold type. "We ...”
3 comments
05
Slim
9 comments
Sep
28
Cruising
“When I was a teenager, a German exchange teacher came to our  high school for ...”
2 comments
21
Sophia
“My husband adores another woman. Since the lady is 75 years old and lives in ...”
2 comments
12
Princely
“Dedicated travelers come in two varieties: the first want to touch down everywhere on the ...”
2 comments
07
Galileo
“I'm going to put a sign on my refrigerator that says, "Remember Galileo." I am ...”
6 comments
Aug
31
Summary
“I love clean beginnings and endings. Summer sits neatly between the bookends of Memorial Day ...”
5 comments
24
Bridges
“I am a lover of bridges, both the mighty and the minute. Going up and ...”
6 comments
17
Stoned
4 comments
10
Libraries
“I exist because of a library... the elegant Milwaukee Central Library to be exact. More than ...”
7 comments
03
Dragons
4 comments
Jul
27
Lobsters
5 comments
20
Ballet
“The ballet is being presented daily across the road from our house. Hundreds of white ...”
4 comments
13
Vaporize
“It is a scientific fact that teenage boys vaporize food...lots of food. When my own ...”
1 comments
06
Frances
2 comments
Jun
29
Fourth
“You have to love a country that has the word "happiness" in its Declaration of ...”
2 comments
22
Mint
“The mint died. Those three word sum up our gardening abilities. How could two people ...”
8 comments
15
Zenith
3 comments
08
Cubs
“My husband and I recently had the good fortune to be driving down Clark Street ...”
2 comments
01
VW
11 comments
May
25
Gaudy
““If I said, 'You're looking gaudy today', what would I mean?” Many eager young hands in ...”
4 comments
18
Silence
“I am a believer in silence and its soulmate, solitude. That doesn't mean that I ...”
2 comments
11
04
Landlords
1 comments
Apr
27
Lactococcus
“How was I to know? Lactococcus lactis is part of my "culture and heritage". Does that ...”
2 comments
20
Control
“Home Control struck again last night. We had just gotten settled upstairs in bed when ...”
5 comments
13
NOLA
3 comments
05
Glamour
4 comments
Mar
30
Cracked
“Years ago we were strolling in San Antonio on an extremely warm, spring day. Sidewalk ...”
2 comments
23
Coyotes
3 comments
17
Pizza
“I am old enough to remember the time in America B.P. ......Before  Pizza. I recall ...”
6 comments
07
Investigation
“The big day is almost here, and an investigative report is in order. Spring in ...”
6 comments
02
Tropical
“Nature definitely painted the tropics in technicolor. The flora and fauna that circle the middle ...”
5 comments
Feb
23
Booked
“A good project is a sure cure for late winter cabin fever. In our case, ...”
7 comments
17
Fried
“My mother-in-law was a splendid cook who had a life long penchant for junk food. ...”
4 comments
09
Hearts
1 comments
02
Birdseed
“A recent scientific study revealed what every backyard birder already knows: Many birds love black ...”
6 comments
Jan
26
Ignorance
““...it is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance.” I recently came across this Charles Darwin ...”
6 comments
19
Tractors
“My childhood was defined by tractors. Since I grew up in a city, that statement ...”
2 comments
12
Hometown
“My husband grew up in Lake Wobegon. Of course, the name of his hometown was ...”
4 comments
05
Redux
7 comments
2009
Dec
28
Joy
“Thoughts on happiness seem appropriate for the end of the year. Recent science theories are ...”
3 comments
22
Tradition
“It's ironic. My grandfather was from Bohemia, but his German wife, my grandmother, never baked ...”
11 comments
15
Duke
2 comments
08
Toys
“An American toy store is the last place in the world I want to be. ...”
5 comments
01
Navigating
“I won't be getting a GPS for Christmas. Everyone who knows me realizes I would ...”
3 comments
Nov
24
Knife
“There will be no knife problem this year. We are celebrating Thanksgiving in California with ...”
1 comments
17
Pie
“I was about to roll out a pie crust the other day when I stared ...”
5 comments
10
Toaster
3 comments
03
Supermoms
“I was not a supermom. My generation of women did not have to do it ...”
4 comments
Oct
27
Witching
“Here's a surefire way to keep the witches at bay. Paint your front door blue. ...”
3 comments
20
Cozy
“Dare I use the word... cozy? (Cosy, if you're British) It's such an old fashioned ...”
10 comments
14
Gourmet
“After  68 years, Gourmet Magazine is going away. Since I do not have a subscription ...”
2 comments
06
KattenKabinet
“Good things bear repeating. I recently had occasion to revisit the KattenKabinet, and it remains ...”
1 comments
Sep
27
Antiques
4 comments
22
Goldenrod
“The curtain came down today at 4:19PM CDT. Summer has bowed out; Autumn begins its ...”
5 comments
15
Lawyers
“Shakespeare is almost always right on the mark, but he missed the target when it ...”
4 comments
08
Oatmeal
“It was the ultimate irony. My husband and I just spent a night sleeping across ...”
9 comments
01
Rocks
“Serendipity is wonderful stuff. When serendipity strikes twice in a row, it's a double delight. Our ...”
4 comments
Aug
25
Domesticated
“My husband calls little dogs "dog seeds." "Plant them," he says, "and they might grow into ...”
2 comments
18
Butter
4 comments
11
Alligators
“I recently took a road trip out West and saw a lot of alligators on ...”
3 comments
04
Lingerie
“Dinner at our house has always been the time to come together and share the ...”
3 comments
Jul
29
Picnics
“The dictionary defines picnic as "an outing or occasion that involves taking a packed meal ...”
5 comments
21
Goats
1 comments
14
Sunset
“I am fully aware that a sunset is merely a sunrise in reverse. But I ...”
1 comments
07
Kindness
“Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire relied on the kindness of strangers. My husband ...”
Jun
30
Scoops
7 comments
23
Canoe
“ My husband and I have been searching for a canoe for the last 13 years. We have ...”
16
Druids
“When our son was in high school, he was asked to fill in his religion ...”
2 comments
10
Babies
“The babies arrived last week, and they're adorable. Our neighborhood raccoon moms brought their offspring ...”
02
Flotsam
2 comments
May
27
Limes
“My daughter once suggested that I have an inordinate fondness for limes. This remark was ...”
4 comments
19
Now
“Springtime is like Fridays... both are wonderfully filled with promise. In the case of Fridays, the ...”
12
Happiness
“It's comforting to know a country exists that worries about its G.N.H., gross national happiness, ...”
2 comments
05
Healthy
“"Beware of health foods", is an imperative I believe in. A few decades ago a segment ...”
Apr
28
Skunk
“...dedicated to Chris and Cathy The other night around midnight, I was about to go out ...”
2 comments
21
Survival
“Perhaps the time has come to reinstate Home Economics classes in our schools. While we are ...”
4 comments
14
Flamingos
“Our yard hosts a dinosaur, a gigantic bird holding barbells in his wings, a parade ...”
2 comments
08
Candy
“My father and his big sister, my Aunt Vi, could never agree on candy. Since ...”
2 comments
Mar
31
Hats
“My Aunt Lillian worked in a hat factory. Shortly before her untimely death, she was ...”
6 comments
24
Cheese
“The big news last week was cheese. A Wisconsin cheese has just been named the ...”
4 comments
17
Sex
“"Once again the time of the great sex orgy is at hand." Unfortunately, I can't begin ...”
10
Mysterious
“At the age of seven I got my first library card, and life turned mysterious.  ...”
2 comments
03
Fever
“Last weekend I developed an advanced case of cabin fever. It hit like a shock ...”
4 comments
Feb
25
Owls
“Obviously, I am having an owl year, and I'm delighted.Scientifically, an "owl year" occurs when ...”
17
Pajamas
“"Don't ever send your children to a school where the kids call teachers by their ...”
2 comments
10
Ampersand
2 comments
03
Breezy
“The other day it sounded as if the Acheson, Topeka and Santa Fe was roaring ...”
1 comments
Jan
28
Speech
“Sousa doesn’t talk. It’s odd to live with a creature that drifts silently through the ...”
21
Potatoes
“"There is no such thing as an Idaho potato. But there are potato varieties that are grown ...”
13
Twinkies
“The Interstate Baking Company recently filed for bankruptcy. In other words, Twinkies have tanked.Who would ...”
2 comments
06
Concrete
“Anyone can remodel a kitchen by being handy with $40,000. It's a real trick to ...”
1 comments
2008
Dec
28
Birthday
“Having a birthday on New Years Eve is no picnic. Restaurant prices are inflated, drunks ...”
23
Tree
“Your children should never forgive you for certain things. In my case it would be ...”
16
Gadgets
“Gadgets are primarily guy things. I figured this out many years ago when my brother-in-law ...”
09
Recycle
“We had one of our best Christmas trees in July, and it required absolutely no ...”
02
Grinch
“It appears as though the Grinch has stolen the American economy. Moreover, it doesn't look ...”
Nov
25
Grandma
“Over the river and through the woods was definitely not the route to my grandmother's ...”
1 comments
18
Duck
“The lone duck was hunkered down in the sand on the beach in front of ...”
04
Voting
“It's election day, and I won't have to call my kids and remind them to ...”
1 comments
Oct
28
Juggler
“My husband is a dexterous juggler, and he has Halloween to thank for this delightful ...”
21
Snake
“I have to confess that I've lost my snake. And what's worse, I've lost it ...”
1 comments
14
Upstaged
“I was definitely upstaged last week, and I don't mind one bit. Anyone who would try to ...”
07
Gibraltar
“I am a failure as a consumer of durable goods. I have only bought one ...”
Sep
29
Minnesota
“I spend a fair amount of time in places other than my Midwest Wisconsin home. Therefore, ...”
23
Treasures
“Japan wisely designates certain special citizens as living national treasures. If America ever becomes enlightened ...”
15
Scoop
“My father once bought a half gallon carton of Sealtest New York Cherry Vanilla Ice ...”
09
02
Endings
“My husband has been increasingly more morose lately, and I know exactly what's wrong. He ...”
1 comments
Aug
26
Raucous
“This summer two crows have taken up residence in the small pine woods next to ...”
20
Wine
“One of the greatest openings of any book I've ever read is from Glitz by ...”
1 comments
10
Slowathon
“Is the opposite of a marathon a slowathon? If so, sign me up.I don't understand ...”
05
Wagons
“I don't know if any of you have noticed, but a significant number of the ...”
1 comments
Jul
29
Frontyard
1 comments
22
Dodos
“(This blog is dedicated to Judith, Nick Nick and Tin Tin)I recently came across a ...”
1 comments
15
Locavores
“One of the newest words in the Merriam Webster Dictionary is "locavore". The word is ...”
1 comments
08
P.O.
1 comments
01
Roadtrip
“I was coming home from work last week, driving through Green Bay, when a van ...”
Jun
24
17
Chickens
“The hot item on President Bush's European trip last week was the chicken washing issue. ...”
09
Patience
“Patience was on sale the other day at my Goodwill Store. This "patience" consisted of ...”
03
Youall
“Try as they might, the likes of Wal-Mart, McDonald's and Starbucks have not succeeded in ...”
1 comments
May
27
Fads
“Fads are like a rash. First only a few spots appear, but soon they are ...”
20
Barista
“The best thing about my husband's retirement is the coffee. Although most kitchen functions still ...”
1 comments
11
06
Literate
“Most of us are blissfully oblivious to the number of words we read each day. ...”
Apr
29
Groceries
“Many people are not enamored of grocery shopping. I'm not in that group. Even after ...”
22
15
08
Fish
“A few evenings ago I spotted a bunch of guys standing on a bridge near ...”
01
Architects
“I recently decided to introduce my middle school students to the wonders of world class ...”
Mar
24
19
Signs
“Everyone here in the upper Midwest is yearning for any signs of spring no matter ...”
11
Czech
“St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching, so it must be time for me to toast ...”
1 comments
04
Pig
“I was following a gigantic, smiling pig down the highway recently. Considering that pigs turn ...”
Feb
26
Clubs
“Driving home from work, I recently heard a great piece on National Public Radio. Some ...”
20
Buddy
“I knew something was terribly wrong when I saw the front door.A small 9x12 sign ...”
13
Romance
“Combining romance and reason is an oxymoron, thus making Valentines Day a celebration of irrationality. ...”
05
Stupid
“Stupid is an excellent word - so strong and succinct. Too bad it's been banned ...”
Jan
29
Soup
“I am extremely steamed up about soup... pun intended. I just ate yet another disgusting ...”
22
Frozen
“On many blustery, subzero, winter mornings when I leave for work, I meet my neighbor ...”
15
Aunts
“A British author just wrote a book about the importance of aunts. I wish I ...”
1 comments
08
T.P.
“Teenage boys and cats have independently discovered a source of endless entertainment. Just give them ...”
2007
Dec
30
Resolutions
“I have two perfect New Year's resolutions.Don't feel guilty. Don't feel guilty when you break ...”
1 comments
24
Tree
“I was a lucky child. My parents always had a fight right before Christmas. Since ...”
19
Fruitcake
“Fruitcake can be very scary stuff. Let's face it, sometimes the idea of a tradition ...”
1 comments
11
05
Peacock
“My neighbor the next road over got a free peacock, or more correctly, a free ...”
Nov
28
Minimalist
“I am a minimalist. I try not to have more stuff than I can care for.To that ...”
1 comments
20
Stuffing
“I believe I hate turkey dressing as the result of a big misunderstanding when I ...”
13
Dishes
“My grandmother was poor, but she had one prized possession, her 150 piece set of ...”
06
Security
“The other day a friend of mine was venting her rage over the convoluted security ...”
Oct
30
Witches
“Most everyone knows that witches are make believe. Those that don't have created much havoc ...”
23
Spiders
“I confess to a great fondness for spiders. Spiders are creators of great beauty, and ...”
16
Style
“The difference between style and fashion is easy. Fashion is someone else telling you what ...”
09
01
Pennies
“People can be divided into two basic types - those who bend down to pick ...”
1 comments
Sep
25
Murder
“We had a rash of murders at our house lately, and I definitely wanted them ...”
1 comments
17
11
Cake
“I can only bake one cake. Fortunately, it is a very luscious cake. It is ...”
03
Dogs
1 comments
Aug
28
Bugs
“If you are squeamish about insects, stop reading right now.You've probably heard that only insects ...”
21
Grass
“This is the blog the neighbors are waiting for me to write. It's a known ...”
10
Opera
“I have a lifetime goal of learning to appreciate opera. The quest got off to ...”
1 comments
07
Opossum
5 comments
Jul
31
Names
“My name is Mary because my mother was not a risk-taker. If her wishes had ...”
2 comments
24
Elsewhere
“Maybe it's because we are a frontier people, or maybe it's our flagrant love affair ...”
17
Beachglass
2 comments
10
Swimming
1 comments
04
Pyromaniac
“One night each year my gentle, soft-spoken, peace-loving husband turns into a total pyromaniac. That ...”
Jun
26
Moon
“I don't make a habit of driving my husband crazy. But, occasionally, I cannot resist ...”
1 comments
19
Midsummer
“As usual, Shakespeare has it exquisitely right; Midsummer Night's Eve is a magical time. Those ...”
12
Weddings
“Wedding planning is only slightly more pleasant than walking through an active minefield. This goes ...”
03
Marriage
“June is here, and it's time for the marriage quiz. Do not, I repeat, do ...”
May
29
Cafe
2 comments
22
Art
15
Pluto
“I just completed a week of programs for kids on the solar system. I had ...”
08
Market
“A big, bustling Farmers' Market is a wonderful place to be. That's why my husband ...”
1 comments
01
Chicken
“Last week I stopped at my favorite local coffee shop, The Culture Cafe. Rich, the ...”
1 comments
Apr
24
Oil
“I doubt if there is a man in America who doesn't bow down to the ...”
17
Macaroni
“Never undervalue the salutary effects of comfort food is my motto. There's nothing wrong ...”
3 comments
10
Islands
“My husband loves islands, preferably warm ones. He could happily walk out the door of ...”
01
Rabbit
2 comments
Mar
27
Trolls
1 comments
20
Spring
“Thank goodness people have an infinite capacity for self deception. Every year I'm hopeful that ...”
1 comments
13
Pi
2 comments
07
Hizzoner
“The people of Chicago have spoken, or more accurately, 30% of them have. The reign ...”
2 comments
Feb
27
E=mc2
“One of my life goals is to understand the equation E=mc2. I'm smart enough to ...”
2 comments
22
Green
“Once again St. Patrick's Day is creeping closer, and I have a closet crisis. ...”
2 comments