Fantasy Thanksgiving

I don’t know how this happened, but even though I have been thinking about Thanksgiving all month, it has only just occurred to me that it’s next week. As in, nine days from now.

Luckily, my extended family’s gathering is potluck, so I am only responsible for some of the vegetables and the desserts*.

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At the beginning of this month, I undertook another one of my periodic sugar fasts. I’ve done this several times over the years and each time I pretty much go through all the stages of grief:

1. Denial and isolation:  “I can stop whenever I want.” Followed by, “Everyone else is eating sugar, but not me. I’m all alooooooooone.”

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That way lies madness

This came in the mail less than 24 hours ago. I've already gone through it, made lists of ideas, and generally lost my damn mind.

I was wandering through the aisles of the craft store last week when I suddenly had the realization that perhaps I need my friends to stage an intervention.

How else to break the habit that had me in search of fake snow, certain kinds of holiday adornments, and the need to buy refills for my glue gun?

Because YES, the holidays are bearing down on us like a tank.

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Martha’s Month: October

Me 'n' The Martha getting ready for the Thanksgiving parade.

My attempts to follow The Martha’s monthly calendar, with its “gentle reminders, helpful tips, and important dates.”

October was a busy month for The Martha and me.

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How cute is this? (Photo found on Pinterest.)

A short play for your Monday…


The female lead (JEN) is tidying closets and dressers in the Jenworld master bedroom. While going through her husband’s drawers, she finds something unexpected and perplexing at the bottom of his underwear drawer. She goes off to find her husband (PETE) and demand answers.

JEN: “Why are there two video games hidden at the bottom of your underwear drawer?”

PETE: Momentarily perplexed, then realization dawning, then laughter. “I had forgotten all about those.”

JEN: Looking at him with her eyebrows raised to her hairline.

PETE: “I bought those for the girls for Christmas a couple of years ago, then totally forgot all about them.”

JEN: Speechless.



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