The Next Chapter

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad.  I was wrapping gifts all that while, and mixing up and cooking enough food for a few days — twice baked potatoes, and meatloaf, and some pasta salad with bacon and cheddar. Enough for a while. ... Read More

Pass It Along

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Spent a good amount of time going through the kitchen cupboards, cleaning and wiping and pulling out things I haven’t used for years so I might include them in the garage sale I’m having this week. There are a couple dozen homes participating, more ... Read More

One Humdinger of a Summer

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Been a while now that life has ramped up with both college and high school kids home, and two graduations have come and gone with more-than-adequate celebrations on rain-free days. Not that rain is a bad thing, mind you. I, for one, am a big fan of a ... Read More

Everyone Makes a Mess Now and Then

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I’d finally given in, and spent most of the show in the chair near the window, sipping iced tea and thinking about what is and what is not important. I’d made a mess, you see, and gave more hours to it that afternoon than I’d care to admit. While ... Read More

Carry the Load

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Been a week of weather, from storms and chills to hot heat and sun. I like that about the Midwest. You know what you’re gonna get but you’re not sure when. There’s a fine mix of random abstract and concrete sequential, and it keeps a girl on her ... Read More

One Thing at a Time

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Had just pulled in from one of five college trips this week, the first, and it was iced tea and the show with all the windows open, just for a while. So much is happening this spring I’m finding a moment here and there of nothing, complete with ... Read More

The Last One to Fly Away

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. It was just our youngest daughter and me — everyone else was either in college or out doing motivational talks — and we made the best of the day. The surprise came when she suggested we go out for dinner. Not take-out, which we love, but OUT. To the ... Read More

Something Good Will Come

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I’ve been hungry for bacon lately, craving it really, and cooked up two pounds of it during the show. By the time it was all said and done, Mr. S and I had a lovely meal of BLTs and some broccoli salad with bacon and a plate of lemon brownies which ... Read More

A Hush in the Air

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Was pure quiet in the house, and I made some blueberry banana bread, and there was, for a while, only the show and the hum of the fridge, and me. Evenings seem all about quiet these past few days. There’s a hush in the air, full of a contentment that ... Read More

The Swirl of Springtime

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I spent the evening in the kitchen, all about ham and corn casserole and whether or not to do potatoes (did, mashed, with pork gravy) and thought about how hot cross buns are good, hot and fresh, but a bit overrated after a day or two on the counter. ... Read More