A Very Special Quilt for Our Retirement Home

A Very Special Quilt for Our Retirement Home

We have a huge generation gap going in this household. My Beloved and I intend to buy a retirement home in the great Southwest. Our daughter, who will be a senior next year and is basically a hipster, has had to listen about what we want in that winter home,...
The Garden Nut and the Witty Son-in-Law

The Garden Nut and the Witty Son-in-Law

Last night, after a cool and windy day, my darling neighbor and I were transplanting some lovely variegated hosta from her yard into our neighborhood pond area. We were working under some ancient cottonwoods, transforming the berm underneath them from a weedy mess...
The Chain Saw Caper

The Chain Saw Caper

A diligent young man we know borrowed a chain saw from a friend to clean up some old volunteer trees and dead branches in his back yard. On a small chalkboard he kept near his car keys, he wrote himself a note: Return chain saw Everything would have been fine except...
Kids Say the Darndest Things at Easter

Kids Say the Darndest Things at Easter

We were very happy to have Maddy in Christian school for kindergarten and first grade. She memorized Bible verses and was free to talk about God and Jesus throughout the school day.   However, we weren’t always sure she was getting the lingo down pat.   One...
Being Overbooked Can Be a Joy

Being Overbooked Can Be a Joy

United Airlines: overbooked passenger gets bloodied and dragged off the plane unconscious. Southwest Airlines: overbooked passenger gets a most lovely check for $975 and is delayed only three hours, during which time his little friends picked him up to go to a sports...
Young Elastic Vs. Old Babysitter

Young Elastic Vs. Old Babysitter

I was nearing the end of a very enjoyable, but hectic, stint as the babysitter for three very darling, but energetic, young children. Their parents went on a dream vacation to a faraway land. They patched together a tag-team trio of babysitters to make it all work....