Category: My life stories


Yesterday, our neighbor Greg alerted Robert to a family of red foxes that live on his property. He knows that I enjoy filming wildlife. Greg chatted with Robert and sent him a picture in a text of the foxes trotting down our rural road,… Continue Reading “Foxy!”

Bloganuary – Favorite Childhood Toy

My second Bloganuary post answers the following question: What was your favorite toy as a child? Betsy was a baby doll. She was the size of a real baby and she was dressed in a blue, corduroy dress with a white scalloped collar. Her… Continue Reading “Bloganuary – Favorite Childhood Toy”

Counterfeit Caviar

Late in the day on Dec 30, I decided that I wanted to do something fun and special for New Year’s Eve.  We typically just stay in.  In ‘normal’ years that would be for one of the following reasons:  1. We are lazy 2.… Continue Reading “Counterfeit Caviar”

Parrot Biscuits!

Today, I’m posting a unique topic compared to my traditional fare. I’ve been wanting to make my own parrot biscuits for a long while, but it never got close to the top of the priority list. I finally did it and I feel great… Continue Reading “Parrot Biscuits!”

Merry and Bright

I’ve been away from blogging for a while as I was feverishly working on a culinary craft project / Christmas presents. Yesterday, after a few weeks of producing my treats, the boxes were sealed and shipped. I checked the tracking numbers this morning and… Continue Reading “Merry and Bright”


I thought last weekend was crazy cold, but this coming weekend promises to be even more outrageously frigid. It’s enough to make me wonder if warmer weather will ever arrive. One way to combat the feeling of doom is to bring Spring into the… Continue Reading “Giardiniera”


It was 1978. I was in Kruger National Park in South Africa with my AFS (foreign exchange) host family. We had risen before sunrise to get a bite to eat and pack into the car just as the sunlight broke at the horizon. Our… Continue Reading “BIRD ON A WIRE”


I was scolded and my ethics were called into question.  It wasn’t exactly how I wanted my second Monday of the New Year to begin.  But, it is what it is.  S*it happens.  As a sixty year old, mature person who considers herself logical,… Continue Reading “SCOLDED”

Spinach for Breakfast?

A couple of days ago, Robert ran to the store for a few things and I asked him to pick up some frozen fruits like raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. Last year my doctor wanted to prescribe drugs to address my slowly increasing cholesterol values,… Continue Reading “Spinach for Breakfast?”

The At-Home Naturalist

Let’s get one thing straight.  I’m not an ornithologist.  Yes, I played one in college.  That’s accurate.  In 1982 I spent six months in Monte Verde, Costa Rica studying the “Nest Site Displacement of Hoffman’s Woodpeckers by Emerald Toucanets.”  That was a long time… Continue Reading “The At-Home Naturalist”