Summer Days

Summer Days

July is starting with a bang. It's hot!

Since moving from Minnesota, I have become a winter gal, but years ago I preferred summer to the arctic freeze.

I have fond memories of my childhood summers.  Playing in shadows for hours, meadow picnics by Nine Mile Creek, climbing trees, and enjoying homemade ice cream on a blanket in the evening.  Days at Bush Lake, night games, and my dad with his telescope positioned just right, waiting for darkness to fall.

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Book Chat: The Nightingale

Book Chat: The Nightingale

Over Memorial Day Weekend I announced a Summer Reading Series, reading and discussing one book a month. 

Friend and blogger, Amelia Bartlett, selected our June book. Published in 2015, I know most of you have read it already. If I'm honest, the subject kept me away, but I'm pleased I read it. Having traveled throughout France, and countries impacted by the Holocaust, I was able to imagine the landscape and villages. Written with elegance and care, I believe most approve of how the sensitive topics were documented.

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Creating a Quiet Home

Creating a Quiet Home

I used to describe life as 'crazy busy.'  Waking up at 5:30AM, lights out around midnight. Packing 30 hours into 24. A happy, healthy family with dreams, a home, and good support network. Loads of clean laundry waiting to be folded and put away.

In 2002 we moved from Minneapolis to a tiny suburban town in Nebraska, now annexed into Omaha. We built a full life within five miles of our home. I remember our friends commenting on our decision, often perplexed. Moving from Minneapolis to Omaha gifted us with two hours a day, on the day we moved. It was enough time back that we talked about it, learning to embrace evenings.

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EBC Series: Training for Everest

EBC Series: Training for Everest

Hello Friends,

I live in a hilly area, perfect for a weeknight power walk (with ten pounds in my backpack). A few days ago I was walking up a half mile hill when I passed Annie's house. Exchanging pleasantries, she asked why I was wearing a backpack and wondered why I wasn't running.  Her reaction to my explanation was priceless. I can't tell you how many people want to know why I want to hike Everest.

Why!?

It's in these moments when it's clear I'm preparing to do something few have on their bucket list. I need to come up with a clever response!

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Summer Reading Series

Summer Reading Series

Summer reading season has arrived, and I'm ready!  This summer I plan to read books by authors I have recently discovered, along with a mix of fiction, YA and will fit in a classic.   Is this a good time to sneak in a confession?  I started reading The Secret Garden months ago... I will finish it.  Much like Anne of Green Gables, I'm sure The Secret Garden is wonderful, but I struggle to read some YA classics. Still, I have never read it and will finish!

Are you interested to read with me?

Last month I was talking to friend and lifestyle blogger, Amelia, and asked if she might be interested in reading a book together.  She immediately said yes. 

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The lasting impact of a good book

The lasting impact of a good book

Over the weekend I found myself standing in my local bookstore searching for a new cookbook.  One might conclude that I have an addiction since I can't stop reading and buying them.  I'm not worried, there are worse habits.

Modern day publications include personal stories, are filled with knowledge passed from author to reader, stunning photography, and let's not forget... recipes.  I'm happy to report I found a new book to add to my collection, IN THE KITCHEN.

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