My house-building process surprise: IT’S ALL IN MY HEAD!

Not long ago, I watched Still Mine, a Canadian romantic drama based on a true story about an octogenarian farmer who wants to build a house for his ailing wife.   One particular scene stood out for me. It was between a city bureaucrat and the old farmer, Craig Morrison.   City:  Do you have your plans? Morrison:  Plans for what? City:  For the house. Morrison:  I don't have any plans. City:  Well, how do you know what you want? Morrison: I know what I want. City:  How do you know? Morrison:  Because it's in my head, that's how.   Lately, I've found myself identifying with Morrison as I'm trying to finish designing our new house. I thought with a degree in interior design the process would be easy. Wouldn't you ... Keep Reading...

Channeling the Seven Dwarfs — and a couple more

Yesterday I woke up HAPPY. No longer SLEEPY, I got up and walked into our cozy little kitchen-living-office space to start breakfast. Renaissance Man headed outside to begin his long list of chores. While taking my allergy meds (so I wouldn't be SNEEZY!), IT scurried across my floor and out of sight.   A mouse. In my little, tiny house.   Yes, I know it's cold outside, but there is NOT room for both of us—and I'm not too BASHFUL to say that loud and often.   As I stood reeling from what I'd just seen, Renaissance Man opened the door and said,   After we eat some breakfast, I'm going to need your help. Sorry. The ground wasn't frozen as hard as I thought, and I need you to drive the tractor and help me ... Keep Reading...

Grieving my New Year’s Resolution: Facing the sugar addiction

I've had a relationship with sugar virtually my entire life.   Many of my fondest childhood memories involve sugar, but "innocent" memory-making has turned into over half a century of ingrained habits, extra pounds, and increased health risk.   How do I just up and quit eating sugar without letting go of those "sweet" ties to little girlhood?     Birthday cakes: the very first one (and many, many since) — chocolate with sugary-sweet chocolate icing   Drinking "coffee" with grandparents — milk with a little coffee . . . and a lot of refined sugar   Butterscotch milkshakes at Dairy Queen with Granddaddy; Grandmother's cakes; Brach's wrapped candies   Cherry Coke ... Keep Reading...