Limoncello Gift

My sister gave me homemade Limoncello! I’ve never tried it. I wasn’t sure I wanted it solo so I made a modified “Hot Toddy”. My Limoncello The modification was no honey, over ice. It’s pretty good! Maybe the next time I’ll try the Limoncello all by itself over ice! Modified Summertime Toddy! Have a great [...]

Clicking Through Life…Word of the Day

Click Did you ever notice how many ways we click through things? The click of a pen, emails, text messages, placing an online order & clicking off the “To Do” list. Pen Clicking Clicking How about during the pandemic, the employee clicking how many customers had entered the store. Click click click Living life…one click [...]

Turbulent & Chaotic Times

I have not posted in a long time. I am navigating the covid restrictions, vaccinations, world news and random pop up riots. These times are trying and stressful. During chaotic times I need to “center” myself. Some people may call it “grounding themselves.” I try to eat properly, get enough sleep, keep connected with family [...]

Independence Day Dessert

I was blessed to be able to spend time with my family this 4th of July. We had a delicious meal of grilled chicken, pasta, Italian sausage in tomato sauce with peppers & onion, steak, homemade salsa. So good! I am a Dessert Snob! Our daughter makes all types of dessert from cakes to cookies...all [...]

“What is Your Joy?”

Last weekend I went to a new Primary Care Doctor appointment. This is a big deal for me because I have not had a Primary Care Doctor for over ten years. I do the maintenance; the OB/Gyno appt., my mammogram, I get blood work through my employer. I reflected, "I'm getting these wellness labs done, [...]

Our Bountiful Garden

My husband wanted a garden so he built a raised garden bed on the south side of our house an optimal location! He did that a few years ago. I am so grateful he wanted the garden, he built us a beautiful area to plant our vegetables. Every year we try different vegetables, we try [...]

Door County Fav Photos!

We had an amazing time, took many many photos. I Below are my favorites! Anderson Dock was iconic, stunning sunset! Anderson Dock Sunset Every so often you take a photo that just happens to turn out perfect...this is the one!!! Favorite Lake Beach Photo Cana Island Lighthouse...I love the white lighthouse against the brilliant blue [...]

Back From Door County! Part 2

The water is where its at in Door County! We took a 2 hour cruise, the captain was very informative about the area. We heard great things about our dinner destination, Wickman House in Sisters Bay. Great vibe, food and service was amazing! Fresh Bread and Butter Deviled Egg - Wickman House style! No trip [...]

What Happened to My Reader? by Sarah FitzHenry and Jared Passmore

Beautifully written article!

Nerdy Book Club

“What happened to my reader? Last year, he was in the library every week picking out books. I had to take his book away at meals. Now, I can’t get him to read anything. It’s like he has no interest in it.” This mystery baffles parents, librarians, and teachers alike. As students pass through middle school and into high school, many of them stop reading for pleasure. Loving adults beg, cajole, bargain, mandate… but nothing works.

            Let’s get one thing out of the way: It’s not your fault. It’s not your child’s fault, either. Major neurological changes take place during middle school years, and these developments affect the way pre-adolescents view the world. While these changes are happening internally, their lives are changing externally, too; homework demands increase significantly, athletics and other extracurricular commitments take up more and more time, and social interests become a principal focus. Additionally, the…

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