The Coffee Bean Book – #BeTheBean

I heard this story before this summer. I knew Jon Gordon and Damon West were releasing "The Coffee Bean". Without revealing too much but perking your curiosity... This is a story that starts with a carrot, an egg and a coffee bean. It has a simple message that is relevant for all ages. Once you've [...]

Nature’s Teacher

Each year we start our garden confident we know what we are planting, when it's going to harvest and how much to water. We know we have everything properly spaced apart. What we never can predict is Mother Nature, the weather, how dry or rainy it will be, will insects be an issue? We start [...]

Are You An Orchid Or A Dandelion?

"Why are children from the same family so different from each other?" - comes from actual differences in their experiences of the same family environment." Quote from "The Orchid and the Dandelion..." I just finished this book, "The Orchid and the Dandelion Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive" by W. Thomas Boyce, [...]

Gardening Magic!

Happy 4th of July! When the Memorial Day storm hit us, this plant was very damaged. We were not sure that it would make it. I wish I had a "before" picture when the plant was completely ravaged! I trimmed back the plant and kept tending to it. To our amazement, this week the plant [...]

Just Released Today! “The Coffee Bean Book!”

Today is the release of "The Coffee Bean Book A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change" by Jon Gordon & Damon West! Some of Jon Gordon's other books include: "The Energy Bus", "The Power of Positive Leadership", "You Win in the Locker Room First..." Damon West has authored "The Change Agent: How a Former QB [...]

Fringe = Marginal

One of the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary definitions for "Fringe": "something that is marginal, additional, or secondary to some activity, process, or subject" I grew up in a large family with seven siblings, five of us are married, six of us have children. A family gathering for the holidays easily can be 25-30 family members! In my [...]

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 [...]

Back From Door County 1st Time! – Part 1

We went to Door County this past weekend to discover all Door County has to offer. Its somewhere we have always wanted to go. Before we got to our destination we stopped at a festive pub, “Island Fever Rum Bar & Grill” We chose to have a few small bites and a cocktail to kick [...]

Sentimental Family Recipes

Over thirty years ago my husband and I lived over 2,000 miles away from my family. I would call or write my mom and ask her for recipes. One day I said, "Would you write down some of your recipes?" My mom wrote down a few of the special cherished family secret recipes that I [...]