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Sunday, March 24, 2019

My guilty weekend pleasure

I should have been reading. I should have been writing. At the very least, I should have been cleaning.

Guess what I did instead? I made two cardboard, felt-covered dolls for my granddaughters, 6 and 3, who stay at my house a couple of times a week.

My husband thought I'd lost my mind as I sat on the couch snipping and cutting, my fingers tacky with glue. Despite the mess, I came up with two sets of clothes, shoes and purses.

I got the idea from Pinterest, a wooden doll with clothes my sister had stashed and a wooden doll with clothes and shoes I'd found at a yard sale.

My activities this weekend prove a point. As the old Cyndi Lauper song goes--girls just want to have fun.

Monday, March 4, 2019


Yarn scraps can be used for fun projects.
When I was a kid, that's what my parents always said. What they really meant was wise use of your resources helps your budget. Mom saved cottage cheese cartons, cans, plastic jugs and much more. She made our clothes and she made leftovers into great new meals. Dad saved screws, nails and scrap wood from building projects. Born during the Great Depression years and both World War II veterans, they wasted nothing.

I'm not as thrifty, but I still don't like to waste. Since I love to crochet, I found myself with a basket of yarn scraps. Winter snow and cold weather made me think "warm," so I knew my orphan yarn needed to cover something.

I began stitching it into double crochet strips 20 stitches wide. Each strip is the same length. I plan to sew them together and make “crazy” afghans for my granddaughters. I envision the girls in their college dorm rooms wrapping the blankets around themselves. 

I read, write, do crafts of all kinds, garage sale, I walk, I organize stuff and I like to clean. Yep, I've been the bane of my family's existence for years. And my dog barks like crazy at the very sight of my vacuum. My mom used to call me, "Old Dutch," like the cleanser brand.

In fact, I just found a simple homemade glass cleaner to try: 1 1/2 Cup water, 1 1/2 Tablespoons white vinegar, 1 1/2 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol and 3 drops peppermint essential oil. It sounds awesome! At the very least, the peppermint scent should keep away the creepy crawly bugs.

I'm always thinking about what to do next. My husband tells me to relax and take it easy. Try taking a nap. I tell him I'll sleep when I'm dead. There's no time to waste, I have a lot to do, even if I'm not sure what that is yet.

What are your hobbies? 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Walking the labyrinth

Cheyenne Botanic Gardens features The Garden
Labyrinth for visitors to enjoy. 
It's difficult to distinguish in the long afternoon shadows that these flagstones, dusted with snow on a cold day, are arranged in a labyrinth.

An ancient symbol, a labyrinth spirals and circles along a steady path. Some say following it completes a journey to the center of our being and then returns to the world. 

When we travel along the labyrinth, it becomes a  metaphor for our journey through life, which is sacred. Each person has their own unique journey.

In our lives, we change, grow, discover and transform over the years. We strive to do more, to understand more and to handle all things that fall in our path.

If you can find a labyrinth, it's fun to walk along the curving path and let your imagination soar. It's a place to meditate and it's a place to dream.To my writer's brain, the labyrinth is a secret portal to faraway worlds and book plots yet to unfold. 

Have you ever walked along the path of Cheyenne's labyrinth? Or maybe you've visited another place with a similar spiritual or sacred relic. What did it mean to you to touch it and experience the wonder?

Thursday, August 3, 2017


In 1891, this body of water was named Lake Mahpalutah after
Oglala Lakota Chief Red Cloud. When local dairy owner          
  Johnnie Sloan received an 1895 patent on nearby land, people 
began calling it Sloan's Lake. Now it is a popular Cheyenne    
recreational area for boating and fishing.                                  
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