Monday, February 23, 2015

  • Been a long time since I've blogged.
  • My life has changed dramatically.
  • Perhaps my blog should reflect that?

  • We have a new addition to our family.
  • Our diet has changed dramatically.
  • I have cabin fever and need an adventure - soon!

Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Break in Chicago

This has been the coldest and snowiest winter here in Chicago in many, many years.  We've gotten approximately 80" of snow this season and I can't remember how many below zero days temperature wise.

Here it is spring break for my kids and the temps are 30'ish degrees this week.  Windy.  Cold. Rainy today.  Lovely.  

It's an indoor spring break for us.  We've braved Woodfield Mall (I'm not a mall person so this is pretty brave for me!) yesterday was the Oak Park Conservatory with a small side trip to the Frank Lloyd Wright studio.  Today it may be the Garfield Park Conservatory.  

I miss spring weather.  Where are the flowers?  Where is the greenery?  Inside at the conservatory's that's where!

Pictures to follow!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hello? Anyone out there?

Can't believe it's been over a year since I blogged.  A lot has happened in this past year. 

I'm ready to get back to work!

Anyone out there?

Friday, February 22, 2013

The sock saga

I have a big, clear zipper type baggie I keep in my bedroom.  It's the home of unmatched socks or as my youngest daughter called them - "lonely socks".  

Each and every time - well, not every time - I would wash whites I would haul the bag out and attempt to match up the lonely socks.  At times the bag was very full.  Other times I was successful and only a handful would remain.  Most of the socks belong to my children.  

I've done this for years.  Until now!  I'm starting a revolution!  I will no longer match children's socks.  Want to know why?  Because apparently teenagers no longer care about their socks matching.  It's become a fun thing to do - to wear mismatched socks.  (Kids these days!)  My husband and I are the only ones in the house concerned with matched socks.

The Revolution starts today!  All teenager/tween socks will go into a community basket where they can freely choose the socks of their choice.  Want to wear polka dot with the Christmas stripes?  Go for it!   The Valentine sock with a Halloween sock?  Oh you're so daring!

The good news for me?  I no longer have to be on a sock hunt!  Freedom at last!  A burden has been lifted.

Stop the madness!  Join the Revolution - stop matching socks!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Field trip day!  Took my girls to the campus of Wheaton College.  There's a small museum there at the Wade Center that houses some pretty cool artifacts.  Well, if you're a reader you'll find them cool. 

First the wardrobe that inspired CS Lewis to write The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, then misc. artifacts about CS Lewis, next up his writing desk.  They also have JRR Tolkiens writing desk but I couldn't find a picture without people in it.

My girls had a great time visiting here.  They pointed out the coffee ring stains on both desks!  Or are they tea stains?  Probably sat sipping, thinking, writing.....

Next field trip - The Billy Graham Center!  

You can see the furs inside and reach in.... can you touch snow?

The sticker on the inside of the wardrobe.


CS Lewis' writing desk.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Getting crafty

We've been collecting a "slice" of our Christmas trees since 2001.  My plans had been to put a hook in the top of them and hang them on our tree each year.  Some are pretty heavy and would really pull the branches down.  We've gotten better at asking for a "slice" instead of a piece of stump over the years.  As you can see some are pretty thick!

Hubby put a coat of sealant on them so they wouldn't deteriorate so quickly.  Now, I'm wondering how to display them.  In a shadow box?  Put hangers on them and just hope for the best on the Christmas tree each year?

I'd love to hear some thoughts on what to do with them.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


My husband takes our daughters on a semi-annual Daddy/Daughter camping trip.  They've been going for 8 or 9 years now.  It started as out with one family who started getting together at a camp in Michigan as a way for cousins to get to know each other and has now expanded to add friends & their kids.  Last count was approximately 20 or so Dads and over 40 kids.  They do all the cooking, cleanup and everyone watches out for each others kids.  Kids range in age from 3 - 20somethings!  College kids still come out with their Dad's to camp.  (How cool is that?) 

The kids spend their time swimming, fishing, kayaking, frog catching, sitting around the campfire and more!  It is a great way for kids to spend their time!  My husband is the official "fish fillet-er" and apparently it's become a show for the kids.  They all rush into the kitchen to watch him fillet the fish and fry them up.  Kids who have never tasted fish before are excited to try it at camp. 

Anyway!  My post is entitled "Hiking".  My kids ask what I do when they're not around for the weekend.  I joke and say "absolutely nothing!"  I don't have to cook for anyone, drive someone somewhere or look for lost socks or shoes. 

This last time my Mom and I decided to go hiking.  We chose a place near my home that I haven't been to in awhile.  We went to the Chicago Portage National Historic Site.  (So close I could probably ride my bike there!)    What's so important about the Chicago Portage Site? 
Chicago owes its very existence as a city to the location of the Chicago Portage. Long
used by Native Americans, the portage was revealed to French explorers Pere Jacques
Marquette and Louis Jolliet in 1673. It provided an easy connection between the Atlantic
and the Gulf of Mexico by linking Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River. Jolliet
suggested then a that a short canal cut through the portage area would create a
vital transportation and trade connection.
It's also a very beautiful area.  Once you get back in the woods you don't even realize that you're right next to I55 and Harlem Avenue.  (Very, very busy area here in Chicago).  Very peaceful and if you're quiet you'll see some critters!

I love that there is history in this place.  To walk where Jolliet and Marquette walked once just amazes me.  Touching history.  Not to mention the beauty of the place.  I love to hike, especially with my Mother.  We really enjoyed ourselves while walking.  Talking about plants, animals, flowers, life and what's happening in our lives. 

Get out and explore your area!  You never know what treasures you'll find.