BHAY Blog #6: I Was a Toddler with a Tiara

I celebrated my first Luciatag (Lucia Day) in 1962, wearing a straw Lucia crown. From the wave, I am giving the camera, I was clearly at home in the role. I was too young to take on the traditional duties of eldest daughter in the home on the day: bringing coffee and Lussekatter: rolls thatContinue reading “BHAY Blog #6: I Was a Toddler with a Tiara”

BHAY Blog #5: It’s Time to Step It Down a Notch here in Whoville

I mentioned in a previous blog that I was going to take on the audacious task of sorting my old sermons, decluttering most of them into the recycling bin.  It turns out that was not so much audacious as it was overambitious.  I read through the first stack, and would get caught by a turnContinue reading “BHAY Blog #5: It’s Time to Step It Down a Notch here in Whoville”

BHAY Blog #4: Be the Shamash

Hanukkah began tonight at sunset. According to the Oxford Dictionary, Ha·nuk·kah/ˈhänəkə/noun1.a lesser Jewish festival, lasting eight days from the 25th day of Kislev (in December) and commemorating the rededication of the Temple in 165 bc by the Maccabees after its desecration by the Syrians. It is marked by the successive kindling of eight lights. HanukkahContinue reading “BHAY Blog #4: Be the Shamash”

BHAY Blog #3: Kondo? Can Do, sort of.

So far my Big Hairy Audacious Year has involved my Big toe, two Hairy cats, and tomorrow will include some Audaciously hopeful recycling. I repurposed two ideas from Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up After following the FlyLady’s routines for several months late in 2018, I spent New Year’s Day binge-watching MarieContinue reading “BHAY Blog #3: Kondo? Can Do, sort of.”

BHAY Blog 2: Better Living Through Cats and Chemicals

I have two cats. I’m very allergic to cats. Because of the contradiction implied in those first two statements, my life involves taking lots of drugs. They are allergy medicines, as prescribed my wonderful allergist, Dr. Joseph Rudolph. He casually drops hints that my life might be better without the cats, but I smile sweetlyContinue reading “BHAY Blog 2: Better Living Through Cats and Chemicals”

BHAY Post 1: My Big Hairy Audacious Toe – foreshadowing, or my computer’s encounter with gravity?

I hope there ’s nothing symbolic or meaningful in the fact that the first day of my Big Hairy Audacious Year begins with a limp. Not just a limp, but a limp caused by dropping my laptop computer so that it’s narrow edge landed on my big toe, a big toe without a shoe toContinue reading “BHAY Post 1: My Big Hairy Audacious Toe – foreshadowing, or my computer’s encounter with gravity?”

Blog #31: Belated Birthday Blog

Due to circumstances totally within my control, my “Return” key is now sticking to the point where it takes a lot of pressure and several attempts for it to do its job.  Therefore, today’s post will be fairly short so I don’t have to use that key very often. As some of you will remember,Continue reading “Blog #31: Belated Birthday Blog”

Blog #30: Counter Productive Thoughts on Kitchen Renovation (see what I did there, lol)

I’m not sure when DIY shows became staples of our TV watching habits: the first show I watched was Trading Spaces, where neighbors would remodel a room in each other’s home with the help of an interior designer. Since then, HGTV comes into view when I visit many friends and family – it’s just fascinatingContinue reading “Blog #30: Counter Productive Thoughts on Kitchen Renovation (see what I did there, lol)”

Blog 29: How a Trip to Nicaragua Revolutionized My Gift Giving

To be honest, my new perspective on gift giving began in 10th grade Earth Space Science as I received a gift-wrapped roll of LifeSavers candy from Kim for Christmas.  It wasn’t much of a gift, but it was wrapped nicely, and it was so nice to be included in her gift giving that year.  IContinue reading “Blog 29: How a Trip to Nicaragua Revolutionized My Gift Giving”

Blog #28: Holiday Gifts, Part 1 —You May Receive Homemade Gifts this Year: Here’s Help

In my kitchen there’s a purple perpetual calendar: needlepointed on canvas with a lace trim around the outside, you can change the months, rearrange the dates, even add special little tiles with the symbols for the holidays on it.  I did choose the purple color, but lace trim is not my usual decorating style, norContinue reading “Blog #28: Holiday Gifts, Part 1 —You May Receive Homemade Gifts this Year: Here’s Help”