Going Above and Beyond—#North Iowa Bloggers Are Making a Difference

I love how things come together unexpectedly sometimes.  I love how I can still find so much good in the world amidst the sadness and tragedy.  I love how people continue to amaze and astound me.  Quite frankly---I am loving life right now. When I had this little idea I threw it out to my North Iowa Blogger family and they all jumped on board so I am thrilled to announce that we are embarking on a campaign of sorts to raise more awareness and help stock our local food pantries. The month … [Read more...]

Somehow I Remembered It Differently

When I was little I lived in this house.  My grade school friend, Beth Rich Brown (Yes, she now has MY maiden name) was in Hannibal, Ohio recently and took a picture of my old house and sent it to me.  How sweet was that??? I have very fond memories of living here --at least for the years that I can remember.  We moved here the summer after I was born in April so the first few years are a bit of a blur but I do remember this old brick house with fondness. I remember the spiral staircase. I … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

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Beautiful and Delicate—It’s Teapot Tuesday

Fall is quickly coming and it makes me want to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea.  This lovely china teapot features a lovely bird scene and the delicate teacups carry the theme out.  What a wonderful set to serve a favorite brew to a friend on a chilly day. This was another Marshall's find--you know I love that store and they have some great buys on lovely teapots! Did you notice those tea packages?  Of course I found a tea shop when I was in Fort Worth last weekend.  The Spice … [Read more...]

For the Love of Cowboys

I have been living it up large in Texas lately!  I twisted the hubby's arm to take me into Fort Worth to see the Stockyards and my one goal was to get my picture taken with a longhorn cow.  I can officially say that that mission was accomplished.  First selfie was so-so---the cow (his name was Cotton) was a tad bit uncooperative. He kept turning his head and actually later I read the signs that said to stay 20 feet away from the fence.  My bad. Then I found Padron.  Padron was less than … [Read more...]

Chasing Jenna Cover Reveal

I am thrilled to be a part of the cover reveal for my friend Micki Fredericks' new book, Chasing Jenna, today.  How amazing is it to be able to show what her new book will look like right here on my little ole' blog??? Pretty amazing if you ask me!  So without further ado...here it is!  I love it --the book sometimes is made by the cover and I think this one rocks it. Micki is a crazy talented woman and this book follows her first offering Winds of Darkness which was a suspenseful and well … [Read more...]

More Fun With #NorthIowaBloggers –Don’t You Wish You Lived Here?

Our little group is growing by leaps and bounds!  I am thrilled that this group that started out with just a few of us has started to grow and expand over the past few months.  Quite honestly this group has changed my life and that is a fact. It seems that we love to get together.  It does not have to be for a special event like our Lay's Tasting Party or our Oreo Tasting Party.  It can be just getting together for a meal at The Barrel Drive In or going to visit a local business together. We … [Read more...]

Fake Plants and Boxes, Wasps and Raccoons

If you follow me on social media you may have seen that it has been a very interesting week for me this week in Texas. Chris has an apartment here while we are living our lives apart---trying to sell the house in Mason City---balancing a marriage and life and new job and all that that entails.  It isn't easy but we have been in this place before and we can do it.  We both really miss each other but try to make the best of the situation. His 1 bedroom apartment is nice and quite … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

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Roaring Good Teapot Tuesday

How fun is this guy?  I found him in an antique / thrift store in Faribault when I went to visit my friend, Audrey, who writes at Minnesota Prairie Roots. She will have to leave the name of the shop in the comment section since I am forgetting what the name was and don't have my folder with me that has it written down. (Thanks, Audrey). I just love the detail on his face and the way his head pops right off to fill!  I have not tried to make a pot in him but I suspect he will not pour well … [Read more...]

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