I’ll Do it Frank Sinatra Style

The viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge came my way. Miranda from Plus Sized Mama and author of Lemonade and Holy Stuff challenged me.  I get what the intention was in the beginning. Well, kind of.  Bring awareness to the horrid disease that takes the joy of living from so many people. I did a bit of research online so that I could be more educated on the disease. What has gotten lost in the challenge, however, is the education and the actual donations to a reputable charity that is in dire need of … [Read more...]

Let’s Super Size This! Your Chance to Save a Landmark!

I often wonder why I am the last one to find out about some things.  I try to keep up with the news and the goings on in the world but at times I am basically clueless about the things that are practically in my own back yard.  How did I not know about The Barrel Drive In in Clear Lake---a mere 5 miles from my house? Thanks to a recent social media blitz and with the company of good friends I am now much more educated.  And that, my friends, is a very good thing.  Especially when it comes to … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

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Teapot Tuesday

Isn't she lovely?  A pretty red German teapot just aching to be filled with some lovely hot tea.   I found this beauty on Ebay awhile back and fell in love with it.   Nothing makes me smile wider than a red teapot.  Well---maybe Mr. Diamond. “Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?” ― D.T. Suzuki, Zen and Japanese … [Read more...]

Get Out The Poodle Skirts!

You read that correctly!  It is time to pull out the saddle shoes and poodle skirts if you are a North Iowa person because my favorite local radio station, KCMR, Inspiration 97.9 is pulling out all the stops and putting on a show.  The best part is that YOU get to be a part of the show in a sense.  It's all about the music and it's coming to Mason City, Iowa on Friday, August 22nd from 7-9 p.m. "Malt Shop Memories" is the Friday night show on KCMR and is hosted by these fabulous folks … [Read more...]

Slightly Savory Saturday

I love summer time because we can grill out more easily.  Living in Iowa limits the outside grilling months dramatically because honestly---who wants to go dig the grill out from underneath the snow piles?  Just wait till I make the move to Texas--baby--the grilling will be on all the time! But I digress. Did you know that you can grill just about anything and make a tasty addition to your meat entree?  On a recent grilling night we grilled up some green beans and mushrooms and they were … [Read more...]

Surf’s Up!

When Chris was "between jobs" we tried to take in some of the sights around the area that we had not really seen.  We ate in some new to us restaurants and tried to immerse ourselves in all things Iowa.  One of our first stops was to visit The Surf Ballroom and Museum again.  We have been there for various concerts but had never really been able to visit in the light of day. I would highly recommend this to anyone who happens to find themselves near Clear Lake, Iowa.  It is an absolute fun way … [Read more...]

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato

Did you read the title of that correctly?  I know you did!  Today's post is all about words. All about language and some quirks that you may or may not know. I love words.  I love how I can learn new words every single day.  I never will run out of learning new words and apparently there are even more new words that are acceptable. According to this CNN article there is now a new Official Scrabble dictionary that has added 5,000 new words including "selfie" and "hashtag".   Now if my Words … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

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Teapot Tuesday

A presidential teapot?  Why, of course!!!  Who doesn't want to have tea with the presidents?  Made in 1966 this teapot features the presidents up until that date.     Drink your tea slowly and and reverently, as if it is the axis the world earth revolves---slowly, evenly, without rushing towards the future.   Thich Nat Hahn … [Read more...]


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