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Cooking

Gonna Eat That: Black bean and jalapeno soup

I came home from work tonight, tired and hungry, and there was nothing premade in my fridge.  So, on the verge of blowing $20 and calling for pizza delivery, I decided to throw a bunch of stuff in a soup pot and see if I could scare up anything edible.  The result turned out to be deeee-licious.  If you like black bean soup, give this version a try! By the way, I'm not posting a…
Life After Divorce

Painting with acrylics

One of my goals for this year is to take a class, and I believe I'm going to start with an acrylic painting class.   A million (27) years ago, I studied fine arts in college and have always had an interest in the arts and art history.  So I'm looking forward to resurrecting that creative part of me and spreading my artistic wings this year. There's a great cultural arts organization in my town…
Miscellany

How Vitamin D has improved my life

I haven't been sick in 14 months. For me, that's a pretty big deal. Let me give you a little bit of history.  In December 2014, just before Christmas I got wicked sick with a sinus infection and bronchitis which lasted for about a month.  Sick as a dog.  Missed almost a week of work.  Then, about six months later in July 2015, I got it AGAIN.  This time it lasted for six whole weeks and…
Positive Living

2017 goals… looking ahead to a good year

According to "The Internet" and practically everyone I know, 2016 sucked.  And I can't say I disagree... I think we're all hoping for a better year ahead. Recently I was listening to a podcast by Dave Ramsey, and he was talking about how to plan your financial future. Dave's life is dedicated to teaching people how to find financial peace and personal wealth, and his method is very simple: give every dollar an assignment.  Don't…
Pecan pound cake
Cooking

Gonna Eat That: Pecan Poundcake

Oh. Em. Gee.  You have to try this recipe for Pecan Pound Cake from AllRecipes.com.   It's everything that a cake should be - moist, sweet, and delicious.  I omitted the butter flavored extract simply because I didn't have any, but it was amazing anyway.  I shared this cake with several friends, all of whom were as excited about it as I was. My girlfriend Ginny's husband loved it so much that he asked if…
The Beauty of Midlife
Life After Divorce

A year of firsts and lasts

Election season is finally over.  The nation is either celebrating or grieving the selection of a new president, and I've just put a big project to rest: for the past few months, I've been volunteering my time as the co-chair of a local levy campaign.  The levy would have funded road repairs and improvements in my town - but it didn't pass.  City officials heard much public input over the type of levy they put…
White rose of sharon with hot pink center
Home Sweet Home

What’s Blooming Now

It's a cool, shady morning on the patio, and lots of things are in bloom here - the perfect spot for drinking my coffee - and I thought I'd share some flower photos with you. When mom was here in early May, we planted some flowers together over Mother's Day weekend.  Mom planted a big pot of zinnias and coleus right by my front steps, and they are going gangbusters now!  A few weeks ago,…
I was afraid of my gas grill! Eek!
Cooking

7 super basic tips for new gas grill users

For about two months now I have been experimenting with my gas grill. Until this spring it has always just been a big, black, shiny contraption in the corner of my patio, used mainly by "guest grillers." I don't know why it took me until age 45 to discover how easy and convenient it is to use it. I suppose it was a bit intimidating - maybe I thought it would explode (what with the…
Life is Good
Home Sweet Home

Life is good outside my front door

Life is good. That's not only what it says on my front door, but also how I feel when I pull into the driveway now and see the cute little shade garden that my mom and I planted on Mother's Day weekend. This little garden area has needed attention since I moved into the condo last year on July 2. There was a random mix of oddly placed plants, including some unkempt ivy, a smattering…
Biking

Biking in Baja

It's May 1!  That's exciting since it's the first day of National Bike Month.  And since it's cold and rainy in Ohio, and not a great day for a ride, this is the perfect time to share with you some beautiful prose and photographs by Susanne Wright, a friend and fellow bicyclist I met through the Slow Bicycle Movement group on Facebook.  Susanne is a freelance writer and tutor living in Mosier, Oregon. She loves…