Sorry Mrs. Ellis, I Never Did!

Sherry’s Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies Dear Reader,As always, you’ll need a cup of coffee or tea and a mindful moment to accompany you as you read my weekly letter.  mind-ful-ness: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment.  Here at the farm, this past week, we hosted our farmhouse Appreciation Dinner…

Don’t Judge! A Mindful, Just Go With It Story

Such memories dating back to 2009.  Dear Reader, As always, you’ll need a cup of coffee or tea and a mindful moment to accompany you as you read my weekly letter.  mind-ful-ness: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment.  Wow! What about the winter weather that has moved in to…

Life is full of ups and downs….

Such lovely fabric from the sacks Grandma mentions.  “Life is full of ups and downs,” my seventy-nine-year old grandmother wrote in 1993 and submitted to me to publish in Motherhood & Me, a newsletter magazine I published for several years back in the day… “especially in 1921,” she tells.  Woven in her story is a…

Mother’s Christmas Sewing Box

It was December 1966. Christmas was fast approaching. Two small farm girls were beginning to learn what the season was about. “You know what,” Debbie said to me, “wouldn’t it be nice if we could buy a present for Mom?”  Of course I thought it was a good idea but we girls didn’t have any…

Sweet Farmhouse Memories of Cutting the Christmas Tree

Peace on Earth. Good Will Toward Man.  The holiday season is upon us. Friends, family, food, Christmas music and movies during the season of giving make it merry and bright.   Our tree, like many, went up right after Thanksgiving.  Mine is a beautiful, artificial one this year, though in years past it has been a…

Is Winter a time for Reflection?

Winter is here in Ohio……..  Winter is here in Ohio though it isn’t officially displayed on our calendar until December 21. Do you know that winter can be a great time for personal reflection?  I like this time of year not only because of Christmas but  because, the present  year is winding down on the…

Handmade Christmas 2013-Handmade Votive Cups

Christmas and candles seem to go hand-in-hand for the holiday season, since the lighting of the first Christmas tree. This is my first time contributing to a series. For the  Handmade  Christmas 2013  I have assembled a handmade  votive cup using  scrap materials that  I have collected  or  purchased cheaply  at yard sales. The glass…

Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories This Story Published in The Salt Magazine Nov/Dec 2011 Christmas comes and goes so fast. The hustle and bustle can be exhausting. It is so difficult to find that perfect gift for those who have everything, yet I learned last Christmas in the midst of it all, a life lesson I will always…