Ode to a Recliner

I’m not always sentimental about things. I couldn’t wait to get rid of Story’s bassinet and baby clothes. Most of her artwork has found its way to the recycle bin. And when I’m in purge mode, nothing is safe. However, I have a very strong attachment to one particular piece of furniture: the recliner.

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Re-defining a Word

To correctly classify an animal, there are seven layers of taxonomy that describe in full detail who they are. Humans, scientifically speaking, require the same level of detail to correctly outline their lineage and their connection to other beings. However, we typically use one layer and term to identify the core of who we are. Family. It’s the foundation of where we came from, our history, those who we are linked to by a set of genes. At least, that is how I defined it until four years ago when a series of events widened my view. (more…)

Scallops in Sage Brown Butter with Spinach Risotto

In the previous month, while completing my typical Aldi shopping for the week, I noticed something new in the frozen food section. Aldi is great at adding different selections periodically, which is #1001 on my list of things I love about it. This week it was scallops. Fortuitously, I needed to plan our March dinner, and I’ve always wanted to try scallops. (more…)

40 Is Fabulous!

Family is fabulous. Friends are fabulous. Fairy gardens are fabulous. So how could my fortieth birthday party be anything less than fabulous? Well, there was the fact that I waited waaaay too long to secure a caterer and a cake (much to Ali’s ire, which, I’m not ashamed to say, brought me a bit of glee). My house wasn’t in shape at all to receive guests the day before. Oh, and I had given up on the outside long before. Anyone daring to come through the front door was at the mercy of overgrown shrubs. There was a 100% chance of rain. And I had a difficult time finding just the right things for the make-your-own-fairy-garden party favors.

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Beyond Spring Cleaning: Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

 

Hi, my name is Lesley, and I’m a terrible housekeeper. I really don’t think it’s a problem, though. On my list of priorities, it’s pretty low. I mostly have control of the situation. You can imagine how I feel about spring cleaning. I wash the windows that I look out of most often so I can actually enjoy spring when I do have to be cooped up in the house. Otherwise, I don’t do much spring cleaning. (more…)