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Duckie Tenders

For the last few years my mornings have started with copious amounts of delicate doggie kisses from Fred, my female goldendoodle and a steaming hot cup of coffee from Dave, my sweet husband.  When Matt, my son who works for me, got his first dog, Windsor, my mornings started out with a double helping of […]

On pins and needles

Being a child basically raised on the beach I grew up barefoot and absolutely hate wearing shoes.  When I was a little girl I had callouses so thick on the bottoms of my feet that walking on hot Florida asphalt was like walking across a cool tile floor for me.  When school started, I was […]

herding cats

Sometimes getting more than two people moving in the same direction at the same time can be like herding cats.  Just about the time you think you have everything under control, one of the little buggers will break rank, sending everyone in different directions.  I spent over 25 years as the official “Cat Herder” of […]

Can we get a shot with that?

Ok, so June Cleaver, I’m not.  As a mom, I am generally pretty no-nonsense so my kids grew up hearing things like “If there’s no blood, I don’t want to hear any crying” and “If you throw up when we’re getting in the car, then you can stay home from school.”  One of my most […]

Be careful what you wish for

Before I married David, I had no idea who or what Notre Dame was other than an awesome cathedral in Paris.  Now, almost 30 years later, Notre Dame (the university) has become the bane of my existence from the beginning of football season to the day of the National Championship Game.  This year, as in […]

2012 what a whirlwind

It’s always fun at the end of a year to look back and see what the last year was like and then look forward to see what our hopes and dreams are for the next year.  2012 was a whirlwind of a year for the Allen family. January found David and I on Easter Island […]

strolling at sunset

David, Jess and I drove down to Blue Mountain Beach to meet with the florist, cake decorator and wedding coordinator at the resort Jess and Chambliss have picked for the wedding.  On the ride down I think we were all a little nervous.  Chambliss’ mom, Vickie, had invited us to stay with her at her […]

the call

If you are the parent of two girls in their 20’s who are deeply entrenched in romantic relationships, who have been out of college for a couple of years, who are gainfully employed, who are owners of their own homes, who are, in other words, full grown adults out in the world wearing hats, when […]

The Final Hours

Before we agreed to begin remodeling our dining room, Scott (aka “Scott the Worker Man to the Allen children) assured me that the job would be finished by Thanksgiving.    Wednesday was a wild day filled with the chaos of Scott Bennett’s workers flying around my dining room attempting to get the job finished before the […]

Beat the Clock

“If you can get it done before Thanksgiving you can start, if not, we will have to wait until after tax season next year.”  This is how my conversation was going with Scott regarding the renovation of our dining room.  Scott assured me in his normally loud voice accompanied by his booming laugh that he could […]