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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 […]

What a weeper

Ask any one of my kids and they will tell you one of my favorite mantras is “if I had feelings they would be hurt, but since I don’t, it’s all good.”  How was I to know all those years ago that by the mere act of procreation I would be setting myself up to […]

Secret Code Word

In less than one month Jess has bought a house and has gotten engaged to be married.  There are a lot of things going on here.  First of all, the house has great bones but it needs a complete overhaul on the inside.  This is so right up my alley.  I love the big picture, […]

The Zombies Made me do it

Once a year, on October 31st, our quaint Victorian house on East Main Street is transformed into a great Halloween trick-or-treat play land.  Chilled fog roils around the mourning lady’s dress, creeping between the headstones in the graveyard inching steadily toward the zombie lying in wait by the sidewalk. Giant eyeballs blink in the front […]

Cake Pop Redemption!

Never one to accept defeat, I decided to attempt my Halloween cake pop idea again for my Tuesday bowling league.  This league is my ladies league and only has 35 bowlers.  Some are diabetic so I have been trying to think of an option for dipping my sugar free cake pop for the last couple […]

The Cake Pop Disaster

For the last few years I have been the Secretary of two bowling leagues.  The Secretary’s duties are fairly simple—collect the money, deal with the lanes, and generally just make sure everyone is having a good time.  In an effort to make things a little more fun, I decided that I would make something for […]