What Do You See?

When I was a kid . . . Do you hate it when adults start their stories like this? Believe it or not, we did actually do fun things. And we did those fun things without computers. On long summer days all the neighborhood kids brought a towel or blanket or sheet to the designated … More What Do You See?

Dog Drawings

The week of June 20th I wrote about the World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California. Nearly every summer I try to give readers ideas in the category of: Adventures at Home. Summers can sometimes drag on. My kids always looked for creative adventures at home to enjoy. With Adventures at Home in mind, I … More Dog Drawings

And the Winner Is…

It is time once again for the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. I have a few ideas in honor of this event to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. After all, summer is the prime time for Adventures at Home. 1. The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California hosts the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. Check … More And the Winner Is…

Flowers for Annie

The past two months have been quite eventful for me. Some of you, my regular readers, may have noticed I was MIA. Annie died in April. She celebrated this year’s Resurrection in heaven. For those of us left behind, April was a whirlwind. We scoured through old photos, trying to find ones that showed Annie’s … More Flowers for Annie

How Many Bakeries Does It Take?

How many bakeries does it take to satisfy your sweet tooth? Pella, Iowa has three. And that doesn’t even include Maria’s Tea Room connected with the Scholte House Museum. 1. Jaarsma Brood & Banket Bakkerij family owned and operated since 1898. https://www.jaarsmabakery.com/Default.aspx727 Franklin Street; 641-628-2940; Mon-Sat 6am-6pm Their second location is in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Check … More How Many Bakeries Does It Take?