A Little Perspective

My father was born in 1917, during a time when the first World War was taking a toll on many people in our nation. He survived the Spanish Flu, the world’s most deadly global health pandemic. He lived his teenage years in the midst of the Great Depression. He was drafted into the U.S. ArmyContinue reading “A Little Perspective”

The Gift I Never Expected

As I sat in my comfy chair, late in the evening, pondering the events of this Mother’s Day, it occurred to me that I received the most amazing gift from my children today, and I’m pretty sure they don’t even realize that they gave it to me. Let me explain. I love exploring history, especiallyContinue reading “The Gift I Never Expected”

Pete the Cat Birthday Party

My grandson loves Pete the Cat, and that was the theme he chose for his 4th birthday party.  Pete the Cat books are so much fun to read, and more and more people are finding that out. There will, no doubt, be endless options for buying Pete the Cat party supplies before too long, butContinue reading “Pete the Cat Birthday Party”

Blue Ridge Mountain Adventures

The Virginia Creeper Trail I’ve been “chomping at the bit” to experience the Creeper Trail ever since I learned about it several years ago.  I finally got the opportunity, recently, when my husband and I went on a little adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Our experience began in Damascus, Virginia, where weContinue reading “Blue Ridge Mountain Adventures”

Birthday Spa Party Fun for Little Ones

Of the many birthday parties I’ve planned for kids, I think this Spa Party was the one the little guests enjoyed most of all. We had a blast planning it, as well! The Decorations Rather than the traditional birthday balloons, we went with a flower and pink lemonade theme for the party. We used assortedContinue reading “Birthday Spa Party Fun for Little Ones”

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Birthday Party

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? I see a birthday boy looking at me! We had so much fun turning one of our favorite books into a special party to celebrate this little guy’s first birthday! White table coverings allowed us to present the decorations in a manner that coincides with the book.Continue reading “Brown Bear, Brown Bear Birthday Party”

Shenanigans

My husband and I started a family tradition, 30 years ago, of hosting a Shenanigans Party to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our Murphy relatives. We served Irish stew along with a variety of green foods. We drew names to exchange gag gifts – I remember my sister-in-law giving me a copy of Cowsmopolitan MagazineContinue reading “Shenanigans”

Doing Florida, Old-Style

I have many wonderful memories of visiting the Daytona Beach area during my younger years. It saddens me to see that many of the old hotels have been torn down and replaced with condos. If you look close enough, however, you can still find many historic buildings and storefronts that reflect the flavor and styleContinue reading “Doing Florida, Old-Style”

Streamlining That Bucket List

Bucket Lists are great, but they can also be a bit overwhelming.  It takes a great deal of planning, not to mention a mountain of cash, to go skydiving, take scuba diving lessons, climb the Eiffel Tower, and run with the bulls in Spain. These are not the things on my Bucket List, by theContinue reading “Streamlining That Bucket List”

The Delights of December

December; the most wonderful time of the year! My list of things for which I am grateful during this month runs rich and deep, with many celebrations, traditions, and so much love. My family started the month with our tradition of building Gingerbread Houses. My daughter, husband, and I helped the grandkids decorate their veryContinue reading “The Delights of December”