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”

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 Freedoms of July

Any list of gratitude for the month of July must begin with being grateful to live in a free nation. Not everyone in the world enjoys that freedom, and we must never take it for granted. I’m grateful for our Founding Fathers; those who came before us and risked their lives and the lives ofContinue reading “The Freedoms of July”

Mad About March

March is the month when we, hopefully, say goodbye to Old Man Winter and prepare to welcome the wonders of spring. Who wouldn’t be grateful for that?  It’s a time of transition and new beginnings. This is my list of gratitude for the month of March: RAIN, RAIN, YOU CAN STAY I love sunny days,Continue reading “Mad About March”

Clearwater, St. Pete’s Beach, Ybor City

The first couple of months of 2017 had me in a whirlwind of stress due to some difficult work projects, so I was even more excited than normal to be able to get away with my husband for a relaxing beach vacation in Southeast Florida. Clearwater Beach, FL We weren’t the only ones who thoughtContinue reading “Clearwater, St. Pete’s Beach, Ybor City”

Warming Up to February

I find myself sorely missing the sunshine by the time February rolls around. Sometimes it’s necessary to combat the blueness of the season by making a little sunshine of our own in our hearts. These are the things that top my gratitude list this month: SOUP’S ON! I like to make a lot of soupsContinue reading “Warming Up to February”