Like every staid middle-ager who just wants to rest, sometimes Court is less than thrilled by Caesar’s frequent play bouncing. Still, the two dogs have overcome their differences in age and size to become canine besties. Here are a few scenes from their friendship: It is, indeed, a dog’s life. Advertisements

I’m pleased to announce that after much labor (and some muttered obscenities), I produced a cherry pie that was both edible and aesthetic. Both sides of my family contributed to its creation: My dad and stepmom had given me the cherry pie filling after their trip to Door County, and my mom’s mother had made […]

Sage recently had his first band concert ever. His pride was palpable, and his “posing for the grandparents after the concert” performance was masterful. As for the quality of the music, well… Some children were clearly more dedicated to their art than others, and the net result was that my sister–an accomplished musician herself–had my […]

The temperature is falling and snowflakes are drifting: It’s the perfect time to reflect on a period when autumn was still holding winter at bay. One of my dear friends came to visit with her two little daughters so they could immerse themselves, however briefly, in rural living. The girls, who did NOT consider themselves […]

I have to confess, I’m the Halloween equivalent of the Grinch: I don’t like gorging on candy, and I REALLY don’t like dressing up. My menfolk, on the other hand, have no such problem. Sage got his costume–a disturbingly large baby mask and a red skin suit that made him look distressingly like a flayed […]

As exciting as Caesar’s arrival has been, Sage felt it was time to give his favorite chicken, Flappybird, some one-on-one attention. Caesar, however, begged to differ: He MUST be the center of attention. Fortunately, Flappybird had no strong opinions on Caesar’s intervention. As long as she got her sunflower seeds, she was happy. As were […]

Winter is making an early guest appearance this year: This mid-October day has featured a steady snow. We’re used to seeing a few rogue flakes at this time of year, but this is something else entirely. My winter hating husband is chagrined, but the bright side is: A) Even though at least an inch has […]