Time To Snuggle Up

It’s time to snuggle up! The mother of all cold snaps is about to hit us. We’re promised temps plunging below zero, high winds, and probably some snow and ice. This is winter in Nebraska. I won’t say that it’s 100% Nebraska winter-normal (that kind of thing doesn’t really exist), but every few winters, we

T.P. and Freedom or Bust

“T.P. and Freedom–or Bust!” I want to introduce you to my motto for 2022. It may seem a little ridiculous on the surface, but I assure you: there is a real purpose behind it. There is a real connection between the practical everyday necessities that we take for granted and our freedom. Take away our

Updated Free eCards and Online Puzzles

I’ve updated my free ecards and added to my online puzzles for your enjoyment and use–and I wanted to be sure to share them with you. I originally created these ecards to share on social media because I’m horrible at tracking birthdays, and my organization skills are somewhat lacking in this area as well. I

It’s Thanksgiving and I Finished It

It’s Thanksgiving–and I Finished It! Oh–the tears and frustration, the struggles along the way… The YEARS that I’ve been trying to finish it. I supposed I should explain–or as Inigo Montoya says in The Princess Bride, “Let me sum up.” More than 30 years ago, when I was in college, I was assigned a project

Our Best Local Public Rose Garden

While there is more than one place where we can enjoy roses in Lincoln, Hamann Rose Garden is our best local public rose garden in Lincoln, Nebraska. One of the great things I love about this time of year is the heady scent of roses perfuming the air. And all the gorgeous colors, the soft

This Street Play Mat

This street play mat just grew up! Did you ever play with small toy cars when you were little? Toy cars are one of those toys that boys and girls enjoy playing with side-by-side along with other miniatures. Toy trains, toy boats, other toy machinery and equipment along with toy animals can be a lot

Which Christmas stocking are you?

Which Christmas stocking are you? Which stocking best fits your personality and interests?   Are you a musician or a lover of music and musical instruments? Do you love Christmas music played by a string ensemble? Then, maybe this stocking is for you.   Maybe you love to travel and see the world. Maybe you like

Designing with Colorado Wildflowers

I decided to treat myself to a little nostalgia while designing with Colorado wildflowers. They are so beautiful and vibrant, so joyous… “Look how the wild flowers grow: they don’t work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one

Beautiful Bugs

I love beautiful bugs–don’t you? Spoonflower has a Retro Bugs challenge that I wanted to enter, so I created some beautiful bugs–and I want to share them with you. My reasons for entering this challenge are complex. As far as I’m concerned, not all bugs are beautiful. Some of them are really ugly and some

Cottage Garden Love Affair

If there’s one style of garden I’m particularly partial to, it’s a cottage garden. As you probably already know, I have a love affair with flowering plants and enjoy visiting gardens and growing my own garden. I love roses and tulips, and daylilies and daffodils. In fact, I can safely say that there aren’t too many flowering

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