Author Archives: Mama

Bedroom Makeover at the Quirky Old Home

Once the weather turned, we started focusing our attention on redoing the rooms inside our new Quirky Old Home. For me, the hardest part of redoing rooms in a new home is spending enough time living in it to be … Continue reading

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What a Difference a Door Makes

If you have ever purchased a home, either brand new construction or previously owned, then you know about homeowner projects.  Even the most well maintained and beautiful homes will require new owners to do work on them to make them … Continue reading

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Before and After at the Quirky Old House

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I’ve been having trouble concentrating on writing and reading since my brother-in-law passed away in July. Writing, like most activities, should be done frequently in order to continue to do it well.  So, I’m … Continue reading

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Our First Summer With a Lake Cottage

It has always been DSH’s dream to own a place at The Lake. This year we realized that dream when we bought the Little Cottage on The Lake. It’s not fancy, but it sits on a nice, flat lot, has … Continue reading

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We went to a shootout last weekend. Not that kind of shootout! The Shootout is an annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks – the largest unsanctioned boat race in the Midwest with over 100 racers and 100,000 spectators.  … Continue reading

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What’s Cookin’ – Cornmeal Lime Cookies (Gluten Free)

It has been 153 days since I’ve posted a What’s Cookin’ recipe on my blog.  And, while I do not consider my blog to be a food blog, the recipes that I post continue to drive the bulk of the visits … Continue reading

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Age Is Only A Number

Age is only a number.  This statement is going through my mind as our babies, our twins, turn 21. I remember when they were born.  We had two other daughters and would add a fifth one when our niece came … Continue reading

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Quirky Old Home Projects

The end of May we bought a new “old” home in the historic district of a small city. As you might expect, there are a number of projects to be completed to make this home our own.  Some of the … Continue reading

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The Business of Dying

After 18 months of fighting colorectal cancer, my brother-in-law passed away peacefully with my sister at his side. The plan that they agreed to when the time came, was that he would go onto hospice care and die at home.  Sometimes … Continue reading

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Put The Lime in the Coconut

This past weekend it was my BIL’s birthday.  He has been fighting cancer, but has reached the stage in his journey of being on hospice care.  It has been his goal to make it to his birthday. He’s no longer … Continue reading

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