A Biker’s Lesson on Friendship

Chad and his bike

My experience with motorcycles and the people who love to ride them has been, for the most part, limited to what I'd observed by vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland, during Bike Week.  And I wasn't there with a bike.  I was just another vacationer surrounded by the motorcycles, their riders, and the noise.  I was not especially impressed. A couple of years ago, my nephew Chad was going through a rough patch in his life.  He found himself with time on his hands and an ache in his heart.  He made a decision to get himself a Harley and enjoy the sunshine on his shoulders and the wind in his … [Read more...]

Baked Boneless Pork Chops, Facebook Style

boneless pork chops

After finishing a sewing project inspired by Pinterest, I decided it was high time to try one of those recipes that show up on my Facebook news feed.  I really wanted to try the Reese's peanut butter brownie parfait, but reason reigned that day, and I opted for a reasonably low carb recipe. I happened to have at least two meals' worth of boneless pork chops in my freezer. so when I saw a recipe for pork chops that melt in your mouth, I just had to try it.  The last time I made boneless pork chops for us, they were rather dry and tasteless.  I find that boneless cuts of meat are easy to over … [Read more...]

I Can Hear a Pin Drop

fitting room

This month we made a huge (for us) investment in our home by having new flooring installed in our basement.  Some of you may know that the basement is my sewing room, so, yes, this change was mostly for my benefit. Sewing in a carpeted room has its downside.  Thread sticks to the carpet and is hard to sweep up, and pins fall without a sound and get stuck in the carpet fibers.  Our carpet, which we had installed in the late 1980s, was especially troublesome because the seam was coming apart across the part of the room where my machines are, and I was constantly tripping over the loose carpet … [Read more...]

A Frugal Source for Audio Books

audio book on iPhone

I love to read!  Unfortunately, it's not possible to read and sew at the same time, and so we have AUDIO BOOKS! Before I tried audio books as accompaniment to my sewing work, I wrongly assumed that I would not like listening to someone else read a book to me. Oh how wrong I was!  I have found that some books are actually enhanced by having them read by a professional.  The Help is one such book.  This delightful story came to life as different actresses read the different characters' narratives. One of my all time favorite cozy mystery series by Alan Bradley features Flavia deLuce, … [Read more...]

Room For One More

Grammy and Jayden

On Thursday, April 9th, the world's population increased by one when we welcomed into our family our first great-grandson, Jayden Michael.  We praise the Lord for a beautiful, healthy boy and a safe delivery for his mama.  Isn't it amazing that just when you think your heart is full, God multiplies your love and makes room for one more? While Jayden and his parents were taking care of business at the hospital--taking selfies, having surgery, cutting umbilical cords, taking a first breath, and the like--Jack and I were enjoying the company of the Big Sister.  It was our privilege to take … [Read more...]