The Day the Bacon Flew Through the Air

The Day the Bacon Flew Through the Air

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I’ve spent the last few weeks living out of a suitcase.

Here, there and everywhere.

I’ve been to New York, Florida, the beautiful distant shores of Alabama and a few other places in between.

I’ve seen the ocean at sunrise and Times Square and eaten local seafood and toured an historic home and shopped at salvage yards and Target and watched actors dance across the stage at a Broadway play.

It was fun.

And exhilarating.

And exciting.

But I’ve been so busy eating and touring and shopping that somewhere along the way….

 …..I missed Decades Day.

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The Inn-Keeper’s Wife Goes to Broadway

The Inn-Keeper’s Wife Goes to Broadway

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Dear wonderful, incredible, patient and understanding second-grade church choir director,

Just in case you were curious….

…..I’m here.

I know….right?  I’m just as surprised as you are.

I always told you that….I knew that I knew…..that I knew….

….I was going to stand on the stage of a Broadway play.

To me….it wasn’t really a question of if….more of a question of when.

You see….I knew that one day I was going to be discovered singing quietly to myself in aisle seven of Wal-Mart.  The notes would dance softly across the polished linoleum floors….into the waiting ears of a big Hollywood agent who would immediately….on bended knee….offer to represent me.

And then he would whisk me away to the Broadway stage…..

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The Day I Became That Mom

The Day I Became That Mom

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Seven days, five hours, 32 minutes and four seconds ago….

….I became one of those moms.


To my credit….at the time I had no idea how I was coming across.

I thought I was just being helpful.

And encouraging and uplifting and inspiring and constructive….and maybe, just maybe….

…..the tiniest bit zealous.

After all, it was an occasion of great magnitude.

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The Day I Forgot My Red Lipstick

The Day I Forgot My Red Lipstick

New York Skyline

It wasn’t an April Fool’s.

Yesterday I stood on the streets of New York City.

It was a whirlwind trip.  La-Z-Boy invited me to go behind the scenes of a commercial they were filming in NYC.  One of the rooms from the commercial was inspired by this room that I created for them during the Design Dash contest.

That wonderful, glorious houndstooth chair was front and center.

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I spent the morning watching the filming and shaking hands and meeting the most amazing cast and crew and eating at the Kraft Food table and trying to contain my excitement and acting like this is something that I do everyday.

And meeting Fred Savage.

And Constantine from American Idol.

And Brooke.

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The True Smile of a Champion

The True Smile of a Champion


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They are growing up so quickly….these four, incredible little people who live at the farmhouse.

Once they were tiny and running around wearing princess crowns and dinosaur hats.

And then I blinked.

Never was that blinking more apparent than this week.  You see….I’m working on a top-secret project that involves stories.  I can’t talk about it and my fingers and all ten toes are crossed and as soon as I can say….you will be the first to know.

But for now, it’s just me and my stories.

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A Little Bit of Home

A Little Bit of Home


thistlewood farm

Sometimes in life there comes that awful, agonizing moment when you realize you can’t go home anymore.

I’m not talking about this home.

I’m talking about the home where you grew up.  Where you played hopscotch and taught school to your dolls and climbed trees and decorated your room with Laura Ashley wallpaper and watched your mother make pancakes every Saturday morning.

And where you first kissed your boyfriend.

And years later walked arm in arm with him up the back steps after you said “I do.”

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The Paper Worth More than Gold

The Paper Worth More than Gold


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During the closet re-organization project of 2015, I found a picture of one of the twins taken the day she was born.

When I saw it, I stopped what I was doing and put down the boxes of random bits of things that always seem to collect themselves in a closet and the fluffy hat with ruffles that I bought for my first Kentucky Derby party….

….and simply stared at the photo.

There she was.

Tiny and precious and beautiful and hooked up to a million tubes and machines and beeping gadgets wearing a tiny pink bow the nurses made for her on her wisps of downy blonde hair.

Weighing in at 2.2 pounds… little my hand almost covered her in the picture.

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Are You Talking to Me?

Are You Talking to Me?


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When you are a blogger….sometimes an amazing opportunity walks up and says hello.


And sometimes I turn around to see who that opportunity is talking to.


Are you sure?

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