Fifty Shades of Stuck – Arguing Semantics with a Teenager

Every year, hubby has to leave for a few days during calving season and attend his company’s annual meeting. Most years, it means several things fall through the cracks as I am working and the kids are at school. This year was a bit different as Son 1 graduated from high school and was finished with … More Fifty Shades of Stuck – Arguing Semantics with a Teenager

What Were They Thinking? A Mom Guesses What’s In the Minds of Her Sons

I have previously written about some of the knowledge gained while raising my three sons. Here, here, and here. As a mother of boys, I frequently come across situations where I wonder, “What were they thinking?!?” Here are some scenes I recently came across at home and my best guess as to what was in the … More What Were They Thinking? A Mom Guesses What’s In the Minds of Her Sons

Oh Christmas Tree…

The quest for the perfect Christmas tree is fairly universal. The definition of “perfect” differs from person to person. In our house you will find “straight”, “cheap”, and “big” as preferred adjectives. Each of those words comes from a different person, of course. After years of cheap trees that were crooked with bald spots, I finally put … More Oh Christmas Tree…

An Open Letter to a Malfunctioning Fitness Tracker

Dear step counter/fitness tracker: We had a deal. Every day I am supposed to drag my sorry carcass out for exercise. You are supposed to whistle, beep, and send me shiny icons and provide motivation to continue doing that. Most of all though, you are supposed to count. Imagine my surprise when I looked and saw … More An Open Letter to a Malfunctioning Fitness Tracker

Avian Influenza, Toy Chickens, and County Fairs

You may, or may not, be aware that Nebraska is among the many states that was affected by the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Nationwide, around 47 million birds (chickens and turkeys) died or had to be euthanized because of this disease (late summer 2015). One of the possible vectors (ways to spread a disease) … More Avian Influenza, Toy Chickens, and County Fairs