art family history reading

Seventeen – Another Novel Based on History

I posted a few weeks ago about a novel I read, “The Art Forger,” that was based on a historical event, the theft of numerous works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Since that time, I have read another novel based on a historical event. This one is called “Seventeen” by Hideo Yokoyama. I found a hardcover copy at a local dollar store and was so taken with the cover art and description…

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ideas observations

Resume on Wheels

Hubby and I were out and about yesterday, running some errands. At one point, we were stopped at a traffic light, waiting for it to turn green, sitting behind a pickup truck. The tailgate of the black pickup was filled with text. Quite a lot of text. In columns even. It appeared to be a documentation of the owner’s entire time in military service, where they served and what years, along with the training they…

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family process recipe tips

Swedish Meatballs with Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Substitutions

Swedish Meatballs with Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Substitutions From the kitchen of Jan Warner With gluten-free & dairy-free substitutions and additional instructions by Erik & Mary Warner Ingredients 3 pounds ground beef 1 ½ pounds ground veal or lamb 1 ½ pounds ground pork 2 eggs 1 finely chopped onion Crackers or breadcrumbs (use gluten-free bread, like Canyon Bakehouse, or cooked quinoa as gluten-free substitute) Milk (use oat milk or almond milk as dairy-free substitute) Nutmeg to…

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family health

The Mother of All Sore Throats

It started with a scratchy throat, nasal congestion, and a bit of a cough last Tuesday. Have y’all noticed during this pandemic that anytime you come down with symptoms that seem like a cold, the flu, or allergies, surely you’ve got Covid? Even though I’ve been vaccinated and boosted, with the Omicron variant running around, I figured I’d better take a test. We had a box of at-home tests, so I took one and tested…

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design ideas tips

Improving My Office with New Glasses & a Creative Desk Solution

Over the course of the pandemic, when I’ve been working from home or working at the museum with very few visitors drawing me away from the computer, I’ve noticed a significant amount of neck and shoulder tension. My shoulders seem to be spending more time up near my ears because I forget to take breaks from staring at my computer screen. Another issue with my posture was pointed out to me after a Zoom meeting.…

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