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Overheard on a Plane

Hungry –

Conversation between parents and two sons sitting in front of me during a flight to Houston:


“What honey.”

“I’ve thought about it and I’ve discovered I am a cannibal. I want to eat Cameron’s arm but he won’t let me touch it. He won’t let me touch it!”

“Mmm hmmmm.”

“Make him. I really want take a chomp out of his right arm.”

……Garbled noise…..

“C’mon, Cameron! Cameron, give me your arm!!!”

Now dad weighs in:

“Christian, if he doesn’t want to share his arm, he doesn’t want to share it. Why don’t you start on his fingernails? His fingernails and then his toenails?”

At the end of the flight, I hear the mom pipe up:

“Cameron? How are your ears, honey?”



The Sierra Vista Trail – Spectacular Single Track in the High Desert

A Fabulous Mountain Biking and Hiking Trail at the Edge of Las Cruces:

We spent this past Saturday on our mountain bikes, searching for the rainbow on the Sierra Vista Trail. It was a warm, sunny Las Cruces day. We were in shorts and light t-shirts with Camelbaks, apples, snacks, and extra water bottles to help us stay hydrated and energized for a full day’s ride. Continue reading “The Sierra Vista Trail – Spectacular Single Track in the High Desert”

Bad Haircut? Call it Zombie Hair

Bad Haircuts Lurk Around Every Corner

Don’t take your favorite hair stylist for granted. I once had an absolutely fabulous hair guy, Jerry. I never had a bad haircut from him. For more than 15 years. Jerry kept me looking chic – until he moved to Arizona to be closer to his sister and year-round golf. I never found anyone like him again. I eventually took to cheap walk-in salons – haircut $13.50, no questions asked. What the heck, it always grows back, right? Continue reading “Bad Haircut? Call it Zombie Hair”

New Walking Buddies

Meet New Friends Where You Least Expect Them

Check out this beauty. I ran into him on one of my daily walks on the pecan farming roads in Las Cruces, NM where we live now. Who knew that peacocks hang out in New Mexico?

I was walking by my new friend Bob’s old adobe house and this fine fellow caught my eye. If you look to the right by the pottery, you can see a nice gray kitty walking by in the inside porch.

Book Review: The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Jussi Adler-Olsen Pushes You to the Edge in “The Keeper of Lost Causes”

After reading The Keeper of Lost Causes: The First Department Q Novel (A Department Q Novel), a crime thriller set in Denmark, I understand why author Jussi Adler-Olsen has received so many accolades for his work. If you’re a fan of Jo Nesbo or Henning Mankell, you’re about to meet another fine writer who wields a skillful pen, crafts a clever story and creates maddeningly endearing characters that leave you wanting more.

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Adler-Olsen introduces us to Carl Morck, a traumatized detective in the Copenhagen’s homicide division. Morck, a 25-year police veteran, has just survived a shooting that has claimed the life of one of his partners and paralyzed the other.

Now, barely recovered himself, Continue reading “Book Review: The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen”

Weightlifting the Yard Way

Adobe Weightlifting – the New Fitness and Landscaping Technique

We’re living in the desert in New Mexico. Very brown here, but my yard was looking no worse than anyone else’s until some college students moved in behind us. Nice kids, really. That first Friday, they moved their living room furniture – two blue plaid sofas and bright green Lazy Boys – into the back yard, added a rusted burn barrel and a couple of cases of beer and the party was on.

Fast forward to Saturday noon. Continue reading “Weightlifting the Yard Way”

Is or Mom Right About Your Heritage? You Decide DNA Tests are Great but They Don’t Tell the Whole Story –

It’s great to be proud of your roots. In fact, I’ve always walked with a little extra spring in my step because I knew, in my heart, I was a Finlander – a 100% American-born citizen of Finnish descent. I didn’t need no stinkin’ DNA tests to tell me who I was.

For as long as I can remember, I was told my great-grandparents all came here from Finland beginning in the 1880s to work the copper mines in Upper Michigan. When they got here, they didn’t marry outside their kind. Continue reading “Is or Mom Right About Your Heritage? You Decide”

Betty Crocker Recipes with a Finnish Twist

For all my Finnish-American relatives and friends – and anyone who likes delicious fresh food.

From Limppu to Miso Soup and Beyond

If you’re looking for a refreshing take on good home cooking, Edith Maki’s cookbook,  Common Sense Cooking, will be a great addition to your kitchen. I received the cookbook as a gift from my mother, who was a fan and frequent diner at Edith Maki’s café in Hancock, Michigan years ago.

As a baby boomer and a Finnish-American, this cookbook felt a little like coming home. Think Betty Crocker with a Finnish twist – although you don’t have to be a Finlander to recognize these meals. Take a peak and you’ll see what I mean. Continue reading “Betty Crocker Recipes with a Finnish Twist”

Book Review: AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller

I want to hike forever after reading AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

viewLiving in New Mexico has brought me back to one of my oldest loves – hiking. It’s not the Appalachian Trail, but I live in an area so beautiful it takes my breath away when I wake up in the morning. The longer I live here, the more I hike, the braver I get and Continue reading “Book Review: AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller”

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