What My Garden Taught Me About People

What My Garden Taught Me About People

I’m not a gardener.  I love to garden, but I don’t profess to be an expert nor do I have the world’s best green thumb.  What I do have is a little knowledge from growing vegetables over the years.  Moving from a climate in Virginia that had a much longer growing season made it difficult to adjust to New York.  However, I thought I’d get ahead of myself this year, and I started planting seeds indoors WAY before planting season.  I waited SO long for tomatoes last year that I…

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To Christina on her Birthday

To Christina on her Birthday

Daughter, there’s so much to say from one woman to another, There are things that you will just not understand until you are a mother, I reflect back to the day you were born, I was your age at most, Struggling for survival, Living on the coast, I was on my own as a parent, Growing up took place so fast, There wasn’t time to play, Or focus on the past, I had two beautiful girls to love, Responsibility was in tow, No living life like 22 years, Because I…

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My Mother-in-Law

My Mother-in-Law

I wrote this last month and wanted to wait to publish it.  There’s never a good time or enough said…or things that we all want to add later on… I always thought it was unfortunate for women who didn’t get along with their mother-in-laws.  I was lucky.  My husband’s mother couldn’t have been happier to see her son get married.  In fact, when he asked me to marry him, he intended to get a preacher within three days after asking, go to the family home, and get married.  Not one…

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9/11 Tower Attacks – A Mom Interview – by my daughter, age 11

9/11 Tower Attacks – A Mom Interview – by my daughter, age 11

  My youngest daughter was asked by one of her teachers to interview one of her parents about 9/11.  It’s difficult to express to a child what type of impact all of this had on us that day.  So many lives were lost without just cause.  I remember going to a grocery store the following day.  People were silent as we heard names read off of a long list of people killed.  The images will haunt us forever, but the aftermath of what happened to my husband was even more…

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20 Things You Should Know When Selling Your Home FSBO (For Sale By Owner)

20 Things You Should Know When Selling Your Home FSBO (For Sale By Owner)

    Real estate agents would discourage you from selling your house as a FSBO.  Why?  Let’s face it, as homeowners, we are inexperienced when it comes to rules and regulations of selling a house.  However, there is no need for you to have to hire someone and be kept out of the loop in order to sell your home. I sold my own house, and there are a few things I learned that I wanted to pass onto anyone else considering going this route.  First, why is it that…

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Memorial Day – Have We Forgotten?

Memorial Day – Have We Forgotten?

  The other day, someone asked me, “So, it’s Memorial Day weekend.  Are you going to the mall to hit up the sales?” Then, food websites and magazines asked, “What are you cooking on your grill for Memorial Day?”  They continue with, “What are you making for Memorial Day?”  Cute little berry cakes with flags emerge, and families sitting at picnic tables laughing while gorging appear. We’re expecting great weather for Memorial Day here. The temperatures are suppose to be in the 80’s. The sun should be shining.  However, despite…

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What NOT to do on Mother’s Day

What NOT to do on Mother’s Day

The Hudson Valley Handymom with her mom. Mother’s Day will be here on Sunday, May 11th.  Yes, it’s become a commercialized holiday just like all holidays.  With every holiday, the retail stores jump on the bandwagon of the exploitation of guilting everyone into showing how much they care through a monetary purchase. If you’re one of those people who look at Mother’s Day, shake your head, and say, “It’s all commercialized,” then, you may not be a mother…or at least not one who feels she deserves a little extra love…

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She had a Bad Day – or DID She? by Jamie

She had a Bad Day – or DID She? by Jamie

Here’s my pick for the Valentine’s Day love story runner up, and a song chosen just for this couple: I couldn’t get Jamie’s story out of my head!  You’ve got to love this love story! _____________________________________________________ I had a stressful job.  One of those where I would either come home at the end of the day and flop on the couch or come home and start drinking immediately.  This day happened to be the latter.  It was a particularly grueling day and I was unhappily anticipating the laundry that awaited…

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Once Bitten, a Few Times Shy – When Valentine’s Multiply by Andy

Once Bitten, a Few Times Shy – When Valentine’s Multiply by Andy

Did you hear the story about boy marries girl then girl tries to kill boy then boy runs away from girl and divorces her and swears off girls (well not wholly) and then another girl asks out same boy and the new girl marries the boy and they all lived happily ever after? If you have not heard that story, then Valentines Day is a great day to hear it. In 1992, I met the girl of my dreams. She was pretty, nice and was the type of girl many…

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The Perfect Last Minute Christmas Gift

The Perfect Last Minute Christmas Gift

I thought about it and thought about it…and thought about it some more. I heard all the commercials as people ran to the store. I had great ideas to put on my blog… of quick gifts for Christmas when your brain’s in a fog, Ideas abound all over the net, Things you could do if you happen to forget “DON’T WORRY, WE’RE STILL OPEN!” the commercials all cried. Emails shot to my inbox with the message inside, “It’s okay if you’re late.  Buy a gift card through email.  Or go…

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