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Every year the winner’s of the Palisade Peach Festival’s baking competition have their recipes published in the local paper and every year I say I should enter.  It would be fun I tell myself and yet I’ve never followed through until this year. The adventure started when my book club chose a novel called, “Kitchens of the Great Midwest”.  The online description didn’t enthuse me at all, but out of loyalty to the club I went to Barnes and Noble to at least flip through it. When I found the […]

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Mama’s Girl

  Monday, I found myself standing in the garage staring at the refrigerator wondering what I wanted out of it.  I opened the door and stared at the contents and nothing jumped out.  Butter, eggs, or more milk which one?  It certainly couldn’t be the white wine it was only nine in the morning.  I don’t even like white wine so I’m not sure why it’s in there? In the thirty steps between my kitchen and the garage fridge I’d completely forgotten what I was headed to get.  After what […]

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Valued

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  I had some time to kill downtown so I went to Enstrom’s to have some tea and watch the toffee being made.  When I reached in my wallet to pay I was a penny short.  This is when I noticed the gal behind the counter’s name—Karin.  I’ve seen her countless times before but never caught the nametag. “Oh don’t worry about the penny.  I’ve got some right here,” Karin said reaching into a spare penny cup she’d tucked away behind the register. “Thank you.  It’s ironic for me to […]

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Burritos

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We were driving to a meeting with his job coach when Chase asked, “Mom you don’t have a $12,000 coat do you?” I laughed. “No, I don’t have a $12,000 anything.” “Well did you hear about Hillary Clinton’s coat?” “I saw something on Facebook about it.” “Can you believe that?”  “Yeah I can.  Designer clothes are expensive but to be fair men in the presidential race spend a lot of money on their clothes too.” “Not Bernie Sanders.”  He had me laughing. “Probably not.” “I’ll be glad when the election […]

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Side-Hugs

I was dreading it. As April came to a close I didn’t want to turn the calendar thinking if life could just idle the engine of time would stall out.  The greeting card displays all over town told me that wasn’t likely.  The melting snow on the Grand Mesa confirmed it.  Mother’s Day was going to happen. The Friday beforehand it was finally time to acknowledge it so I stopped at the store to buy some flowers for my Mom. I chose a small arrangement in a green mason jar.  […]

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Leaf Golf

Coming from my car I could see him at the practice green chipping the ball from the rough. I’d never seen my brother golf before and it was obvious he had some skills.  This wasn’t a complete surprise.  Craig was passionate about golf but after having recently spent ten days in the ICU I thought he might struggle a little. He wasn’t in the best of health. Diabetes and a long struggle with maintaining a healthy lifestyle had taken its toll on his body but not hurt his game.  One […]

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All I Have Needed

Snuggled up on the couch with my latte and devotional I noticed the feeder was empty again. The temperatures have dropped and the birds have to eat more to stay warm but this year they seem to be hungrier than usual. I told myself it could wait until the snow melted but then a songbird arrived and I couldn’t bear the thought of it being cold. I’d put a blanket on a bear if I thought it was chilled so this friend had me with one chirp. I grabbed the […]

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Not Yet

Not Yet

The weather had finally cooled off enough to wear boots and it’d been a month since my surgery.  Standing in my closet I decided it was time to give it a try so I put on a pair of jeans and slid my boots on.  For half of church we’re standing so thirty minutes sitting didn’t seem like an eternity. That was until about ten minutes into the sermon, which much to my dismay was about healing—specifically believing God has the power to heal.  Not exactly what I wanted to […]

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Commando

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I woke up with the number 8 screaming through my body. Oh man, I thought I’m not going to make it to yoga. Not when I’m an eight. So, I told myself don’t go—stay in bed and ease into the day another way. Buddy was up though and anxiously pawing at me. Let’s get the party started he insisted. Knowing he’d eventually wear me down I gingerly made my way to the kitchen. On the counter were the three pennies I’d found the day before. Three I thought—let’s make that […]

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Oh Canada!

Another story and another thought. I’ve been in Tennessee the past three weeks visiting family and friends. It’s been great. I spent a lot of time playing Halo and Ultimate Frisbee with friends and hiking in the woods. And I’ve spent just as much time sitting on the front porch screen listening to podcasts and reading a book. There was a penny on the ground in my room the first few days. I didn’t pick it up. Not because I didn’t want to, I was just in my room to […]

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