Wednesday, July 13, 2016
For the most part, I like living in Iowa. I love the changing seasons, the culture (especially here in "The Corridor") and the friendly people. What I don't love is the extreme weather: the dead of winter and the peak of summer. Right now thick, hot air is settling down on the Hawkeye state and it's almost unbearable. I'm wishing for some of that winter chill I hate so much in January. I guess I'll settle for sticking my head in the freezer on occasion and being ever so grateful for air conditioning.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
I kind of glossed over it in my last post, but the fact that my MRI looks good means that I am officially 10 years cancer-free now! My husband and I are celebrating our 17 year anniversary this weekend as well. Both of these milestones have been overshadowed by everything else going on in our lives lately, but we are planning on setting some time aside to properly celebrate.
Monday, June 20, 2016
So....Life has been kind of rough lately. It's also been kind of exciting. I have to tell you, I'm exhausted. I'm in mourning for my dog Stanley, but at the same time, I have a new book to promote. I'm experiencing two of life's extremes at the same time, while still trying to hold down my day job and take care of my husband and remaining dog. Why does everything have to happen at the same time? In addition to everything else, last week just happened to be the week that I had a pelvic MRI and then a mammogram three days later. I declared it "the week of making sure I don't have cancer." Fortunately, things have calmed down and it's all good news on the health front. I'm still missing my little pug though....
Thursday, June 16, 2016
I had to take a break from blogging for a couple of weeks to recover from the loss of our beloved pug, Stanley. I hope you will indulge me as I write a tribute to this little dog, our little baby. He was just short of 16 years old. I don't know how it's possible for a dog to look like such a little old man, yet still be such a baby.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
One of the things I love most about spring, besides the obvious (hello warmth and sunshine!), is rhubarb. I've loved rhubarb since I was a little girl and my mom would grow it in her garden and make pies. I suck at making pies, so I usually make a crisp (see my recipe for Low-FODMAP Rhubarb Crisp). I also have a strawberry-rhubarb galette in my cookbook, which is a kind of deconstructed pie, which I can handle. This year I decided to try making a coffee cake.