Category Archives: lifestyles

Down to (Rich) Earth

This week The Hound asked: If you could spend one evening in a multi-millionaire’s home:1. what’s the first thing you’d want to see?2. what would you expect to find? NOT expect to find?3. what could ruin that experience (of spending … Continue reading

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

The title to my post was the name of a television show in the 1980s and 90s, hosted by Robin Leach, and it featured homes of wealthy entertainers, sports stars, business magnates, and royalty. I remember watching the show and … Continue reading

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Finding Room to Find Things

The Monday Fox asked: “What’s first on your to-do list for 2023?” Lists are good for me, especially with all that goes on in my life. I used to have a phenomenal memory and never made a grocery list, copy … Continue reading

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Where Shall I Start?

This week’s topic is one I suggested: “What’s first on your to-do list for 2023?” I guess it’s the list-maker in me that made me think of this. Each evening, I make a to-list for the following day. When I … Continue reading

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Spirits of Christmas Past

The two best Christmas gifts we ever received??? This is a hard one. As I said last week, my mother made my early childhood Christmases magical. Aside from the inevitable doll, nothing really stands out. I remember each of the … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for the Holidays

Our Tuesday Fox asked, “How does/did your family countdown to Christmas? Did/do you have any special family traditions?” [AS] This topic had me scratching my head. My family enjoys celebrating holidays together, but we honestly don’t prepare for them together. … Continue reading

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We Need a Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute

(I may have said all of this before, but for once, I am not taking time to check. Bear with me.) I was always opposed to Christmas decorations and Christmas music before Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving, but in the last … Continue reading

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Another Agatha

When most of us hear “Agatha” in conjunction with mysteries, we think “Christie”, which is why many more recent writers harken back to that name in their own mystery works. Once again, I started a series of M.C. Beaton stories, … Continue reading

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T’was the Month Before Christmas…

Topic this week:Do you have a favorite Christmas holiday novel? What about your favorite movie? Do you restrict reading/viewing of Christmas/holiday themed books/movies to the holiday season? We’ve covered holiday movies in the recent past, but I am game! Yes, … Continue reading

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Murder and Kindness in the Highlands

Oh, I have been a busy bee, but you’d never know to see my house! I have had projects going and a family member who was working on his own project here has been in and out too much to … Continue reading

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