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Aging Parents Are a Fact of Life

It’s something most everyone will go through in their lifetime: having to deal with aging parents. I have now entered that realm with my father, who has been dealing with cognitive issues for a few years now. Recently he had some major health issues which required surgery. Unfortunately, the anesthesia
Posted  on September 8, 2016
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Summer Cooler

I’ve been bringing in cucumbers for my co-workers. LOTS of cucumbers. One plant will give you more than you can ever eat. And since my co-workers can only eat so many, I wanted to find different ways to use them instead of just slicing them and putting them in a
Posted  on August 8, 2016
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Gardening Isn’t for Wimps

Gardening isn’t for wimps. It’s hard work. Real hard. If you have a garden, this you already know. It needs constant care and attention which, after the end of a long workday, can sometimes seem exhausting. If you have a garden, I also don’t  need to tell you that the
Posted  on July 14, 2016
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More Adventures With Truman

Recently a listener asked me if I had any new Truman stories to share.  Since I haven’t blogged about him in a while I thought I’d give an update about what he’s been up to. Truman has been busy being part of area parades representing Magic 98. I wear a
Posted  on June 29, 2016
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Me vs. the Gnats

I’m a big hiker. My goal is to visit all the state parks in Wisconsin, and I have a pretty good start. I love to venture into the woods and hear the birds and see the flora. But there is one thing I do not like about hiking in the woods. It’s the bugs.
Posted  on June 16, 2016
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Out With the Old

One of the things I did while I was on “staycation” was clean out my clothes closet. It’s a good thing to do every once in a while for many reasons:  It feels good to clean and purge. It gives you a sense of renewal. When you clean out your
Posted  on May 19, 2016
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Spring Fever

Autumn is my absolute favorite season, but spring, for me, is a very close second. I remember the feeling of “spring fever.” It’s been a few years since I’ve experienced the phenomenon. But it’s a real and true thing that happens in March, April and May. The smell of the
Posted  on May 3, 2016
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An Eggcellent Idea

The planting season is about another month or two away, but I like to start plants early indoors. And instead of spending money on peat pots (which can be expensive), I use eggshells.   Eggshell planters are free (once you buy and use the eggs). They are full of calcium
Posted  on April 5, 2016
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Duck Season

One of the things I appreciate about living in Madison is that we are surrounded by water. And where there is water, there are waterfowl. Since I’m a birder, I’ve been enjoying some bird-watching on some area lakes and ponds.  March is a good month to get a glimpse of
Posted  on March 22, 2016
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“I’m Having Symptoms of a Heart Attack”

February is National Heart Month, so how appropriate that it happened to be the month that I thought I was having a heart attack.  It all started one Friday evening when I just felt unusually tired–OK, exhausted. I thought I just need a good night’s sleep and I’ll feel so
Posted  on February 25, 2016