I’ve Moved!

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It’s official!

You can now find me at BohoHippieMom.com where I will continue to blog about life, gardening, good eats, wine, crochet and whatever else the Girls in the Basement demand. I hope you will come visit and join me in my new adventure!

Peace, Love & Butterflies,



Day 31 – Self Portrait and Final Thoughts

Self Portrait - Blogging in the Sun.

Self Portrait – Blogging in the Sun.

Oh my gosh, I actually did it! I blogged every day this month! Every. Single. Day.

Those of you who have known me for awhile, know how colossal this is. I stumble on here about once or twice a year and claim that I’m going to start blogging again. I make grandiose goals to post every day. I go full throttle for about two, maybe three days and then … crickets. For months.

Thanks so much to Tiffany for putting this together and to whatever sweet soul pinned to their Pinterest board. Having a roadmap of daily topics made a world of difference. I loved posting and then going off to see what everybody else had posted, and I discovered some great blogs I will be sure to continue to follow.

Some other things I discovered:

  1. Despite all the claims I’ve made to the contrary, I DO have time to write. It’s not a lot of time, but if I make an effort and focus, I can always find a pocket of time here and there every day. I woke up every morning thinking about when I’d be able to write, and that seemed to be an important key. 
  2. It’s easier with a plan. I’ve never been great at planning — I tend to do most things by the seat of my pants — but if I can manage even just a rough outline of topics and schedule my time a bit better, I have more of a chance of accomplishing things.
  3. Community is a huge part of blogging. And truly the best part. I love that there are so many people putting such great, positive content out there in blogosphere, and it’s been awesome getting to know some of those people. My only regret is not having a lot of time to jump around and meet more of you. Some days, it was all I could manage to post. I know now that some of that time I carve out to blog has to go to reading and commenting. YOU ALL ROCK!

A friend of mine recently asked me if I was going to just quit after today. Well, you’re not going to get rid of me that easy. I will definitely be posting more regularly. I’ve been toying with this challenge, which starts tomorrow, so I better decide soon. I guess we’ll have to see how I feel when I get up tomorrow. I’ve commited to different type of writing challenge with my Wiffer friends next month. I plan to keep you all posted about that here. There’s also a lot of physical changes and clean up I want to do on my blog — it’s been years since I first set it up and I think it’s time for a change. Maybe even a name change (for the blog – not me). We’ll just have to wait and see.

Again, thank you all! I will proudly display this on my blog:


Day 27 – Online Friends I’ve Never Met in Real Life

I know so many people who say that they won’t have a Facebook friend that they’ve never met in person. I think that’s sad, because I’ve met so many wonderful people online, mostly through my Will Write for Wine group.

I’m supposed to name my top three, but I’m finding that too hard, so I’m naming five. All of them are “Wiffers” — part of the Will Write for Wine group. I’ve known them all for over five years now. Nowadays, we primarily keep in touch on Facebook.

Cynthia – I mentioned her before. She is my number one writing buddy. We’ve talked on the phone a couple of times, and text & email each other often. We worry if we haven’t seen the other on Facebook for awhile. She lives in upstate New York, far away from any good office supply stores, which makes her grumpy sometimes. She’s also a talented quilter and knitter, and sent me a beautiful handmade scarf one Christmas that I still treasure.

Pam – I mentioned her before, too. She lives in Arizona, and is always making me crave a pot of tea. Her blog posts always make me smile. For some reason, every time I hear a Bon Jovi song on the radio, I think of her.

Melina – By far the most adventurous and jet set among the group, Melina went from living in Brooklyn and teaching at a private Jewish school, to following her spirit and moving to Jerusalem. She also has family in Greece. But the best stories from Melina are about her very spoiled, somewhat neurotic cocker spaniel, Hamudi, or “Creature” as she often calls him.

Jen – When I met Jen, she was hoping to be mom of more than just cats, now she is a mom of two adorable little girls. It has been fun watching them grow.

Karen – Karen has two boys, a bit younger than mine, who she calls “Spy” and “Q”. That right there should tell you about the kind of adventurous tales we get to hear from her. I’m jealous of her beautiful old house in Connecticut. She’s not only a writer, but a biologist, so you can always count on her for a different perspective.


Only four days left! I think I’m really going to make it! Thanks again to Tiffany for hosting this challenge!


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Day 26 – My Favorite Food


This one’s a no brainer. Which is good, because that’s about all I have the energy for tonight.

I’m convinced that I was a Grizzly Bear in a previous life, because if all I had to eat for the rest of my life was salmon and berries, I would be in Heaven.

And I do have a lot of thick brown hair.

Okay, okay. It USED to be brown.


Linking up with Tiffany for the 31 Day Blog Challenge.

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Day 25 – My Location

Fall in the Rockies

Aspens in the Fall near Pike’s Peak, Colorado

I live in the state of Colorado, in the Jefferson County section of Littleton, in the Columbine Knolls subdivision.

Bluebird Day at Keystone

Bluebird Day in Keystone, Colorado


Winter Sunrise at Starbucks in Littleton, Colorado

Colorado is truly a beautiful state to live in, not only because of the majestic Rocky Mountains (queue John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High”) and the incredible scenery, but also because of the absolutely gorgeous weather we have — an average of 360 sunny days per year, and that’s no lie. People around here are so spoiled, they start getting clinically depressed if we have more than two cloudy days in a row. I just got back from picking my son up from a friend’s house, and the view of the white snowy mountains after this weekend’s snowfall was breathtaking. The ski towns call this a “Bluebird Day” because it looks just like a bluebird with it’s blue wings and white belly. I call it a “Snow Globe Day” because it reminds me of a snow globe before you shake it to make it snow. And our sunrises and sunsets? Nothing like them.  I was born in the Pacific Northwest, and I talk about moving back there when I retire, but I often wonder if I will really be able to pry myself away from Colorado.

Both my husband and I grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. Our first house was in Morrison. We moved to Littleton in 1995, when my older son was not quite two years old and my younger son had yet to make his entrance into the world. We chose our neighborhood because we fell in love with the huge yards and the mature trees, and later felt blessed to find out that the schools were among the top ranked in state. It was the perfect place to raise our family.


Stair Landing at Columbine High School

I used to get asked about it all the time, but thankfully not so much anymore, and I hesitate to mention it now because I don’t want to seem like I’m dwelling on the past, because I’m not. However, I really want to tell you how proud I am of the Columbine community. I was here on that dark day in 1999, my first indication being the half dozen or more news helicopters hovering above my house as I frosted my younger son’s birthday cake, and since then I have watched this community come together to mourn, heal, and overcome that tragedy. My children went and still go to Columbine, and although it has its problems like any other high school, it is an exceptional school. There have been many books written about the whys and the hows, but if I were to write a book about it, I would write about the heart and strength of this community, and how it came together to rise above such a horrible nightmare. At the groundbreaking for the Columbine Memorial, President Clinton quoted Hemingway; “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong in the broken places.” That couldn’t be more true for this community, and I feel grateful to be a part of it. I still get a little misty eyed when I hear the kids chant:

“We are … COLUMBINE!”

Day 23 – My Hobbies

Sorry for the late post. I worked early this morning and then came home and vegged in front of the TV with the hubby watching random movies on Netflix.

Today’s post in the 31 Day Challenge is about hobbies. I have a few:


Hiking Boots

I’m not a hardcore hiker. I don’t have the latest equipment, nor am I in impeccable hiking shape, but it’s one my favorite things to do with my husband. We have the best conversations while we’re hiking, and I love the peace of the mountains.


I’ve skied all my life. I mean ALL my life. My first Christmas present (when I was 6 weeks old) was skis. Here I am with my dad (the reason my first Christmas present was skis)



Actually, my husband is the gardener. My thumb isn’t a very deep shade of green — more of a chartreuse. However, I love helping him where I can (I’m usually trusted only to water and pull weeds) and I LOVE coming up with different ways to use every bit of what we harvest in the kitchen.


iPad Cozy

I love to crochet. It is sort of a means of meditating to me. This is an iPad cozy I made for my mom.

Linking up with the 31 Day Blog Challenge with Tiffany.

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Come join the fun at FabulousFindsByTiffany.com

Day 22 – What I Do When I’m Home Alone

First off — let me set something straight (for the benefit of my younger son).

I often use semicolons; I know how to use them.

That was for my son, who has developed some sort of obsession with em dashes, semicolons and parentheses. He claims I don’t use them enough in my posts.

Hell, I’ll even give him a bouquet of parentheses, Salinger style:

(((((((((((((((((((((This is what you get for refusing to read Catcher in the Rye)))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Ahem. Sorry about that.

Truth is, I don’t have anything brilliant to say for today’s topic. When the boys were little, I craved days at home to myself — if only just to clean (how pitiful is that)? I remember a particularly blissful weekend when my hubby took the boys with him to help his brother take a car to his nephew in Vegas. I cleaned the house ceiling to floor and watched every episode of  Pride & Prejudice. 

Nowadays, I get plenty of alone time so it’s not such a big deal. And I seldom clean. Ever. I use the excuse that I clean too much at work, which is true. But really I just don’t want to clean. I do, however, still love watching girly movies by myself. So there’s that.

What do you like to do when you’re home alone?

Thanks again to Tiffany for hosting this month’s challenge!

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