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The Spice Kid

The Spice Kid

If you grew up in a large family, one thing is certain - it doesn't feel like a large family. I have four siblings and you have to have six or more for me to think WOW, what a large family. While I'm not sure of all those birth order theories, there ar...

Rubys Musings
Lunch in the Park

Nature in the middle of a busy city..... There has been a lot of noise, dust and mornings awakening to the sounds of jack hammers for the last two months right in front of Muse Cottage. Being sound sensitive, you can imagine what all that ruckus does to my delicate system. I have not even...

The Blue Muse
Things I’d rather do instead of "killing my darlings"

Things I’d rather do instead of "killing my darlings"

I was a word lumberjack all day, hacking and slashing and cutting down chapters of my dissertation to squeeze my carefully sculpted ideas into a too-small space for a conference submission. As a result of my twitter complaining, a friend shared Stephen...

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Wine things we do

Nov 2, 2013
Wine things we do

The other day, I noticed a strange ritual I perform. I was finishing off another bottle of wine (stop judging me) when I put the cork in a vase. I keep all the corks from my bottles of wine. Does … Continue reading 

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The Blue Muse
Project Green Thumbs Season 5, winter edition!

Project Green Thumbs Season 5, winter edition!

Look past that violet and behold, itty bitty beets! Aswith this Summer's front-yard gardening adventure,I've tucked veggie/herb seeds in my front flowerbeds.A couple weeks ago, I was taking Goliath for his evening constitutional and I noticed a robin h...

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Obamacare Up & Running in California despite media reports–what questions can I answer for you?

Nov 1, 2013
Obamacare Up & Running in California despite media reports–what questions can I answer for you?

I keep meaning to let folks know that despite media reports about the feds, the California version of Obamacare, "Covered California," appears to be up and running and doing well.  Here's an article in Health Line that gives more details about...

The Blue Muse
National Blog Posting Month on BlogHer: Okay, I’m in

National Blog Posting Month on BlogHer: Okay, I’m in

I forgot my blog birthday. Again.I didn't write about our third anniversary.It took me a month to opine about flying completely solo for the first time.I still haven't posted photos from the Reno Air Races, or shared my love of the public library, or t...

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All Squared Up
Pack for the trip you want to have

Pack for the trip you want to have

I read an interesting piece of advice last week. "Dress for the day you want to have." So I tried it. I put on my swimsuit, sandals, big floppy hat and a good layer of sunscreen. It didn't work. I most definitely didn't spend the day on a tropical beac...

My 5 Monkeys
Happy Halloween from the 5 Monkeys

Happy Halloween from the 5 Monkeys

yes we go all crazy with Halloween . Here we are celebrating it in our costumes. Look at how big they are all getting. May you find your favorite candy and Have fun tonight if you do go out. What's your fave candy ???

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How to paint a chair?

Oct 29, 2013
How to paint a chair?

Furniture and I have a complex relationship. I have a tough time committing.  It’s rare for me to find exactly what I want…at a price I can afford. If money was no object, I’d have no problem buying a dining … Continue reading 

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