Fill-in-the-Blank Valentine’s Day Love Poem

For Lazy or Uninspired Men to Give Their Girlfriends or Wives Looking for the perfect way to say “I love you” to your significant other this Valentine’s Day? Maybe you’re too broke to buy a decent Hallmark card. Maybe your identity was recently stolen and you’ve sworn off all online-shopping. Well, at least you’re smart… Continue reading Fill-in-the-Blank Valentine’s Day Love Poem

Hearty Potato Soup Recipe: Easy, Vegetarian, Gluten-free Comfort Food

I hate when I have to scroll down through a blogger’s adorable, rambling story about last weekend in [somewhere REALLY cold] with their kids and [pet’s name], sledding and ice fishing and cavorting with polar bears, just to get to their recipe for hearty, easy potato soup—obviously, the ideal meal after a day spent building… Continue reading Hearty Potato Soup Recipe: Easy, Vegetarian, Gluten-free Comfort Food

Resolutions for 2018: “Excessively Diverted” in a Productive Way

Note about the featured photo: My husband gave me this perfect tote bag for Christmas. (I’m a Jane Austen geek, and I already have the “I [Heart] Mr. Darcy” tote bag.) “I am excessively diverted” is something Elizabeth Bennet says, but also what the invisible sign over my head says whenever I’m completely engrossed in… Continue reading Resolutions for 2018: “Excessively Diverted” in a Productive Way

Grinchy Christmas Musings and a Holiday Party to Remember

I was looking forward to impressing all of you with a heartfelt blog about how I found my Christmas spirit this year. Grinch No More! Maria the Reformed Elf Welcomes her 40th Christmas with a Renewed Sense of Peace and Love for All Humanity! Ah, if only. I don’t know what it will take to… Continue reading Grinchy Christmas Musings and a Holiday Party to Remember

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Introduction to Another Creepy Love Story?

Star Wars: Episode VIII Movie Review — Are Rey and Kylo Ren (Ben Solo) Destined to Become Tragic Lovers? Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: Episode VIII—whatever you want to call it—opened last week and has already made a gazillion-jillion-quillion dollars, and your geeky best friends have already seen it five times, at least.… Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Introduction to Another Creepy Love Story?

Am I Too Old to Go Sledding?

Or Do I Just Suck at Sledding? Or Does Sledding Just Suck? I should have asked myself if I was too old to go sledding before I went sledding last weekend. My poor, aching neck and rear end are constant reminders of my sledding “fails.” Maybe what my husband says is true: My age isn’t… Continue reading Am I Too Old to Go Sledding?

Inexpensive, Classic Christmas Gift Ideas for Children: $10 or Less, No Batteries Required

These classic Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers will make the children on Santa’s “nice” list smile, and won’t break your holiday budget. Trendy electronic toys and gadgets are fun for a short time, but a lot of these less-expensive toys, games, and art supplies will delight and entertain children for years to come.    … Continue reading Inexpensive, Classic Christmas Gift Ideas for Children: $10 or Less, No Batteries Required