Why I upgraded to Nest Protect

I recently purchased three Nest Protect smoke/carbon monoxide detectors for our home. There are quite a few contenders out there in terms of smart detectors but I had already enjoyed a positive experience with Nest products so I leaned that way again. Shortly after we bought our home, I »

What I'm Listening To...

These days, I always seem to be listening to something. My work days, long car rides, and housekeeping extravaganzas are usually accompanied by music, audio books, news, or podcast binges. Here's a peek at my current listening menu. News### I listen to a lot of news. Not as much as »

Euro Greek Yogurt Maker

Right now I'm really into making yogurt using my Instant Pot. I've had a few disappointing batches but am getting closer to perfecting the process. This week I managed to make a gallon batch. Most recipes I've seen make 2 quarts and it's a bit different making a gallon. For »


Gratitude I have my own woods in which to play to peacefully ponder explore and pray O never did my heart so venture to dream a life so grand Yet stand I here feet planted my trembling soul amazed for naught did I dare ask thee yet was granted. --wrote »

Black Bean Lemon Delight

I recently purchased a Young Living Premium Starter Kit from my daughter and have fallen head over heels in love with their essential oils. More on that journey later. Right now I want to blog my dinner experiment tonight because it was so incredibly YUM! I spent the evening messing »

I've Gone Kindle

Anyone who hangs out with me for more than 10 minutes knows I'm a hardcore Googlian. I own the Google Pixel, the Google Home, Google Wifi, and Daydream View. I cast my videos, photos, and sometimes my desktop using Google Chromecast Ultra. I jam out to my Google Music playlists »

From Small & Simple Seeds

It's that time of year again and I've been behind the scenes getting ready for it by planting about 10,000 vegetable seeds. Not really but it sure felt like it each day as I walked into my bedroom where the little creatures were beginning to grow rapidly, restlessly in »

If You Give a Girl a Robot...

One of my favorite children's books, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, is a great adventure about the perils of giving a mouse a cookie. I couldn't help thinking about this story as I read the following excerpt from a recent article published on GeekWire. ... research from the University »

Getting Back to Fit

I went out for a three-mile run this evening. It was beautiful and I feel great about it. Running has always been a part of my life but over the past few years, I have been struggling with health problems that have kept me from running the way I used »

What's that smell?

I'm sitting on my back deck, taking a break. I apparently need one. I just returned from a week long vacation and have been using the day to put my world back together again. While making my cleaning rounds throughout the house, I noticed that one of the kitties had »

Garden 2016

I have found it is very useful to document my garden process so I can use it as a reference each year. This year, I feel like I have been behind schedule the entire season. I planted my seeds late so all my plants seem tiny compared to the ones »