Angry Squirrel

rick and renae hugging

  I thought I was doing pretty well with this rugged pioneer woman thing. I have ducks who know me and even come when I call them—provided I have food. I have devoted chickens who lay way more eggs than I can eat. I have a garden that continues to produce so much bounty, we […]

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ducks on pond

Caution: This story is not for the faint of heart. If you’re of a delicate constitution, turn back. If you avoid horror flicks and Stephen King novels at all cost, turn back. If you have nightmares after watching Lifetime channel movies, turn back. If you think you can handle it, proceed with caution. But don’t […]

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Technical Difficulties


Good morning! I hope you’re doing well and have had plenty of caffeine this morning. 🙂 It’s come to my attention that my doorbell contact e-mail listed on my contact page isn’t working. Not sure what’s up with that, but if you’ve tried to contact me recently, I haven’t received it! Please e-mail me at […]

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The Real Thing

A girl drinking a coke.  (Photo by Fernando Camino/Cover/Getty Images)

There I was, right smack dab in the middle of the new HEB. The fancy one, you know? With the sushi bar and the imported cheese. I was already feeling a little out of my element, considering I can’t even pronounce half the cheese varieties offered. But I held my head high and continued up […]

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Buzzard Barf

Buzzard photo

Today, a buzzard threw up on my car. I tried and tried to come up with a better way to open this article. A gentler, more delicate way to tell you what happened. But how does one describe buzzard barf in a pretty way? It is what it is. And it stinks. More about the […]

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The D-Team


I remember that rush I got, standing on the podium in the 1990 Olympics as they placed the gold medal around my neck. I remember the sense of accomplishment I felt, knowing I’d done my country proud. And the applause! Oh, the applause was amazing, ringing in my ears, getting louder and louder . . […]

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For Love or Money, and Free book giveaway!

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Hey guys! I’m happy to say that after many months I mean years, For Love or Money is finally launched and on the market! My street team is already busy reading the book, and hopefully we’ll have some reviews up soon. I will say, this book is jam-packed with excitement, adventure, ooshy-gooshy romance, adorable urchins, and […]

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Orange . . . the new black?

orange prison outfit

It’s a good thing I’m a law-abiding citizen. Well, other than an occasional infraction of our traffic laws, I’m a law-abiding citizen. But my rare (okay, not so rare) speeding ticket is usually the result of absent-mindedness, not defiance. Most people shouldn’t drink and drive. I shouldn’t think and drive. My point is, I wouldn’t […]

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charis foster sunset

I am officially a beach bum. Really. Last week I did very little besides lay on the beach, read, and listen to the waves crash. Except for when the boy-child and the girl-child convinced me to go into the ice-c-c-cold water of the Atlantic with them, to jump waves. Part of me wanted to say […]

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Funny Anything-but-Coffee Girl: Guest post by Charis Brumbaugh


Note to readers: My daughter recently asked if she could write one of my articles for me. I told her sure! She could have a go at it. I thought she was kidding. Less than an hour later, she handed me the following article. I’m sure after reading it, you’ll understand why I loved it […]

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