Author Archives: Francie

If You See A Dog in Green Plastic Booties

Inspired by the book “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” and Dr. Suess If you see a dog wearing green plastic booties, You will stare and stare like it’s your most important duty. You will think, “Wow. They’re like mini shower caps. Look at that!”   SPLAT!!!   You will trip over a speed…

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The Night I Met A Famous Jazz Artist

There I was, standing in the lobby of the Hotel Belleclaire in New York City, late on a Saturday night. My friend was checking us into our room while I stood with our luggage making new friends everywhere I could. Something about travel makes me giddy, like too much champagne. I’m not afraid to chat…

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The Gift at 50: The Cha-Cha Check

At age 50 comes an invitation to own a shiny red AARP card, party hardy for a night and The Cha-Cha Check, aka, colonoscopy. “Cha-cha” is a cutesy euphemism my sister used for her hospital job for delicate parts and I rather like it in this delicate situation. Yes, in an off-hand way, it could…

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Pretty Special Delivery Guys

  I’ve got a guy, actually two guys. The dynamic duo I’m talking about deliver appliances with class and swagger. I know because a slow trickle of machines, fridges, ovens and things streamed into my house in the last month. The same ultra cool guys helped me update my kitchen bit by bit. We started…

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Proper Coffee Shop Talk

Coffee shops have become my office. I like to write there because I can really focus most of the time and my soy lattes come with a swirly heart. No laundry is screaming to distract me, nor cookies begging to be eaten. When I leave the house to write, I say to Hubby, “I’m heading…

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Happiness Is Going To The Dump

We had a pile of junk in our garage. Nobody wanted to drive it to the dump. Not me nor hubby and no surprise, not even my college son home for spring break wanted to drive to the dump. I thought maybe, my son and I could partner. ‘Ya know, give us a little one-on-one…

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When Your Friend Wants You To Love Cleaning

One of my favorite mantras: Life is too short for a clean house. The only problem, it’s not a forever statement. I could be reported to CPA or a Department of Health Agency but I wouldn’t let it get that far. After awhile, the dust, grime and clutter make me bonkers and I’m forced to…

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Glamorous Chicken Wings for the Oscars

One of my favorite times of the year is Oscar Night. A girlfriend is kind enough to host every year, cooking up fancy nibbles to eat with sparkling wine.  We dress in comfy clothes, maybe adding a sparkly bracelet or necklace to feel movie-star-esque. I bring my own Oscar chair: a bright red bean bag so…

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When You Bring A Bowl of Soup To A Neighbor

I live in a mixed generation neighborhood. If you want to see babies in a stroller, they live here. If you want to pretend little boys are not hiding in your bushes for hide-and-seek, they live here. If you want a teenage babysitter or a teenage driver, gulp, they live here. We have the middle-aged…

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Cool Gift Idea for Movie Lovers

  Movie season to me is from Christmas to the end of February.  The announcements for nominees for The Golden Globes and The Oscars motivate me and my friends to go to the theater about once a week to cover all the Best Picture films.  And if any are out while I visit in Colorado, my…

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