The cast of characters

As with any good story, there is a cast of characters. Whether they are considered a protagonist or antagonist is dependent on the day!

DSC_6536Koi Boy

My husband of 25 years (Yikes! That is a long time!). We have had good times and bad times, but I don’t plan on trading him in. He is a farm boy at heart, which leads to contention due to the fact that I am NOT! If zoning would allow it, we would have chickens and goats roaming our backyard. Instead, he has settled for a koi pond, which he painstakingly installed rock by rock last summer. He loves his pond, and gets as much satisfaction from it as I do from writing. Each to his own I say!



My oldest daughter. Recently graduated from college, she is an itinerant teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has settled four hours away from home, in the middle of corn fields.

Since she was young, we have said she is “blissfully unaware”- and she agrees with that statement! She doesn’t understand the necessity of owning an ironing board or a tire gauge. Maybe it is age, or maybe it is because she has always had her head buried in a book! She is sweet and kind-hearted, and will be forced to learn life lessons quickly, as she begins her adult life away from home.


Named so for two reasons:

One- when he turned eighteen he wanted to get a tattoo. He charmed his way into gaining approval by suggesting we “get inked” together. We did, and I have never regretted it.

Two- He truly appreciates the art of writing. He has appointed himself my editor.( I think he wants to have veto authority of my posts!) He is a sophomore in college, and thanks to the wonders of the internet, the sharing of my posts keeps us connected.


My second son is a high school sophomore who would rather spend time fishing or working on his car over anything else. He tolerates school as a necessary evil of life, and I hope daily that he will eventually find joy in learning. He has a heart of gold, is shockingly honest, and loves caring for unusual pets.

Whisper and The Hounds


Whisper is anything but quiet. She has an extreme love for dogs and their training. She can be heard daily, running upstairs, instructing the dogs to “wait!”, “over!”, and “go on!”. She is a high school freshman with a busy social calendar.

I refer to the three dogs that we share our home with collectively as “the hounds”. When one barks, they all bark. I have a love/hate relationship with them.


Mom of four, married for 25 years ,(to the same man I may add!), and trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.


There is a life beyond your nest, and I am on the journey to discover what that truly is.




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