Life Takes Some Elbow Grease!

Life Takes Some Elbow Grease! 

Posted: 12:37 pm Thursday, January 12th, 2017

By Staff Writer


The other evening as I was tidying up the kitchen I happened to look up and notice something; my hammered copper stove cover that I was soooooo proud of when I built the farmhouse was absolutely COVERED in grease and grime. 12 years of it.


I wiped at it. I ran a wash cloth over it. I sprayed it and tried again. Pretty soon I was kneeling on the counter top metal polish and cloth in hand going at it like nobody’s business!

One of the kids came by and asked what I was doing. Then they asked if they could help. And another one joined.

Kim, my good friend and house-helper was leaving for the day. She had her coat on, pup Teagan in her carrier… we’d hugged goodbye and she was headed out the door. But before I knew it she had joined the now growing copper scrubbing party.

Someone put on music.

For the next hour plus we scrubbed, wiped, laughed, and danced that copper cover clean!

d2And it got me to thinking that life and relationships are just like this. Years of wear and tear tend to make something once beautiful, shiny, and new, somewhat unrecognizable.

Miraculously however, with renewed interest, a little attention, a little time, a little care, and some hard scrubbing, the shine and radiance is back reflecting the many moments, meals, and memories you’ve made together.

I hope your new year is off to the same wonderful start!


You all know how much I love my tea. On a cold day or any evening, it perks me up and calms me down…

Especially Twinings Tea, one of my long-term sponsors. They keep me well-stocked and well-pleased.

They’re also awesome people and want to share some love with you. They are going to give away several large wooden chests full of their signature teas and one lucky person will win a $500 gift card!

Click here and enter my WARM INNER GLOW Sweepstakes!

Good luck my friends and happy sipping!



My photographer extraordinaire Brandon Hill, with his wife Kristin, welcomed a son, their second, on January 4.

Brandon is an extremely talented photographer and designer and an AMAZING husband and daddy.

Please join me in welcoming the new addition to his family!

Brandon’s work can be viewed at Brandon Hill Photos and on my website at

Making Tracks

I found these images on the web, and my first thought was “Ooooh! Fun!!!”

My second thought was “How the heck am I going to do this and not end up with 10,000 foot and hand prints all over my house?!”

I’m still deep in contemplation but for those of you with less that 200 children in and out, it might be a great winter craft!

Write me and let me know if you tried it – send a picture too!

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Amazing Grace

In response to one of my December newsletters, this arrived in my mail bag. Such a touching story; raw, and full of strength, grace, and beauty. I had to share!

Dear Delilah,

When my late husband was diagnosed with a brain disorder in 2011, we were told that eventually his mini-strokes would one day become a major stroke and take him from this world. It was devastating news to both of us.

We were a second marriage following divorces and were truly soul-mates.

A few months after Brent’s diagnosis we were lying in bed one night and I began to cry. He asked my why, and I told him it was because I didn’t want him to die. His glib reply was, “Well then, I guess I just won’t die”. I said that he really didn’t have much of a say in the matter.

Brent then said we had two choices as to how to live out his remaining days. We could roll up in a ball and wallow in self-pity, and forever ask “Why me?”. Or, we could live each day as if it were the first and last days of our lives.

By continuing to love each other, and making the most of each day. He said that people would be watching how we handle ourselves, and he opted for choice number two…..and, that’s what we did.

Even though I lost a little bit of him each day as his ability to do things slipped away along with his memory, I didn’t love him any less and I cherished each and every moment we had.

When he passed away in May of 2014, there were over 300 people at his memorial service. It was a wonderful testimony to who Brent was as a man, and human being. He died with having spent 32 sober years in AA recovery, and in February I will have 22 years in Al-Anon. I believe the programs taught us many things, and living in grace is one of them.

Brent’s wisdom that night when he said we had options, and his decision to choose living until the end, was the right one, and I am grateful that I chose it as well.

God bless you, Delilah.

~ Tish Horney

God bless YOU Tish! I pray that the memories of Brent stay close and warm, his amazing wisdom and faith help sustain, and you continue to share his amazing journey of grace with others; it is so inspiring!


Life is so amazing, dear friends, I hope you are focused on that. Stress and negativity and pressure will always be swirling about us, but if you can focus in on the positive, you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel and the peace that will come with it.

Let 2017 be the year you put a force-field around yourself that repels the negative and brings clarity and focus to all that is positive in your life!

An easy way to start is to Love Someone!


~ Delilah