- 12:17 pm Thursday, February 15th, 2018 by Staff Writer
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Or, as I like to call it, Happy Day-Before-My-Birthday Day! Had I arrived but one day earlier, you would all hear, “You’re listening to Valerie” when tuning in to my radio show. True story. My parents were set on it.
The day and the evening passed however, and I stubbornly stayed put. After all by hanging out for just a few more hours and making my arrival on the 15th, I still got heart decorations for every birthday through the age of 18, but managed to escape the naming. How Delilah was chosen instead is still a mystery.
Apparently one [More]
- 1:34 pm Thursday, February 8th, 2018 by Staff Writer
Last weekend I packed up the kids, the sleds, the games, the gloves, the hats, and the mittens… and headed for the hills in search of snow.
Between a beautiful cabin and a wide roaring creek, just outside one of the most picturesque towns on the map, we found some.
We also found grins and giggles, rosy cheeks, whoops of laughter, hot chocolate, board games, tall tales, snuggle bunnies, family time, and more than a few tears.
Zack loved the snow. Winter was his favorite season and snow-boarding was something he looked forward to all spring, summer, and fall. Here we were with [More]
- 11:27 am Friday, February 2nd, 2018 by Staff Writer
Last weekend I attended my first ever “Gender Reveal” gathering, for none-other than my daughter, Shaylah.
Only the doctor and one other person, who had been handed THE ENVELOPE knew the gender of her baby, God-son Ryan. Ryan had been entrusted with the secret so that he could acquire the appropriate colored smoke bombs that would give us the nod as to which aisle to head to when picking out cute little onsies, booties, blankies, and all the other ‘ies’ babies need.
Yes, with all the gender-neutrality discussions going on, this type of activity might not be very politically correct right now, [More]
- 5:59 pm Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 by Staff Writer
I’ve enjoyed the frost, I’ve enjoyed the snow, I’ve enjoyed the dry, cold days, and I’ve even enjoyed (to a degree) the rain, because I know it is oh-so-necessary for our emerald vistas, but… I’m done.
Bring on spring.
Bring on daffodils.
Bring on Lenten roses…
I’m ready. Ready for longer days and rays of sunshine that burst forth from banks of dark clouds.
Ready for greening pastures.
Ready for light jackets and sunglasses.
What? That’s being impatient? Ok, Ok, bring on February then!
Give me hearts, and flowers, and birthdays (mine!) and LOVE! Give me pinks and reds and whites. Give me chocolates and tulips, and maybe [More]
- 2:01 pm Monday, January 22nd, 2018 by Staff Writer
While much of the country has experienced some very horrific weather conditions of late (prayers for all of you!), here at the farm it’s been practically balmy!
I’ve been keeping busy with all the new critters, Zafari the zebra, Peek-A-Boo the pup, and Luna the new ‘lil kitty! You might have seen my Facebook ‘Live’ post on Monday about how tame Zafari is… My horse trainer, Alhassan, was able to ride him! Last week we put Zena and he in the same stall and it went pretty well. So much progress!
In other areas of distraction, I found out it was possible [More]
- 5:23 pm Thursday, January 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer
Were you sad or relieved when we switched from Christmas music back to our standard, much loved, play lists?
As much as I look forward to Christmas and holiday tunes when November comes ’round on the calendar each year, I have to admit that I’m ready for it to be in my rear-view mirror when that same calendar finds it’s way to the rubbish bin and a new one takes it’s place.
So we’re back to playing all your favorites! Chosen carefully so that the radio program is a place of respite from a hard days work; office, job site, or home, [More]
- 12:13 pm Thursday, January 4th, 2018 by Staff Writer
Words, which usually come so easily to me, are difficult these days.
More precisely, jovial, uplifting, “don’t worry, be happy” words, come less freely in a state of grief, but it doesn’t mean they are not there, it just means they are slower to rise to the surface.
So instead of me trying to wrap up 2017 and launch 2018, I’m going to give you my niece, Charisa’s, Instagram post. It’s the voice of youth, of love, of hope, of unbridled optimism for the future:
You were fast.
You were kind.
You showed me how to stop saying yes, when I [More]
- 2:53 pm Thursday, December 28th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Santa Paw’s paid our household a visit on Christmas morn, and left behind a furry new friend (seems to be an animal theme this year!)
Peek-A-Boo – or “Boo” as we call her, is a 10 week old Aussie, with the sweetest temperament, fur soft as silk, and eyes you can lose yourself in!
I just may have helped Santa facilitate this delivery, as I’ve been wanting a riding companion and my research told me this was the breed I was after.
I’ve always loved to ride, but it has become my number one therapy after losing Zack. I ride alone, however, and [More]
- 5:36 pm Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Blessings come in the strangest of forms…
This Christmastime, I’ve clung to the miracle of a babe in the manger, allowing it to sustain me, while my nerves jingle and jangle with every Ho Ho Ho and the crinkle and crackle of gift wrap.
My thoughts are constantly with my son, and the hollow ache so acute.
Speaking of my son, which I always am, Zack LOVED the fact that we had a zebra.
Zena joined our family several years ago now, she was born in captivity and her mother died shortly after. We “rescued” her and have given her a good home with [More]
- 1:36 pm Friday, December 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer
New York City is a magical place any time of year, but especially so in the winter.
I’ve just returned from my annual trip, hosting Skating in the Park last Saturday. What a gift it was when the snow started falling that morning! I’d taken some family and friends with me, three ladies who had never visited the city before. We shrieked and laughed and donned our hats, scarves and mittens. We.Were.Mesmerized.
The scene before us in Central Park was like something out of Currier and Ives. Snow covered trees, shrubs, lawns, bridges, and old-fashioned lamp lights glowing… The birds were active [More]