The Mane Event

The Mane Event

Gatehouse Office

I spent the week organizing the office at the gatehouse and sitting through middle school cheer try-outs.

I watched and encouraged and got water bottles and found the perfect headband and helped with the motions and listened.

Listening was the hardest part.

Especially when she tells you that part of her wants to stand-up and shout the cheer from the roof-top and make sure the motions are sharp and wear a cute headband and try her back handspring even if she needs a spotter and part of her wants to stop and not even try and not worry about making it and just cheer from the stands.

Trying out for something you really, really want can be really scary.

I get it.

And so I listened.

Because I understand more than she will ever know.

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Bicycle Wheel Chalkboard Calendar

Bicycle Wheel Chalkboard Calendar



The other day I started wondering whatever happened to Hootie.

As in….”and the Blowfish.”

As in the amazingly popular band with all those chart-topping hits.

I mean….really….a couple of years ago weren’t we all about them?

Weren’t they all over E entertainment news and Extra and Inside Edition.  You know….all the really hard-hitting news media shows.

And then nothing.

Not a single word about Hootie and the Blowfish any more…..

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Can You Help a Calendar Out?

Can You Help a Calendar Out?



Someone threw this in the trash.

I know….right?

I’m as shocked as you are.

This giant over sized window with its peeling paint and chips and scratches and dents and broken sashes and a lifetime of living….

….was actually thrown in the trash.


Good thing I was there.

Good thing I spend my life checking out what other people throw away.

Good thing I recognize greatness even when it’s surrounded by Cheerios boxes and banana peels.

Good thing.

Because we took it home and painted and patched and rebuilt it into……Continue reading

How To:  Chalkboard Calendar

How To: Chalkboard Calendar


How to make a chalkboard calendar in 12 easy steps.

Around here….I think they have my number.

It’s 1-800-she-brakes-for-trash.

And it’s toll-free.


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