Remodeling the Train Track

Last year we decided to upgrade our garden train. It’s technically my father’s train, but our house is the location for the train set so possession being the law and all that. In all seriousness, my parents live in the northern Midwestern US for most of the year, but the weather in Albuquerque is more…

Scrapbooking Memories

About 10 years this project fizzled out and it’s stayed neatly tucked away in my office area all that time. I have a week or two to finish it before my three month sabbatical from my job is over. Will I finish? No one knows! But I hope so! The project is a scrapbook that…

Happy 2nd Day of Christmas

If you know me at all, you know I love the 12 days of Christmas and you can guess my house is still in full Christmas swing. To keep the holiday music fresh and new (we’ve been listening to a lot of Mannheim Steamroller and Trans Siberian Orchestra), I was digging around for my copy…

Happy Christmas!

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14  And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the…

Great Grandma’s Dress

My great-grandmother on my mom’s side, Anna Brue Tjernagel, wore this gorgeous dress for her wedding back in 1904. It became something of a tradition for brides in the family to wear the dress. That’s what we call it: The Dress. If you say “The Dress” to any woman in the family and they’ll know…

Rolling in the Sushi Rolls

Ever heard of Spam sushi? If not, you are missing out. Seriously. It’s yum. You get just a tiny hint of salt when you eat the roll that hits the spot. Not sure what Spam is? I’ve talked about it before. It’s basically canned meat, which sounds gross, I know. But fried or grilled, it’s…