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How Much Sleep Did You Get Last Night?

A multi-generation/multi-family vacation was December’s 2022 holiday schedule for me1 and several members of my family. Due to the destination being New Zealand’s South Island, Kris2, who does marketing and business support for White Raven Financial3, took the lead and booked several places well in advance for our large group. Destination one had each family …

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Interpretation & The Chocolate Detour

“We are making mindful advent calendars1 for the holiday with plans to exchange them on Thanksgiving Day. Would you2 like to participate?” my daughter asked. The rules were simple: Make a calendar spending as little as possible and have it ready to exchange on Thanksgiving Day. My cousin, who was visiting from Wisconsin during the …

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Estate Planning and the Coffin

“I am letting you know that I will not be working this coming Friday,” the builder of our boat house informed us. (If you wish to learn what happened to the former boat house, you can read about it here1.) Through further discussion, we learned his brother was coming from Norway and they were going …

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I Was a Campbells Soup Taste Tester Kid

When I was a child1, approximately every other month a large box would arrive to our home on the family farm. The box was filled with assorted types of Campbell’s soup– unfamiliar to the average shopper. On various days my mom would serve us a few of these soups as part of our lunch. Our …

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What’s Your Value

When I think about others or myself1, I do not think in terms of value. What comes to mind is someone’s laugh, or their smile or another personality trait that makes our connection a good one. When it comes to myself, I think on how I can make life a bit better for everyone no …

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I Never Expected It

In late July, my faithful weed eater would start sputtering after working for several minutes and then quit. The weed eater was sorely needed to clear a piece of our property. This eventually required me/Diane1 and my husband to travel to the local repair shop with my sick helper in tow. Upon arrival at the …

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The Bridge Over Troubled Waters

The property had an obstacle during the winter months and early spring; it rains an average of 15.7 inches from October through May in the Pacific NW. With the rain, a seasonal drainage swale divided the north of the land from the south. Thus, wading through the water provided the only means of access to …

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Hard Day, Huh?

They were tired and they were hungry, but they took the time to shower and change into clean clothes prior to visiting the restaurant. The couple were a bit older but cutting, splitting, then hauling and stacking the wood was still a job they could accomplish to get a job site ready. They must have …

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Affirmation of Who We Are

“We would love if you would stay here and work in our community, but we realize that many of you have been called to a different path. Please remember us and tell others who we are.” The preceding sentences are my memory of a portion of a speech that we attended for a graduation ceremony. …

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Sticky Business

The text received on the 20th of March said, “Lit the match first day of cooking”. In short code, one of my northern Wisconsin brothers is notifying us (his siblings), that his annual hobby1 of making syrup has started for another year. It is not an easy pastime to gather sap as the season is …

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