living an unconventional life, one cocktail at a time

Flowers from Grandma.

My maternal grandmother passed away last week, and the funeral was held on Friday. At the end of the Catholic mass, one of my grandma’s wishes was honored as flowers were passed out to all her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. Each of her 12 kids and stepkids took a turn standing at the front of the church to receive a red rose, and they in turn beckoned their own kids and grandkids to the front to receive...

Stressed.

This week is not going well. Our latest home renovation— the addition of two rooms above our kitchen— is underway, but it’s not completely sealed. Of course it had to rain Wednesday night. I woke up from a short nap to the drip, drip, drip of water seeping through the roof and into an assortment of buckets and bins. Dave used plastic to create a “roof” on the inside of the kitchen, over the...

Eleven Years.

Eleven years ago today, I got lucky. The most amazing guy married me, on the hottest day of the year. Seriously- it hit 109.9 degrees that day, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. And so I became the wife of a bartender. Just a few of our favorite wedding memories: The Reading.Our dear friend Peach graciously agreed to read one of the two bible readings we had chosen. Unfortunately for her, it was a verse from...

Remembering Maggie.

One year ago today, we lost our beloved yellow lab Maggie. It was Easter, and it was only a few short months after we lost our chocolate lab Rambler the previous Thanksgiving. Holidays are rough around here. I adopted Maggie during my fifth and final year of college. I wanted a puppy; our friends’ farm had a steady supply of roly-poly yellow balls of energy. We picked her out of the litter using a very...

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