Wonderland – Repost


I didn’t realize I had posted this once before, but I have been feeling a bit nostalgic today remembering the amazing, unique childhood my sister, Erika, and I had.  We were truly two of the luckiest kids I know.


It has become summer time, and my family and I have been living at our mountain home for many weeks. Lily White is an old gold mining camp established in the early 1860’s, and it was named after the wife of the camp boss. At its peak, the population neared about 1000, including Chinese labor. According to legend, rather than pay their wages, the mine owners buried over 100 Chinamen in a mineshaft. Now the mine is nearly invisible and hard to find, buried under the ground and in the hills, hidden from eyes.  The camp has been replaced with several Forest Service cabins including three bunkhouses, a shower house, and the kitchen/dining hall.

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Curds & Whey

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Last weekend, my oldest daughter, Emma, and I went to see the Broadway Across America production of Wicked!.  Part of our trip included picking up my nephew Benjamin and delivered him to my sister’s house.  We also delivered some things to her that had been shipped to her other house by accident.  In addition to going to the wrong address, she received a duplicate order of a cheesemaking kit, so she gave the extra kit to me.  It is the Ricki’s Cheesemaking Kit for 30-minute Mozzarella and Ricotta.  The kit originally came from the New England Cheesemaking Supply Company, but I’m pretty sure Erika purchased it on Amazon.

At any rate, she gave me a kit, I put on my big-girl panties and a brave face, and I made cheese!

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OMG, She’s SOOOO Old!


My sister.  I can’t remember my life without her (I was only 2 when she was born), and I can’t imagine not having her in my life.  We don’t get to spend nearly enough time together between our work schedules, kids’ schedules, and living two hours away from one another, but I know she’s there if I need her and vise versa. Continue reading



My nephew, Tymoteusz, has always been a hard worker with lofty goals, which has resulted in many achievements both academically and personally.  Tymek (his nickname) is graduating from Hermiston High School in June, and Wednesday night was the Evening of Excellence where outstanding Seniors are recognized for their achievements.

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December 17 – DHD Photo A Day


My sister, Erika. The front steps on Second Street. So many memories.

I don’t drive by the house we grew up in very often, but every time I do I am flooded with memories. She was my best friend then, and is one of my best friends now. There isn’t a single childhood memory I have that she doesn’t have some part in.