Posted by Roxanne Hawn | Posted in Entirely Off Topic | Posted on 08-08-2012
Years and years ago, Tom bought a bunch of old skulls from a local farm sale. He thought they were neat and proceeded to put them around our place. Some summers, this particular skull plays home to baby birds. Observe.
Posted by Roxanne Hawn | Posted in book review, Entirely Off Topic, Giveaway, Social Media Blitz | Posted on 17-07-2012
Summer reading recommendation! A Violet Season by Kathy Leonard Czepiel is a fantastic read. Set in the Hudson River Valley in upstate New York in the late 1800s, A Violet Season chronicles one growing season on a family-owned violet farm. Brothers embroiled in a long-standing feud change the course of (at least) one woman’s life forever.
A story of mothers and daughters, husbands and sons, A Violet Season delivers the perfect mix of historical detail, carefully crafted characters, and rich narrative. Heart-pounding at times, heartbreaking at others, A Violet Season’s imagery and undercurrent of societal unrest does justice to an earlier time and sheds light on the challenges we face today.
Posted by Roxanne Hawn | Posted in Dog Life, Dog Musings, Entirely Off Topic, Hot News, Musings | Posted on 04-06-2012
Tags: burial, grave, grief, pink sparkling mojo
More than likely we won’t remember much about May 2012 except for grief and heartache. The finer details? The day-to-day moments? Lost in an exhausted and emotional fog. Amid the ongoing mourning, I wanted to update you on our return to blogging and on a few lessons or ideas that might help you cope in such a situation.
Posted by Roxanne Hawn | Posted in Entirely Off Topic | Posted on 07-05-2012
Tags: eulogy, grief, memorial post, obituary, Virginia Moore Hawn
The blog will go silent for a while as we cope with the loss of my mother-in-law Virginia Moore Hawn. She died early Sunday morning (May 6, 2012), after a week in acute hospice care. Here is my tribute:
Posted by Roxanne Hawn | Posted in Back Story, Entirely Off Topic, Hot News, Musings | Posted on 04-04-2012
Today is my 20th wedding anniversary. Indulge me — won’t you — as I wax a little nostalgic? This girl needs to celebrate every tiny thing. And, a big one now and then too.
Posted by Roxanne Hawn | Posted in book review, Entirely Off Topic, Foodie Tangent, Giveaway | Posted on 03-04-2012
Taking a break from Lilly news to share info on this neat new cookbook from my colleague and friend Brette Sember. First, came The Parchment Paper Cookbook and now … The Muffin Tin Cookbook, which, I believe, provides recipes for many occasions. And, if you think it’s all or only about muffins, THINK AGAIN!
Posted by Roxanne Hawn | Posted in Entirely Off Topic, Foodie Tangent | Posted on 28-03-2012
I cannot tell you how much I need a break on just about every front you can imagine. So, last weekend, rather that work / write, I dealt with some family matters, played with Lilly, and got the gumption up to go ahead and plant this year’s vegetable seeds. It’s WAY early. This may be my best year yet, or my biggest flop. Only time will tell.
Posted by Roxanne Hawn | Posted in Back Story, Dog Life, Dog Musings, Dog Whine, Entirely Off Topic, Hot News | Posted on 30-01-2012
Lilly and I apologize for the sudden, unexplained absence from blogging these last two weeks. Due to a new and difficult stage in our eldercare responsibilities, we cannot promise it won’t happen again, but we’ll do our best to keep afloat and provide some entertainment.
If you’ve not yet LIKE’d our Champion of My Heart Facebook Fan Page, where we sometimes report on such life events, we’ll catch you up on the backstory behind our absence:
Posted by Roxanne Hawn | Posted in Dog Life, Entirely Off Topic, Hot News | Posted on 11-01-2012
Tags: frozen pond, goldfish, pond, thin ice
In spring 2011, I bought Tom 19 goldfish for our pond out front. Their numbers quickly dwindled to 6, maybe 8. Our best guess is that birds or maybe a raccoon got them since we never found floating bodies. Due to wild moss overgrowth in late summer, we haven’t seen the little sweeties since August. Then, the pond froze.
The valley experienced some early, sub-zero temperatures for about a week, and the ice blocked our chances of getting the fish out. Our plan had been either to (a) overwinter them at the humane society pond or (b) overwinter them in a tub in the house (as we did in the past, with our first batch of fish that lived 3 years).
Posted by Roxanne Hawn | Posted in Brag for a Friend, Dog Life, Entirely Off Topic, Hot News | Posted on 26-12-2011
Tags: bug, Bug the Cat, Westside
Thanks to my work, writing pet industry and pet consumer articles for magazines and online outlets, I interview lots of amazing people and pioneers. The latest one to catch my fancy? A cat named Bug, who hikes, canoes, and sometimes oversees events at her human companion’s veterinary practice (Westside Family Pet Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin).
OK, I might be a tad partial to Bug since that’s one of Lilly’s nicknames, but she is an awesome, awesome kitty. Observe. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Roxanne Hawn | Posted in Entirely Off Topic | Posted on 28-11-2011
Yesterday morning Bobbye, my friend and neighbor for more than a decade, died. Bobbye gave lung cancer (non-small cell) one heck of a fight for nearly 5 years. Diagnosed in March 2007, she used cutting-edge treatments to stretch the horizon again and again. So many times, we fielded calls with dire news. Yet, Bobbye came out the other side, beating the odds in innumerable ways.
I told her a few weeks ago, after she’d come home in hospice care, how bummed I was that the preemptive radiation the doctors did on her brain didn’t “work.” In other words, the cancer still spread to her noggin. She replied, “It got me 2 more years.”
Posted by Roxanne Hawn | Posted in Back Story, Dog Life, Dog Musings, Dog Training, Dog Whine, Entirely Off Topic, Musings | Posted on 10-11-2011
Tags: anxiety, Dog Training, eldercare, grief, health problems, herding, stress, stress relief, worry
Starting in spring 2009, life around here got increasingly complicated with medical / health worries and looming grief on several fronts. The changes to my daily reality often feel beyond grim. I wade through life with a conscious bubble of gratitude around me. Yet, while tossing and turning the other night, I compiled a list of things I miss.
Posted by Roxanne Hawn | Posted in book review, Entirely Off Topic, Foodie Tangent, Giveaway | Posted on 08-11-2011
File this under Entirely Off Topic, Foodie Tangent Edition. Congratulations to my friend and colleague Brette Sember on the publication of The Parchment Paper Cookbook. It features 180 fast, healthy recipes perfect for busy moms, solo or duo cooks, people with small kitchens, new cooks, or anyone who hates to do dishes — no pots or pans required. Seriously. [We have a copy to give away.]
Posted by Roxanne Hawn | Posted in Entirely Off Topic, Foodie Tangent | Posted on 18-10-2011
Unless you’re a dog girl or guy who also likes to garden, feel free to ignore us today … because we’re going Entirely Off Topic. Here’s a quick overview of our high-altitude gardening successes and failures this year.