For the love of a card

Thanksgiving is over and now looms the biggest Holiday of the year. Christmas. Time for addressing beautiful cards. I recently read a Facebook post about the proper addressing of cards and the adding of the plural to names. No more APOSTROPHE … ever. If the last name ends in A thru R or T, U,…

Sandy Holthaus: Oh, Baby Baby!

For those of you who don’t know, I have committed the next two months to be a “newborn nanny” for baby Odin. He is adorable, learning to coo, track faces, smile, and of course poop. I now spend my days completely focused on the care and happiness of another human being. It has been a…

Getting ready to fall back

Soon, Daylight Saving Time will give us an extra hour of daylight to our day. I was thinking on an ordinary day what can I accomplish in an hour? It turns out I can do a lot if I have a time limit of an hour: make my bed, empty the dishwasher, do a load…

There must be dancing

I just returned yesterday from our annual Women’s Wellness Weekend. This has been a tradition for more than 18 years. It started with a woman’s retreat at the Audubon Society Retreat Center in Sandstone. That was nice, but then we decided we could organize a retreat ourselves and customize it to our liking. This year…

Burnt Chili

By Sandy Holthaus I read this story the other day from my Facebook friend Tom Palen. He is an excellent writer who lives on the North Shore in Silver Bay. You should check out his posts every Wednesday for his invaluable insights. I am sharing Burnt Chili with you with his permission. My mom LaVonne…

My life in a fog

I will share this with you because you are my friend. I have been hazy lately. It’s like my brain is running in mud. If you understand this expression, then maybe we are on the same page. I try to focus, I honestly do. Information just can’t get through the fog. I blame it on…

Our nests

Even as a small child, I liked to gather all my blankets and pillows around me and make a comfy nest. I remember making a nest behind the couch while my parents played cards with the neighbors late into the evening. I would fall asleep back there listening to the laughter and the clicks of…

Zoom with me

By Sandy Holthaus I recently met a dynamic woman living on the shore of Pleasant Lake. We started discussing how nice it was to be out and about and visiting again after the pandemic. She explained to me how the neighborhood ladies had learned to use Zoom in the last 18 months to get together…

Choose a better perspective

By Sandy Holthaus Have you ever had a day when you felt overwhelmed by everything? Too much on the to-do list? Drained by lack of self-care? If you say no, I feel you are either a saint or a fibber as I’m not one to call anyone a liar. We recently had a month-long remodel…

Strawberry fields

By Sandy Holthaus Two years ago, I decided that our local farmers market had a far better product than I could grow in my garden boxes. The farmers were experts, and I was just winging it. By the time I bought all the seeds and plants, weeded and watered, I had spent more time and…