Reading List


Last summer I curated a reading list and I absolutely loved my selections.  I still recommend the books I read last summer. Lately, I haven’t been reading much.  Actually, I’ve been reading a lot, but I either start a book I never finish, or I read a book I don’t love.  Here’s the problem.  I [...]

Something New

When was the last time you tried something new?

When was the last time you tried something new? That question, and versions of that questions (When was the last time you did something new?), have been playing on repeat in my brain. I first encountered the question on Facebook.  Unfortunately, I can’t remember who posted it or why, but the question itself made an [...]

Psychedelic Owls

Psychedelic Owls

Yesterday was the kind of day where you keep the shades drawn and stay in your pajamas from morning till night.  Only, I opened the curtains, because it felt gloomy with them closed, and I got dress, but I let three-quarters of the day pass before I did that. While it down-poured outside, I could [...]


I started this blog in fall of 2008.  It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for that long, but here we are five and half years later. That’s a long time for bloggers to stick around, a looooong time. Lately, The Domestic Fringe has been going through a mid-life crisis, or maybe it’s just me. [...]

Friday Chats: Laugh Out Loud

Wallace & Gromit

There’s so much to chat about, I’m going to have to use subheadings! Laugh Out Loud I have funny friends.  When we converse in the morning, things get a little wonky from time to time.  It takes a bit for our caffeine to kick in. This morning’s facebook chat was no exception. Now, my friend [...]

Friday Chats: Pretty Nails – Party Time

Jamberry Jams on my nails - It's a party

Hey all!  Hope your week has been good.  Sorry I didn’t get much blogging done, but it’s been a full week. Today, I’m inviting you all to a party.  Who doesn’t like parties, right? I’d love for you to join in the fun!  It’s through a closed Facebook group and here is the link. My [...]

Monday’s Musings: Cinco de Mayo

Porch Flowers with a Pink Flamingo

Happy Cinco de Mayo.  I feel I should be honoring this day by making tacos or something extra spicy, but I’ll probably make hot dogs and/or leftover chicken soup.  It’s what we’ve got.  I know, I know.  It’s a total holiday fail. I’ve got a bad track record with the little holidays.  The big ones [...]

Friday Chats – It’s all about the people.

Friday Chats - Our time to Catch Up

This has been a really long week. My brother called the other night to say his kids were with their mom in their house and it was filling with water, chest high water. I won’t get into all the details, because really, it’s not my story to tell, but I spent the night praying for [...]

Friday Chats

Friday Chats - Our time to Catch Up

Friday Chats are kinda like fireside chats without the fire, although a fire would fabulous, because it’s a little cool this morning. I feel like I need a day to catch-up with you guys.  You know, the kinda day where I just ramble about life and then you leave a comment and ramble right back [...]

A Season to Work


When I set my goals for 2014, I focused on “work” goals.  I mean, all goals take work, but I believed this season I am in is a season to work. I don’t really know why I’ve had such an impression about this time of my life, but I began 2014 ready to work. This [...]

Mother’s Day Gift Book

Mother's Day Gift Book, a printable eBook that's pretty enough to give as a gift.

You can never start preparing for Mother’s Day too early. Ladies, can I get an Amen? This year, I wanted to do something special for Mother’s Day, so I put together an eBook, only it’s not just a regular old eBook, it’s a gift book.  It’s pretty enough to print out and give as a [...]

Two are Better than One

Two are better than one.

Two are better than one.  Sure, that’s in the Bible and we always think of it in terms of marriage, but the application of that truth is so much broader than husband and wife. We need a team. Each of us has our own strengths and we’re pretty good on our own, but when we [...]

Liar, Liar, Your Birthday Cake’s on Fire

excerpt from Liar, Liar Your Birthday Cake is on Fire

I lied to the health department about my age. Of course, it wasn’t intentional.  I didn’t mean to lie.  It’s just that I’m so old I must be getting senile, because I can’t seem to remember where I am in this decade of my life. If I was intentionally being creative with my age, I [...]

Friends Bring Hope

Friends bring Hope - Part of the friendship series on The Domestic Fringe

I’ve been doing a little mini-series on Friendship.  Sometimes we forget how important our friends are to us.  I love that this series made me stop and reflect and be thankful for the friends God has put in my life. If you’re new to this mini-series, you can catch up on the previous posts at [...]

Raising Generations Today Conference Highlights

Raising Generations Today - Lisa-Jo Baker & Tricia Gillespie

This past weekend, I attended Raising Generations Today.  If you ever get the chance to go to a conference on anything, go!  You’ll leave blessed and full and recharged. Instead of me writing of me yapping about what a great time I had, I thought I would share some of the speaker’s highlights with you. [...]

Friends – Heaven Sent

T n Me workin hard!

I had just moved from New York to Maine.  I loved the foreign and frigid land that Maine is, but I was still in a bit of culture shock.  I went from city to the boonies in one giant move. I felt a little like I was on one of those shows where they drop [...]