New Blanket

I’ve heard about weighted blankets for a while now and have occasionally wondered if they are worth the hype. If I bought one, would it help me sleep better? Does it really feel like a hug? Well, I bought one on a whim the other day. I got a “cooling” blanket, since it’s still summer […]

Old Sturbridge Village

Birthday Trip #17

Every year since I turned 30, I have visited a new place for my birthday. Because COVID is still looming large (even though more than half of adults in the US are vaccinated), I wanted to stay somewhat close to home. I landed on Sturbridge, MA, because I thought it was about time I went […]

custom Converse sneakers

Customized Chucks

When I was in college, I lived in low-top Converse. I had red ones, black ones, yellow ones, blue ones. As I started to wear them out, I didn’t replace them. I started a career and basically stopped wearing sneakers. I’ve always had one or two pairs of New Balance or Asics sneakers on hand […]

cold brew coffee

Coffee Chronicles

I love coffee, but it doesn’t enthusiastically agree with me anymore. It’s temperamental at best, so I usually only drink it a couple of times per week. Since I only drink one cup at a time at home, I’ve been using an OXO pour-over coffeemaker, which works great for my needs. And now I have […]

Volante Farms

Farmstands in the Fall…

Ah, farmstands. There’s nothing like a visit to a farmstand in the fall: pumpkins, decorative gourds, apple cider donuts, mums… I love my local farmstand, but it is small. We tried to visit it a few times this fall, but there was always a long line out front. Time to find another farmstand. We found […]