Overheard in the Wolfe House #312

by Peggy on March 17, 2018

Sam (admiring the new dishwasher): It counts down the time left on the cycle.

Peggy: Yes, that’s a nice feature.

Sam: It’s a good thing it doesn’t have a spin cycle. (pauses) Because that would break all your dishes.


Overheard in the Wolfe House #311

by Peggy on November 8, 2017

County clerk (assisting with passport application): Raise your right hand.

Sam (raises right hand)

Clerk: Do you swear, attest and affirm that everything contained on this application is true and correct to the best of your knowledge?

Sam (grinning): I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good.



What we did on our Irish vacation

July 16, 2017

Paige put together a series of short videos that, as a good friend says, takes you with us to Ireland. We signed up for a bicycle tour with VBT.com, which kept us cycling for several hours a day most days. We spent most of our time along the Wild Atlantic Way: County Clare, the Aran […]

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Overheard on the Wolfe House #310

July 3, 2017

Peggy (seeing the clock read 9 a.m.): Well, good morning! How’s the change to afternoon shift? Sam: Good. I’m getting all my sleep back.

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Be the Bumper Guard

May 29, 2017

After my family moved from the Midwest to Colorado, we started a new Christmas tradition. My grandmother, who lived in Rockford, would send a little cash instead of gifts for Christmas. She forbid my parents to use the money to pay bills. It was to have fun, she said. So, Christmas Day, we’d all go bowling. As we grandkids had […]

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Love people. Cook them tasty food.

May 5, 2017

Penzey’s Spices started in my home state of Wisconsin. I’m pretty sure I’ve been a customer for decades, because I remember reaching for a Penzey’s jar the first time I made so many recipes that I’ve been making for decades … Roast chicken with lemon and rosemary … Mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon … Pasta with ginger and garlic […]

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March 5, 2017

Sam was spared the agony a lot of us get in the home stretch for a new job: the long wait between a successful interview and the offer. On Friday, one rolled right after the other for him. He had the best smile when he announced over dinner that WinCo hired him to work in the warehouse. Sam sacked groceries at Albertsons for […]

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Overheard in the Wolfe House #310

January 23, 2017

Sam: Today’s the first day. (pauses) I hope I like everyone. Peggy: That’s a nice goal.

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Random thoughts from the first Knob Hills half

January 23, 2017

Pack 166 people on a single-track trail in the uplands of Grapevine Lake and they’ll spread out quickly; soon enough, it’s mostly just you and the birds for a couple of hours. Except for that guy and his target practice. Flooding is not good for trees. Flooding collects so much of the detritus of our modern life that it […]

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A grown-ass man

January 12, 2017

Sam came home today after spending three days in Fort Worth. He has competed every year at the Chisholm Challenge, a series of horse shows for riders with disabilities. It’s part of the events that lead up to the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Sam added another silver belt buckle to his collection, but that […]

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