It occurred to me the other day, while watching the news, that I wanted to punish someone.   Upon further interior inspection I decided that since that would probably lead to ME being on the news what I wanted was to write this post because I’m calling out a few things that HAVE, […]

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  • Barbara - Feels good to vent and I’m feeling it vicariously through you. Thanks!
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    • Cheryl - Always glad to be of service Barbara. The occasional ‘vent’ is a specialty. HahahahaaaaaReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Thank you, my friend. I love this. I am talking to M right this very minute about booking us a trip to NOLA next year. We have begun our planning, so we need to make this a priority. Spring sounds good to me.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Ehlers - I am still laughing at ‘Get Your Shit Together’!!! This is the source of so many issues!!! And the Art thing – REALLY? Destroy ancient artifacts? Way to go, extremists! You have just proven how idiotic you are!ReplyCancel

  • Lindy Knowles Patzig - Love this. You took the words right out of my mouth! http://www.knowleselle.wordpress.comReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - The art thing really kills me. It’s amazing things like that still happen in all sorts of places. People who destroy history are barbarians and should have hot oil poured on them. And bullies? Don’t get me started.ReplyCancel

  • Haralee Weintraub - I am with you 100%! On the regurgitation issue when people say, “In Other Words”, I understood the first words. Really .ReplyCancel

  • Myke Todd - Quite an impressive list here. I love lists. I was not expecting it to be so serious, but soon came to realize, you were not playing on this post. For the record, I could never be this serious for such a post, because I would get so mad I could not contain myself. You did well, maintaining focus, focusing on things that matter. Good for you. And, further, for the record, nothing here I do not agree with.

    If I was to create such a list, my main one would be tambourines and those who force me to listen, by including them on music tracks I am compelled to listen to. I despise them, with all my being.

    I once wrote “My Eulogy” and a big part of it was “Dante’s Inferno,” as well as Loreena McKennitt’s “Dante’s Prayer” which has no tambourine, thankfully.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Tambourines. I forgot about those shrill instruments of terror. In fact, I didn’t mention Music at all- though I could of. HipHop comes to mind… As for a rant from you- I would read it! Get on IT!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - As usual, you are right on the money sister! Especially on the abuse.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - Cheryl I know I can always rely on you for a good laugh. Got a bunch of good laughs from this one. THANKS. (And I’d add to the list — library patrons who go ballistic when you tell them they owe a fine. It’s free as long as you return it on time. If you bring it back late, you pay. HOW TOUGH IS THAT TO UNDERSTAND??)ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - 11. All of the above. Grrrr…
    Strapping on the gloves for another go at my innocent punching bag as we speak . . .ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - oh my gosh, I’m right with you on all of these! I was just talking to someone about the distruction of art in the middle east. What a freaking nightmare. And yes, all of them are kill worthy! Loved this post!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - Boy, you hit the nail right on the head on all of these!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And the list could go on, and on, and…ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Belden - Bullies. OMG. I’m so sick of bullies, be they loud-mouthed oafs or slyly manipulative.
    LOVE this list.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Hit them all, didin’t you. I have made people angry when I have pointed out a family member could do something different. I didn’t really want them for friends anyway. Good blog.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Oh, I am so with you on all of these. Sigh …ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Mangis - Love this. I need to do this because I agree with you all the way.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Kindred spirits Sandy. We should write a book titled Behaviors Intelligent Women Abhor. I’m sure we could add to it.ReplyCancel

  Last Fall I kept seeing (or maybe noticing for the first time- whateva’) RV’s everywhere.   Of course, I already loved the look of the vintage Airstream my sister-n-law restored- so cool. So HER. SO FUN!   I said to Ben, “Ben. I want an RV.” He said, “Of course you do.” I said, […]

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  • Rosemond - THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH WORDS TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS! AND THE BOVINE FABRIC YOU FOUND?? LOVE, LOVE! FEARLESS, FUN AND PERFECT FOR MARGARITAS AND COSTUME PARTIES ON THE ROAD WHILE LOVE SHACK BLASTS! NOW I WANT AN RV TOO!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Why you just made my day Rosemond with your ALL CAPS explosion of goodwill! I’ll meet you on the flip side. Margarita’s at the ready sista!ReplyCancel

  • Terra Walker - Oh Mah gawd! So gorgeous. I have been saying that I could live in an RV, and this is making me want to do that now. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Poston Combs - THIS IS AMAZING AND I WANT YOUR LOVE SHACK!! Omg. I love this so much.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Filogomo - OMG—-what a great job you did of making it so fun!! Do you have pictures of the before?
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com
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  • Ellen Dolgen - When are you picking me up???? This is the most fun decor ever! How fun, you can switch from love shack to house on any given night!ReplyCancel

  • Pushin' 50 - Feeling Thirty-Three and a Half - Absolutely stunning! My hubs and I have been looking at RV’s to retire in. I’m sure he won’t go for this decor though. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Dubielak - Thank you for this. Permission to find and completely redecorate my own, given. <3ReplyCancel

  • Anna Rosenblum Palmer - My husband is going to KILL YOU. Cause I am in!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Lynch Lawdanski - I LOVE it! So creative and fun! Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Christopher Mitchell - “I’ve got a Chrysler and she’s big as a whaie…” So, where do you drop the jukebox money?ReplyCancel

  • Sue Loncaric - Oh my what a great job you have done with the decorating! I’m usually a hotel kind of gal but I think I could go glamping in your RV! Looks great and have many happy travels. Sue from Sizzling Towards SixtyReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rochette Koshak - Love your glamper! Can I borrow it? And by borrow, I mean can I take it with me on my travels?ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - holy cow!! that is amazing – you have gone all out and I love all your little extra touches (the deer head made me smile!) and that fabric in the bed nook is more opulent than any caravan deserves 🙂 Happy travels!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - That seems to fit you perfectly. Way to go. I still wonder why decorators use all those pillows on a bed. They just get thrown out at night. I know you will tell me it is in the scheme of things. Enjoy your road trips!ReplyCancel

  • Lori Strobel - Wow! You really made it look amazing inside. What a great shack!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Cheryl-ized! Absolutely love this! I even went online to see if I could get one of my own . . .
    P.S. LOVE the cowprint!!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - HAhahahaaaaa.You make me laugh! Could you find one?ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - The saran wrap in the door is genius. The whole camper and everything you designed is so lovely Cheryl. Tiny houses are not this well equipped with storage solutions. I could write you a paragrah on each photo. Thanks for sharing and you need your own design show.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Wouldn’t THAT be fabulous! Maybe some one will see this and call. Let’s hope they actually air it- unlike that ‘If These Walls Could Talk’ HGTV show that you steered my way. Thank you again for that. Now get on THIS one! HA! XXOOOReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Whiskeyman - How freaking fun!! And amazingly creative!! That is not my style, but I certainly appreciate fun when I see it. We are Class A RV people, meaning we drive ours . We are ready to upgrade/downgrade to a fifth wheel now that the kids are older and we need more privacy i.e. distance lol We have been owners of RVs for about 15 years, lived in it for months at a time and can’t wait to give “it” all up someday and wander the country.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Steffanci Sikorski - Okay seriously?!?!!?!? This is the most adorable space, coming from one who swore RV’s were from the spawn of Satan. OMG, what an amazing thing you’ve done. I’m at least inspired to keep fixing up my workspace. You are the genius of ingenuity. I love it so much!ReplyCancel

  • Myke Todd - This is nicer than most motels I stay in. I have never traveled in an RV.

    I did, however, once have a 1972 Ford Econoline Van. Not a bad ride when you are a teenager.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Long story short: Ben wants to camp. I don’t sleep on the ground. I bought and decorated what I like to say is our compromise, that’s what I say, Ben says others words….ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - Your love shack has triggered some strange feelings within me – I think I’m going to lie down in a darkened room..ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Well, aren’t you feeling randy….ReplyCancel

  • Connie McLeod - This is beyond awesome. I really need to get to NOLA, so I can come have a cocktail in your Shasta!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Superb idea! Would love to see you!!ReplyCancel

  I have lived in many domiciles.   Only including the houses my husband and I have owned- I count 9. NINE. Holy shit.   If you had asked me when I was little if this is how I saw my life unfolding I would have said two things: ‘No’ and ‘Interesting’.   I sometimes […]

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  • Myke Todd - I have lived in a secluded rural area for twenty years. Before that, I was in the heart of the suburbs of Memphis. I went back to Memphis last week, for a high school alumni function. While there, I cruised my old neighborhood. Everything was so much smaller. I was lost on what once were familiar streets. The city block I lived on has more people that the unincorporated town I now reside in.

    A hundred miles was a world away…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’ve also visited the road I grew-up on and it looks so dated. Almost like a cloudy film as been applied- not the way I emotionally remember it. Hence- the desire for open spaces. Can I visit you? HeheeeeeeReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - I lived in so many homes I lost count.I must have Gypsy blood. However, not as good at making moola on the moves except a couple of times until the bottom fell out. Now we live in the country in the middle of LA.It’s pretty cool.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - The country always calls me. You can breathe there!
    Wow! Nine?! You are amazing! And if your ability to renew and make amazing applies to houses as it did your cutie-cute trailer, I am not surprised that people stand in line for a chance to own something that’s been ‘Cheryl-ized’! I would!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Loncaric - I love the Coast where I live in Queensland. We divide our time between Brisbane and the Gold Coast with its beautiful beaches. We also have moved house quite a bit in our married life but hoping to make the beach our home. I do love the country life though and yes the baking!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - we’re in the “country” well we used to be on a couple of acres and then moved to a more urban setting but still out of the city. It’s a nice place to mellow out but not as “happening” as it is in the big smoke. Maybe you could just park that caravan on an acreage and start homesteading from scratch 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Brave soul, I hate moving! Lanny and I only owned four homes. Yes, we made money everytime we sold, but it was the economy, nothing I did. Lanny’s carpenter abilities though are another matter. The last one was really a windfall. This one, though, they will have to carry me out of the door. I suggest you not move too far out of the city if you buy a back 40. You’ll be bored out of your skull or you will spend the whole time tearing everything apart and redoing it over, and over.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - How smart of you to flip homes before it was popular! I think moving can be fun and bring lots of new exciting experiences. That cake looks yummy! enjoy the country..it’s beautiful isnt it? We’ve lived in the country for 22 years now and as much as we love the city. This is our home!ReplyCancel

  • Barb(y) - Hey Cher
    I love my open spaces ( although only that of Music street) and still love good ole Clarion Drive! Come on back to Geauga county? I sense it’s more about Montana or the great western views! All the same, enjoy your next plan and the journey!
    Xo
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    • Cheryl - Well, if I could live on your place Geauga would be the pick! Wide open spaces surrounded by GREEN is a clue to my obtuse teaser. I promise to let you know Barb(y). HA! XXOOOReplyCancel

      • Barb - If debate on saving Madroos farm! It’s for sale 52 acres, amazing home and barn. Russell township is trying to save the land. Some ” appointed a- holes want to build seventeen Mimi mansions. Can you even imagine our beautiful gateway destroyed????? Makes e sick. Hopefully the people of Russell will win this one!ReplyCancel

        • Cheryl - I can not imagine it NOT being there. The last of the farms.ReplyCancel

  [ Cheryl’s note: Several months ago the fine people at Trulia reached out to me and asked for my opinion as to where the Best Local Eats in New Orleans were. After explaining that all one needs to do is throw-a-stone to find culinary bliss, they asked me to get serious. Not my best […]

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  • Abby@Midlifecrisisnut.com - I swear, I should have not read this post before lunchtime. Just a look at the delicious treat from Cafe Amelie and my stomach was rumbling. Thank you for introducing us to these amazing places Cheryl! I’ll make sure to pay a visit next time I’m in New Orleans. xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You are soooo welcome! And next time you’re here you better give me a call!!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - I have never been to New Orleans. It is on my bucket list for sure. David and I are such foodies…….we need to book a trip! When we do, you will be the first person I reach out to!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - I loved New Orleans when I was there. (4 months before Katrina) It’s foodie heaven. Love Brennans.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I love, love, love New Orleans food porn!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - I am saving your list for when I visit your fair city. My daughter will be there in a few weeks and I’m sharing this with her.ReplyCancel

  • sue - I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans. We live in Australia and have visited the East and West Coasts several time but alas haven’t made it to New Orleans. Perhaps next time.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We sure hope you do and I’d love to visit your neck of the woods some day!ReplyCancel

  • Lori Strobel - I will tuck this great food advice away for the next time I’m in New Orleans. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I only visited New Orleans for a short period of time and everything I ate was delicious! Will have to go back one day and try your suggestions!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - I’ve never been to New Orleans but I know we are totally going there some day and soon! My hubby will be in his glory eating at the restaurants that’s for sure! I’ll have to hit you up too when we get there! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - It is a scene I’ll have to miss. Cracklings are an acuired tasted. I prefer them baken in cornbread. Since I’m no longer on the farm and the huge iron pot Mama used was stolen decades ago, the cornbread with cracklings will remain a memory. Sounds yummy though.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - I haven’t been to Nola in years, but I remember loving the food when I was there. Thanks for the update on places.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica E Drake - I love New Orleans and the food there!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Lynch Lawdanski - I have only eaten in the French Quarter and that was YEARS ago. Thanks for broadening my horizons!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - Now I’m even more envious of Americans – you guys certainly know how to do food!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Ogier - I’m in Australia, but we hear so much about New Orleans over here. Would love to visit one day! Your tagline is wonderful! Linda. 🙂ReplyCancel

First off, don’t go getting your knickers in a twist because you’re downward facing dog over the word ‘warrior’ and thinking, ‘That’s what’s wrong with the world! Too much aggression!’   At ease soldier.   Parenting is all guts and very little glory.   If you can’t wrap your head around this simple wisdom you’re […]

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  • Tam Warner Minton - I’m sharing this. EXCELLENT advice! My daughter used to tell me I wasn’t consistent enough. When she was 10. I tried!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Kids. Can’t reason with them. Can’t lock them in a closet.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Awesome-sauce! I never left my kids with the impression that had a “right” to privacy until it was in their own house…you know, the one they pay the mortgage or rent to live in. “If it’s in my house…it’s my business.”ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Exactamundo! My kids had to EARN rights- including privacy (which I never gave them full access to actually) and they’ve turned out to better people then most.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - So glad I made it through parenting alive. Luckily, my kids are doing well.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Don’t we all just sort of give it up to higher powers? But here on Earth someone has to do the hard work- right?ReplyCancel

  • Sheri Lein - I love this post so much, I need to come back here and read some more. Tweeting this now 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Doreen Mcgettigan - I love common sense and this post is full of it!ReplyCancel

  • Shari Eberts - Love it!! Great tips to live by. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - Love, Love, Love this! I was reading this outloud to my daughter and we’re both dying laughing!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I do not have children but I absolutely love this advice. And can I tell you how much I love the soldier?ReplyCancel

  • Grammie Time - I love you! As a parent, grandparent and a teacher! Spill these words of wisdom from all rooftops and let this generation listen. At least try and listen. I call this old-fashion parenting! Our past generations would be proud!! Amen lady, amen lady!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Beckman Tagliaferri - perfection….once again a cry for common sense. May this blog go virile…did I spell that correctly? oh whatever you know what I meanReplyCancel

  • Rosemond - Amen, no means no! And yes I spy on her electronics. I told her that I have put software on her cellphone so I can see her activity.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You see! HONESTY in our smashing of liberties! PERFECTION!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - It is essential to be the Mother, Mom, Mama, whatever term your family uses. Note the capital letters! I do hope the younger ones read your blog. Oh, and welcome back. Missed you!ReplyCancel

  • Rosemond Perdue-Cranner - Stick to your guns! Agree!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Cherykl, yuou have written so many amazing posts, but this one stands out to me over all the others. (And that’s saying something!) WELL DONE!!! Sharing . . .ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Lynch Lawdanski - Yes…that is all!ReplyCancel

  • Myke Todd - This is altogether brilliant.

    I approve! Not only that, my Mom would have approved.ReplyCancel

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