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One of the wonderful perks of being me is that I have many places to escape to- like the beach.I’m off for a week to enjoy sugar white sand, warm waters, and no tourists.Stop back in a week to see how it all surfed out. Now, I’m off to hang-ten. Tweet


Hello all… I feel done.This is not usual for me. I’m usually a ray of sunshine and perseverance. A real Joan of Arc. A ‘Take No Prisoners’ supporter. A Don’t Bullshit The Daughter Of A Bullshitter because I can smell you a mile away, kinda gal. Sunshine- with unicorns. And wine. Right?But not of late.I have […]


  • Jerimi - In the end, writing a blog is for you, and not for other people (unless you’re using it to sell a product or service). If you find catharsis through blogging, or connection, or whatever it is that compelled you to start one… that’s the reason to blog.

    It’s easy to look at everyone else and just give up. If I compared myself constantly to the professional, best-of-the-best quilters, I’d just quit. Then I’d have missed out on the fun of making them.

    If you’re getting what you need out of writing, then keep going. πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I know you’re right, it’s just that sometimes a person feels like a mouse on a wheel. PS: I LOVE quilting! Thanks for stopping by Jerimi. Nice to have a new visitor!ReplyCancel

  • clark - on behalf of those of us what write the way we feel like, I will say… damn! it must suck to suck at writing and such!

    lol jeez don’t bring up the topic of writing and rhetoric and skills-in-grammar, it will mess my whole day up.

    the heck with the good writers (or the bloggers with 300 hits a day) or the people that everyone totally admires, you know frickin powers of examples…

    (hey, see you next week at the TToT… if you feel up to doing a list of 10 things and all… it’s kind of fun in a challenging way)ReplyCancel

  • Sue - This is how I feel when I read your blog! I want to quit a couple of times per week lately.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Oh Sue- that’s ridiculous! Your blog is supreme!!! If you quit I will be very weepy. And, don’t worry- I’m not going anywhere- just feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment. Love ya girl! SmoochXXXXReplyCancel

  • Mr. Hyde - I think you’re hilarious and sassy and wonderful and an amazing writer that is pouring awesomesauce all over the G.D. blogosphere.


    • A Pleasant House - Well, Mr. Hyde, I accept your comment as a wonderful compliment! And I agree, of course. Hahahaaaa So nice to have a new friend, and I mean it- you’re a very talented guy.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Your blog’s fun, Cheryl, and it shows!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks William. I’m just feeling a little blog fog at the moment, but I’ll be back in full force next week. Hope you tune in my friend.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Phelps - Oh dear, I say “ditto” to all the above comments. And to you, well, I understand what drove you to post this today. I am having a similar time of it. Randy helped me get to that feeling, but then his determination and spirit also motivate me onward. There ya go – one of those full circle kinda deals – sorta – kinda-maybe.
    Never mind. In a few more hours I’ll raise a glass of wine to share a toast to us all – for writing and sharing and being brave.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I just LOVE your comment Julie! Every sentiment spot-on. Let’s raise a glass together. About 6 central okay with you?ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - That’s so sweet of you to give a shout-out to all those bloggers! Hey, it’s your blog; you can do with it whatever you feel like, but I do wish that you believe that you have your own unique story to write and you should write it!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Do you think so???? At least I met you and your blog Roshni. I should be back up and running next week. Just taking a bit of a breather.ReplyCancel

  • Cary - I want to thank you for your kind words on my blog. I am SO new to this, and your comment was an absolute bright light of my day! LOOK AT ALL THOSE AWARDS —–>. I can only hope to have as much recognition as you one day.ReplyCancel

  • bethteliho - First, thanks for hopping over to my baby blog and saying hello. πŸ™‚
    I hope this blog fog lifted (we all have ’em) because yours is effing stellar, and I mean that. I’m going to check out your recipe section now. Lord knows I need some new ones…ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I’ll return- sooner then later, stronger then ever, and serving up sass with the best of them. And… your welcome. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lynn - I love your blog. Time is my enemy. Thus why I don’t visit often enough or blog often enough to become a big time blogger. I have been blogging for years, and you are one amazing blogger. I smile, stop to think, and enjoy your style of blogging. Don’t give up just yet.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Oh, I’m not giving up- just needed a few weeks break. I’ll be back on Monday! And THANK YOU for your kind words Jenny. They have made my day!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Plancich - Bringing some NaBloPoMo love – I FEEL you on this one! I feel the same so darn often and am learning to push that thought away…easier said than done, though, right?

    Love your blog!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks Kim! Yes, I’m ‘on fire’ one week, and ‘burned out’ the next. It’s a marathon I’m not always prepared for. ANd then there’s living a REAL life. ANd THAT takes effort as well. So glad you stopped by.ReplyCancel

  • Petra - And you do it so well Cheryl, blogging that is! I love to read you, as your wit never fails to inspire, uplift…but most importantly is always straight to the point. Wish I could write like you, but as you know, I only opened my blog as a shoutout, pass the story beyond borders and ask for help. Iam forever grateful we met, as throughout my clumsy expressiveness, your feedback and thoughts are certainly without borders and so constructive and supporting. Here is to you, please do not stop writing!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Somehow I hope you keep writing even after the house issues are resolved- and I know they will be. I’m always checking in to see how things are going my dear friend. Kisses and Hugs from America!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Leyble - I just found your blog – on the Blogher link and I am enjoying it – so, don’t stop. I feel the same way just about every time I finish writing a blog. I enjoy the process and the writing – but I sometimes feel dejected when I don’t get the comments and traffic that I truly believe I should get.

    But, when I truly engage with someone and when I inspire and help a reader, it really makes my day. So, I guess that’s what blogging is really all about. If yiu can inspire someone to change or to try…experiment with something they might have been afraid to try…it’s all worth it in the end!

    True…but I sure would love more readership and comments!


    • A Pleasant House - Oh, I’m not stopping. Just a momentary pang of Doubt. And I’m so happy you found me and stopped by! As for me inspiring anyone? I don’t think so. As for me helping someone? Nada. I just write to make myself laugh and maybe someone else. Now I’m off to find you!ReplyCancel

  • Stacia Ellermeier - “spank it’s sassy ass” I’m dying!!!ReplyCancel

It’s such a nice day when you return from a fun holiday weekend and you open your email and one of your favorite blogger’s has nominated you with a totally innocuous, random, fabricated award complete with really lame art and a ridiculous title.  I LOVE IT! So in appreciation of my lovely Lucy at MyLifeAsLucille, […]


  • House Crazy Sarah - WTF is that picture at the end??? Squirrel pie?? That’s disgusting.
    Anyway, thanks for the nod my dear Cheryl. I may be blonde and a published author but I can’t do math worth shit! Plus I have a big beak-y nose so don’t get me started! The “crazy” part is true – but you already know that.
    Your post was super fun!ReplyCancel

  • Krisztina Williams - Thanks, Cheryl.:) Well I follow you because I like your pictures, and you have a lively spirit. Just one correction…I’m single.ReplyCancel

  • Dana Hemelt - Mazel tov on your award, Cheryl! You can add me to your list of Jewish friends, and – I kid you not – I am making matzo ball soup as I type this. What are the chances of that??ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - Thank you for this important award, you nut cake! Since I have no blog at the moment, I will say here I accept this nomination in the manner it was given. How lovely.

    You are a NUT! You are Fab. You are fun. You are true, blue New Orleans.

    I look forward to seeing you and your hat sometime soon. In the meantime, I toast you virtually with a big glass of (SWEET) Manischevitz!

    • A Pleasant House - Ya see…. look at this comment. Perfection. I luv ya woman! ANd I LOVE the Manischevitz! Happy High Holidays my friend! Shalom!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Thank you kindly!

    And we’ll down a fifth anyway for good measure!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - We should. Virtually. One night on Twitter. But I hate Twitter. SO maybe just the next time I’m in your beautiful neck of the woods. Thanks for being you William. I luvs ya!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Well, how fun was that?! (slapping my knee) And that little varmint looks mighty tasty! Squirrel pie. Why didn’t I think of that? What a honor to be named among such fabulously acclaimed (legends in their minds) bloggers of legendary muse. Humbled. That’s what I am. Humbled and hungry. You, my dear, are one awesome woman! Happy to meet you on a dark corner any night of the week and down a few shots of tequila. Was that my outside voice? It’s all good … birds of feather, so to speak. Thanks for the inclusive honor. Going to go gather me some nuts!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I am honored and excited to be a nom among these other prestigious candidates. I accept this nom and will reply next week when I get back from family affairs like weddings and funerals with some house hunting along the highway if they don’t arrest me.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - If you don’t get arrested at least once on your house hunting/ breaking and entering forays then I’d say your not doing it right. I HAVE! Hahahaaaaa.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - Thanks Lady! I’m comin’ over for some squirrel hot pockets. I’ll bring the wine. I hear they pair well with a nice chilled Pinot.ReplyCancel

  • Lucy Ball - Funny story. I was just revising my blog and stumbled upon a comment you left about me. 2 YEARS LATER. Whoa. Thanks for accepting this well-deserved award, my friend! xoxoxo

    • Cheryl - HA! Hahahaaaaaaa. Well, better late then never! You’re too funny- actually taking the time now to comment. I adore you~ReplyCancel

And so it begins…1175 days before we cast our next Presidential votes (My head hurts already).Let me predict: Hilary will seek and receive the Democratic nod with very little infighting. The Republicans will almost kill each other and by the time they are done we will see a newer brighter more pragmatic party line, as […]


The other day I was feeling, shall we say, ‘silly’?You know, like when you make elaborate s-p-a-r-k-l-y girlish plans because it’s a sunny day, you’re feeling adventurous, and everything seems possible now that the kids are grown?You’ve decided having a ‘muffin-top’ is a middle aged aphrodisiac, chipped teeth are a medical opportunity for full-body cosmetic […]


  • kblakecash - I was wondering what to do with the rhubarb Lieve brought home…ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - I am impressed and amazed and a little jealous of your baking skills. If that were me, I’d just be eating something like raw cookie dough from the fridge. But since all we have in our house is healthy white flour free, low fat and low salt items, I’d end up eating a bag of low-salt crackers. BORING!

    You ARE a girl after my own heart. I say Baruch Atah Adonai over your tarts and a Shabbat Shalom to you while I virtually enjoy their taste, Cheryl!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I don’t know what any of those funny words mean, but, I’ll embrace it! PS: I saw a gluten free ready prepared pastry crust in the grocery store the other day. And ya know what would be delish?- a nut and seed crust! Thanks for the idea. I’m off to experiment…. XXXOOOReplyCancel

  • The Desert Rocks - Turning on the oven might assist Satan! It is hotter here than Cairo. Cute post.ReplyCancel

  • bookworm - I was yours until you got to the rhubarb part. Who wants to bake in the heat? So, I will say – it’s a wonderful day in upstate New York – 70’s, breeze, low humidity. Am I rubbing it in too much?ReplyCancel

  • Erica Christopher - Mmm those TARTS look good!
    And you know what, I wish I had silly days more often. Sure beats actually knowing things and worrying about them, eh?ReplyCancel

  • Patty Rumaker - As usual I have no funny words – wish I did.
    This too shall pass.

  • William Kendall - Mmmmm, delicious!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - And can you believe I JUST asked Ben if he likes rhubarb? And he said NO. After 31 years the mystery is still there.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Husband loves Rhubarb pie. You would think that as a proper wife I would learn to make a rhubarb pie or tart for him after all these years. We can make rhubarb pie together when he retires so we don’t drive each other crazy. Thanks for the Tartful story and I mean that.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I think doing things together after the idiots retire is a splendid idea. In fact, we should try to meet up sooner then that!ReplyCancel

  • mindy trotta - Add a little bit of chopped apples and you have yourself a REAL Rosh Hashanah delicacy!! You are officially a member of the tribe!ReplyCancel

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