Tag Archives: Family

    Several months ago my darling daughter said, “Mom. Let’s go to Europe again!”   I said, “…………………………………………………………………Okay.”   So, we planned and searched and swiped my Visa and VIOLA! We’re on our WAY for 28 DAY(s). It needed to rhythm- I failed. First, we’re heading to NYC to visit her brother and new sister-n-law, […]

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  • Doreen Mcgettigan - Have a safe trip and I cannot wait to read all about it and see the fabulous photos!ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Turner - WOW it’s going to be amazing! You’ll LOVE it. I’m lucky enough to be able to call Portugal home and it’s pretty awesome to live here… and I do love to travel when possible. Last winter, we drove up througj Portugal, Spain and France and got thr ferry to England where we travelled around visiting family (also spending two weeks in Wales). I’m quite envious really 😀
    Suzy x
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  • Ellen Dolgen - How fantastic! Can’t wait to hear about all the fun you two are goig to have!ReplyCancel

  • Eve Gaal - Sounds so elegant! Have fun!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - WOW! Take me with you, that is going to be a trip of a life time!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - I have only one thing to say: Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Have a fantastic trip! Can’t wait to follow your adventures!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - What an exciting trip! It will be nice for the two of you to get away just the two of you. You’ll either become stronger or you’ll kill each other. Can’t wait to hear all about it.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - Sounds like a fabulous time! Safe travels, and I’ll look forward to hearing all about it!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - Lucky you! What a fabulous adventure- have a blast!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You’ll have a fabulous time! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Daughters are wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - Sounds like an amazing trip. Have a great time.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - This sounds so fabulous! I love traveling with my daughters and granddaughters. Have a safe trip.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

  It goes like this:      After the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the American Revolution (1775-1783), and the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the original 13 colonies found themselves broke.       Without the means to repay the farmers, and clerks, and boys, and widows, that had won these conflicts the state of Connecticut […]

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  • Carol Cassara - Screw the living history, i want your mom’s POT ROAST! Only kidding. I love stuff like that. But I do like pot roast. If it’s a good one.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I hear ya. I will post her Pot Roast recipe soon. It will NOT disappoint.ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - Love the images at the end of your post, makes my hankering for fall to hurry up and arrive in California grow stronger! Your post inspired me to seek a living history farm here and I discovered there is one two hours from my house, it looks gorgeous too. Thanks for the great tip!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Good for you! They really are all around us-Living History opportunities. I just LOVE them. I recently heard of a new plantation that has opened to the public and will be scouting it out soon. Stay tuned!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - Love history and this was so interesting. Love to feel those yarns. I should really seek out these places in my own back yard. We are rich in history as well! It’s not all Soprano’s and Housewives of NJ!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - New Jersey has such a rich history I bet they are and if you do- I’d love to hear about them!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Loved this. Everything about it. History is so freaking interesting. And everything has it. We forget that. Every old building, every old table with rings on it has history. If only the walls could talk.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I know!!!! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been sitting in a place and started asking too many questions about it’s history. LOVE IT!ReplyCancel

  • Myke Todd - Fascinating display of Americana… Both interesting and informative… Love your pictures!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Myke! Glad you stopped by!!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn - Ok, so when ever you put food in the title, I’ve grown to expect an amazing recipe to accompany the story you tell. I was sad when I reached the end of the story, and no recipe for pot roast 🙁ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh boy. You caught me! I WILL be posting that darn recipe soon!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anne Louise Bannon - Love open air/living history museums like this. What fun. But I don’t get how pot roast won the West, unless you mean women bringing families in and… Or is it just a joke and I’m not getting it. Sigh. Wouldn’t be the first time.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Even I don’t know what I meant- really, but yes, the idea that w/o women and their good cookin’ all would have been lost. Or something that that. Wouldn’t be the first time I didn’t make sense. Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - Sounds like a perfect day – topped off by a yummy home-cooked meal, of course!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - Love to go to places like this. Our last road trip we went to Springfield, ILL so I could get my Abe Lincoln freak on. They preserved the whole street his house is on. Even got to see the triple seater outhouse. The family that…together…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We stopped by what was supposed to be his log cabin in Kentucky once. Problem was/is that THAT cabin is long gone and the park services put up a pretend cabin near what they THINK was where his father settled for a bit- once. *head shaking* At least you got to see the TRUE three-seater!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill - Oh, I love the stories of western expansion (except the part where the people who already lived there were “resettled.”) Was this before they drained the Black Swamp, aka Ohio? I love personal, and often that means feminine, takes on history – and small house and village museums play a critical role in preserving and conveying that history. Oh, and by the way, you have my vote for “best blog post title!”ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - Your history lessons are dished out in such pleasingly humorous bits and bites. If history in high school had been as fun as yours, I believe I’d be far more educated in that way. Love this! (And pot roast!)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’ve got a million of them. Have you heard the TRUE story about how the Oxford Dictionary came to be???? AMAZING!!!!!! I really should write about that….. thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • K. Lee Banks - Thanks for sharing the great pictures and some of the history behind them. I especially like the spun wool!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - The wool was gorgeous and soooo soft. The colors so rich. They sold skeens in the gift shop. I bought a few- of course. HehehheeeeeReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - People down on their luck cannot afford $1,200 payment and build such a stately manner. I love visiting a place like that. You are right about potroasts. Even used that in my one story.ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Cheryl the Historian- I love your new profession! I could sit by the fire place all day with you and listen to your stories:) Plus you make me hungry with this stuff!
    xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You’re so sweet! I LOVE history. These are a few posts from a few years ago that no one read. I’m re-posting because I have a FULL calendar this month and with the autumn upon us I think people like to read a good yarn. Hahahaa Thanks Abby. XXOOOReplyCancel

    When I was a little girl, and we went to visit my grandparents, there would often times, be in attendance, my grandfather’s sisters- Mae, Gertrude and Irene.   They dressed in long dark dresses, had heavy stockings on, sensible shoes, their hair pinned up, and smelled of rose water.   I especially loved […]

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  • Carollynn - I love stories about crazy relatives. My current relatives are boring in comparison.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’ve got a carpet bag full of them. That photo above is the actual photo taken of Flossie!ReplyCancel

  • Alison F. - There was some movie or T.V. show where they talked about how “we don’t put our crazy folk up in the attic. We set them out on the front porch for everyone to see.” I’m trying to follow that rule now in my life – as you get older, you find out more and more interesting things about your family (and the bonus round one you get when you get married). Nobody set their hair with chicken bones in mine though, I don’t believe . . .ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes- in the past I think those attics were full. Now, the front porch, or, here in New Orleans, on every street corner. Oh boy….ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Wow. Sounds like you come by it honestly–no WONDER you ended up in NOLA!!! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Leanne@crestingthehill - so exciting to have so many crazies in the family history! (I think that photo of Flossie was after she had her teeth out) anyway I think my family waited for the current generation to bring out the idiots (my brothers are referred to as “wankers” and are quite proud of the title) *sigh*
    I’m the white sheep of the family….ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes it was! Taken a few years before she died. It took them 20something years to finally get around to taking her ID photo. The transcripts from her time in the Insane Asylum are amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Now they would prescribe something for the epilepsy and probably would have had the other under control. All families have “weird,” but I’m from the Midwest. Even when the tale is outstanding others in the family object to it being printed as others do not know. We live a long time.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes, she would have been diagnosed and properly treated, but they were country folk with no means. I’m from the Midwest too! Ohio. Most of my ‘people’ are gone though- so I can tell the tales.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Wow. And you are the sane one! That’s why I have no desire to mess around in geneology:)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m the sanest person I know! But I LOVE the crazies. Living vicariously I suppose! HahahaaaReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - Love the story Cheryl as I have a lot of crazies in my own family. They say you can definitely tell people from the South. In the north they hide their crazies down here we dress them up and sit them on the front porch. Southerners are proud of their crazies! I’m wondering if you are still getting the shit storm from your last post. I’ve been cussed out on Twitter two days in a row haha!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Rena! As for the #shitstorm, people have backed off ’cause I carry a big stick- you bash me- I bash back. But I’m cute when I do it. HAhahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Sue - Gads Cheryl, I love this stuff. Your family history story is amazing. You’re making me want to resign up with Ancestry again. My grandmother’s name was Gertrude too. We never were allowed to ask about her siblings as they were all off limits. Now when Grandfather (we called him Papa) died, his sister could not bear it and killed herself which was hidden from us for many years for obvious reasons.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - What????? Why would your grandfather’s sister kill herself over his death??? Tell me more!!!ReplyCancel

  • David Stillwell - That’s nothing… I cannot even disclose the time my cousins broke in to the funeral home to steal their fathers ashes and replace them with ashes from the BBQ… All that so their step mother would not have his ashes… She still has that urn of BBA ashes and mourns over it….ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - People are sooooooo intense. And she never found out I assume?ReplyCancel

  • RasmaSandra - That is some colorful history. I remember when I married my first husband with the inclusion of his family I called all of us the Addams Family. If anyone had really resembled Morticia and Gomez it would have been perfect. Glad at least you got to find out some things.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And they say the cream always raises to the top- not so much sometimes! HahahaaReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Oh, wow! We’ve researched our families back to the fifteen hundreds.. All disgustingly boring. Why do you have all the luck?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - For the most part nothing in ours is half this interesting.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni AaMom - Wow!! Difficult for me to summon up any other reaction to this story!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It was thrilling to find a new bit of family history. I’m still hunting for more.ReplyCancel

  As some of you may have realized, I’ve been absent from the blog for the past few months. My mother had a major stroke and the SHIT hit the fan-pronto, as SHIT is apt to do, because if you’re not getting enough fiber (or your scared SHITless and receiving poor council) your SHIT is […]

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  • Sue - I most liked the lines about how people love to court their shit. Sorry to hear about your lovely Mom Cheryl.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes they do! They dream about having mad sex with their SHIT. SHIT is the only thing that likes them. Oh boy.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - So sorry to hear about your Mom’s stroke. I’m glad you are back and sorry about all the shit but it does happen. Keep moving forward.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - The trick is to not have to double flush. Life’s too short for double flushing Doreen. Thanks for stopping by my friend.ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - I am very sorry about your mom. You know how some people say life is a bowl of cherries? My dad used to say life is a bowl of $h!t!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - For some reason, I totally get this. Sorry to hear. Inevitable, though.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy@CrazyAsNormal - Well shit Cheryl. And hugs, lots and lots of hugs.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Tracy. I’ll take your lots and lots of hugs. XXOOReplyCancel

  • Carolann - Sorry to hear about your mom. I was searching for some clever shitty thing to say but I can totally relate to your plight and oh ok I got one…shit doesn’t run upstream! I like that one :ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes- I like that one too! So clever Carolann! How could it not?! It’s heavy and sluggish like some people that have shit for brains. Not you. Not me. Others…ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - Life is shitty sometimes my friend Cheryl Nicholl.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - I’m sorry you’re going through this shit, my friend. But you’re the shit, and I know you’ll get through it. All the same, sending you hugs. xxxReplyCancel

  • Andi Fisher - My hubby is French and they have an expression when making from of the stereotypical French person – they say the French are the only ones that will stand in their own shit and act like they are perfectly clean!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I’m so sorry you’re going through all this, Cheryl, and hope you can flush it away soon.ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Bennett - Sorry to hear you’re dealing with all this shit. My favorite shit quote. “The grass is greener on the other side because it’s covered in shit”.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I love it! Yes- sterilized SHIT is a good fertilizer. I use Black Kow in the garden- not human Kow. Though I know someone who keeps trying to SHIT in my garden,ReplyCancel

  • Brenna Fae - Sorry to hear about your mom and I hope she recovers well!

    That being said, you are the only person I know of who can take an embarrassing topic and make me laugh so hard that I want to share it on facebook and even send it to someone who is an expert on IBS and sells healthy products to help others with that problem…myself included.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Really? Truly? Aren’t you a sweetheart and my new best friend. What does IBS stand for: Idiot Bull Shitter? I know one of those. *wink* Thanks for stopping by. Much appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • David Butler - Sorry to hear about all the shit you are going through.In the past few years of my life I have had put up with a lot of shit,shit from family,companies and even friends.I have had to go thought shit,hear shit,see shit ,eat shit and be shit on.I finally had enough shit so I pack some shit and came to Brazil to get away from the shit .Now I will have to leave soon as, my visa only has 90 days and if I don’t leave I will be in deep shit.So i will be going back to the US,were I’m sure there is shit waiting for me.Cheryl, you are one of the only people I know who has never given me any shit, thank youReplyCancel

  • Burns the Fire - We can learn from babies. They are comfortable with their shit, as evidenced by how they play with and eat it. So sorry to hear about your Mom!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Claunch - Here’s one for you- “well shit fire and save the matches!
    Sorry about your momReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I hadn’t heard that one before! I love it!! I’m compiling a SHIT dictionary. Keep ’em comin’!ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - Sorry to hear you’re having a difficult time.

    All that shit talk, I thought for a moment I’d stumbled into a Michael Mele post!ReplyCancel

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