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      Yes, folks- it’s that time of year again!   You know the feeling! Holiday Craft Fairs!   eye-squeeze…… hack hack cough cough acka acka ackaaaaa   But seriously- they are kinda sweet. All mulled wine and stringed, no longer recorded, mountain instruments (with a hint of melting credit cards plastic swirled in […]

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  • Carol Cassara - I haven’t been to a holiday craft faire in ages. But that teddy bear purse? it’s awfully tempting. I mean so bad it’s good. In that way. Right?ReplyCancel

  • Jane Willis - I love those things but I end up looking like the cartoon character with the swirling eyes. Toooo much!ReplyCancel

  • Cary - I’m digging that teddy bear purse!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s so awful it’s fabulous. (BTW Congrats my friend!!! XXXOO)ReplyCancel

  • Kimba - OMG – that teddy bear purse!! SO awesome. The go to accessory for every formal occasion.

    And, you know, why DOES it always pour down rain during craft fairs? Hmmm…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I swear- Every. God. Damn. Time. *head shaking*ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - That teddy bear purse is quite original – like you, Cheryl!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - HA! It’s kinda scary actually. Looks like someone killed them for their fur. Blows the minds of little kids! HahahaaReplyCancel

  • Cathy Sikorski - I love your idea of the list…and yes, it always does rain when you’re leaving with all your cool stuff. Now, I want to go to a craft show!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I have lists of lists I need to start listing. It’s a CURSE! But it usually works… usually.ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Hello Mistress of the Holiday Fair!
    I absolutely love your teddy bear purse! Seriously, you should pitch the idea to Miu Miu or other trendy designers! I’m sure it would be a big hit! Loved the post, especially the me-never part!!!!!

    • Cheryl - In all fairness: It’s not MY design. Some other wacko designed it and, of course, I just had to have it. ‘Cause it’s just a little bit gross, which I LUV. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - OMG….you are hilarious! I am not crafty. I have great “ideas” for party decor or this and that, but someone else has to make them. The problem for me is that I have no control at these fairs. I end up buying things thinking that I am crafty….but there is no if ands or buts about it….I am not. So, for now, I am on craft fair restriction.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Like everyone else has said, that teddy bear purse is … something. As I am going to a craft show tomorrow, I am taking your advice to heart. Thanks for the good tips!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Stand your ground. Don’t get swept away like I did.. DO!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - those dolls at the top are scarily awful – please tell me you didn’t buy them! The teddy purse is kind of upcycled fox fur stole material – do their eyes follow you?ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Cute. Cuddly. And practical. (When tavelling, it could easily double as a pillow!)ReplyCancel

  There’s no way to explain this ‘transition’ without first sorting out the word ‘compromise’ insofar as it sleeps intermingles with the phrase ‘long term’. In this case: Marriage.     You marry a guy.   He’s funny.   He’s cute.   He’s ambitious.   You get along.   You have a few kids.   […]

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  • Abby - No, seriously Cheryl? I hope at least he lets you take your Hermes shawl and a case of Chardonnay with you:) just in case you realized what you got yourself into?

    • Cheryl - Wait. Until. You. See. What. I do. With. The. Interior….. OMG!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodor Greenthal - This is my husband’s dream. We may have to do it someday. I have to say yours looks totally adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Would it be wrong to say it looks way cute? That I’d like one, but maybe a tad larger? But that I need a driver because my husband is a TERRIBLE driver and I am uncoordinated? Yeah. Thought so.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Hammond - You are more generous than I! Camping is against my religion!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth A. Havey - We camped in out early married days. Not now! But I do love your camper.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - I’m going to have to sit by the river and learn to cook fresh fish someday too, so this cutest camper on the planet looks wonderful to me.ReplyCancel

  • Angela @ Setting My Intention - So exciting! My husband and I are looking at Tiny Houses and campers too. We’re not close to moving into anything that contained, but dreaming…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - This is TOY and NOT a LIFESTYLE!! Dear God, I’m not that crazy! Hahahaaa. The Tiny Houses are awesome but not as mobile so I found this little brand new retro baby and swooped her up! Stay tuned Angela…. the misadvetures are bound to come our way!ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - That looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. All my best to the both of you. I’m just getting ready for my first kid to graduate from HS. (I’m an older parent–in my 50s but with 2 teens at home.) It’s interesting to see you get on the other side of this hard part. I’m in the freak out over college costs mode right now.ReplyCancel

  • Chloe - Nice trailer. Welcome to the club. Ain’t love grand?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hey sweetie girl! Just to be clear- we will not be LIVING in this- just tooling around makin’ hay! *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Cristy Stern Zdenek - Cheryl, it looks amazing. I love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Katy Kozee - That is the cutest thing ever. And you are living my dream – we’re still in the “How are we going to pay for these schools?” stage of life. I can’t wait to be past that and beside a river. I’m lucky though – it’s my husband who’s the non-camper so I’ll probably be comfortable wherever we end up.ReplyCancel

  • CAROL CASSARA - I know I commented on this. I know I did. But where? It’s adorables.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Well, this one stuck. Glad you gave it the ole college try! It IS adorbs!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - You will have the best adventures! I can’t wait to read every post about your travels.ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - Randy and I considered it…then we took a 3 week road trip and imagined staying in RV parks and having to set stuff up. I remain dedicated to hotels.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - At least you are not sleeping on the ground! You are so lucky. When we were young together it was the only way Lanny would go: Sleep on the ground in a bedroll. Later arthritis prevented that. He would not buy a travel trailer so we just went where there were motels and real beds. Ahhh! Funny you’re “When did this happen?” question.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - Sounds like a fun adventure for sure. I’ll look forward to reading all about them and turn a little green with envy too lol.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - it might not be the Ritz but it’s WAY better than a tent!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Retro 1961 Shasta Airflyte!! With all the modern conveniences of course.ReplyCancel

  • Lisha Fink - And you can rent it out for Mardi Gras!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Holy Crapolla! That’s genius!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I can’t wait to see how this is going to go! You need to start a book right now!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com - Hi Cheryl! It might not be what you were expecting but who knows? It might turn out even better than you could have imagined. And what a cute way to compromise. I’m looking forward to reading about where you go from here. ~KathyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I will be taking notes and passing them along you can be sure of that!ReplyCancel

  • Nora Hall - What a great take on compromising! thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Gottberg - Hi Cheryl! It might not be what you were expecting, but who knows? It might turn out even better than you could have imagined. And what a cute way to compromise. I’m looking forward to reading about where you go from here. ~KathyReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - That camper van will be a lot of fun, I’m sure.
    Compromise is so important in a long-term relationship. My wife used to hate football (soccer) for the first 15 years of our relationship, whereas our two kids and I have always been fanatical. Then one day she decided to come along to a game, loved it, and is now as keen as me. But on reflection that might not be compromise, but just giving in!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Fluhr - One of my fantasies — not shared by my beloved.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Here’s the way I see it Suzanne- It wasn’t one of mine either but BUT if I want to see him I needed to bend a little. My way, of course, but BEND none the less.ReplyCancel

  • Messing With A Sure Bet: Shasta Camper Update » A Pleasant House - […] We recently procured (sounds pretty fancy don’t ya think?) a brand new 2015 Retro-1961#Shasta camper. I talked about it here. […]ReplyCancel

As some of you may be aware, my mother was forced to retire last year. (A stroke has a sneaky way of making decisions for you).   Of course, this has not been easy.   Maybe more so for my mother: She never slowed down. Not for one minute in her entire life. She worked […]

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  • CAROL CASSARA - I love it! Especially the dry lips advice. AND I see where you get your sassy nature! You go, Cheryl’s mom! Inspire those of us coming up right behind you!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Carol!!! She’s a hoot! I’m hoping to have her reply, personally, this week. Stay tuned!ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - LOL!! She’s hilarious! Do encourage her to write more; especially about her life! I would love to read about that!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Her life’s been quite an adventure! Hopefully more to come! Thanks Roshni- you’re such a kind woman. Glad you’re my friend.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - Your Mom is a hoot! Queenie I and Queenie II – apple – tree!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - I love your mom already. She has a hilarious sense of humor. Can’t wait to hear more. Listen to your mother and go with the Crazy on Main St.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Dear God, you’re the 3rd one! Really??? Okay. She may agree… (Thanks for stopping by Rebecca- much appreciated). XXOOReplyCancel

  • Lori Lavender Luz - Well, now. The tree speaks via the apple. Similar much?

    Leah, I’m taking your advice about “old hag.”

    Cheryl Ann, don’t forget to call your mom!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - This is the best! I am so looking forward to more of The Crazy On Main Street (my choice). She sounds like a hoot! Thanks for sharing will all of us.ReplyCancel

  • Meg Root - I second, The Crazy on Main Street! I’d say she was on her way to a fun and dedicated following. Great first post.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Lutrell - Please write more…you have a great start…so glad you are working with your daughter to publish your thoughts!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - This is fabulous! 82 and triple stroke surviver?! This woman is AWESOME!!! Will she adopt me?ReplyCancel

  • Alma Calabrese - Your mom sounds adorable ! I would love to meet her! Bless her heart for not giving up ! It’s what keeps us going.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - She’s NOT a giver upper. Probably live to 120.ReplyCancel

  • Rose Kimosh - Love it Leah….I have fond memories of you in my Showroom at The Ohio Design Centre….glad to see your still kicking it!…Thank you, Cheryl Ann….love RosieReplyCancel

  • Leanne@crestingthehill - Hi to your mum – may she reign forever! She reminds me of the poem – “when I am old I shall wear purple” – doing all the stuff you like because you’re old and you can. Good on her!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - That’s right…. that poem! I’m going to have to find a copy for her to read. Thanks for reminding me Leanne. XXOOReplyCancel

  • Haralee Weintraub - She is a natural. I have to work on my spitting if I am going to grow old(er) gracefully!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - She is right. Everything drops! It doesn’t matter how well one fights the good fight, and always, always, buy expensive shoes. it’s your feet. One place she is a tad wrong. People of German descent tent to have thinning eyebrows. Sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Oh. I love this. I think you and her share a little of the same witty voice:)ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - The apple doesn’t fall from the tree! I love both of you!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Owen Whetstone - She reminds me of my grandma. Spry and spunky. You 2 make a great writing team!!!ReplyCancel

  • RasmaSandra - Your mom is a wise woman and has a wonderful sense of humor. Cherish her.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen Morin - I love it! She’s witty and super fun. Can’t wait to read more!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - Can mom tell us some good stories about Cheryl hahaha!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Awe, I just loved this and your Mom sounds like you or you sound like your Mom. Tell her my fav was learn to spit and drink beer.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - She’s ready these so I hope she’s already seen your comment. Thanks Sue. XXOO- from me.ReplyCancel

  • David Stillwell - Mari Collier said ” Everything drops!” It’s more like it is trying to get away from you…. Melting … for decades we want the fat to melt right off of us and when it does… we try to hold it on with rick-rack and ace bandages. Girl… let it go. Those tits are nothing more than neck warmers or a reason to fall. However, bad as that seams… men grow labia under their chins… and gray gotees that make them look like our mother’s mother in a short skirt without underware.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - What a hoot and what a natural! You go girl and do what coes naturally! Welcome to te club.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - She will Sandra! SHe always has!!!~CherylReplyCancel

  • The Crazy On Main St: Memories From My Mother » A Pleasant House - […] A few weeks ago I had a conversation with my mother about Blogging. You can read it here. […]ReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - I love this. I read your most recent post first and then clicked over here. Love that your readers voted for The Crazy On Main St. Very endearing. I look forward to more.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Kenya! You’re a doll!! I’m sure she’s so pleased seeing you here.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Moguez Granger - That is fablous. A great way to get all the details for a future work. She has a marvelous wit, but I am guessing you know that.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - She’s a hoot Brenda. FULL of sage advice.ReplyCancel

  The first thing we have to do is clear-up a few centuries old sayings:   Let Them Eat Cake   Attributed to sassy Marie Antoinette when approached about the grumblings from her starving subjects.     Cake was the term used to describe burnt browned bits of bread often found on the bottom of […]

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  • Gary Sidley - Oh, that lemon slice would combine beautifully with a cold glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh. My. God! You’re sooooo right! You are a genius!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - The cakes all look amazing, but those flowers! Wow, what a skilled hand they must have to make those. You have now made me want a piece of cake.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Can you believe those flowers! I went over to touch them and was amazed!!!! I may have to get married again just so I can taste test some more! HahahaaReplyCancel

  • 1010ParkPlace - The Lemon Chiffon, please, and I don’t care that after I eat it, I will no longer have it. Yum!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We can always get more- am I right? HahahaaaReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I love cake. I love cake way too much. I love to make cake, I love to eat cake and I love to hear about cake. Really, I’ll probably be diagnosed as diabetic this year because I love cake. Although I haven’t had some in a while, and now my super skinny sister in law is coming for a week and cake rarely passes her lips and if it does she probably doesn’t eat for a week after. So I doubt cake is in my future. I mean there’s nothing like being a zaftig cake eater at table with a size 0 to harsh your mellow, you know?ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Cake, cake, cake, cake. Mmmmm . . . marching into the kitchen for some yummy carrot cake. Thanks for the suggestion! :ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - Amazing! My daughter is getting married October 3 and we just did the tasting. It was fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Okay, I am just drooling now. Those cakes look amazing but those flowers? Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - The flowers looked ‘real’ to me as I walked in. Then I realized I was in a confectionary shop and went over to feel them. Almost fell over.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I am drooling! I too love cake and if you come to visit me I promise to take you to a chocolatier’s shop who make something she calls “Oh My God Cake” — yep that is what you will say after the first bite!ReplyCancel

  • Meg Root - They all look amazing! I am a fan of wedding cake!ReplyCancel

  • Ines Roe - Boy those cakes look incredible. I am the mother of a soon to be brinde (3 October). I wasn’t able to be part of the cake tasting (I sure missed out) but I am sure looking forwad to getting a piece at the wedding. I hope (but I am convinced) it will be as delicious and the photos of your cake tasing look.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - OK, I’m drooling too. My daughter and future son-in-law and I went to a cake testing and it was FUN!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I want your job!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - we didn’t get to eat cake with either our daughter or son – obviously missed a treat! Those wedding cakes are just so beautiful to look at – I’d be refusing to let anyone cut them – take lots of photos of the wedding because I’m a diehard fan of pretty outfits (and cake)!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - I’ll be testing some cake soon as well. My son’s affair is coming up in May, and I just can’t wait! These all looks so very very yummy! I bet they were too.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - Just delish! It was a beautiful day. I’m so lucky my son is marrying a wonderful gal, and her mother is fabulous!!!ReplyCancel

  • shallowreflections.com - Raspberry cream would be my pick. All look delicious though! Yum!ReplyCancel

  Several months ago, when Ben went hunting, or fishing, or something manly- whatever, in Florida, he found himself about done at the end of day 2-out-of-3.   Later in the evening when he was standing around this world class resort with a martini in his hand, yucking it up with all the other swells, […]

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  • Elaine Ambrose - Thanks for taking us along! And, I didn’t need to dress up or wear heels.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne@crestingthehill - wayyyyyy out of my league but still very impressive! Well done on becoming one of the rich and not-so-famous 🙂 ~ LeanneReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’ll take rich over famous any day of the week! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Gorgeous! A life I will never know. That ceiling is heavenly.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - This is so cool that husband hitched a ride home in a private jet. This is why you are truely our Queen of blogland.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hahahahaaa….. if it were only true Sue!ReplyCancel

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