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Janey Womeldorf

Too Old for Romance?

By Janey Womeldorf

Too Old for Romance?

My husband and I shared a really romantic evening last weekend. We had looked forward to it all week and can’t wait do it next week already. What was this heart-pounding event? On Sunday night, we ate dinner, rushed through clean up, and then cuddled up on our big, brown recliner to watch Downton Abbey […]

Big Families and Chicken Legs

Big families are loud and quirky. You either love it or hate it. I came from a family of six kids, so growing up, shouting was normal. I don’t mean arguing shouting, but shouting because you had something to say and everybody else was talking. With eight people in a household, fast-changing conversations fly across […]

What Will You Never Purge?

By Janey Womeldorf

What Will You Never Purge?

Apparently, the most depressing day of 2015 will be Monday January 26th. “Blue Monday,” as it has been referred to, started back in 2005 when UK psychologist, Dr. Cliff Arnall, created a formula which concluded that the Monday of the last full week of January was the year’s most depressing day. This was largely due […]

Exhilarating Moment Number Three?

I have felt truly exhilarated twice in my life. I have always loved France – the country, the food and the language – and studied it for several years in high school. In the three decades since, I have dabbled in French language tapes but regretfully, nothing stuck. One day, a local college catalog dropped […]

How Long is Too Long?

By Janey Womeldorf

How Long is Too Long?

How long is too long for company to stay? There’s an old adage that says, “Fish and visitors both begin to smell after three days.” Before I address this, let me remind my houseguests who stayed way longer than three days, often for weeks at a time, all of us squashed into our cramped, two-bedroom […]

Work – The Good, Bad, and the Funny

I went back to work last year at 49. What was I thinking? I went from an organized, house-proud, home goddess to a rushed, that’ll-do version of myself almost overnight. How did returning to the workforce shake up my life? Let me purge, I mean, share the ways: The vacuum comes out less often. The […]

My Walgreen’s Moment

By Janey Womeldorf

My Walgreen's Moment

Does anyone develop their vacation photos anymore? Years ago, you would take out your rolls of film and trot off to Walgreens, always managing to arrive ten minutes too late to get them in that day’s pick up. Major dissonance then ensues as you wrestle with whether to pay an insane amount to get them […]

My Favorite Mum Memories

By Janey Womeldorf

My Favorite Mum Memories

The Ironing Board I grew up in England in a bustling neighborhood where it seemed everybody knew each other (or if not, knew their business), everybody had kids, and nobody thought twice about dropping by – unannounced. (Maybe people did that back then because nobody had phones. The only phone I remember was the lonely, […]

Inspirational Couples

By Janey Womeldorf

Inspirational Couples

Two couples have inspired us in our 25 years of married life. One couple inspired our “present,” the other shaped our future, and neither had any idea until we thanked them years later. My husband and I met the first couple over 20 years ago not long after we were married. We were doggedly plugging […]

We Wait, Watch, and Hope

By Janey Womeldorf

We Wait, Watch, and Hope

If they build it, they will come, and we will lose our garden. Eight years ago, my husband and I chose to simplify our lives. We owned a three-bedroom, two-bath, 2400 square-foot house and maintaining it had become exhausting. When you own an aging home, there is always something – a leaky faucet, a dryer […]

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