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Bringing Back The Dickie!

  Here at HouseTalkN, we aren’t just about houses. We love to talk fashion, too!  This week, we are sharing our new venture: “DICKIE-DO!” “Dickie Do” is a movement to BRING BACK THE DICKIE! No more “Don’t do the Dickie!” We are all about “Do the Dickie!” Some folks in Hollywood gave the Dickie a […]

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Giving Thanks On Halloween

No other night makes me more sentimental for my neighborhood than Halloween night. Each neighbor brings a different kind of excitement for my four kiddos. “Do you think the Cox’s dog, Maggie will wear a costume?” “Will Donna have a special treat just for us?” “Can we see the Johnson’s baby?” “No fair! The Kasten […]

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Meet Big George!

This may go down as the best Christmas EV.ER! After spending Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with our Indiana aunts, uncles, cousins and grandma, we pointed our swagger wagon toward our St. Louis family! The SIL’s (think sister-in-law mafia!) were hiding our surprise Christmas puppy, Big George! We had kept this secret for over a […]

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Operation PUPPY!

I am excited to share “Operation Puppy” with you- FINALLY! My fellow cohorts, that we shall call the “SIL’s” (tough code to break- “sister-in-laws”) joined me in the search for our new puppy.  We were on the lookout for a golden retriever-ish puppy…one that didn’t come with a $1500 price tag!  One week after we […]

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I Used To Be Normal. Then, I Got A Dog.

I have officially become the crazy dog lady. I used to make fun of crazy pet people. But now… I talk in crazy dog speak. I let my dog on the furniture. I let the dog sleep with us. I send friends and family photo shows of.the.freaking.dog. I am one step away from knitting matching […]

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Back To School Tips…And Lies I Tell Myself

I will be organized! I will lead my family with a cheery and positive attitude! I will exercise every stinkin’ day. I will not lose my sh** over homework! These are the lies I tell myself every August. It’s tradition. This year, I thought I might find helpful tips to keep me on task. I […]

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Field of Dreams

Growing up in small town Indiana afforded me many luxuries.  Say huhwha?  You heard me. Spending last week yukking it up with my sisters- we all invaded the “hometown sister’s” house- made me realize what an influence the landscape of our childhood had on us. While we were busy tending to the business of growing […]

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Crazy Hosta Lady

Some blocks have a “Crazy Cat Lady.”   I am afraid that I may have become our block’s “Crazy Hosta Lady.” I have every kind of hosta you can imagine.  Blue, elephant ear, lime green, green tipped, green striped, white flowering, and purple flowering.  I could be considered a hosta hoarder, really. Many of my […]

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Blackberries and Clothespins

Two things that were constants in my childhood- blackberries and clothespins. My mother, her mother, and her mother’s mother – all southern ladies, passed these traditions down to the next generation. They could make a blackberry cobbler with a shoe. There was always a steady stream of laundry on the line. Looking back, many of […]

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Moving On…Literally

Nineteen years ago, I sat in this same room. I sat on a box in a room full of boxes and thought, “What have we done?” Here I am again, sitting on a box in a room full of boxes asking myself, “What have we done?” This house was the landscape of building our family. […]

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