Fancy Coffee Friday: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The Amusing Muse Fancy Coffee Friday: Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsLast week Monday, my barn jeans tore across the left thigh. They’d been wearing noticeably thin over the last few months and I knew they would need to be retired soon. Monday was July 8th and it would have been my sister’s 37th birthday. The jeans were inherited from her three years ago after she died. A message? Coincidence? What were The Fates trying to tell me? Continue reading

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Fancy Coffee Friday: Nurishment

The Amusing Muse Fancy Coffee Friday: NourishmentI am a fan of the literary magazine, The Sun, which is ad-free and runs a variety of features from interviews to “Readers Write.” Once in a while, I think I should submit something for publication, but the thought passes. Continue reading

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Fancy Coffee Friday: Too Thin

The Amusing Muse Fancy Coffee Friday: Too ThinToday’s society tells us that we can “do it all”, “have it all” if we want it bad enough, and we can succeed in attaining our every whim and desire if we just hustle enough.

But what if we can’t? What if in trying to grab every whim and desire that interests us, we spread ourselves too thinly and lose sight of what we really want? Continue reading

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Fancy Coffee Friday: Solitude

The Amusing Muse Fancy Coffee Friday: SolitudeLast Saturday I awoke to the sound of the radio announcer on WPR saying, “…and next we will hear the second act….” It was 5 AM, and I had yoga in a few hours. It was time to enjoy some solitude. Continue reading

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Fancy Frappuccino Friday: Formative Years – The Music

The Amusing Muse Fancy Coffee Friday: Formative Years The MusicThe other day, in conversation with a friend about music, I opined that I was confident that my very eclectic taste in music was heavily influenced by my brother when we were growing up. While he was not the only contributor to my far-reaching musical preferences, I suspect he was the most significant contributor because he was one of the first influencers. Continue reading

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Fancy Coffee Friday: So Far

The Amusing Muse Fancy Coffee Friday: So FarI turned 43 on Tuesday, not “29 again”, because hey – I’ve made it to 43! Lots of people in the world don’t, so I feel I should celebrate the milestone. It’s a lot of years and over the years, I’ve learned a number of things. Here are some that stand out. Continue reading

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Fancy Coffee Friday: That’s a Wrap

The Amusing Muse Fancy Coffee Friday: That's a WrapStatement of fact: February has been a shit month. Continue reading

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Fancy Coffee Friday: Septic Tanks and Sycamores

The Amusing Muse Fancy Coffee Friday: Septic Tanks and SycamoresHow about that weather?!

The last two weeks have been a real roller coaster ride here in Southern Wisconsin. We went from -45°F air temps to nearly 40°F in a span of 36 hours only to freeze again. That kind of weather can cause issues for septic systems and trees alike. How? Let me tell you… Continue reading

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Fancy Coffee Friday: You Asked

The Amusing Muse Fancy Coffee Friday: You AskedAt some point over the life of this blog, I asked readers what they would like to know about yours truly. There were a few takers and with good intentions, I wrote these questions down and promptly misplaced them. Thankfully, what was lost has been found! And without further ado, what you asked… Continue reading

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Fancy Coffee Friday: The Little Things

The Amusing Muse Fancy Coffee Friday: The Little ThingsThe other weekend, Mr. Muse and I were running errands here, there, and everywhere, which included the grocery store. It was a rather busy day, and there were people and carts everywhere! But, as we turned into the aisle housing the canned soups, I heard a little voice utter something that first, gave me pause, second, made me laugh, and third, reminded me that in life, it’s the little things that count. Continue reading

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