the doolan family bus!

For as long as I can remember my dad has said he wanted a school bus that the family could camp in. A few months back, he made that dream a reality. He bought a bus at an auction! (Side note – My dad & auctions are a solid pair. If you haven’t read about

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thankful

I’m sure it comes as no to surprise to anyone that your mom dying will send you through an absolute whirlwind of emotions. These last few weeks have been a wild ride. There have been ups and some major downs. I’m trying to keep my chin up but needless to say, it can be hard.

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the greatest loss

This is my least favorite post I will ever write. I feel like I need to put it out there to start to heal though… Last Saturday, completely unexpectedly, my mom passed away from a heart attack. I don’t think anyone is ever prepared to lose a parent but to say this took me by

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adventures in stamp carving

When I first started The Dainty Squid I blogged about… well, everything. Some of my oldest posts featured silly sewing projects like a catnip filled kitty mat and the one quilt I started but never finished. I talked about the hunt for my first house in great detail and rambled on about just about everything.

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what I wore – coffee date

Long time, no see, eh? I have really missed taking outfit photos! Now that the weather is starting to get a bit more agreeable here in Ohio, it feels like a good time to get back into the groove of it. Jeff shot these for me early Saturday morning before our weekly coffee date. We’ve

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10 things making me smile

This excellent vinyl decal which I absolutely had to buy after seeing a car on the road with it. (Find it here. Also, please tell your dog I said hi!) Finding a swing under a bridge (+ making it out and back without getting wet!) Weekend mornings at our coffee spot. There’s just a real

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found on the frozen beach

Only 13 days until spring! Lake Erie is still frozen. New treasures appear each random (and 100% appreciated) day of warm weather tha allows some of the ice built up on the shore to melt. Nothing too spectacular on my last visit. Not even a single toy soldier. I appreciate any burst of color this

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Rockefeller Park Greenhouse

The weekend before last my best friend, Elycia, and her family came down from Canada to visit us. After getting breakfast and coffee at our favorite neighborhood spot, Jeff had the idea that we should head to Rockefeller Park Greenhouse. The greenhouse was built in 1905 and used originally to grow plants for the city.

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