Grown Woman Must-Have: A Portable Hand Truck

Milwaukee  Folding Hand Truck, A woman’s must have

I don’t know why it took me so long to figure this out. I’ve had many packages delivered to my home that I needed to carry into my second-floor condominium. When you don’t have a man around, you just make due or ask your nearest male neighbor.

Now that I use Amazon more often, I get packages delivered to my job. That means I need to move them from my parking lot to my steps. Last week, in addition to the rain, none of my male neighbors were around. So, that’s when I had a brilliant idea to buy a Portable Hand Truck! (It only took about 18 years of home ownership before I had this idea.)

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I love the moments right before a thunderstorm. I love the smell of the rain and the feel of the cool wind. Our weather in New Jersey has been interesting and unusual. We have moved from 80 degree days in December to single digit temperatures in April. This thunderstorm seemed so normal…and peaceful.


Looking from my porch towards the woods as my wind chimes are blowing


Looking at gray sky in the distance and pink tree

Brokenwood Mysteries: Country Music and Crime

Tweet to Acorn TV about enjoying Brokenwood Mysteries
Tweet to Acorn TV about one of my many favorite shows, Brokenwood Mysteries

Before you ask, this is not a television show review. This is me sipping wine and sharing my enjoyment of television show from New Zealand. I no longer have cable and stream my television shows through my ROKU (it has been a year). I watch more television and pay less for the privilege. That is awesome!  T.L.Pollard

Dad turned me on to British television with Benny Hill. My childhood was spent watching The Saint, The Avengers (now streaming on Hulu), and Masterpiece Theater (well before Downton Abbey). I even remember watching I, Claudius with Derek Jacobi. I am an Anglophile. I keep my dad’s tradition (well now my tradition) alive by streaming Acorn TV and Hulu on my Roku. (I cut the cable cord last year.) In fact, I watch more shows now than I did when I had cable.

Brokenwood Mysteries takes place in New Zealand. However, this show has all of the elements of the British shows I have watched over the years. Its plot and characters are believable with human faults. But the best part? They have an awesome band that keeps me humming country music. I never thought that would happen, ever.

The musical director of the show should get a raise and then some. This person picks the right music for each scene. It is seamless. Again, this is just me watching as I am sipping wine and relaxing (teacher winter break in effect).It is a wonderful show if you like mysteries. 

I am also sharing to help anyone who is considering cutting the cable cord. It was a the best decision I could make considering that the cable company in my area was kind of a monopoly. That means the price for my one DVR was more than my neighbors who had multiple DVRs (still can’t wrap my head around that one). 

So, if Acorn TV is a part of your household, then Brokenwood Mysteries should be on your Watchlist. If you have not entered the “cable free world,” then this gives you an idea of what you might be able to watch. Don’t make the decision based on this post. I researched for awhile before I cut the cord. I just want you to know that cutting the cord does not mean that you will be in television hell. It is amazing how technology can bring you shows from countries you may have never thought about visiting.

Check it out if you love mysteries and want a different perspective of country music

It still blows my mind that I am watching a show from New Zealand when we could barely get shows from the UK. Even more awesome… Acorn TV retweeted my comment. Even more beyond awesome…During one of the early shows, I commented on one of the actor’s posts and he answered. Mind blown. T.L. Pollard




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3 Easy Christmas Card Door Displays

How do you display your Christmas cards during the holidays?

Happy Sunday everyone!  Now that the rush and energy of the Christmas holiday are drifting away, I wanted to share another favorite Christmas memory. This one involves Christmas cards.   

My nana always taped her Christmas cards to her dining room entryway. Every Christmas card she received had a place of honor. It was simple, yet festive. It is still a tradition in my home today. I use my living room closet door for my display. 

Christmas Card Display Made Easy

My grandmother had the right idea. All she needed was tape and time. If you are like me, you have DIY intentions (sure you can recreate the picture in the magazine) that turn into a “Do It Quick” (DIQ) reality (time gets away from you). I totally understand. 

ChristmasCardDoorThese are cards (above) that I received from students, family, friends, and neighbors. I am always amazed at the pictures and the messages from my students. (I am a support teacher. So, I am also humbled by the amount of gift and cards I receive.) Since I did not put up a Christmas tree this year (too tempting for my Shinxley and Mozeley), this was a nice compromise. 

After decorating my door, I was curious. I wanted to see if other people put their cards on their doors. My research turned up only a few door displays. Most Christmas card displays, which were beautiful, involved a lot of craft work. Anyway, in honor of my nana, I thought I would share two of the displays that I found. 

The first display was on the blog This was first posted in 2014. Her simple display is eye-catching. It also shows how many people are sending photo cards for the holidays. There is something comforting about the closeness of the cards.


The next display was originally posted in 2007 on the blog The Diaper Diaries. This reminded me of my grandmother’s door. The only difference is the size of the entryway. (And the colors because the only neutral palette back then was white.) Those cards in the entryway were another happy sign that Christmas was near. 


Do you display your Christmas cards on your doors or entryways? I would love to hear about your “low-prep, DIQ” displays! 


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