Gretchen Leigh

Can’t hang it sideways

Last week I found out my website, the one I refer you to every week in my byline, has not been working since September. I… Continue reading


When the power goes out in BFE

I was going to write about how the Christmas tree came down much more gracefully than it went up. I had intended to write this… Continue reading


Enjoy getting lost sometimes

The New Year is upon us. I don’t make resolutions as a rule because it feels a bit like self-flogging — the same to-dos keep… Continue reading


So, about that tree

The tree remained up for three days before all parties were gathered and the ornaments went on. My husband and I did another frantic search… Continue reading

Christmas a success when the pregnant lady curses

I feel as if I’m waging war on my home and frequently retreating because I’m losing the Christmas battle. Even though I’m much more positive… Continue reading

Adapting is the operative word after a move

Beloved Family, I know it’s scary, this move we’ve made. I know things are different, belongings are in different places, It takes longer to get… Continue reading

Pinterest has nothing on me

Yes, I’m still writing about how I’ve been in shock this past month over our unexpected move. However, I think positivity is winning the more… Continue reading

Out with the oven

We made it through our first Thanksgiving in our new house and I didn’t mess up any of the dishes we ate. It’s not like… Continue reading

The move reminded me, not everything has to change

I’ve discovered the biggest silver lining to this whole move, well, besides the pleasure of living in a big, beautiful house with actual bathroom counters… Continue reading

Shelves are good for the soul …

Shelves again are the heroes of my life. I wrote about the same subject in 2015 when some well-placed shelving helped pull my youngest out… Continue reading

It’s all about the journey?

Moving is hard (she says in the whiniest voice she can muster). It’s not the physical move that’s difficult, rather it’s the settling. My old… Continue reading

Save the handyman

Yeah, I’m writing about moving again. Expect more of the same until I reach a state of normalcy. I’ll try to make it interesting, or… Continue reading

Just how does one move a garden?

How does one move a garden? How do I pick and choose? Sounds a bit poetic, but it’s the dilemma I was faced with last… Continue reading

Still in the ‘hood’

After 27 years in one location, we have moved to a new house. Well, it’s not new having been built in 1972, but it’s new… Continue reading

The Halloween candy was breached

Last week my husband decided to repair our hall bathroom. The area where the wallboard meets the 60s, pink tile had developed a hole. We’ve… Continue reading

Hoping a cat doesn’t crash the party

Rat-a-tat-tat. That’s what my husband and I woke up to the other morning. What the? I threw open the bedroom curtains and looked out. A… Continue reading

No. 1 in the No. 2 business

I feel like I have a lot of adventures I didn’t sign up for. This is yet another. Although 27 years ago when my husband… Continue reading

It’s OK to let the ball roll

A few weeks ago, I ran into a couple women with whom I’d been friends when our children were young. We were all in a… Continue reading

Ancestry CAR

If you follow my column, you know that my husband and I attend car shows all summer, namely rod runs. Street rods are modified vintage… Continue reading

She needs screws

One of my many amusements this summer has been my mother’s adventures with her new smartphone. Since she gave up her landline, I decided a… Continue reading