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What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Woodchuck

We’re expecting! Several years ago, I witnessed the untimely demise of a lovely woodchuck in Northwestern MN.  Naturally, I pulled over to 1) make sure she was dead 2) scoop her up.  To read the story in its entirety, see http://annelippin.com/blog/2014/09/01/labor-day-weekend/. … Continue reading

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Im Augenblick

Sunday morning.  The phone next to our bed rings at 7:16.  The ringer’s turned off.  I normally sleep through a downstairs ring but I pick up. Ace, who left for work at 6:45, informs me that he just got rear-ended … Continue reading

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The Best of 2017

My beloved Pomeranian, Rafa, died last May of heart failure.  Naturally, I assumed Ace would be just fine with the immediate procurement of another Pom.  Not so.  Turns out Ace enjoyed the relative dearth of barking. I continued my daily … Continue reading

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Rafa

I’m sitting in the waiting room of the emergency vet clinic at the University of Minnesota.  The hum of the vending machines.  Folks typing at the reception desk.  Sneet falling on the skylights above my head. Last night The Big … Continue reading

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Blessed Be the Tie That Binds

My maternal grandmother died in a car accident, when her brakes went out on a winding mountain road in California.  Margarette Fairbank Dyson Milanese was a tiny woman, barely five feet tall, with a wavy pin-curl bob and starched white … Continue reading

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I’m a Hamster

I love my bed.  All 6080 square inches of its king-sized glory.  I love my 100% cotton sheets (preferably 400 thread count or higher).  I love that my pomeranian can safely sleep by my feet without fear that I’ll accidentally … Continue reading

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The Top Ten Reasons I Could Never Do A Lifestyle Blog

10) I decorate with dead animals.  While some folks appreciate my roadkill taxidermy collection, others find it creepy at best, nasty at worst. 9) My relationship with food.  I love food.  I particularly love when other people cook food.  The … Continue reading

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Arrested Development

In the basement of my childhood home, tucked under the steps, is an enchanted room.  A room of possibility.  The unfinished beams of the underbelly of the staircase, a cool cement floor.  Always dark. The silhouette of my dad glows … Continue reading

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Remembering Gram

When my grandparents died, I inherited a lovely little settee, a two-seater.  In true Victorian style, knobby carvings adorned the arched back of rich walnut.  My Gram upholstered the piece in a beautiful timeless floral print with a green as … Continue reading

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Stuffocation

My grandma trashed three houses and two apartments, systematically filling them up with stuff until they were completely unlivable.  The Wisconsin Department of Health evicted her from one home on Christmas Eve.  Sorry ma’am.  This place is a health hazard. … Continue reading

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