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Brie aka Barbara K

Brie aka Barbara K
Western NY, USA
January 24
I am a Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Aunt, Cousin, Friend, Neighbor, .....and many other things.. I'm searching for continued enlightenment...


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The dogs need a bath too
 Soo.. One of my many New Years resolutions this 2013 was to be more frugal and to stop spending money as fast as sh%t going through a goose.

With a spurt of energy and great intentions, I decided to take Tessa our very hairy Aussie mix to

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Thursday, 7:30 pm


ever notice it seems easier to hear the rhythm of your footsteps on the sidewalk at night?  the cold air feels good.  and for the first time in a long time, my brain’s almost quiet.  wish i could just keep walking.  after all, i’m nearly half-aRead full post »

MAY 5, 2012 12:33AM

My Fledgling

He left 12 weeks ago.

My first fledgling.

He tested his wings in the Big Easy.

What a place to learn to fly.

The town was kind to him.

For that, I am grateful.

He fluttered, he fed and he grew.

He found his way home.

For a short while,… Read full post »

I’ve stayed home for 23 years having fun playing house.   I was extremely fortunate to be able to do this.  My husband and I shared the same philosophy.  Mom would stay home during our childbearing years, and dad would work his fingers to the bone to accommodate this.
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JANUARY 18, 2012 10:26PM

Me Vs The Magnified Mirror

So.... I'm shopping after a full day of working the front desk at a lovely hotel.  I'm feeling pretty good about myself, makeup and hair working today.  
I stroll into the local Brookstone Store at the mall and am enjoying  browsing through all of the lates… Read full post »
MARCH 5, 2011 2:49AM

He Showed Up Wearing a Tie...


“Let’s go out to dinner Wednesday”.

“Sounds good”,  he replied.

He showed up wearing a tie.

My little boy.

We ate in a restaurant that was a favorite of mine when I was… Read full post »


The other night I was relaxing on the porch watching my current charge of pets enjoying the yard.   In deep contemplation, I decided to count all of the pets that I’ve ever had.

 After mentally making the list , I

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JULY 3, 2010 7:42PM

The Cat Whisperer, or not.


The Villain – Dover


The Victims -  Moles, Baby Bunnies, Chipmunks, Birds 


Dover, our Orange Tabby cat, is a critter killer.    To our delight and dismay, he is a beautiful, healthy adolescent cat with an extremely well tuned killer i/

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On a trip from NYC to Buffalo about a year ago, I had a conversation with a stranger on a plane.

In idle conversation, I asked my neighboring passenger, “What brings you to Buffalo?” He told me that he was coming to town to speak/… Read full post »

MAY 17, 2010 8:28PM

I think I'm losing my mind....

Or is it just menopause?
Can't sleep..  Can't sleep..  Can't sleep...
Hate people that never bothered me before...
My teenage insecurities are back two fold...
I guess I should re-read Dr. Christiane Northrups books on managing menopause, but thes… Read full post »

In memory of my late Mother In Law, Jeanne, who died this month.  After 6 years in a nursing home, she died with a little help from her "friends" and morphine.

See my post

For Jeanne - Please give me a death pa… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 9, 2010 12:48AM








Most people don’t know you Larry.


If asked, most people will say, I know Lady Gaga , but Larry Gaga?   Never heard of him.


Well, for those of you who… Read full post »

Photo by my daughter Caroline
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NOVEMBER 29, 2009 4:44PM

Women VS. the NFL

So my sister calls me today, breathlessly excited.   She works behind the desk at a local hotel and she exclaims that one of the Buffalo Bills wives just gave her three tickets to today's Bills game.

Before I commit to the journey, I ask her where the tickets are located.  She… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2009 11:58PM

Peeking into a little boys' World.



It started when he first learned to walk. Always putting things in his pockets. Anything that he could find is his little world. Paper wrappers, pennies, the random piece of a broken toy found in the yard.

I always took such total pleasure in doing his laundry.… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2009 8:53PM

Elephant Stew

I came across this recipe while I was going through one my local charity published cook books.  It made me smile, so I thought I would pass it on....




1 elephant

112 gallons of water

12 c pepper

12 c salt


Cut the elephant in… Read full post »



With tickets in hand, we excitedly walked through the parking lot with our 3 year old son Alex heading to his first NFL Football game. 


 We passed several school busses parked in the lot and this delighted Alex tremendously.  At his insistence, we let him/Read full post »

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OCTOBER 29, 2009 2:14AM

1st Day of School VS 51st Day of School





This morning I was doing my usual “get the kid out the door” routine.   The same routine that I’ve been doing  every school morning for the past 18 years. 

Now that I’m down to one child in the high school, I can take a little… Read full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2009 10:19PM

Things I wish I could tell Bobby.

My eldest brother Bobby died in 1984 at the age of 32. He was a lovely, vibrant young man. His birthday is November 1st, so every Autumn memories of him are front and center in my mind, and my feelings of loss are profound.… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2009 2:50PM

Call Your Brother

That's what mom used to say.

Today I took the time and called my brother.

We had nothing particular to say.

We talked for 71 minutes.

After hanging up, I smiled wide.

Thanks mom.

Call your brother.



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A recent post by Theresa MacPhail inspired me to write this post about a recent shopping trip with my daughter at Forever 21.

While Caroline did her thing, I browsed through this very hip, very crowded store, scouring the racks working as her personal stylist.… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2009 11:59PM

Busted By A Masturbating Monkey.


Last night I was lounging on the couch with my laptop happily surfing the net.

I did my usual routine. I went to my usual haunts in my usual haphazard way.

I started out by visiting my member online publications… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 3:07PM

"Here, put some gas in your car."


That's what Dad used to say while tucking a ten into my pocket as I walked out the door.

He did that through my teen years right through my lean years as a young wife and mother.

Today is the Anniversary of his death. 

He was a kind… Read full post »

That was the comment that I made to my long time acquaintance after we debated health care.

Her argument was narrow and selfish.   Her prejudices were transparent and her ignorance blatant.

I'm done with these types.  

Good riddance.

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 My lovely mother in law suffered a stroke 5 years ago. Although, she is conscious and able to sit in a wheelchair, she can't speak, eat without a feeding tube, or recognize her loved ones. Her body is skeletal,  her eyes swollen and empty and she wears a diaper. 

Although,… Read full post »