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Domestic Bliss

December 17, 2008 - Amy Witschey
This is my first foray into the world of blogging, a feature on our new Wetzel Chronicle Web site. When presented with the idea of the blog, I worried about the ability to make it different, somehow, from my usual column that appears in the newspaper. The first rule of writing is to write about what you know. So I thought about my life and what kinds of things interest me, besides what I normally talk about in Taking Aim.

Probably like most people, my life consists of just a handful of activities on a regular basis. The top three are work, child care, and household chores. I really wish sleep were in the top three, but alas it isn’t.

I’m sure you don’t want to hear me talk about the trials and tribulations of work, I talk about my daughter Joellen regularly in my column (to some people’s chagrin and other’s delight), so that leaves household chores. Not an overly interesting topic is it?

Not really, but cooking is certainly a topic of interest to many people. I am no gourmet chef, but I do provide a few good, nourishing meals for my family and I love trying different recipes. So from time to time you will see some recipes in this space and any accompanying stories of failure and success. I hope you will enjoy that and maybe get a few tips and warnings along the way.

Then the other interest that consumes a good bit of my little free time is scrapbooking. Probably more accurately, I am addicted to scrapbooking. People who see my pages often say, “I don’t know how you find time to do this.” My response is always, “Well, you haven’t seen how messy my house is.”

Unfortunately that response is correct, but I have found that for me scrapbooking is something I have to make time for. Not only do I love to do it—I enjoy the creativity and the fact that I am preserving memories—but I need to do it. Many years ago I heard another scrapbooker say that and I didn’t quite understand her insistence, but now I do.

The solitude time I enjoy while scrapbooking keeps me sane. I think we all have our “thing” that gives us a calming presence in our lives that is necessary. Yours might be journaling, reading, praying, exercising, or meditating. Mine is scrapbooking.

So this is my introduction to blogging, for better or worse. I hope you’ll check back from time to time and see what kind of domestic mess or bliss I have gotten myself into. Maybe we can even help each other out along the way. Feel free to let me know of any tips, ideas, or recipes at Thanks for reading.


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