What’s In A Name?

I grew up in Colorado where my parents both moved from out-of-state to go to college in the seventies. This meant that we only got to see our grandparents once or twice a year when we would travel to Connecticut or California to visit, or they would come see us. Every time we would see them, they would want to hear all about our lives. We recently lost my paternal grandfather—Pops—and as we remembered him, everyone reflected on how he would always say “Isn’t that grand?” in wonder and amazement when we would tell him stories. I always loved when he would react to my stories with that phrase, both because it felt like a phrase from another era and and because I felt that he was genuinely excited for me.

Grandkids & Great-grandkids
Grandkids & Great-grandkids

I’ve been kicking around the idea of starting a blog to chronicle my misadventures for a few years and was always held up on what I would name my blog. After Pops passed away, while on a flight to Puerto Rico for my honeymoon (one of my many misadventures…the honeymoon, not the marriage), I realized Pops had named it for me.

To me, Isn’t It Grand is a tribute to Pops and Happy Nana and Uncle David and Rose, all of whom always loved to hear my stories and are now watching over me and my family. It is also what I hope to be my mantra – an effort to always find the joy and awe in life, even in the small things.



Thanks to Ginny, a close family friend, I have developed a love of acronyms. The problem is, once I left Colorado and my community that spoke in acronyms regularly, people look at me like I’m crazy if I use one. Since I fully plan to use them here, I thought I’d provide you with a key to my acronym usage.

GTK: Good to know
WTF: Well, you know what this means…
TMI: Too much information
FYI BTW: For your information, by the way (a weird acronym combo TimTheFarmer and I use)
FIL: Father-in-Law
MIL: Mother-in-Law
DIY: Do it yourself (duh)
SOOL: Sh*t out of luck
NBD: No big deal
PIA: Pain in the you-know-what

Let’s Do This

After years of reading other blogs and thinking I could do that, I’m finally hitting publish. The blogs I love talk about food, family, traditions, travel, and affordable/accessible interior design…so…I think that’s what we’ll talk about here. Oh, and the absurd, which there’s plenty of in my life.

Here’s a snapshot of where we’re at right now in life when I’m starting this blog:

We just bought our first home!! We feel so grateful because this house is in amazing shape, and we know, because we looked a lot of dumps less-than-optimal options before stumbling onto our perfect home. It needs some updating (can you say heart-shaped cutouts everywhere?!) and after a month, there are still boxes everywhere, but we can’t wait to make it ours.IMG_3082

It’s fall, which means I’ll get to start my projects in my new home closer to Thanksgiving because my job requires me to be on the road in the fall. Between now and Halloween, I’ll be in 13 different cities in 7 states. It also means I’m standing over boiling pots of water to put up food for winter from the farm where TimTheFarmer, my husband, works. He’s busy busy busy with fall harvest and preparing for winter too. It also means it’s fantasy football season in my house and my husband and his son are constantly updating me on how many points so-and-so scored, which continues to mean absolutely nothing to me despite them repeatedly explaining it #notretainingthatinfo. It also means apple cider donuts. If you’ve never had them, get yourself to the Hudson Valley now.


And just to completely contradict the last sentence, TimTheFarmer and I have been eating Paleo for close to a year now. Clearly we make exceptions for apple cider donuts, which immediately give me a headache, but I do it anyway #thatgood. I have fibromyalgia and have been told to eat this way for more than ten years, but it took getting addicted to bulletproof coffee and being told it’s OK to eat fat to finally take the plunge…and we love it! More on that in future posts.

Alright, let’s do this!

p.s. #ilovehashtags #apologiesinadvance