"You know, we don't laugh much around the house," my almost 9-year-old said as we walked home from yet another school event. Don't ask why we walked. It's a long story for another time. "We laugh," his older brother and I said in unison. "You fake laugh all the time, Mom." "No, that's real laughter," … Continue reading 2019 … the need for laughter
Category: Misc. adventures
As a kid, my mom made a good portion of my clothes. We'd travel to Jo Ann Fabrics and flip through these giant books filled with various patterns. If we were lucky, they'd have some out-of-date ones I'd take home and trace to make my own fashions. We'd pick colors on the color palette designated … Continue reading Making peace with high-waters
On Sept. 11, 2001, I was assistant editor at a small, three-day a week newspaper in Ohio. It was my day off. My husband and I slept in. My husband got ready faster than I did and turned on the TV. "You better come down here," he yelled from the bottom of the stairs. "A … Continue reading September 11
“You’re only job is to vacuum the couch so I’m not itchy.” I heard this recently during a cleanfest at my home due to Hurricane Dorian. I was not amused, as I assume some other moms wouldn’t be. Taking care of everyone else, without caring for yourself, can wear you down. As a mom, you … Continue reading Your one job is many jobs
A few years ago, I stocked up on some Momentum jewelry. Like anyone who has kids, moves and has more clutter than she should, I lost most of my pieces amid the many boxes and piles of stuff. A few weeks ago, I found one of my pieces — a tie-dyed purple and white bracelet … Continue reading Own today
My garden is full of green — lots of vines and tall stocks. No vegetables like I planned. But fall is around the corner. I’m going to try again then. I currently have a lot of flowers. So here are a few photos of them. Sunflowers Some kind of squash/gourd vine.
It looks scary. That big chasm between where you are now and where you could be. Maybe someone comes along for emotional support. The other friend is just along for the ride. Take the step to the ledge and find a comfortable spot. Take a deep breath. Let the fear and your breath out. Now … Continue reading Monday motivation: Take the leap