This month marks the 5-year anniversary of my dad’s death and the 1-year anniversary of the death of one of our dogs. It also marks when the pandemic closed our local schools and my kids’ world turned upside down.It seems odd that anniversaries impact you in a way that chills your soul. Some are hit … Continue reading March reset
As a busy mom, I wash most of my family’s dirty clothes during the weekend. It piles up on top of the dryer until one of my three kids fold and put things away or I do. The first option usually ends up with some bargaining and handing off the chore to someone else. Why … Continue reading The socks
Today is my birthday. Another year, another chance to do new things, make another set of mistakes, and have another round of successes. As I look back at 42, I see that I need to par down my obligations. I stretched myself thin and wasn't able to give my best to those who needs me. … Continue reading Mountain Mama at 43
Blogger's note: I wrote this column for work. I've expanded on it here a bit since space isn't an issue. I'm a mom. I don't know what I'm doing half the time, which makes my perfectionist side crazy. But we all have clothes that fit, food in our bellies and a roof over our head. … Continue reading Motherhood, the most epic adventure of all
You know what I miss the most about alcohol?
I miss not dealing my my emotions and the worries of the day. It is so much easier to wash down anger, fear and other things with a cold beer or glass of wine. But then, you wake up the next morning and the problems are still there, plus maybe a hangover.
Today, Mountain Kid 1 turns 12 years old. I remember at the age of 28 or so, my husband was driving up this mountain in Appalachia with a statue on top in the dead of winter. I looked at him and said that I wanted a kid by the time I was 30. Two months … Continue reading Surviving 12 years of parenting
So, my training has been halted for the past week. I haven't really posted much on social media because I hoped this was a quick something, like a stomach bug. As I described my symptoms to my mom during a semi-frantic phone call, she stopped me and said I may have vertigo. She has had … Continue reading Hello, hello. Vertigo
"There comes a day/When you're gonna look around/And realize happiness is/Where you are." -- "Where You Are," from the movie Moana LOW TIDE, ATLANTIC OCEAN, OUTER BANKS, N.C. -- From a small hill on the sand, I saw her -- Mountain Kid 1. Her wind-blown hair resting gently on her shoulders as she looked down. … Continue reading My daughter, Moana and myself
Song: "Moves like Jager" Maroon 5 Quote: "It's not what you think about before the race or what happens after the race, it's just what you do while you're out there." -- Millie Paladino, 2012 West Virginia cross-country winner, from "The Dominion Post" For a teenager, Paladino has the wisdom of an adult runner. I … Continue reading Try again