Happy New Year 2021!

Although I am in lockdown because of the pandemic, I am hopeful. I see good things happening everywhere. People are being heroic in their efforts to care for and help others. People are being cooperative in supporting the public interest. People are being courageous in weathering the storm. Maybe I have an idealistic view because…

Pandemic Creativity

I realized recently that my former work and family life used to give me a lot of purpose, structure, focus and even discipline. Now that I’m alone at home I decided to try something structured to get my creative juices flowing again. I happily got more than I bargained for.

Rainy Days Are Not Going Away

It’s days like today that make me want to move to a place that’s high and dry. As the clouds rolled in yesterday they brought pain, weakness and tiredness. Sleep was difficult, and today I struggle with movement and getting focused. The plight of a person with autoimmune issues. Or am I just getting old?…

Tribute to My Beautiful Husband

I never could have imagined what it would be like to lose my husband, my lifelong partner and friend. It’s something you don’t think about ahead of time. We were so busy planning our next goals, creating the life we both wanted, that we never considered one of us dying early. Now I miss him…

Suffering in Paradise

Yeah, it’s been awhile since I wrote that last post. I just left it kind of hanging there. Well the truth is, I couldn’t write about what happened next because it was too raw. I felt too vulnerable. It took me six months to sort myself out, and I went through hell to get back…

This Really Happened

June 2018 I was scheduled for a business trip out west and planned to visit my daughter during my trip. I was headed to Arizona and Washington State. Two days before my flight I got an email from my sister-in-law in Australia saying she had taken my husband to the emergency room because of blood…

Earth Day 2018

It’s hard to believe I haven’t written a post here since last Fall, and now it’s Spring. But I write a lot of posts in other places so my fingers just get tired (and my brain too). But one thing I never get tired of is Earth Day. As a matter of fact, I’ve made…

Renovating the Empty Nest

After fixing up my oldest son’s bedroom and renting it out, I decided to go one step further. There was such a demand, I kept getting email and texts, “Is the room still available?” So I asked my youngest son, who didn’t move home after graduating from college in May, “Do you mind if I rent out…

Simple Satisfaction

My house needs a bit of work, repainting, repairs, etc., but it’s cozy. After the winter I repotted my four Geranium plants into two big pots, and they are doing so much better now. It makes me really happy to open my front door and see the fullness of the deep green leaves and pink blooms.…