Who knew you could look this good after 12 moves?

As newlyweds in Corpus Christi, Texas we were pretty much broke.  Well not totally broke but we were scraping by on Paul’s pay as an Ensign in the Navy and my pay as an Administrative Assistant. I actually remember Paul balancing the checkbook and we had exactly 10 cents left.  That is not a typo.  […]

The Blessings Of Grief

I’m guessing that not many people would put the words blessings and grief together but I could see no other way. Also I promised myself I would not write one more sad post about grief and losing people that I love but……hang in here with me, I promise this is more about joy than it […]

Traveling with me is such a joy…maybe not

We are currently on a mini vacation or not depending on when this gets posted. 🙂 My favorite part of traveling is arriving.  My not so favorite part is packing and getting the house ready for our departure. I am always amazed how opposites attract and this certainly applies to Paul and me when we […]

I think it was the cocktails…

Saturday was not my best day and yet it got turned around in a lovely way. My benevolence/compassion/tolerance well was bone dry. In our never ending move we were trying to sell some things on Facebook Marketplace which is a challenge in patience and endurance. Lots of scammers, lots of people who flake on you.  […]

Wait..you did what before a big family event?

Yes I am afraid it is so.  I am being forced to create a set of family rules or dare I say commandments for the do’s and don’ts before a big family event. Okay it is mostly don’ts and it is mostly aimed at the males in our family but whatever. For unexplainable reasons these […]

I found my Father’s hat and…

I was repacking a box the other day making it more compact and trying to find room for other things  when I found my fathers hat and ….. I wasn’t prepared to be so overwhelmed with emotion. It was the hat he always wore. I put it on my head and instantly felt his presence […]

Maybe I CAN time travel….

I walk down the wide brick paved walkway and look around. A familiar feeling washes over me. Much has changed and much is the same.  The buildings greet me with their familiar Jeffersonian beauty. The trees are taller, there are now benches to sit on and as I take in the beauty of this place […]

Hanging out in my comfort zone

Honestly there is nothing better than hanging out in my comfort zone. For whatever reason the phrase or concept of “comfort zone” has gotten a bad rap. It has been characterized as a weak place to be, a place that is stagnant and no good for you. It’s as if it were a pool hall […]

Finding Comfort in the “in between”

We are in between houses.  We sold our beloved but much too large home in May and moved to a temporary house that is stacked with furniture and boxes as we wait for our new house to be ready. On any given day we utter these words many times, often in frustration: “I can’t find_____________ […]

I called and she picked up

I called and she picked up. I wasn’t sure if the number I had was her landline or her cell.  If it was her cell it was a gamble as she often lost it or it wasn’t charged so when she picked up I smiled. Several times I told her who I was but two […]