When I slow down I see angels….

There are angels walking around everywhere brilliantly disguised as human beings. I know this because I have encountered quite a few in the last few years and five or more last Friday. Often their only job is to make people smile, uplift spirits and remind us all there are so many good people in this […]

My own “Lessons In Chemisty”

I come from a long line of excellent cooks. My grandmother could fry chicken, bake bread and make the best Buckwheat pancakes I have ever tasted. Sadly none of the recipes appear to have survived except maybe the pancakes.  Most likely they were all in her head and I did not think to get her […]

Well this surprised me…

I am surprised I decided to write about this because a few years ago I would have never even considered the idea.  As a matter of fact I probably would have said “Ewww, who does that”. Yet as my life experiences multiply I have come to realize that guess what, it might acutally be a […]

I may be the best combo of birth order :) Or the Worst :)

Whenever anyone asks me if I am the oldest, middle or youngest child I never know what to answer. I had the joy of being the youngest in our family of 3 kids for almost 9 years!  What a gig!  By then my parents were pretty much broken in by my two older siblings and […]

The Beauty of Using it Now!

I wonder who came up with the acronym of YOLO?  You Only Live Once What a great succint way to say ” Do it now”  “Don’t wait until tomorrow”  “Be in the moment.” I even know someone who named their dog YOLO There needs to be an acronym for “Don’t save it for a rainy […]

I always had the worst seat in the car!

Let me channel my inner Sophia from Golden Girls. Picture this: June 1968 LaGrange, suburb near Chicago, Illinois 1957 Dodge with no AC 2 parents 4 kids 1 dog 1 cat Destination:  Moving to Fairfax, VA This will forever be my version of walking to school in the snow uphill both ways. Seriously when I […]

Let it go and keep laughing

Ok I am officially losing it. Well maybe.  This is the second time I have come to the beach and forgotten my swimsuit after reminding Paul to bring his like 1,000 times and he forgot his as well. We are a pair. Talk about opposites attracting.  We are the classic example. He is organized, number […]

The Suprising Sounds of Summer

The sound caught me by surprise. Wood against wood with a familiar thwack. It unearthed a long forgotten sweet memory of hot summer days, in and out of the screen door, melting popsicles, cousins, the coolness of the stone basement and unending hours of exploring my grandparents farm. No worries, no computers, no responsibilities. Just […]

The Hidden Secret of Handwritten Notes

I recently sent out some handwritten notes.  Now here is the beauty of handwritten notes in comparison to the angst and anxiety caused by emails and texts. There is no expectation of a return reply anytime soon or ever.  I do not sit by my mailbox in intense anticipation waiting for a response.  Right before […]

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.  […]