Everything’s Always Changing Is it just me, or does life seem like one long series of hellos and goodbyes? Of beginnings and endings? Babies are born and grandparents pass on. Family members are added by marriage and sometimes taken away by divorce. New friends move into your life while old friends leave for new jobs, … More Why Saying Goodbye To A Special Place Makes Me Sad
What has four long legs, curly apricot-colored hair, a brown nose, gold eyes, floppy ears and a tail that waves like some sort of fluffy banner? Not really what, but who? It’s Boone, our Australian Labradoodle. Happy Booneiversary Today is a special day for us and for Boone. It is the one year anniversary of … More Celebrating A Remarkable Year With A Cute Little Dood
More Than Just a Piece of Furniture The little wooden rocking chair sits in the corner of the landing at the top of the stairs. It is waiting — waiting for some tiny child to come along and resurrect its purpose. The chair is almost as old as me. You could probably call it … More One Good Way I’m Preparing For The Next Empty Nest Phase
Easter is different in the empty nest. Gone are the years of Easter baskets, Easter outfits and Easter egg hunts. It’s much quieter, much more introspective. It’s not necessarily a bad thing — just different. Childhood Easters Easter was always a time for big family gatherings when I was growing up. In preparation for … More What’s The Best Thing About Easter In The Empty Nest?
It’s springtime in Florida. Well, technically it isn’t spring yet, but when it comes to seasons, Florida definitely doesn’t play by the rules. Spring Has Sprung I love this time of year in my hometown and home state. Everything is blooming — azaleas, camellias, tabebuia, bougainvillea, and saucer magnolia. It’s a riot of color for … More Local Tourists On A Lovely Spring Day
Have you ever tried holding your arms up for a long period of time? Not just at a concert or in a worship service. I’m talking hours or even an entire day. It is difficult, if not impossible to maintain. Your arms grow tired and scream for relief. Moses, Aaron and Hur I started the … More How An Ancient Story Is A Relevant Reminder
How Many Roses Are Too Many? I’m a collector of things. I collect seashells, dolls, books and pretty paper. I used to collect pigs. That started in the fourth grade after reading Charlotte’s Web. I also collect, or more accurately, save, dried roses. I love flowers. I love to receive flowers. Peonies, tulips, ranunculas, roses; … More What Do You Do With Faded Roses
Mail Call Consider the simple task of checking your mail — not your email, but good old-fashioned snail-mail. You walk out to your mailbox, open the door and peek inside. Hopefully, there isn’t a frog, lizard or some other critter staring back at you. You reach inside and pull out the contents. There are some … More It’s All In The Handwriting
I heard the jet engines in the distance. By the time my brain processed the sound, I grabbed my phone to take a picture and rushed out the door, the jet was already past my house, out of range for a good photo. It caught me by surprise once again. Little Airport, Big Jets I … More What Do Jets Have To Do With Empty Nests?
I’m feeling a little discombobulated today. It’s the day after Christmas and I should be getting ready for our family Christmas party. It has been our tradition, for the last twenty years or so, to get together as a family on December 26. A Tradition Begins It started years ago, when my brother and his … More It’s The Day After Christmas, Now What?