My Favorite Tree It rises up above our two-story home, its green, leafy branches pointing skyward like an emerald beacon. It’s my favorite tree. We planted it in 1997, about four years after we moved into the home in which we still live. The main reason I love this tree, is that it is one … More How One Lovely Tree Marks The Seasons of Life
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?
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?
It’s the beginning of a brand-new year. Hopefully it will be better than the last. It’s a time to look forward; to plan and to dream. But, before I get to that, I want to share a sweet memory from the final days of 2020. It was probably something I have not done for at … More A Fun And Memorable Way To End The Old Year
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?
My eyes opened to the darkness of the room. It was the middle of the night and, once again, I was wide awake. It was a common occurrence; because of my age or because it was 2020, who’s to say? Thoughts In The Middle Of The Night And as was typical, my thoughts started … More Have You Prepared Room In Your Heart This Christmas?
It’s done. Three days after Thanksgiving and my Christmas tree is up. In this very unusual year, it feels good to have some sense of normalcy. Tree Or No Tree There is a wide range of feelings on decorating for Christmas this year. Some people have had their Christmas trees up for a few weeks … More Why I’m Decorating A Christmas Tree This Unusual Year
2020 – What a Year It’s been a hard year, hasn’t it? It’s not like any year we have yet experienced and hopefully not like any we will experience again. Now, it’s the week before Thanksgiving. I’m sure that when this pandemic started back in March, none of us anticipated we would still be in … More Finding Things To Be Thankful For