When my first child was a baby, I noticed a pattern of behavior. At developmental stages my baby fussed for several days. Nothing I did comforted him. Then suddenly he would learn a new skill. He rolled over, or sat up, or crawled. Unseen by me his little mind had worked until it mastered his … More The Pattern of Struggle
My two-year-old grandson was very proud he could carry his own backpack. He strutted around with a big grin on his face every time he walked to the car. On a recent visit, he stayed overnight with us at our hotel. The next morning, I was in a hurry. I gathered all his things and … More Soul Strain
Two and a half years ago our neighbors were transferred to another state for a job that would last approximately two years. They sold their house and said their goodbyes. Fast forward to fall 2020. One day I saw her walking in front of their old house. “Is that you, Cece?” I asked. “What are … More ASK!
To warm your Christmas, here’s a humorous post from my archives. 96 degrees. 79% humidity. And a three-year-old boy. Were we in an air-conditioned car? No. Were we in an air-conditioned building? No. Were we at least in a swimming pool? No. Although, I was almost that wet—with sweat that is. We were at Grant’s … More What Was I Thinking?
You may have noticed my theme for this month has revolved around writing and writers. I began with an announcement about NaNoWriMo, then continued with the research done by a fellow writer on her trip to England. Her photos from November 14 and November 21 also provided some wonderful travel images. In keeping with my … More Attitude of Gratitude
Is it possible to travel without your cell phone in this day and age? We were about to find out. Not on purpose mind you. But let me back up in this tale. A few days before we flew to Florida this past spring I developed bronchitis. You know the kind, when you’re coughing up … More Phone Snafu
This summer marked the 50th Anniversary of the first landing on the moon. With all the hoopla over this space anniversary, I decided the best way to celebrate was to watch a movie. Apollo 13 seemed the obvious choice. I requested a copy from my library. Unfortunately so did many others. I’m still waiting my … More Mission to the Moon
What do you do for Father’s Day? Expectations for the day may be wrapped up in expectations of the parent—both fulfilled and unfulfilled. Was that man the father you wanted him to be? Last weekend one of our adult children asked if they and their children could come over this Sunday. I think it’s a … More “Hey Dad!”
One of the frustrations with travel is leaving the familiar comfort of favorite pillows behind. We’ve tried a variety of travel pillows, including U-shaped neck pillows. They are not for me. We purchased two MyPillow® RollNGo™ pillows, which we utilized on a recent four-day trip.https://www.mypillow.com/roll-gotm-pillow.html• Pillowcases included a folded flap for rolling pillow• Measurements: 18″w … More Travel Pillows
Recently some of my friends shared memories of family Thanksgivings from long ago. Weeks were spent preparing the formal table in the special dining room for all the guests: the silver was polished, the finest crystal buffed until it sparkled and the freshly washed china gleamed. Once everything looked perfect a sheet was draped over … More The Thanksgiving Table