My Love/Hate Relationship With The Beach

You know how you can love someone but also hate parts of him/her/them? My relationship with the beach is the same. My sister and I just scheduled a trip to Carolina Beach for just us girls. She likes going in the summer and I hate the beach in the summer in NC which seems counterintuitiveContinue reading “My Love/Hate Relationship With The Beach”

Weight Struggle

There seems to be no secret to successful weight loss. If you do a simple search on the internet you will get an infinite variety of crazy advice to sound but hard to stay with advice. Throw in everyone’s chemistry, metabolism and situation is wildly different and you really don’t know what to listen to.Continue reading “Weight Struggle”

Tweens Hang Out!

My kiddo turned 12 last week so she had 4 of her friends drop by and hang out in the driveway last night. Usually people will talk about how their boys eat them out of house and home but I was really impressed to see how much 5 11-12 year old girls could put away.Continue reading “Tweens Hang Out!”

Alone Time Is So Near!

Now that many restrictions are being lifted people are so excited about many things: returning to theaters, eating inside of restaurants WITH FRIENDS, shopping without masks, hugging the grandparents, traveling etc. I’m not excited about any of that. Do you know what I am most looking forward to? Alone time. Yup, this introvert is lookingContinue reading “Alone Time Is So Near!”

Driving Anxiety

I have for the most of my life been able to handle just about anything that was handed to me. My mother was abusive but I learned how to survive and even have some happy memories even though I had to tap-dance around her craziness. I was molested and date raped but with therapy andContinue reading “Driving Anxiety”

My Daughter’s DOZENth Birthday!

Yup – today my youngest turns TWELVE. How is it that time flies so fast when you have kiddos? Instead of a birthday cake, she asked for Dunkin’ Donuts so I got her a dozen and decorated the box like this: It occurred to me that it was quite coincidental that she wanted a DOZENContinue reading “My Daughter’s DOZENth Birthday!”

Grandparents Raising Grandkids

I think the official term is “kinship care” or something like that. Grandparents have been raising their children’s children for a very long time. There are all sorts of circumstances that lead up to grandparents becoming “surrogate” parents for grandchildren. War, poverty, death of parents, abuse and neglect, mental illness, teen pregnancy, military deployment andContinue reading “Grandparents Raising Grandkids”

Simpler Living

The pandemic was a huge lesson in sociology among many other things. I learned that I can live without many things and I am happier for it. I was reminded what was more important to me and my family. I was never one to try to squeeze more and more into my days to beContinue reading “Simpler Living”

Memorial Day Is Not a Celebration

It’s Memorial Day weekend! Whoo hoo! Barbecues, an extra day off on the weekend, furniture sales. . .wait, what is Memorial Day? A lot of people are apparently confused about this federal holiday which was previously known as Decoration Day. It is a day of mourning and honoring the military personnel who have died inContinue reading “Memorial Day Is Not a Celebration”