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”

Friendships Change When You Are Grieving

Friendships wax and wane as each of us grow, learn new things, shed old ideas, age, marry, have children, change jobs, etc. So it stands to reason that friendships can change when one is grieving. Depending on the level of grief it can be a life changing event for a lot of people. My fatherContinue reading “Friendships Change When You Are Grieving”

I Respect Divorce Now

When we are younger we judge a lot of things. We do this because we are inexperienced, immature idiots. We can not help ourselves. We have never experienced something but think we’ve seen a lot and hence judge and say dumb shit like, “I’m NEVER doing X” or “If I were a parent I wouldContinue reading “I Respect Divorce Now”

Funny ADHD Moments

My husband AND one of my daughters has ADHD. It makes for interesting days in our household. I love both of them very much and admire their amazing brains. It can be infuriating, frustrating and heartbreaking to watch them struggle. Most of the time though, you might as well laugh. . . When I sendContinue reading “Funny ADHD Moments”

Cat-sitting My FurNephew and Nieces

I see your babysitting and raise you cat-sitting. I am betting I had more fun and less work! =) My sister and her love FINALLY took a very much needed break from working the front lines of the COVID pandemic. Since they were gone for a week I volunteered to stay with the cats. NeverContinue reading “Cat-sitting My FurNephew and Nieces”