The Sunday of Summer

With a quick flip, the calendar recently turned to yet another month. The Norman Rockwell painting of “Magician” (or sometimes referred to as “Card Tricks”) accompanying the outgoing month of July on our kitchen wall calendar, gave way to this month’s “Dreamboats” – two young women look longingly at movie star photos.  And, like theContinue reading “The Sunday of Summer”

It’s not easy building green (robots, that is!)

Sometimes you spend the weekend cleaning. Sometimes you’re outside in the street going for a walk or riding a bike. Or sometimes, like one recent weekend, you build a robot. No, not the kind with the square head, a few stories tall, running berzerk from the science fair and causing chaos in downtown Metropolis. ThisContinue reading “It’s not easy building green (robots, that is!)”

Racing to the finish line of ‘normal’

Sometimes I have these moments. They feel low, like a disappointment you can’t quite correct. You just ‘feel’ something that doesn’t feel like it should be that way, but yet it is, and you’re left just watching it play out with a sigh, wishing you knew how to make it all work. Let me prefaceContinue reading “Racing to the finish line of ‘normal’”

The future is now, but what about when it wasn’t?

Like so many others attempting to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and really just anyone whether we know them or not, safe amid the current pandemic, our family has been at home and self-isolating. Yes, irritability has been high when you’re all together in one house for such an extended period of time. It canContinue reading “The future is now, but what about when it wasn’t?”

No, you don’t.

There’s a philosophy/mindset out there being shared across the internet that’s really unhealthy, something that irritates me to no end right now, as people try their best to keep life going amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Oh, there’s different variations on it, but they pretty much hit the same notes. They go something like: If youContinue reading “No, you don’t.”

A simple thank you

I was in the grocery store grabbing a few things this past week (safely keeping my distance away from fellow shoppers and staff). Like any grocery store across the U.S. right now, it can be a madhouse. I only had a bag or two worth of items so decided my quickest exit (and avoiding gettingContinue reading “A simple thank you”

Social Distancing

We certainly live in strange times. Like much of the world as of this writing, America is dealing with the growing impact and spread of the COVID-19 virus. The numbers seem to grow at more rapid paces each day, and this week the big word has been “social distancing.” In our area, like countless others,Continue reading “Social Distancing”

How I Met Your Mother

Sit down, kids, and I’ll tell you a story. One of the greatest things I ever did was to take a low point in my life and esteem and turn it into motivation to focus on time for myself, and getting back in touch with things I enjoyed. I was in my late 20s, single,Continue reading “How I Met Your Mother”

Grown-Up Time Outs

I lost my temper this weekend. Our kids were being especially challenging. Refusing to eat any food option for dinner, nearly hitting the baby with their feet/legs from constant rolling around/gymnastics across the living room, and an answer for absolutely everything to counter any suggestion mom and dad may have. At one point, a smallContinue reading “Grown-Up Time Outs”