Tomorrow, my son returns to in-person school for the first time since March of 2020. It's something he's looking forward to and something I'm a little anxious about. Even though he has autism, my son is incredibly social and loves to be around others. He has always loved school, and being home hasn't been ideal … Continue reading Fingers Crossed
Dang, it's been months since I blogged. It's not that I haven't had anything to say; I have. It's just mostly been a barrage of middle-aged-woman irritations, though, and I haven't been too sure that's something that needs to be sent out into the Universe right now, ya know? But here's the deal: I started … Continue reading Where Ya Been?
Pacific Twilight (image by author) For all of us, the last year has been out of the ordinary in ways we never could have imagined. We’ve not been able to see so many people we love. We’ve not been able to travel wherever we’d like. Many of us have tried to stay home and limit … Continue reading Reset
You know how Facebook shows your memories? One popped up today for me that made me realize how much I’ve changed. I had made a comment about how great my birth year had been, and then I said I hoped that year - 2013 - would be so good to me as well. A month … Continue reading Facebook Memory
Photo by J. Howerton My sweet partner, J., took this photo a few years ago when we were visiting my hometown. He blew it up and had it mounted as a wall hanging for me the following Christmas. I decided to put it on our bedroom wall in the spot I see as soon as … Continue reading Beach Dreams
What is it about a major haircut that gives a person such a boost of fresh energy? I got 8 inches chopped off my hair today. It had been about 14 months since I’d set foot in a salon, and I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to ask for - or get. I’ve … Continue reading Finally, a Haircut!
My daughter turned 21 today. I’ve been a mother for 21 years. Before she was born, I wasn’t sure I ever wanted kids. I mean, I was a teacher and spent all day with 150 kids who belonged to other people. I wasn’t sure I needed any of my own. But once my daughter was … Continue reading Mamaversary
When my kids were babies, I remember thinking that parenting would be so much easier when they got older. No more waking up to feed them in the night, no more carrying them around, no more deciphering what their cries meant. Of course, now that they’re 17 and almost 21, it has been beaten into … Continue reading Growing Pains
I live in the home my former husband and I bought together two decades ago in which to raise our children. We renovated it pretty much top to bottom, inside and out. It’s a beautiful home in a great location, and now it belongs solely to me. I realize what a great thing this is, … Continue reading House Ramble