Summertime, Covid-style!

(I hear MC Hammer singing that title, don’t you?!) Well, here we are – longest day of the year, true beginning of summer. It feels a bit flat around here. No vacation, many things are closed or restricted. I’m trying not to be bummed out, but some days it hits me. And our teens are especially prone to moan “I’m bored!” So let’s make plans for our stay-cation, shall we? Yes, I know the whole spring felt like a staycation, but work with me, people! Choose a few from below and do one or two or three each day. Some […]

We can do better

Last week I had a post ready to send out on Friday. Then the case of George Floyd being killed by some Minneapolis police officers took the world by storm instead. So I was quiet, listening, learning, like many of the rest of us. The truth is, it is hard for a white woman like me to know what to say in such circumstances.  “I’m sorry” seems too small. “I understand” is tone deaf – I can’t understand what his mother, his daughter, his friends, or his community feels like because I don’t have the same experiences. So I said […]

Cheater, Cheater!

As promised last week, today I am just recycling old Instagram and FB posts from previous years. Remember the old Saturday Night Live piece called “Deep Thoughts”? (Hilarious, and usually by Dana Garvey 😂). That will be some of these – others are truly IMPORTANT. Said with a self-important leer… Anyway, enjoy! https://www.instagram.com/p/BdDNeN3HYSq/?igshid=f01kilbwq9n3 https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc9_JAZnuoV/?igshid=g804bd9bbvmm https://www.instagram.com/p/BccsFO0H8NH/?igshid=1jeeqbt2rkkwy The next two weeks, we will be enjoying some much-needed family time (last long holiday before the Oldest is a “working man” and the Middle is off to college!) Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Summertime, Seventies-style

No one is allowed to get hurt anymore. Remember the days when we got slung off of merry-go-rounds, took headers out of trees, even went without seat belts in the car, for crying out loud?! Now it’s all safety regulations and FDA rules. As a mom myself, I get it. No one wants their babies to be injured. But seriously… **************** “Don’t come back in ‘til the streetlights come on!” my grandma hollered after us. I think we were on her last nerve. Me and my cousins came each summer to spend ten days with them and I know there […]

Celebrations

Some things we celebrate are big – some are small. Tonight I celebrated being able to import and “split” my manuscript in Scrivener, a writing software I have been struggling to learn how to use. Yay, me! My mama, a former preacher’s wife, has always been great at celebrations. She could whip up a meal for 25 in no time. In the pre-Pinterest days, she would pull out all the stops for our birthdays, making our cakes, sewing our clothes, and in general, showering us with love. I’m no domestic goddess like her. I do love to celebrate my people, […]