Dining Out and Saving Money. It’s a Real Thing!

Our Staycation Summer Has Rolled to an Abrupt End. Today.  8AM.  School. In an Attempt to Make this Summer Special, We Made Dining Out an Event. Little Mini-Adventures Close to Home. To Stay Close to the Hospital and Doctors and All-Things Medical. And On That Front We’re Moving Forward to Getting Well.  Yes.  Thank You. […]

Court Chatter and Working Girls

Work Can Be Fun. And Fun Can Be Work. In the Wee Hours of the Morning and Late at Night… I Write and Tell Stories through Photos. Here.  On the Blog. During the Long Work Day… I Write and Tell Stories through Photos. Here.  In Court. Come On…I’ll Show You. Built in 2001, the Architecture […]

Making it Special to Get through the Hard Stuff

Family Meetings and Funerals. With Family Blending Thrown Into the Mix. Deep Sadness for All. An Important Meeting Needs to Happen to Decide How to Proceed. The Meeting Will Be At Our Home. But How to Gracefully Do All This…I Take a Lesson from My Mom. Serve Food.  Lots and Lots of Food. But Keep […]

The Sha-Rimp Combo!

We had Serious Tea Parties in this House. Complete with Princess Dresses and Crowns. And plenty of Fancy Cooking over the Play Kitchen Stove. At the Twinkle Light Cafe. Setting the Table with Real China from China was a Vital Part. Dolls were invited.  But Mom and Dad were the preferred Guests. Sometimes Real Food was […]

15 Minute Adventure…at the Office

Summer is Winding Down Here. Year Round Schools are already in Session.  2 Weeks In. Miss Doodle 2 has 2 More Weeks. Doodle T Day Care is Open.  Our Savior.  A Special Space for the Girls.  Down the Hall from Me. Noon.  Lunch.  Let’s Take a Break. A 15 Minute Adventure in the Parking Structure. Take […]

The Magic World of Costco

Finding a Bit of Magic Every Day.  My Quest. Some Days are Easier than Others. But I can always be Assured that on Saturday…for the Weekly Grocery Shopping Trip… We Will Find Magic. And the Secret Place to Find the Magic.  Where You Can Almost  See the Curvature of the Earth. Yup.  Costco. To Begin…You […]

Cheap Thrills on a Bike

They Whisper Together…Oh these Two. We’re Not Sure Mom Can Do This… Hey Dad, Do You?   We’ll have to Ride Slow. On an Easy Path. We’ll Go maybe a Mile, Let Mom do the Math.   An Outing that’s Cheap. An Adventure for Fun. A Staycation Excursion when Clouds Shield the Sun.   Helmets On.  Old […]

Chasing the Cure, Part 2 – A Love Story

New Mexico.  1937. A Beautiful Native American Woman.   23 years old.  Born and Raised on Laguna Pueblo.  New Mexico. Oldest Daughter of 8 Children. Tiny in Statute.  Dynamic and Strong in Spirit. Caretaker of her Family. She Dreamed of Marrying a Cowboy.   But then she got Sick.  Fever.  Chills.  A Horrible Cough.  Spitting up Blood. Tuberculosis.  TB. Medicine was […]

The Women Club

I began the Mom Journey when I was 50.  No, I’m not in Ripley’s Believe it or Not. China International Adoption. At 55, I was the proud Mom to 2 beautiful girls. Both of My Daughters are Millennials. I’m a Baby Boomer.   My Mom was Born in the 1920’s.  A Member of  The Greatest Generation.   You know where […]

I Need to Read the Newspaper

Reading the Newspaper.  Early Morning as the Sun Rises.  Is it a Lost Art? Perhaps.   I know.  Who Has Time?  Why Bother Since You Can Get All Your News On-Line?   Can/Should/Could You Really Invest in a Morning Read before Racing Out the Door?   Is Reading the Newspaper So Very Not 21st Century?   Probably. But, for […]