And then there’s January

January.  Not One of the Top Ten Months of the Year. It’s Long.  Cold.  Usually Grey. The Glitter, Glitz and Lights of the Holidays are Done. The Countdown to Spring Begins. How Do You Breeze through January? How About a Bike Ride? Test Driving a Shiny New Christmas Model Might Quash January Blahs. Bike Riding […]

The Mantra for 2018. Ready?

Just Jump. Simple.  Right? Not Really.  In Fact, Just Jump is Going to Be Tough to Execute. But I Have To Do It.  Maybe You Do Too. Enough With Being Afraid.  Anxious.  Bone-Scared. That is for Last Year.  2017.  Never Again. Just Jump. Take Educated Risks.  Take the Next Step. Sometimes Alone.  Sometimes Together. Mostly […]

On to a Beginning

What’s One of the Best Things about the End of the Year? A Shot at a New Beginning. I’m Not Going to Gloss Over This Next Statement.  2017 was Tough. Crazy Tough. But I Wouldn’t Change Anything, Even if I Could, because We Have Learned and Grown and Come Together. Sometimes Kicking and Screaming and […]

Behind the Curtain…A Dungeon Mom’s Tale of The Nutcracker

Degas-Inspired Ballerinas.  Graceful and Strong. Dazzling Sets.  Victorian Christmas Décor. Excited Children in their Taffeta Finery.  Candy Canes tucked in their Pockets. Make Way for The Nutcracker at The Kimo Theatre. Downtown Albuquerque. Magic. This is What We See From the House Seats. But What Goes On Behind the Curtain?   Does All the Magic […]

The Cat Proof Christmas Tree DIY Plan

Christmas Trees and Cats.  Disasters in the Making. Even Thinking about the Tree and this Crazy Cat was making my Head Hurt. Reading about how dangerous Tinsel Eating and Pine Oil is to Cats, I Was Dreading the Whole Christmas Tree Thing. But Christmas Without a Tree?  Not Going to Happen. So over the Last […]

Christmas Trees Costco Style

Christmas and Making Memories.  Memories to Hold On to Forever. Finding the Perfect Tree is a Special Christmas Memory. I would love to Fill Our Girls with the Memory of Traveling to the Jemez Mountains to Trudge through the Snow to Chop Down Our Tree. Dressed in Down and Furry Hats.  Hiking Boots and Wooly […]

Hop on The Polar Express

“On Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed.  I did not rustle the sheets  I breathed slowly and silently.  I was listening for a sound-a sound a friend had told me I’d never hear-ringing bells of Santa’s sleigh.” Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express If You Were Asked to Board a […]

The Magic ER Tree…A True Story

The Security Doors Fling Open and We Swoosh Inside. White glaring lights illuminate the scene of constant movement. The Pediatric ER.  Yes.  We are here again. 10:00 PM…22:00 in Hospital Time.  A Tuesday. Perhaps a Stomach Bug.  But Perhaps Something More.  No Fever.  Good.  Nausea with Belly Pain.  Yes. Vitals.  Monitor Hook Ups.  The Sliding […]

Over the River and Through the Woods…

Colorado-bound.  Traveling to Visit Family for Thanksgiving. Our First Venture of 2017 after the Craziness of Hospitals and Infusions and Home Nurse Visits. We Have So Much to be Thankful For. I know this Post is Late.  Very Late.  I’m Tired.  Work is Stressful and Busy. The Girls have School and Ballet.  Mr. Doodle has […]

Make a Wish

A Little Update. The Doctor Appointment Mid-Point through the Treatment. Mid-Point in this Scary, but We’re Doing This Saga. Autoimmune Disease.  I can barely spell the word, let alone deal with all its trappings. But We’re Doing This.  And All Her Charts and  Numbers Look Excellent. And We Have Been a Team.  Doctors.  Hospital.  School.  […]