The Summer of No Tomatoes

Posted by on Sep 4, 2020 in Family, Gardening, Grandma, Parenting | 1 comment

Have you ever experienced one of those times when something that’s really small, not a big deal at all in the overall scheme of life, just sets you off? That happened to me, around the middle of July, when I faced the realization head-on that I wasn’t going to get any tomatoes from my garden. We’d marched through one disappointment after the other like troopers: school closures, canceled vacation, a soccer season cut short (and by short I mean...

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Is it Summer? Life in the New Normal

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Family, Holidays | 0 comments

We dressed up in red, white and blue clothes. We ate all-American hamburgers. We played cornhole in the backyard. Then we drove to town to watch Elkin’s fireworks from our usual spot. Sitting on a blanket on the lawn of our church, which just happens to be right across the street from the park where the fireworks are shot off, it seemed just like the Fourth of July. But it wasn’t. First of all, it was June 27. For the past few years Elkin has...

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Pilates in the Pandemic

Posted by on Apr 21, 2020 in Family, Parenting | 4 comments

During the school year, I try to fit a couple of workouts into my weekly schedule. Now, I’m not an exercise fanatic, by any means. I’m not hitting the gym pumping iron. It’s more like running a couple of miles with the geriatric dog, or doing a workout video (at my own pace) in the living room. My favorite is Jillian Michael’s yoga, a weird sort of cardio/yoga workout routine. A couple of years ago I expanded on that, adding Tony Horton’s P90X3...

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Spring Isn’t Cancelled

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Family, Parenting | 4 comments

East Wilkes Girls Soccer season — cancelled Spring Cal Ripkin baseball season — cancelled Scout meetings — cancelled Envirothon — cancelled Youth Group — cancelled June vacation — cancelled — postponed to June 2021 What’s not cancelled?Spring. I don’t think of my family as one that’s “over scheduled.” But our March/April/May calendar was definitely a busy one. It was full of things we were looking...

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The Week with Two Fridays

Posted by on Jan 1, 2020 in Family, Holidays, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I realized as I was washing up the dishes after dinner on New Year’s Eve that the night felt very much like a Friday. Pizza after work and game night with the kids. But it was a Tuesday, which means in just a couple of days we’ll do it all again, on Friday (just maybe not pizza again). We get two Fridays this week! Two nights where we’re not in “school night” mode. Two nights of relaxing family time. The only thing that was different last night...

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Making Room for More Books

Posted by on Dec 10, 2019 in Books, Family, Parenting | 0 comments

Last week I cleaned up my office. The uninitiated might walk into that room today and still say it looks like a mess. But if you had seen it two days ago, you’d know I made a dent in the piles of work/books/papers that stack up and accumulate over time. One of the biggest jobs in cleaning my office is working on my bookshelf. When I got married, I had one bookshelf. It got full, and Bill bought two more. Now those are full, and over time, books...

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