Popcorn and Hot Chocolate

Two of the kids whom I do not see very often came over the other night.  My niece is a junior in high school and my nephew is in middle school.  It was good to see them, but a certain sadness came over me just the same.These two are the youngest children of my sister-in-law’s second husband (they divorced several years ago).  Most of his brood of eight (who joined my sister-in-law’s three kids from her first marriage) are now adults and scattered among several different states.  My wife tries to keep up with them on Facebook and we see them now and then....more

Missing Pieces of a Jigsaw Puzzle

I’ve been thinking about extended family a lot lately, not only because of the holidays, but also because of the shifting nature of my own family.  I guess you could say I’m feeling a little guilty.  You see, in a recent post, I referred to “all” of my nephews and nieces by name.  Since then, however, I realized that there are others whom I did not name.  They are the “exes.”...more

All I Can Do... Is Be There for You

Your aunt and I drove over to the community college to pick you up yesterday afternoon.  You texted us:  You would be a little late because you were taking a test.  We ended up waiting a little bit in the lovely fall sunshine of northern California.  I grabbed my Starbucks soy latte and sat on a bench situated on one of the college’s expansive lawns.When you appeared, I asked you about the test.  Was it math?  Yep.  Did you do okay?  Nope....more

Rotten Tomatoes

Location, location, location!!!!  HOLD IT,  don't think I'm talking real estate here, I'm talking about my vegetable garden.  So here I am, choosing a spot for my future garden, not any spot, but a prime location spot.  I still wonder, how the heck did I end up in the back of our garage (basically because there it wouldn't cause me trouble with my husband's mowing). ...more
@KarenLynnn Karen you made me laugh.....yeahhhh.  Maybe we do need to become Amish.more

When You Don't Have a Village

“It takes a village to raise a child.” But what do you do if you don’t have a village? When I had our first baby, we had just moved to a new city, hundreds of miles from family or friends. It was miserable. Eight years later, we are doing OK. We have friends, the kids love their school, and my husband and I both have jobs we like. However, we still don’t really have a village and it’s hard....more
Hi, Sarah, My son is long grown now but I remember the days when it was just the two of us ...more

Cupid Has Added a New Addition to My Growing Extended Family

My son-in-law, Giovanni—first generation Italian-American—is the newest addition to our growing family. He and my youngest daughter have just recently celebrated two years married. These Lovebirds are still newlyweds. Right up-front I can tell you that he is the best thing that could have happed for our daughter. But in order for him to “happen” in her life he somehow had to find his way here from the East Coast. It was glad tidings the day he manifested and became part of our lives....more
@SunbonnetSmart.com You are very welcome, Robin, and thank you for that lovely comment, it is ...more

Nature's Version of an Extended Family


The Plight of the In-Laws

A recent blog post stirred up many emotions  and feelings towards my in-laws. I took the oppourtunity to work out some therapeutic issues on my blog.  Any suggestions?   http://belleofthecarnival.wordpress.com/2010/06/07/the-plight-of-the-in-laws/  ...more

Family Backtalk

Some people love their family, some people dread spending time with their family, and I think many of us feel both at the same time.  I certainly do!  I had to spend the day with my parents and aunts/uncles, the youngest of that group being 58, so they're up there in age and have some beliefs 100% opposite to mine....more

A Great Community Experience

Warm wishes to all.Thanks to Blogher, we can create a sense of togetherness and cooperation.The world is becoming smaller and we are living on the same Mother earth.Lets share goodness in life, treasure our health and protect the green. Regards,AlexanderCommunity Classifieds is free for all ...more