Mag Glass Giveaway

I have never had a giveaway here before. For a variety of reasons...I've only wanted to feature products from artists/crafters/bakers that I know and adore. I've been too lazy to go and seek the right fit for this space to do a giveaway. And I haven't ever stumbled into the item that is the right fit. Well, now I have. A very good friend of mine, along with her husband, has started up a business selling their glass art. Mag Glass features various pieces of hot glass and fused glass art. I am fortunate enough to own a few myself that have shown up as holiday gifts....more

He Asked and I Said Yes...10 Years Ago

I have a little tickle in the back of my throat this morning, my head hurts, and I'm in full-blown denial that I may be coming down with exactly the same plague my spouse has been suffering from.  But it does seem fitting that today of all days I am getting sick.  ...more

Jerkself

Sometimes I am a Big Fat Jerk. Sometimes it is only in my head. Like when I think mean thoughts at someone. Sometimes it is when I'm driving my car and lose my patience at someone. Sometimes it is when I'm talking to my friends and turn catty. Sometimes it is passive. Sometimes it isn't. We all have jerky sides to our personalities. You know exactly what I mean by this too. We say mean things. We take our feet and insert them in our mouths. It happens. The Big Fat Jerk monster comes out of nowhere and takes control over our power of speech....more

To Keep

Do you have little things you did one day way long ago that have creeped into your daily life and suddenly become part of your permanent structure? Little rituals. You know, like Wishing on the first star you see Making your morning coffee the same way Wearing the same scarf when the weather turns chilly Using the same greeting/farewell with those you love the most I find the littlest rituals of our days are the ones that mean the most to me. A few years ago, exactly when I'm not certain, our boy was much smaller and wasn't feeling quite well when it was time for bed....more

Around Here

Stopped by my favorite morning read, chookooloonks and saw Karen's post titled "Around Here" and loved it. What a great way to capture what is going on in your life at this very moment. It was inspired by Ali Edwards post by the same title. I read both and the posts in the blogasphere that have spun off from Ali's original one and was inspired by all the simple wonderful that is going on in everyday lives. I have gotten myself into a bit of a funk...feeling anxiety and not handling it well. So I will try my hand at this meditative writing today and see where it takes me....more

The School Counselor's Corner

As a school counselor, I dispense oodles of advice. The population I work with is 7-9th grade students and our career technical group. I love em. Lots. They keep me up to my elbows in drama, fresh from the trenches of junior high and early high school. I'm talking good stuff here. The old fashioned "she said he said she said and then they all said" kind of stuff. I know. You're jealous. It's okay. Not everyone is cut out for my line of work....more

Monday Musings

It is Monday. It is autumn. I have been neglecting this space horribly. (Abject apologies friends)Here is a random list of thoughts for you today. I promise more writing soon. Life isn't as hectic as it was even one week ago, which allows for the creative space in my brain to function again. ...more

Me, My Boy, Dinosaurs and a Rocket Ship

As a school counselor, I am blissfully aware that I am home from the middle of June through the middle of August (give or take a few days).  This means for the time being, I am a stay-at-home mom and am privy to the thoroughly enjoyable insights spouted off at random by our son.  You know him...this one conducting a business call in our dining room with a telephone that isn't plugged in......more

Proceed With Caution, We Have No Clean Clothes

Normally I try to keep my posts light.  Pithy.Not today.  Oh no.  I am irritated.  No wait.  Angry.  Gird your loins, because Imabout to tell you the saga of our broken then new then broken then not fixed for over one week washing machine. ...more

Orentating

When you do something over and over you tend to forget the unique newness of events.  Today is registration for high school freshmen.  I, as the ninth grade counselor, am spending my day in a computer lab, doing a lot of hand holding, question answering, and assisting them as they choose their very first classes.  And I am answering the same questions over and over and over and over and over and over and... Well, you get the picture.  But what I have to keep reminding myself is that they are on the cusp.  The cusp of high school.  Buzzing with anticipation over the newness of it all...more