Nesting and de-nesting

One of the consequences of our older generation downsizing is that we are the recipients of the castoff stuff. Some of it is useful -- I just brought home from my dad's house a large dresser for May, our chief.. ....more

The tide turns

You know that weird sensation you get when you're stand...more

The tide turns

You know that weird sensation you get when you're standing on a sandy beach, just where the waves are lapping the shore, and you feel as if you're moving when you're not? As the tide goes out, the sand washes.. ....more

Confessions of the world's meanest mom

It's true. I am the world's meanest mom. Just ask my kids. Listed below are a few of the things I haven't let my kids do lately. Sit in the front seat of the car before they turn 13. Get.. ....more

A few of my favorite things

Something to tide you over while I try to finish a more meaningful post.... I've been taking pictures of some of my favorite things -- just everyday things that give me pleasure when I happen across them. I like prosaic.. ....more

Blowing coat

It is finally spring here in the Pacific Northwest, and that means all the double-coated animals in the house are shedding copiously. This seems to be a banner shedding year for the dog. I don't remember her ever shedding so.. ....more

So anyway -- PANDAS!

May and I got back from our two-week trip to China a few weeks ago, and I've been busy sorting through photos while jumping back into work and the rest of the routine. It was a wonderful trip. Not relaxing,.. ....more

Spring break!

Not that I post here that often anyway, but at least I have a good excuse for being absent for the next couple of weeks. I'm taking May to China for her first return trip since she came to America... ....more

Then this happened

Here is a picture of our little family taken this past Christmas (and no, I haven't sent out our holiday letter yet, but if I had this picture would be on it): What's wrong with this picture? I'll tell you.. ....more

I'm still standing

Life tends to get in the way of blogging, doesn't it? We had a nice Christmas break. Then right after New Year's I took a deep breath and ordered myself a new laptop computer, since the old one is going.. ....more