New Year's Eve in Quito Ecuador 2014

 We arrived to our retirement on May 15, 2014.  Ed and I were intrepid travelors and at 11 pm at Quito Airport we began the journey of our lives.  We re-started our relationship, rediscovered the excitement we had each time we were reassigned during my husband's military career and looked like something that the cat had drug in!...more

They Really Do Come Back

You would have thought that, by the time the nest was completely empty, I would have been ready. After all, I had three daughters head off to college before the youngest headed out. One of the first things I discovered was that, no matter how prepared I thought I was, I wasn't really prepared at all. And then, after four years, the last one out was the first one back. My first discovery? I had adjusted to an empty nest. My second discovery? It was not that easy to readjust to not having an empty nest....more
fledgedchick OH yes! The grocery bill! Our daughter is 22 and stands 5'5" but she can pack away ...more

The Evolution of "Mommy"

Christmas morning I was sitting in my recliner watching the action.  While the opening of gifts from under the tree had taken place with a fair amount of structure, the discovery of what was stored within stockings was rather chaotic. My mind was fragmented even more, however, because while trying to track what five other people were pulling from their stockings I was also glancing down at some shredded wrapping paper in my lap.  Still taped to a remnant of the red and white paper was a note reading: "To Jams." ...more
Tarrant Figlio - wow, your children dedicated five syllables to your term of endearment! Bless ...more

Traveling Alone… Not My Cup of Tea

I did a bunch of traveling this past year. Some was obligatory, some was work related, and some was for pure fun. All of it was exciting.In addition to simply ‘running away from home’… I like to explore new places and see new things… especially in the USA. Drive, fly, bike, or walk… makes no difference to me… as long as I get to see something new....more
fledged  And the solo hiking woman helped ME immensely. All of my planned trips this year are ...more

Did you know it rains DIAMONDS?

 It's all in your perspective, don't you think?I am not a gal who is much for learning how things work, although I did once briefly consider taking a car mechanics course when my little green Ford Cortina persisted in stalling at red lights and the smug Neanderthals at the dealership insisted nothing was awry.  ...more

Katy Perry (and I) took a Stairway to Heaven

KATY PERRY (AND I) TOOK A STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Last week was lovely.Our kids came for Thanksgiving....more

Empty Nest: My Rookie Season

"Since my baby left me..." Sometimes the silence in this house is deafening. I'm a rookie in the arena of Empty Nesting. I thought I was prepared but I wasn't. How did this happen? Didn't I just bring that child home yesterday? How dare he grow up and get a life! I'm used to making sure somebody is washed, dressed, fed and then carting them off  somewehere. I had the best job in the world. But in May, my son graduated from school and immediately went out on his own....more

Do Book Covers Matter?

I do pay attention to book covers but it's the titles that lure me in. David Sedaris is a good ...more

How to Secure Overpriced, Inconvenient Holiday Flights for Your Kids

Even if you're not a helicopter or snowplow parent, chances are you cannot resist being a Booking Engine Parent, especially because if left to their own devices, your kids might book themselves through Ibiza for a cross-country flight. Here are some helpful tips for completely screwing up your kids' holiday reservations:...more