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

What a difference a year makes!

I cannot begin to describe the elation I am feeling this year as the holidays approach.  As I look back on the last year of my life here in sunny Florida, I'm amazed at the changes that have taken place (I'm not talking about the change in the size of my rearend either, lol).  Let me tell you about the holidays last year....more

Empty Nester's Journey

 “Oh, you’re up?” I asked after my ever so slight but clearly effective nudge. “Sorry, hon – didn’t mean to wake you…” cough. ...more

Closer Then Ever

Well, the wedding is over. I prayed for good weather and got it! I also prayed that Brittany would think it was perfect and she said she did! So I’m happy!I choose to be happy about it! Not worried that some of my friends might be prophetic.After my last story where I talked about having over a year to create “the perfect wedding”, two friends called me to say, “Don’t worry about it being perfect. Worry about getting a shower! They each had so many things to do the day their kid got married they didn’t even get to take a shower!...more

Relocating is a bitch!

So here I am, sixteen months in and I am still clueless! What am I talking about? Let me break it down a little bit for you. Over 8 years ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and a crapload of other health issues. Not surprising, considering I've had health issues my whole life. After the tests and MRI's, I was on so much medication that I could barely function. My body eventually adjusted but little by little, I was losing my independence....more

When you aren't who you were and you're glad

  Around here, people say "So and so is always the same no matter where you see them."  They mean that as a compliment.  What I think they mean by that is that  the person has a consistently pleasant and friendly personality.  Now, most of the time, I'm a pleasant and friendly personality.  But I am so not who I used to be, and it was really brought home to me tonight.  My grown daughters were looking through some old pictures of all of us when they were elementary school-aged.  ...more