You Want To Move Back Home?

Well, let me tell you:I've barely stepped a foot in Nikki's old room since she moved out in 2006. TWO THOUSAND AND SIX! Sure, I went in there to make sure she removed every last trace of Nikkiness and took it with her when she moved out. Not that I didn't want any residual of Nikki here, I just have enough of my own stuff to contend with. My intention back in 2007 when I asked her to get the last of her stuff out of the closet was to spread out. (I do have a splatter painting she made in 3rd grade framed and hanging on a wall). ...more
@Denise thanks! steps are exercise too, right? lolmore

Labor of Letting Go

I wish I had a nickel for every time someone had warned me last year, my son’s last in high school, against the dreaded “empty nest”....more


Hard to believe but this is not Farrah Fawcett. It's me in my high school annual. Wow. I really look vulnerable.  She was with me at BlogHer....more
It was great to meet you!more

School's Out for Summer!

Finally!!!  The summer semester has finally ended.  That was a rough ten weeks! Now I actually have a bit of time off before the madness begins again.  I don't have to pick up my books for fall until the 12th and fall classes don't begin until the that I look at those dates...that doesn't seem like that much time!!  Crap!!!  I have a huge (and I mean humongous) list of stuff to get done before school begins again.  Ugh!!...more

Winding Down

The summer semester is almost over!  I only have two finals left...I will be done Wednesday evening!I want to thank you all for hanging around in spite of these huge gaps in posting.  I have been completely overwhelmed this semester and I truly appreciate y'all!Without a doubt...I'll see you Thursday!!Love,Jerri...more

Laugh & Learn with Downsizing Diva

A couple of years ago, if you'd told Gail and I that we would be posting on FaceBook, tweeting and thinking about writing a blog, we would have said, "No way!"After all, we are both "women of an age" and this whole social media thing is for young people.Or is it?...more

My Favorite Parable

A minister was out one day visiting his parishioners.  Stopping by Mrs. Smith's home, he spent a goodly portion of the visit listening to her complaints about her neighbor, Mrs. Jones.  Mrs. Smith went on and on about the faults of Mrs. Jones.  Looking out the window, Mrs. Smith exclaimed, "Look, she can't even do laundry!  Do you see how dirty it is?"  Following her gaze, the minister gazed out the window and admitted to himself that, yes, the laundry did appear a bit dirty....more


What is 6603?  It is the number of Americans who lost their lives on D-Day.  June 6, 1944 was one of the deadliest days for the American military.  While this actual date is rapidly receding in to history, it is our duty and our privilege as citizens of the United States to remember and honor the sacrifices made by those who came before.  In humble observance, we thank them....more

Letting Them Fly The Nest

Three months isn’t a long time in the whole scheme of things. A quarter of a year. A blink, a sigh.But these next three months are huge over here in the HSM household. Within the next three months our oldest will turn 18 and then make Aliyah (move permanently to Israel). He is moving ahead with his life, leaving home to make a place for himself in the world. He’s planning his life in Israel, and is counting down until he’s there....more