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

One Morning I Woke Up Invisible

 One Morning I Woke Up Invisible “Old age ain’t for sissies”Bette Davis When I first read Bette Davis’ immortal quote, I burst out laughing. “What a great line!” I thought. “I wish I had written it.” ...more
Thank you, all of you, for your comments. I am overwhelmed.  And it's so nice to know others ...more

Random, Off-the-cuff, Change of Life Stuff

Where do you begin when you're at the end of something? It would help a great deal to know exactly what it is you're at the end of before answering that! So where is it I'm at exactly?...more

Not Quite Pinterest-Worthy: Halloween Costume Memories

Autumn is no doubt one of the best times of year. There are crafts with the kids, making leaf piles and jumping in, corn mazes, carving pumpkins, and hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks. Then there’s the making fun goodies for the class fall parties and the hunt for costumes for that deliciously fun holiday, Halloween. All of my such wonderful memories are very well preserved and documented in scrapbooks that are now gathering dust. ...more
Nice costumes. It looks like you are really creative.  When I was young my aunt maid me a gypsy ...more

Premature Obsolescence

A weird thing happened during the summer between having 6th/9th graders and having 7th/10th graders. I became prematurely obsolete....more

To The Manor Retired (Almost There)

  Wow, has it really been six months since I have posted?     How time flies when life keeps throwing you curve balls.   Odd numbered years have traditionally been pretty good ones for myself and my family.   This year, 2013, this "annus horribilis"  as Queen Elizabeth would say,  has brought my family to it's knees.   When New Years Day dawned,   I thought I could see the light at...more