Lingering Later

When the time passes by so quickly that you didn’t realize you were lingering later than your normal bedtime (and the kids) it was a good night. When the winter chill has you indoors, the setting sun doesn’t give you Read More …

Closing In

The things around us are actually closing in. Crowded spaces. Tree still up. Christmas presents all around. It can be a bit overwhelming, right? There hasn’t been nearly enough time to integrate everything into the house, making room, squeezing in Read More …

The 7 Stages of the Holidays

While this may not apply to everyone, here are what I think are the 7 stages of the holidays. Anticipation. Planning. Shopping. Nervousness. Work. Accomplishment. Relief. Many of these stages require coffee, others require patience. Some just need you to Read More …

Totally Forgotten

Just when you think you have totally forgotten everything, you realize that you did plan ahead – or still have time. Like the request for someone to do you a favor, which you asked them to do 5 weeks ago Read More …

Stories We Tell At Dinner

Sometimes, the stories we tell at dinner drive the kids to laughter. Sometimes it is confusion. Other times, down right teenage-angst. Go figure. It happens. When we were kids, we had to be careful. Dad would go on and on Read More …

Are You Ready

Tomorrow (depending on when you are reading this) is Valentine’s Day. Are you ready? Remember what I wrote a week or so ago…planning takes time. Advance planning on a holiday as crazy busy as Valentine’s is essential. E-mails sent out Read More …