How Does Hiking Make You Feel?

How Does Hiking Make You Feel?

My husband, Rick, is the kind of guy who knows what he wants and takes the most direct route to achieve his goal. Me, not so much. Yesterday we went to Yosemite and hiked Sentinel Dome. It is sometimes referred to as the “little Half Dome.” Since I knew I...
Being a Grandparent during COVID-19

Being a Grandparent during COVID-19

Our son and family live 3 hours away from us. They have young children, Ella who is 5-years-old and Owen who is 6-years-old. I drive to their house every 3 weeks to spend the weekend with them. When COVID first entered our world in March of this year, we, of course,...
What is the Purpose of a Scrapbook Page?

What is the Purpose of a Scrapbook Page?

What is the purpose of a scrapbook page? To preserve memories? To document your stories in a creative way? No matter what type of scrapbook page you create, whether it be simple or elaborate; no matter what your favorite page size or format is, all scrapbook pages...
Did you Hear the Good News?

Did you Hear the Good News?

A few weeks ago, I received a video call from our 5-year-old granddaughter, Ella. “Grandma,” she said with great excitement in her voice. “Have you heard the good news?” While I was talking to her, my husband’s phone rang. It was...
Letting Go

Letting Go

“Letting go”… that phrase can be full of so much meaning. Letting go of the hurt from others or failures of our own. Letting go of our children as they make their own way into the world, or letting go of parents or loved ones as they leave this...
Critical Skill Thinking and the Beyblade

Critical Skill Thinking and the Beyblade

I spent the weekend at our son’s house, caring for our granddaughter, Ella (5) and our grandson, Owen (6). On Friday, we went to Target, where I bought both children a Beyblade (their newest obsession). They already have quite a few, but I guess they’re...
Grandparents and Adult Grandchildren

Grandparents and Adult Grandchildren

This week my husband and I had the joy of a week-long visit from our oldest grandson, Tyler, who is 19 years old. It was his first visit to us on his own, without our daughter (his mom), his dad, and sister. It felt like the beginning of a new relationship, one with...
An Outdoor Hair Salon?

An Outdoor Hair Salon?

It’s no secret that the coronavirus caused havoc in our lives. Some of us are working from home when that wasn’t an option before the virus. Moms and Dads have taken on the roles of school teacher. Kids can operate the Zoom software as well as they can...
Can You Buy a Memory?

Can You Buy a Memory?

Can you buy a memory? I think I was about 8 years old. I remember clutching my allowance in my hand and walking three blocks to the “five-and-dime” store. I can still see, in that store, a shelf lined with glass piggy banks, that for some reason,...

Are Kids Really so Different

Are kids really so different from when we were their age? Over the past years, I’ve always answered that question with a big YES. They are exposed to technology that wasn’t invented when we were younger. Their movies and music (often ) includes more...

$3 Trash to Treasure

About a year ago I went to a local estate sale.  I immediately spied a small wood sewing cabinet. It was in pretty bad shape, but it was only $3. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but it was cute, even in its disrepair. At the very least, it...