Looking for some place unique, peaceful, and absolutely lovely to take mom today? Show Mom how special she is by taking her to a special place: the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. Picturesque, historic, and scented wonderfully by blooming lilacs, these gardens are as relaxing and serene as they are beautiful. I never knew there were … Continue reading A Treat for MOM!
One of the “mixed blessings” that can come with midlife is perspective. Experience. Being able to call a spade a spade. Spot a fake a mile off. Acquiring the fine art of telling someone to go to hell in such a way that they enjoy the trip. The flip side of the mix is when … Continue reading ‘Cafe Toxic’ & Mama Grizzly
"Is this how Mom felt?” I wondered. When I was 18, I was a summer staff member at a Bible camp in central California. I met "Bob" there, the guy I was sure I was going to marry. You could’ve put moola on this thing and won. It was that certain. A fellow summer staffer, … Continue reading Where’s the French Foreign Legion When You Need It?
If you’re a 50-pluser, chances are your kids are either grown or nearly grown. And you have to let them go. Branch out. Hoist anchor. Spread their sails and catch the evening wind. On their own. But when they hit a squall and run aground or founder, broken and shattered, it really stinketh. Big time. … Continue reading When Love Stinks
There's no other way to say it: taking down the Christmas tree is a downer. De-decorating signals the end of the holidays And with it, all the razzle-dazzle, fun, excitement and anticipation of the season comes to a screeching halt. It's kind of sad. A little wistful. A downer. I hate taking down the Christmas … Continue reading De-Decorating Made Merry
Did you know that Buddy the Elf and I are related? We're like, twins. Naw. That's a fib. But we could be related. Like, remember how Buddy reacts to the news that Santa is coming tomorrow? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jyCfRHumHU Well, that's me. Without the funky green suit. Cuz I'm feeling like Buddy today! You know, bouncing-off-the-walls Excited! … Continue reading Buddy & Me (Leaving on a Jet Plane, Part 6)
Happy Friday-Before-Christmas, Friends! Are you snug and cozy? The weather here has been cray-cray. Gale force winds. Power outages. Enough rain to float a battleship in the backyard. A little token of remembrance from yesterday's wind storm: In other words, "winter as usual' in the water-logged Pacific Northwest. Is this place great or what? Meanwhile, … Continue reading The Countdown (Leaving on a Jet Plane, Part 5)
Maybe because we share the same warped sense of humor, The Kid and I usually like the same movies. Especially if the movie also has a warped sense of humor. This is from one of our movie favorites. We trot it out whenever we get near water. In this case, he's off the Yucatan Peninsula: … Continue reading ‘What About Bob?’ (Leaving on a Jet Plane, Part 4)
Ever see Idaho from the sky? Good thing someone had a window seat: So The Kid & Co. made it to Florida in one piece yesterday. He took the red eye out of rainy, soggy, gray Portland on Friday, landing in rainy, soggy, gray New York early Saturday morning. (For background, see prior posts: First … Continue reading Anchors Aweigh! (Leaving on a Jet Plane, Part 3)
Well. That was hairy. Our youngest son & Co. left Portland PDX right on time last night. I got a text from The Kid, en route to his first-ever flight and first-ever Caribbean cruise, at 20:29 last night: “Boarding in 20 minutes!” (For background, see yesterday’s post, Leaving on a Jet Plane...) Here’s the short … Continue reading First Flight & The Mom Factor (Leaving on a Jet Plane, Part 2)