What Nobody Told Me About Motherhood

I always knew it would happen some day. I just didn't think it would be so soon. I mean, how did 20 years fly by so fast? From Arrow From My Quiver: When The Last Fletch Flies: An arrow, like a child, isn’t meant to be forever stored in the shelter of its quiver. Or … Continue reading What Nobody Told Me About Motherhood


A Treat for MOM!

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!

Where’s the French Foreign Legion When You Need It?

"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?

De-Decorating Made Merry

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

Buddy & Me (Leaving on a Jet Plane, Part 6)

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)

The Countdown (Leaving on a Jet Plane, Part 5)

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)

‘What About Bob?’ (Leaving on a Jet Plane, Part 4)

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)

Anchors Aweigh! (Leaving on a Jet Plane, Part 3)

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)