Roses

In addition to more closely monitoring finances and electrical consumption, I’ve had more time to pay attention to the small things around the house since I’ve been home from work. Smell the roses, so...

Choices

I typically start off my day reading the Boston Globe over a cup of coffee. It used to be that I spent most of that time going through the Sports section. That certainly hasn’t been the...

Quarter of a Century

As of today, I have been a mother for 25 years. I’ll try to keep from waxing poetic on being a mother. There is no way I could do the experience justice. I’ll simply say...

Cutting Corners

Since leaving work, I’ve had time to implement some cost saving measures and monitor finances a little more closely.  It has become one of those challenges that I’m probably a little too fanatical about. Here...

Lake Scenery

This is a second guest post. This time by Phil, though it will come as a surprise to him. Here are some of my favorite photos of the lake that he has taken. I...

Simple Machines

When the kids were in elementary school, they learned about and built models of simple machines. Wikipedia defines a simple machine as a mechanical device that changes the direction or magnitude of a force....

Plan B

Foolish question – When does Plan A ever go into effect? My Plan A was to go up to the Lake and spend the day there. Plan B became hosting dinner for 19. Last year...

Decisions, Decisions

The three girls were all home for the weekend, and there were difficult decisions to be made and revisited. The original plan was to go up to the lake for Friday evening and Saturday,...

A Tad OCD

I like to keep lists. I feel much better when something is on a list rather than in my head. If it is just in my  head, it gnaws at me because I keep...

Letters

My father died September 29, 1982 – the day after my youngest sister, Joanne, turned 12. My mother has commented that I never talk about him. She’s right. It’s still too soon. So, I’ll...