Even though we saw snow and ice on Mother’s Day this year, May is usually the time when Violet and I start deciding what we’ll plant in our garden boxes and in our tiny plot beside the shed. We recently decided that we’d try growing pumpkins for the first time. We won’t be trying to grow the…

Our U.S. Airman Michael and his wife Mariah, along with their French bull dog Nova, recently packed up everything they owned into a 45-foot U-Haul, hitched the car behind the U-Haul and set out to drive from Spokane, Washington, to Fairbanks, Alaska, for his new assignment. This was a distan…

March is National Reading month, but I don’t need any encouragement to grab a book and get comfortable just about any time of the year. I’ve been an avid reader since I was a first grader enjoying the escapades of Dick and Jane and little Sally and their pets Spot and Puff. During the pandem…

A few weeks ago, I got a text telling me that the house I grew up in was burning and that the firemen were still at the scene. Even though we had sold the house twenty-one years ago, we still thought of it as “mom’s house,” and probably always would. Initial newspaper reports called it a chi…

The Christmas of 2020 will be remembered for being one of firsts. It was the first time in my memory that there were no hugs, no piles of wrapping paper strewn all over the living room, and no collection of family members seated around my festive dining room table laden with savory foods. I …

Early in October, I was enjoying a bike ride in my usual location. I had just finished riding and was behind my car bending over preparing to lift the bike onto the bike carrier, when, for some reason, I lost my balance and fell onto the pavement, almost on top of the bike. I knew from havin…

Have you ever started out to do a simple job that should have taken only a few minutes and found yourself still working on it hours later? Recently I spent most of a day trying to change a lightbulb! To be fair, it wasn’t just any lightbulb, but a special tiny one that was in the combination…

It’s probably safe to say that most of us have been experiencing more stress this year than we have in a long time. The pandemic has changed our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined, and it appears that it won’t be going away any time soon. Add to that the severely divisive political clim…

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Susan B. Anthony, well known Women’s Suffragist. It’s also the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, finally giving women the right to vote. Rochester, New York claims her as one of…

The other day I drove by our beautiful park in Kersey and noticed a new sign on the message board. It said “Time spent playing with a child is never wasted.” How true that is, and in my own case, I get to play with 4-year-old Violet on a regular basis. I’m not sure who has more fun, Grammy o…