new beginnings

I have always associated autumn with new beginnings. My birthday used to fall, with great regularity, on the first day of school. The idea of returning to school with a new haircut or outfit used to be really exciting. As I grew older, the association remained. When the air gets crisp and cool, my world…

birthdays

Last night I was invited to be part of a fun birthday celebration. My best friend is hosting the daughter of some overseas friends while she attends college. With a larger home, there’s a nice, semi-private space in the basement where she can come and go from work, school, and the occasional night out dancing….

storms

It’s a relentless, driving rain this morning. I drove my oldest in to her appointment and the sky just closed in on the way home. Dark clouds, sheet lightning, and torrents. I think I hydroplaned twice, even in my big old truck with good tires. I didn’t rush, though my heart wanted to. My blind…

blind doggo

I haven’t written about him in a good while, but our doggo, rescued back in February, is a daily delight and a reminder that adversity is in the eye of the beholder. Pancho had an eye illness, common to (half) his breed, that was untreated. It’s curable with treatment, but our pup ended up fully…

scarcity mindset

Fear of being left behind. Worry about maintaining stable finances. When I was young it was get good grades so you can get into college. Then… do well in college so you can get a good job. And now I suppose it’s about making sure we can put our kids into college and still manage…

inside out

Each time I log in to write a post, I’m encouraged by a banner to “grow my audience.” With a podcast… with social media links… and I think–how strange are these times. When blogging first became a thing, I toyed with the idea of trying to become what we now call an influencer. I was…

back to work

Once the kids go back to school this fall, I will be working again too. Not making much, not working full time… but enough to take the edge off the bills as my partner continues to grow their 3-year-old business. I have a couple choices and they’re both interesting. I’m a little… scared isn’t exactly…

a handy test

Midlife provides a wonderful, simple test to see if you’re on the right track… wrinkles. Are your fine lines around your eyes? Do they appear mostly when you smile? Do you have the beginnings of wonderful creases alongside your mouth? Are your cheeks still a bit apply and rounded from frequent exercise? Then you are…

personalities

Yesterday included a delightful conversation with my eldest child. They had just completed a “personality test” at their group… and were SO excited about it. “This one was really, really amazing,” they told me. It really “got” their personality in ways other tests didn’t. It was a Myers-Briggs. I happen to agree with my kid…

action and inaction

One of the things I’ve done extremely well over the past month is to take ACTION. With respect to my health (physical and mental)… too often I know what I *should* be doing… but somehow I can’t make the connection to actually DOING it. Depression has, in the past, glued me to the couch in…