Archive | June, 2014

Lessons from Word


If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a Word document that originated with someone else, you know that sometimes the formatting can be wonky. Because of the nature of a project I’m part of, this has been happening to me quite a bit lately. Extra line spaces appear and will not go away […]

From Sun to Storm and Back Again


On a recent Saturday, I worked in the yard for a while, listening to an audiobook to distract me from how much I dislike it. I enjoy being outdoors and love the sun. I am less fond of the actual work of trying to control a bazillion weeds every summer. But I was doing it […]

Meet the Author, Meet the Mother

Olivia Newport Wonderful Lonesome Cover

A few weeks ago I traveled to Illinois to visit my mother, who has been living in an assisted living community for the last year. Believe me, you can spend all day moving from one scheduled activity to another. Wii bowling. Dog visitors. Musical entertainers. Card games. Happy hour. Check the schedule. There’s always something. […]

Life Rushing Past

Lakehouse view - Larry

Last week one of my great-nephews turned a year old, and I had a chat with my eighty-eight-year-old mother about the occasion. She commented that, looking back, it always seems like that first year goes so fast because the baby changes so much that it hardly seems like the same child. I also had a […]

Fast Regret

paint chips 2

We’ve been painting this summer. It’s been a looong time since we painted the main rooms of our house. And about nine months ago our daughter moved out, and we’ve turned that room into a cozy TV room. (Which may explain my heightened Netflix habit of late.) Our method has been that I agonize about […]