when trickers become treaters


  I thought my level of stress about the kids would decrease as they got older.   Silly me.   Little did I know that stress is like matter.  It never goes away.  It just moves through different states …   Solid. Liquid. Gas.   When the kids were still little and new, I stressed […]

why do i feel like someone’s watching me?


Did you ever feel like someone was watching you?     And I don’t mean in some stalker-ish hiding behind a bush or watching through binoculars kind of way …   I mean right in plain sight.   Sitting across a conference room table from you in plain sight …   In the company of […]

front porch facelift (finally) …


I can’t believe I’m going to air my dirty laundry here  — but up until a few weeks ago my front porch looked like this …     I know, it was pretty embarrassing. A well-traveled path to the front door had splintered the wood …   Even Ernie the beagle looks embarrassed … columns […]

halloween in the hood


Happy Halloween!  One of the many things I love about my neighborhood is the number of kids who show up to trick-or-treat at our house. I also love that my neighbors embrace Halloween and get creative with their decorations.  Ernie the beagle and I took a walk around the ‘hood’ and snapped pics of some […]

we’ve been ghosted!

Woke up the other morning and found this on our front porch:   Turns out we’ve been “ghosted.” This is a Halloween tradition that started on our block about five years ago or so.  (Mike and I are 99% sure we know who starts it each year – but I won’t “out” her on the […]