Checking In: Day 119


Day 119 – Yesterday was the first day since April 1st that I haven’t posted. I needed a day away. I have been struggling with the news and reading and watching too much news. Now, knowing what is going on is not a bad thing but I have been almost obsessed with needing to know…

Happy Independance Day!


Day 112 – Hard to believe it is already the Fourth of July! Time is flying by. Well, we have now all celebrated our birthdays (4), St. Patrick’s Day, our Anniversary, graduation, Easter, Mother’s Day, Mama’s Day, Memorial Day, and now Independence Day in this pandemic. It in some ways seems so normal. My birthday…

Day 105: Checking In


15 Weeks – At least in Michigan things were slowly starting to reopen. Everything was to be open next week, gyms, and dance schools, etc. Some areas are having athletic trainings and games. After the state dropped to just 75 new cases it moved back up to about 200-300 after things started opening up. That…

Happy Father’s Day


Happy Father’s Day or Happy Mama’s Day as it is in our house. Today is the day to thank the people that stepped up in whatever way to fulfill the loving spaces in ours and our children’s lives. I wish my Dad a Happy Father’s Day. Wish we could be there to share it with…

Day 98: Checking In


Fourteen weeks and we just had our first in person gathering the other night. Just another family came over and we had snacks and drinks outside on the patio. It was so nice to socialize with people other than those that live in our house. We talked for almost 5 hours! We were all so…

Get Your Grill On!


So, in our house we have declared this the Summer of Grilling! We love to grill out but we start out with great intentions and then time and preparation take a back seat and we end up at the first day of school with only having grilled out about half a dozen times. Not this…

Day 91: Checking In


This was to be my last checking in as just about everything in Michigan is open or will open within the next week or so. Still no large gatherings, masks and physical distancing are to be observed but other than that pretty normal. But, as I watch the numbers go up and down I am…

Day 84: Checking In


Day 84 – I never thought I would be writing this but as of Monday, June 8th Michigan is opening again! Not everything but at least the “Stay Home. Stay Safe” will be over. All the CDC guidelines still remain in place but things are moving forward! You still cannot go to a hair salon,…

Top 5 Blog Recipes for May 2020


People are creatures of habit. The top 5 blog recipes for this past month are basically the same as last month though in a slightly different order. They are all comfort foods, which we are all still craving. I have moved to more summery salads and grilling recipes on my blog but we are still…

Checking In: Day 77


Eleven weeks. Our “Stay Safe. Stay Home.” has been extended until June 12th in the state of Michigan. Some things are partially open like stores are by appointment or with limited capacity. Everyone is supposed to wear masks and maintain a 6 foot distance. They have not opened dine-in restaurants, hair salons, nail salons, or…

Word of the Year: Breathe


This was the word that I had chosen as my touchstone for the year. As I look back now it seems kind of strange that I chose a word that would somehow derail the entire world. Breathe. With the Coronavirus attacking the lungs so many friends struggled to breathe. I felt like I have been…

Checking In: Day 70


Day 70 – 10 weeks. I keep writing these each Saturday to keep almost a journal of what is going on,  where we are as a family and a bit of the world. My son is three weeks from ending school. He took his Advanced Placement (AP) tests the  past two weeks. For him it…