Check In: Day 196


Week Twenty-eight: If you follow any sort of social media or news you probably get the sense that things here in the US are a bit tense. It seems like everyone everywhere is on edge. I had a friend ask I had considered prepping for my family. Not, really I mean we have plenty of…

1970s Slow Cooker Chicken and Biscuits


This took me back to being a kid in the 70s. I could almost picture my purple bike with pink sparkle handle bar streamers and a white glitter banana seat parked outside our house. Add a vest, turtleneck, and jeans and I was 6 years old again. I used canned soup for this recipe as…

Check In: Day 182


Time is now flying! It seemed to drag for months but the other day I felt that pressure to get everything done at once that I haven’t felt in almost half a year. It was really disconcerting and uncomfortable. It was not a good feeling. I need to re-evaluate how things are going to be….

Check In: Day 175


Twenty-five weeks. I never thought we would still be going through this. In some ways this has been the best thing ever for my family but at the same time it has devastated so many people. Time seems to be almost flying now. I never really know what day it is. I have to think…

Check In: Day 168


My son starts his senior year in a few weeks. He’s my baby. The one I butt heads with. The one that will challenge me every step of every day. The one I will fight for at every turn and the one I will not stop telling that he can do this. As we look…

Check In Day: 161


Twenty-three weeks: Sunset is coming a little earlier each night. The town has a feel of the end of tourist season approaching with sale signs on souveniers downtown, fewer choices on flavors at the local ice cream stand, and restaurants cutting back their hours again. The temperatures at night are more regularly dipping into the…

Check In Day: 154


Twenty-Two Weeks: This week has really kicked my butt. I have been having lots of problems with my blog. I finally contacted the WordPress people because I couldn’t save any of my work! It would consistently come up with an error message. I tried going out and reloading, different browsers all the usual tricks I…

Check In Day: 133


We were so careful. We have not gone to eat-in restaurants for months, no parties, only about 5 people we allowed to come over and only because we knew that they were all being careful with masks, social distancing, washing hands, and using hand sanitizer all the time. We weren’t careful enough. My son’s friend…

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,…

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…