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…

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…

Checking In: Day 63


Day 63 – Nine weeks. Still waiting for warmer weather. I think if we could get out in the yard or out on the porches in the sunshine life would at least feel a bit better. This week the temperature struggled to get to 50 degrees. Most days it was 40 which isn’t bad but…

Back to School: The Passage of Time


This is one of my favorite quotes. It is not about making memories it is about having fun and laughing and when we look back those will be the memories.  I am in a bit of a strange place right now. This is not a recipe post. This is about me post. Life has a…

So Where Have I Been Lately?


I admit life has gotten a bit too hectic for me lately. My son left for the UK on Sunday for ten days. I think getting him ready to go mentally, emotionally, and physically was much harder than I ever thought it would be. Many of you know he is autistic and is going on…

No!!!! It’s too Early!


We have a busy weekend ahead of us. My daughter is dancing in two Feis (Irish dance competitions) this weekend in Chicago. My son has all day musical rehearsal for “The Wizard of Oz” at his high school. And the two of us have tons of work to get done before Monday. So, we do…

A Different Perspective


I went to see “Field of Dreams” at our local cinema this week. I had a vague recollection of seeing this movie when it first came out in 1989. I knew, “If you build it they will come,” and that it was about fulfilling your destiny. But, as I watched the movie I sat and…

Sometime Life Gets in the Way


The best laid plans sometimes go awry. I got a call that my mother had been taken from her doctor’s office to the hospital in an ambulance. Of course I needed to drop everything and start rescheduling everything I could for the next week and cancelling everything else. My daughter and I drove, which should…

This is NOT German Style Pork Chops


We all have “those” days. This was mine. My daughter had wanted German Style Pork Chops with Ginger Snap Gravy with German potato salad and braised red cabbage for her birthday dinner. She had dance so before we left the house early in the morning I had her start the pork chops so at least…

My Top 20 Summer Bucket List


I don’t have a bucket list, maybe I should, but it seems a bit overwhelming. I decided to start small with a summer bucket list. Sunset picnic on the beach with a nice glass of wine. Visit a farmer’s market and find ingredients to make a non-planned dinner with what we find. Visit one new…

So, How About those New Year Resolutions?


pur·pose·ful·ly ˈpərpəsfəlē/ adverb     in a way that shows determination or resolve. “Rachael takes the lead, striding purposefully towards the door” 2. with a useful purpose. “how is it possible to share information effectively and purposefully with project partners?” __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Still sticking to that diet of water and bananas? Still being a better person…

All is Calm


The silence before the day begins is one of my favorite parts of the day. It is full of possibilities and hope. Everything is fresh and new again. May your heart be filled with the hope and possibilities of a new day! All is calm, All is bright!