The news from here

It started with a pinch or a cramp under my ribs, and it ended with 6 weeks of medical leave.  What I thought was indigestion (this from the person who had never experienced heartburn before), and then later thought was a bug I had caught from a colleague who gave me a ride home that […]


Unidentified Frozen Objects.  My mom had them in her freezer,  I haz them in the bottom of my chest freezer.  So for dinner tonight I pulled out these five containers  and set them on the counter to thaw.  I have  NO IDEA  what is in them,  but hey, I enjoy a challenge. Plus, I don’t […]

Feeding the kid

This is what breakfast looks like for the eating machine that is also know as my younger son.  Most mornings it is just waffles ( made from scratch because it is just as easy and way cheaper) and bacon.  Some days I go crazy (as I appear to have gone on this particular day) and […]


My siblings and I have divided the tasks that Mom and Dad need to have done, and I took on the paying of the bills.  I hate paying my own bills, so somehow there is a cruel irony in the fact that I am now in charge of paying their bills as well. And let […]

The news from there

 Mom and Dad are now in Assisted Living. Together. Hooray. The past few months have been a whirlwind of sorting, storing, clearing, tossing, and  donating about 65 years of accumulated stuff belonging to my parents. Getting their  current house ready to be sold. Getting mail forwarded to Ohio so bills can be paid. Sending out […]


This was the sign outside the AmVets Hall where we donated my dad’s electric wheelchair and scooter.  In addition to spaghetti dinners and steak fries, they seem to have a good sense of humor and an awesome  philosophy on life…and the stuff that happens along the way. Dad’s stuff will be in good hands.

Lost in the continuum

My son, who just finished his first year in college, is living at home this summer. It feels weird and uncomfortable and horribly limiting. He knows he is almost 19, but every now and again he feels as if he is only 13. Even though he can come and go as he pleases, it is […]

Driving Mom

Took Mom to a doctor’s appointment in Portland today. A vascular surgeon, in fact. She was anxious and worried and she hurt. To pass the time during the drive, and I think to give the illusion of feeling chipper and carefree, she read the street signs outloud as we drove. Every. single. one of them. […]

More water views

Everyday I drive my mom from her house to the assisted living place where my dad is now living, about 10 miles away and in a rural area near a tidal river with comorants and osprey and geese and such. Mom and Dad go through the mail, or watch the Women’s World Cup games, or […]

Mom’s Lunch

The freezer is filled with these…tiny, 4 oz tupperware containers, filled with leftovers. Did I mention I come from a frugal family? Yes I do….