Jumpstart the Enjoyment

Just like that, it’s over. Christmas is behind us. A local radio station that’s been playing holiday music since November 15th at 3pm (I know because, ahem, I tuned in for the start) is back to playing regular tunes — but they’re easing us into things. Every other song is still a Christmas favorite, thank God. Something about this […]

The Rain Wish

I arrived home from Christmas day festivities at 11:11pm, and it was 70 degrees outside. A warm wind had been blowing for almost 24 hours, and it felt like it should be any season other than winter. Back in the ’90s, I remember appreciating warm Christmases when I’d come home from college in Michigan; something […]

The Wrong and Right

Leave it to me, my brother and his wife to have a deep discussion on Christmas Eve. Really, there’s no better time for it. Wine is open, conversation is flowing, and memories are being recalled. We landed upon a topic that is true for any area of our life. “Good students learn from their mistakes. […]

Fair Share

My neighbor dropped off a Christmas gift tonight. Unfortunately/fortunately, it’s edible. What was masquerading as your basic apricot pastry from a local, mildly famous bakery was, in reality, more like a delicious, stone fruit pizza, complete with a buttery, flaky, croissant-like crust, sweet glaze and sugary frosting swirls on top. Why can my diets never […]

Everyone Sing Along

It’s the worst possible tiiiiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeeeeeeear For the heater to break So hot cider I’ll make Must stay toasty in here! It’s the worst possible time of the year It’s the chill-chilliest weekend of all With the temperature dropping And raindroppage falling Repair order’s tall! It’s the chill-chilliest weekend of all I have […]

The Good Hiccup

This was the first night in a few weeks’ time that I went for my nightly walk. I made the mistake of downloading a crime app a couple of months back, and since the time change there has been an unsettling number of robberies in the area — during normal (non-wee) hours. Only one of them […]

Keep the Peace

I started looking online for solutions more than a month ago. Nothing seemed like it would work. The holidays are magical to me. I love putting the tree up right after Thanksgiving and coming home to it each evening. With all the lights on a timer, it would greet me through the plantation shutters when […]