#freshlife

We spent a full week in the Florida Keys this summer.  By the second day, Micah was already scouting out places where he could work until we could find the right property to purchase. Yes, we enjoy the #saltlife. Snorkeling.  Boating.  Fishing. Sunshine.  Cocktails ’til three in the morning.  Cocktails at three in the afternoon. …

How This Works

I should have painted the house today.  I thought about it.  And got sidetracked:  I worked, we worked on our puzzle, and then Cam convinced me to help her work on the go-kart. The carburetor needs replacing.  She has most of the bolts out already, so instead of picking up a paint brush, I pick…

Our One and Only

Today you reached a milestone; you finished elementary school, walked across the stage in the gymnasium and spent the rest of the day with your friends — JumpStreet, swimming, riding bikes around the ‘Wood — it is all that I could have hoped for.  You are growing up, and so quickly that I want to remember…

A Walk in the Park

I left my computer at home today.  But I was sure to bring along my notebooks. My professional one, in case I decided to dig into my latest work on whole-group reading instruction. My fictional one, so that I could capture the thoughts that came to me as I was straightening my hair this morning. …

Prognosis

“I don’t like it.” He says what we’ve been thinking.  Of course it can’t be good.  “It’s better than it could have been.” The Mayo Clinic reports, “The most common cause of aphasia is brain damage resulting from a stroke — the blockage or rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. Loss of blood…

If this isn’t

“Is this rain or snow?” she asks.  My windshield wipers aren’t quite keeping up enough to be able to see what is falling before it hits. I kick them into high gear. “Rain, I think,” I tell her.  “At least for now.” The sun is setting somewhere behind us and we are headed back down…

Forty by Sixty

Right now there is an empty space at the bottom of our property. Estimates. Permits. Refinance and closing. Contractors pouring concrete, setting frames, attaching siding, setting joists, laying roof panels. Inspectors signing off. Then a weekend or more of moving, hauling, delivery and installation. So little stands between now and the days, come fall, when…

Ready for anything

Most days I wear contacts; wearing them lets me wear sunglasses and makes me feel put-together.  When it’s cloudy and grey or the end of a week of long nights, I’ll leave them at home in their cups on the counter. However, if it is a put-together day, I never leave home without my glasses….

Raised a reader

It started as a tug at my heart on the way home, one wishing for more time with my mom.  That was answered by a gentle nudge as I remembered the question at #CCIRA18 about the experience that turned me into a reader. That was echoed in a friend’s “A reader is who I am” blog…

All’s well

Sleeping in well-past nine. Racing to the neighbor’s drive. A six-plate breakfast at the little cafe, A long wait for food that was well-worth the wait. A trip to the river, cleaning up trash, A slip through the ice with a sudden cold splash. Video game-time is all well and good When it’s three of…