#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. …

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….

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…

We do

Your best friend pushed you in my direction. You took the next step, asking for my affection. Took the shape of ten digits in black Sharpie scrawl on the back of your hand and then our first call.   I got grounded that weekend for talking too long and sorry or not; it didn’t feel…

Someday

Someday I will open doors where these windows are, where these windows let in light from beyond, where these windows let in the view from across the valley. Someday I will step out into that space from here, into that space that will be enclosed from the cold–at least partially, into that space that will…

‘Round we go

My niece turned four today. At the party, the three of us girls–the ones who started out coaching softball together my senior year of high school–were there to celebrate. Of course my sister was there–it’s her girl who turned four today. She is the same age as Cam was when we took her to JumpStreet…

Hopeful

I use the toes of my left foot to slide the shoe off my right; then switch, all the while leaving the laces tied, tossed at the bottom of our closet. I trade my belted jeans and ankle-low socks for what we’ve called “chair pants” every since the nights when you couldn’t sleep in our…