What Sustains

The furnace kicks on and I listen for the igniter to catch, sending warm air up through the floor vent just to my left. This sound is drowned by the low rumble and back-and-forth tug on the ball caught between my two-year-old pups just the other side of the laminate floor of my office. I…

Countdown.

Countdown. Twenty-five minutes. I have been alone at home long enough to get in a run and hang some laundry. Then he text (texted??) me “L,” as in Left the shop, and on my way to you. I’ve since finished the laundry, read some posts, and now the true race is on. Countdown, twenty minutes….

Uno Dos

She picks up the Uno deck, the one we’ve been leaving shuffled in the middle of the kitchen table. She deals out the cards, clockwise, without reminder. She stops at seven and turns over a yellow one. My turn. Dad’s turn. Reverse, four, red, Skip. Green-Skip. Draw Two. So many Draw-Two’s that I start to…

You

When I am working, writing especially, it’s like I’m down the Rabbit Hole. It’s like I’m under water. It’s like I’m blind – or maybe blindfolded – to the rest of the world. For a brief moment, it’s like I’m lost in Wonderland. It’s like the last breath of air has escaped my lungs. It’s…

here AND gone

Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means that I am failing in another area of my life. -Shonda Rhimes I did not go to work today. I planned to, all the way back to the day that I made the appointment. Micah has had over twenty…

#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….