Just call me sneezy …

Allergies. The absolute bane of my existence lately. I know I'm fortunate, not having severe food allergies or having to pursue medical interventions to a great degree, but it's frustrating. I have lived in the densely treed section of northern California my entire life and have never been as afflicted by seasonal allergies as this…

Blissful Saturday

M left early this morning and it's been absolutely quiet around here. Well, except for forgetting to turn off the alarm when I returned from running errands. Thankfully I heard it beeping and just the first horn blare before shutting it off and coming inside to tell the monitor that it was just me, forgetting…

Houseguests

M and I typically have a house full of people this time of year. This year, we have had 4 people call and tell us they had made other arrangements with less than 24 hours notice. A little rude, we thought, but much more disappointing to M than to me. I mean, these runner people…

Kid notes, 20-something edition

While we were away I had asked my son to cruise by the house and bring in any packages on the front porch. Ours is a pretty safe neighborhood, and the delivery people are all pretty casual about setting a package on the porch and ringing the doorbell before walking back to their trucks. Most…

Brain cleanse

M and I got back from the coast shortly after lunch. All in all, it was a 98% relaxing trip. Fort Bragg will never be 100% relaxing, because we are not people who can just "be" somewhere and do nothing without some sort of plan. We did our best, though, and woke up each day…

Harder than it seems: being patient, just relaxing

M and I are heading to the Northern California coast today, returning on Wednesday. It's an area we've been through many, many times, but other than stopping for an occasional meal while driving through, it is a new place for us. In addition to the beach there are mountains and trails to nearby to explore,…

In a blink

Last Sunday, M went out for a neighborhood run. On the way out, he said hi to one of our next block neighbors who was doing some work on his RV. On he way back, he found an ambulance at the same neighbor's home. The RV had not been chocked correctly and it had rolled…

From a distance

C (my daughter) was involved in a car crash this afternoon. She had be transported and checked, but it's nothing too serious. A concussion, couple of cuts and lots of bruising; much worse is a definite possibility.When I got the phone call, I did not recognize the incoming number, but it was local so it…

Job Headaches

Why is it every single time I plan time off a tsunami of urgent paperwork, emails, phone calls, and staff crises being to build and must be all managed before I leave for the day? As it is I will not be here tomorrow in order to satisfy my own need for order in the…