"Can I go with you to the grocery store? I have a list." "Uhhh, okay," I responded from the shower. "What did you need to buy?" I asked. "Lemons, sugar, a pitcher, cups, and straws. PLEASE Mom! Please! I have always wanted to do this. It's summer...." She'd been asking to do a lemonade stand … Continue reading When Dad Buys You Lemons…
Riding down the road with the family towing our new (to us)-going-to-be-the-best-summer-ever-camper, I gripped the "oh $h1#!" handle on my side as the vehicle miles in front of us tapped his brakes. My husband laughed as I told him, "I love how the dumb handle in the car gives me the illusion that I could … Continue reading Plot Twist!
Walking through the grocery store, I have thoughts and opinions all the time; 'Don't buy that - you don't need it,' or 'Ooh! that lettuce looks fresh, I think I will make a salad later,' or even 'I'm tired, I know I'm going to order takeout tonight, but my kitchen will be stocked tomorrow when … Continue reading All the Time
The notification that I've had this little corner of the internet for 9 years popped up today. Laughing, I joked to my husband that other than him and the kids I don't think I've ever committed to anything that long. The thought took me back to where we were 9 years ago: getting ready for … Continue reading 9 Years
Sitting here socially distanced and masked up since early spring, I often wonder about how much people have likely ramped up drinking - out of fear. Out of boredom. Anxiety. Anger. So much anger. Because yep, it’s an election year on top of everything else. Just days away from an election that will determine our … Continue reading 3.5 years
Post-PCS move, all the boxes are unpacked. The paper (oh so much paper) has been meticulously straightened and folded and packed into one giant box by my equally meticulous husband. (I'm more of a shove it in a box and pack it down type, but whatever.) We have offered it all to others in the … Continue reading Unexpected
There's always been something off for me about the label of alcoholic that I've never really known how to articulate. Please don't misunderstand, I don't think AA is wrong, bad or whatever, but maybe there are more paths to recovery and the way we currently approach addiction and alcohol is not a route that works … Continue reading Is there a “wrong” way to do it?
I did some new things this week. For one, I made sauerkraut. (Yep, totally had to look up how to spell it correctly.) I've had it before as a kid and detested it, but like other foods, I've developed a taste for items previously not preferred. So pretty and purple! The recipes online all say … Continue reading Sauerkraut…and a Bar
It has been nearly 2.5 years since I made the decision to no longer eat anything with a face. I'll gladly offer resources and information when requested, but am not out to convert others to become vegetarian or vegan. (I will never be accepted in the vegan camp becuase I still have a leather couch, … Continue reading My Job
When people ask, "How do you do it?!" while shaking their heads in wonder, I typically answer something to the effect of "We do what we have to do," or "Home is where the military sends us, so we make the best of it," or something along those lines. It's heartwarming to have lived in … Continue reading Transitions