So, funny to me are the things from the past that in some ways have helped prepare me for this time in my life. I remember very well when raising my kids and caring for others’ kids as well as my grandchildren, how every week or two I’d call a “pajama day.” It wasn’t always on a weekend. It was when the calendar of requirements was at the least. Sometimes out of sheer desperation for a break I would just schedule one for the next week and not commit to anything for that day. Pajama day meant no one was allowed to leave the house.Read More →

I have been reading, talking through text (social distancing) and processing much of what is happening in the world lately with all its brought into our lives globally. Several conversations have been about different aspects of all that is going on worldwide. In the earlier days of things getting real in my world (Boquete, Panama,) I was thankful that no matter the inconvenience, the priority was keeping people safe and healthy. I still am very grateful for the measures to protect us here. At first, when lock-down (not quarantine) measures were implemented here, I wasn’t exactly sure how I was feeling, but knew it wasRead More →

Have you ever said or wrote something and it’s like a light bulb just came on in your head, and all a sudden, you see things just a little clearer? Or maybe all of a sudden, you understand the whole picture and not only the pieces you’ve been collecting in your thoughts and conversations. Today I was texting with a friend about what is going on in our countries as everyone seems to be going a little Corona Crazy. We were chatting about the different ways the countries we were born in are handling the situation. We both feel that being reactive instead of proactiveRead More →

So for the last few months I’ve been doing some work online. Things I’m not super comfortable or familiar with doing, but doing well at them nonetheless, for the most part. My husband sent a photo to our kids a few weeks ago of me, working on two different computers, a Mac and a Dell, and with my phone. He delightfully shared, mom says she’s not a tech geek, but she is.Read More →

So today was Sunday, meaning Al and I enjoying a relaxing morning together. We both had chores to do before the day was done. He was given some wifi headphones last night, and because he mostly works in one room with Alexa playing music, he set them up on my phone which I listen to music with while cooking or cleaning. Of course I was listening to 80s music and a song came on I haven’t heard in a very long time. “Always,” by Bon Jovi. There is a line in this song I never realized I love and that I say repeatedly. The nightRead More →

In the last 24 hours, I’ve seen and heard many things. Some were great, and some were not. This little ditty from my childhood came to mind with many conversations these last few days. O be careful little eyes what you seeO be careful little eyes what you seeFor the Father up aboveIs looking down in loveSo, be careful little eyes what you see O be careful little ears what you hearO be careful little ears what you hearFor the Father up aboveIs looking down in loveSo, be careful little ears what you hear O be careful little tongue what you sayO be careful littleRead More →

I remember when the first computer came into our home. Al and I were only married a couple of years, although we had already had two kids. My son was an infant, meaning this was about 24 years ago. When the first (to me) computer was in our home, I found it fascinating, although I had red flags and concerns from day one. I saw the amount of money and time it occupied in our young lives. I wasn’t comfortable with it, but there was no going back.  Fast forward about 25 years; now I appreciate the tool technology is, yet I still have someRead More →

After hanging with my sister to go see mom (we were trapped in the car for 3 hours) I picked up the granddaughters to come for a couple of overnights at the apartment we’re staying in. Well, they asked for a snack before we left the driveway. I verified with mom they haven’t eaten since lunch and probably need a little something. I gave them each the can of Pringles they requested that their mom sent. I showed and explained only eat about “this” much. It was 1/3 of the can. They were given juice boxes to wash it down. Um, we got to ourRead More →

Recently I had 2 different conversations that I’ve been thinking about for the last several days. The first one was about my use of the word home. I explained I was going home for the Christmas holidays. A friend said, “Interesting you call that home.” Well, I guess so if home is a location. To me home is where I feel comfortable, loved and safe. Home for me is with people I care about. Whether I’m in the USA with my blood family or in Boquete, Republic of Panama, with my friends that have become the family I chose, I feel at home.   In theRead More →

I’m taking some time to process and sort the feelings that can be overwhelming and the thoughts that can be heartbreaking when faced with a tragedy. I do that best through words, although not always spoken words for everyone to hear. But, written words that may never be read.  And Then There Was One  When I entered this world, I had 4 men that would have the most impact on my life until I married. I had a father and three older brothers. As of Wednesday, there is only 1 left. I’m thankful I was not alone when I got the news. I’m thankful that family reachedRead More →