Home Sweet Home

Two years ago this week, we closed on our new house. We moved in several months later, after having some painting and repairs done. Since then, friends from distant places have asked to hear more about it. We’ve been here a year and a half now, so I guess it’s time. For nearly 30 years,Continue reading “Home Sweet Home”

On Escaping to the Country

Lately I’ve been getting into the BBC series Escape to the Country. Have you seen it? The host introduces a couple who are living in or near a city but now want to move to the British countryside. The family has a county or area in mind, and describes the kind of place they’re lookingContinue reading “On Escaping to the Country”

Priceless Family Heirloom

Someone asked if I have any treasured heirlooms, such as portraits of my ancestors, hanging on my walls. Actually, I do have one family heirloom on the wall, but it’s not a portrait. In fact, it’s kind of a family joke. Once upon a time, when ashtrays were a thing, my grandmother had these enormous,Continue reading “Priceless Family Heirloom”

Another Odd Dream

Another odd dream last night, the second memorable one this week, though I woke up before more than a fragment had played out. I was at home, in the kitchen, and could hear my husband and son watching television in the family room. Suddenly, over the sound of the television, I thought I heard aContinue reading “Another Odd Dream”

Photo Friday: For the Birds

It’s back! My cousin Kevin made this Bird Library for me a few years ago. When we moved last year, we uninstalled it from our old yard and brought it along to the new house. And then, a few months ago, a tree limb fell on the roof and cracked it. I had a heckuvaContinue reading “Photo Friday: For the Birds”

Photo Friday: What the Flock?

Because of the pandemic, my son’s high-school graduation a couple weeks ago had to be a virtual ceremony, which took some of the fun out of the occasion. The school’s All-Night Grad Party had to be canceled too, along with the party we were planning and the prom and all the spring concerts. My motherContinue reading “Photo Friday: What the Flock?”

Kittens (and Chipmunks) with Typewriters

My writers’ group, Kittens with Typewriters, has always met in coffee shops, which hasn’t been possible since the COVID-19 pandemic began. We’ve tried online meetings, but they aren’t very satisfying, since our meetings mostly consist of people writing on their own projects, with occasional conversation in between. Recently we’ve begun holding outdoor meetings. Until today,Continue reading “Kittens (and Chipmunks) with Typewriters”

Photo Friday: Chipmunk Acrobats and Readers

My husband planted tomatoes in the planters on the patio, and added cages to keep the squirrels from digging them up. The squirrels’ loss is the chipmunks’ gain. The little guys soon realized they could scramble up the side of the cage to the top and then make a death-defying leap to reach the seedyContinue reading “Photo Friday: Chipmunk Acrobats and Readers”

Taekwondo Class in the Time of Coronavirus

I posted a photo a couple days ago of my teenage son’s virtual piano lesson, with him sitting at the baby grand with his phone set up nearby so his teacher could tune in via WhatsApp. In addition to being a musician, Jon Morgan is a third-degree black belt in taekwondo. Before the shutdown, heContinue reading “Taekwondo Class in the Time of Coronavirus”

Update From the Land of Social Distancing

It’s the end of the first week of The End of Life as We Know It, as we all try to adjust to our new, Coronavirus-induced reality. Everything is weird and tense and depressing, but you already know that. Virginia does not yet have a statewide order to close businesses, but many have closed anyway;Continue reading “Update From the Land of Social Distancing”