Twenty Years

I posted these memories a year ago, near the nineteenth anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001. It was called “Nineteen Years” then. I’m updating it for today, the twentieth anniversary of that terrible day. I was five months pregnant and in bed that morning nineteen years ago, thinking about getting up to packContinue reading “Twenty Years”

Farewell to Cornwall in October

I was so looking forward to our trip to the United Kingdom in October. We’d planned to spend time in Cornwall and other points in the southwestern corner of England, as well as taking a day trip into Wales. We were planning to stay in the house that’s used as Doc Martin’s home and surgeryContinue reading “Farewell to Cornwall in October”

Grateful for Minor Annoyances

If it’s not one thing, it’s another. I went down to the basement this afternoon and discovered that the air conditioner was leaking onto the floor. Nothing was damaged. Part of the concrete floor and a doormat-sized rug were wet; that’s all. I photographed it and sent a picture to my husband, who said heContinue reading “Grateful for Minor Annoyances”

Willful Ignorance

Ever since the Covid-19 vaccine became widely available in the United States, a large minority of those who are eligible have been refusing to get vaccinated. Many claim they don’t want the vaccination because it has not been approved by the FDA, and thus is an experimental drug. Of course, it was approved all along,Continue reading “Willful Ignorance”

Sophomore Year Begins

He’s all moved in! We drove down to the university this weekend, spent a night in a rented apartment, and then moved Jon Morgan into his dorm on Monday morning, to begin his sophomore year of college. He is living on campus, but his dorm is set up as apartments, so he and his roommateContinue reading “Sophomore Year Begins”

College Countdown

A week from now, my son will be moved into his dorm room and preparing to start his sophomore year of college. So the push is on to have everything ready. There so many pieces to keep track of! We met with his roommate and his roommate’s parents earlier in the summer and figured outContinue reading “College Countdown”

Blue Ridge Idyll

Last weekend we were supposed to be visiting with some of my husband’s family in Michigan. A week or so before we were meant to travel, we spoke with his brother and sister-in-law and reluctantly decided to cancel the gathering. With covid-19 numbers increasing and the risk of spreading the virus skyrocketing because of theContinue reading “Blue Ridge Idyll”

Are We Still Arguing About This? Really?

Someone on a Facebook page I belong to posted a question, asking members how we’re doing with the newly reinstated covid-19 mask guidelines. Most people showed a lot of sense and said they are following the new guidelines. But one woman — we’ll call her Jennifer — said she will not follow the guidelines, becauseContinue reading “Are We Still Arguing About This? Really?”

No More Quarantine

Beginning Monday, England is lifting its quarantine rules for incoming vaccinated travelers from the U.S.! Wales has just announced that it’s following suit. This means that Americans traveling there will have to provide proof of vaccination and pass a covid test before traveling and a few days after arriving, but will not have to stayContinue reading “No More Quarantine”

Cornwall Question Mark

The United Kingdom released its revised pandemic travel restrictions today, and they don’t help us at all! We’re planning an October trip to Britain — specifically southern Wales, Cornwall, and a few other spots in southwestern England. When we booked, we knew the U.K. had travel restrictions in place, requiring Americans to quarantine for tenContinue reading “Cornwall Question Mark”