My youngest landed her first part-time job in retail. Her first week is going by, but as it does, we are learning about how Autism, anxiety and other developmental disabilities can interject and affect the process. My son, who is now 24, is doing well in his second job, but he still has issues related… Continue reading You Get a Job, Everybody Gets a Job!
I saw a beautiful post on Facebook this morning while sipping my coffee. I found it here. It is a beautiful testament to the unreplaceable bond that children have with their fathers. Now, don't get me wrong. I know it's the 21st century and there are now, and have always been, plenty of mothers, siblings,… Continue reading The Triggers of Time
Ah, 2020, the year of fun times, wild adventures, creativity and scrreeeeeeech, nevermind. That was my 2019 post opener. Here we are, 263 months into 2020 and what a ride it's been. Still in virtual lockdown over here, I have watched as the world around me has slowly returned to some mutated, dangerous semblance of… Continue reading Damned if you do, Damned if you Don’t
A picture depicting the Earth coming down the street with COVID-19 hiding around the corner with a baseball bat. Ahh, September. That wonderful time of year when everyone visits the beach or vacations for the last time in the warm weather. Schools are going back and pumpkin spice everything shows up. Labor Day crowds here… Continue reading Rewriting Reality
Since my teenage years, I have fought a personal war with food, diabetes, anxiety, stress and did I mention food? I grew up in what I refer to as a "typical food existence" in the 70's and 80's. My mother was a homemaker, and she cooked pretty much every day. Meals would include a meat,… Continue reading The Time Has Come For Me to Stop Eating Like a Raging Lunatic
For a long time, I always created lists. Mostly I did so because I was really overwhelmed, and there were things I needed to get done with my limited time alone. When the kids were in school, it was often a rush to get to the stores and back, timing everything with their buses. When… Continue reading The Creator of Lists, Destroyer of Chores
I have been home for 56 days. For twenty minutes last week, I ventured into a food store and I cannot tell you how fast I worked to get back inside my house. I do believe at one point, I was jogging through the parking lot to get to my car. I have an anxiety… Continue reading It Lies With Me
Above, you'll see an artist's depiction of me, on day ninety-400 6 thousand and umpteenth of the stay-at-home order in my state. When one gets a bit frustrated, scared, worried, stressed and otherwise BORED, well, this is to be expected. Peeking out through my gratitude, which I still possess strongly, well, there are only so… Continue reading Oh the Places You’ll (NOT) Go!
The concept of understatement. A vehicle, sinking into many feet of water that says, "Looks like it rained a bit last night. It was a dark and stormy night...oh wait, that's not what I wanted to say! These are dark and stormy times though. As many of us hunker down in our homes, deciding which… Continue reading Unprecedented, Ubiquitous Understatement
Graphic that says, "Don't Panic" Everyone in this country, and in most places around the world, are now faced with an unprecedented situation of either being at home, having your kids at home, and dealing with an alarming amount of new information, some of of concerning to say the least. My situation is no better… Continue reading Repeated Reassurance