The Cuc/Zuc Litmus Test of Friendship

It’s that time of year again, for a gardener. It’s been hot and sunny, which bodes well for produce like cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes (as long as its augmented by frequent watering with the hose). The harvest has ramped up … Continue reading

Self-Diagnosed with NAP

Have you noticed that most diagnoses these days are a series of letters? ADD, ADHD, COPD, CKD, PTSD, etc.  A few of them are acronyms, like GERD, and SAD. Well…, I, with a list of my symptoms, using my own creativity, have added … Continue reading

Melted by the Midwest Swelter

Have we set a new record yet, of summer days over 90º in the Midwest of the USA?! It’s the only optimistic viewpoint I can latch onto right now…that we set a long-standing record. If that comes to pass, I’ll … Continue reading

Make it “Theme Thimple”

When little kids lose their front teeth, sometime between 5 to 8 years old, they acquire (for a time) the most adorable lisp. Around that same age, they also develop an appreciation for themed learning opportunities and events. (Put those … Continue reading

The Chaos of Chemotherapy

Looking back once again, to 2008, and the most difficult days of my cancer treatments. Luckily for me, I have a reliable reference for my review. Ever since I was a young mother, my daily activities (as well as those … Continue reading

Thirty-six Years of Adventure

On this day in 1982, I set sail on an Ocean of Blue. It was the beginning of a great venture of discovery on the Great Sea of Life and Love. My first mate was my husband, Ron, and we … Continue reading

The Prolonged Pernicious Pollen Fog (a sequel)

It seems we are having a “late spring,” or so says the omniscient “they.” This is why the pollen release of death continues to stalk some of us so menacingly, with its cloudy claws unsheathed and its treacherous teeth bared. … Continue reading

A Pollen Fog as Thick as Pea Soup

This morning I rolled out of bed with a headache and obscured vision. It took me a while to come to my senses. When I finally did, I realized that the skin around my eyes was so puffy, I could … Continue reading

Memories of a Taxing Tax Day

Ten years ago, on April 15, tax day of 2008, I received my first chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. The treatment plan had already beat me up considerably, with a complicated healing from the lumpectomy, followed by another surgery to … Continue reading

Close Encounters of the Spiritual Kind (Elder Care, Part II)

In my last post, I shared my personal views on elder care. There are many reasons for finding ourselves in this mess. First of all, let’s be honest, a lot of us are just too busy (or, too far away, … Continue reading