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If your goal is scary, you're onto somehing big. Latest article published on

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It started with a tiny idea, and with much thought, sweat, and love, took shape and grew into something amazing. The day after Thanksgiving I had some extra time with school closed and no kids to shuttle to school.  I poured that energy into my article, polishing it, getting all the details just so, and making sure to run my eagle eye over it many times.  It was ready to go.  Dare I hit the send button and submit it at 1am when absolutely no one would be working at Scary Mommy?  Or should I play it safe and wait for Monday morning when the editors would be back at work.  I'm happy to say I took the plunge and went for it!  I hit send and my boldness was rewarded.  Monday morning I received an email from the editors of Scary Mommy with the good news that my article would indeed be published.  Whatever you are thinking of doing, I urge you to take action and do it.  Click below to read my article. https://www.scarymommy.com/older-moms-more-common/

In my dream, the whole experience of putting up a fresh Christmas tree was supposed to be magical

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Real Christmas trees have been off limits in my house for nearly 20 years, a rule enforced by my fire investigator husband, who insists live trees are too likely to catch on fire.  This year I was sick of fake trees and wanted one with a real pine scent and branches that don't have big gaping holes.  I wanted my dream tree, the one right out of the Hallmark Christmas movies I can't get enough of. So, when my hubby was out of town last week, I knew I had to get a tree, no matter what.  Fortunately, I have good eavesdropping skills, and a band parent in the row behind me at the school holiday concert leaked that there were five extra trees left over from the fundraiser,and wanted to know if her friend knew of anyone who still needed a tree. It was hard but I waited to the end of the concert, and then sprinted to find the volunteer in charge of the Christmas tree sale.  My quest?  To make sure that I got one of those five trees. The next day the Christmas tree of my dreams wa

The Sunshine Girl

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I'll admit it.  I was becoming grumpy, frazzled, irritated, mad at the world.  My kids kept asking what happened to their mom and wanting to know who this grouch was who kept snapping at them.  I was angry at my husband's drinking, angry that the kids don't like helping me clean the kitchen or do the dishes, angry that I had so much laundry to do, Then, God gave me an unexpected gift. I became pregnant at the age of 47. I didn't see it as a gift then. I was angry that I was pregnant at a time when I could finally focus on myself and my writing.  I had been looking forward to my youngest starting kindergarten so I could have the house to myself during the days and have time to write. I wasn't supposed to get pregnant at age 47.  This was a plot twist I didn't see coming.  Much of this blog was about the years before menopause and how to stay healthy and sane during the change of life. And, then in November 2017, everything changed.  The "sunshine girl&qu