Christmas morning

Christmas 2012

Christmas went by in a blur! Leaving the country for a week in December really put me in the fast lane for getting things done. Luckily, a good friend reminded me to just let some of it go. And I did. The outside decorations were minimal. The Pinterest Projects I wanted to do, were shelved…

Tabletop display

2012 Cookie Exchange

Every year, I host a Cookie Exchange in December. We’ve finally found our perfect spot on the calendar – the Eve of Christmas Eve. This way, when everyone goes home with dozens of cookies, they have plenty for their own family’s Christmas. Our crowd morphs and changes each year – often with people who have never…

Aging

Letter from a Mother to a Daughter

As I deal with my aging mother, I find myself sometimes exasperated and impatient. She’s 82 and still trying to maintain as much independence as possible. She makes it to her Koffee Klatch and Silver Fox Exercise classes and Saturday night “karaoke.” She visits with friends as she walks her dog, Pepper. But we notice…