Ready for Take Off

SOLC: Day 29

The bags are packed and we’re ready to go.

Meals are prepared for the boys staying behind.

We only have 3 hours before we head out to the airport.

Ready to celebrate a Sweet 16 for my not so little, Maddie.

Her choice of destination…Disney!

It’s Over

SOLC: Day 28

Back to Work

I can’t believe it’s over

I can’t believe it’s true

The break I looked forward to

is over, and I’m feeling blue.

I enjoyed not being stressed

I enjoyed having time for me

I’ll need a huge cup of coffee

or maybe even three.


Easter Surprise

SOLC: Day 27


What do you do when your dinner for 8 suddenly becomes a dinner for 13?

  1.  You go down to the basement a get another table.
  2.  Quickly set up additional table settings.
  3.  Reshuffle seating arrangements.
  4.  Be thankful you made way too much food.
  5.  Smile and enjoy the time together laughing and making memories.
  6.  Collapse from exhaustion and relish in the fact that you have off tomorrow!

That’s what you do.

Everything is Ready

SOLC:  Day 26

All systems are go!

The dining room table is ready.  Check.

The settings are set.  Check.

Napkins are pressed.  Check.

The glasses are shining.  Check.

The eggs are filled with yummy chocolates.  Check.

The ham is ready to go in the oven.  Check.

The cheesecake is chilled and calling my name.  Check.

The house is clean.  Check.

Clothes are pressed.  Check.

Easter Preparations





Girls Day

SOLC: Day 25

Tomorrow my sisters, mother, niece, daughter, and I are having a girls’ day out and watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.  In preparation, this evening my daughter and I watched the movie because she was not familiar with the movie.

I had forgotten how funny many parts of the movie were and how, despite the fact that I’m not Greek, I could relate to this movie on different levels.  To this day my sisters and I will quote some of the famous lines from this movie.  I’m looking forward to seeing the movie tomorrow and taking away some new lines.


SOLC: Day 24

Distressing news this evening

A beautiful life so young

and full of potential

cut short by a drunk

in a stolen car.

Her heart has stopped

but our hearts ache with the pain

at this senseless death.

I rage that instead of enjoying being 18

we have to mourn you.

Ripped from us

always to wonder what could have been.

We have to mourn you from afar

but we will never forget you.



Midnight Run

SOLC: Day 23

“Pink sock” said the nurse as she entered the waiting room.

“That’s us” we answered as we walked towards her.

She instructed us to follow her to an examination room to speak with the doctor.

A visit to the emergency room was the last thing I thought I would be doing tonight.

$200 later, the sock was out and we were in the car on our way home with a groggy patient.

Our crazy Siberian Husky!


The Plans Have Begun

SOLC: Day 22

So the time has finally arrived when I am planning for my daughter’s 16th birthday.  We discussed this a couple of years ago, and in the blink of an eye it’s here.  We gave her the option of either a party or a trip, and she chose the trip.  Now mommy the travel agent is trying to make all of the arrangements necessary to make this a memorable occasion.  I’ve already enlisted the help of family members at our point of destination to aid in making the trip special with surprises along the way.  Good luck to me!

The Storm

SOLC: Day 21

Last year we went through the process of both selling our home of 16 years and buying a new house.  Everything was going well until a problem occurred between the IRS and the mortgage company.  We were caught in a battle between the two giants.  This was not like an episode of Property Brothers where all is complete in 30 minutes.  In the meantime our house was sold and we were faced with the prospect of not being able to complete the purchase of our new home.  Needless to say, this was an incredibly stressful time in our lives.  We didn’t know what was going to happen.  Our family was sent into a turmoil as my boys (one had just graduated from College) had to stay at my sister’s house, one dog had to stay with friends in another town, and my husband, daughter, little dog and I stayed on a sofa bed in my mother’s house.  This uncertainty continued for two weeks until we received the call that our closing was happening the next day.  One day during this turmoil, I put my feelings into words.  This is the result.


In a storm


















Lost in a storm

At the end of a rope






In a storm

Play time

SOLC: Day 20

“Let’s get together this week for a play date.”

“Sounds like a great idea.  What day works for you?”

“Any day.”

“How about Friday?  She can stay here for a while.”

“What time?”

“After 11:00.”

“Great.  I’ll see you Friday.”


Sounds like I am setting up a play date for one of my children, but actually, this was the conversation for a doggie play date.  I guess I did set up a play date for one of my four-legged children.