Holidays & All Things Chaotic, Life & Love & Lessons Learned

It’s Okay to Say “No” – Even on Christmas Day

So for the past fifteen years, I've been hosting Christmas Eve. It's a night filled with food & family, of music & merriment. I look forward to it...oh, starting sometime in May. Just a day or so before Christmas Eve, the baking begins; it's tradition. My mom comes over and we bake - and bake… Continue reading It’s Okay to Say “No” – Even on Christmas Day

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An Angel Takes Her Rightful Place

A few years ago I wrote about Claire. Claire was the mom of a boy I knew back in high school, dare I say, 35 years ago.  I didn't know her back then. I hadn't met her until just about ten years ago. Living in a small town, we'd run into each other from time… Continue reading An Angel Takes Her Rightful Place

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Elusive Sleep…

I haven't been getting much sleep lately. I like my sleep. I need my sleep. Because truth be told, I don't sleep for more than six hours each night, so those six hours are very necessary to keep me going throughout the day. Over the past ten days, I've held 5 fundraisers at my boutique… Continue reading Elusive Sleep…

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A Time of Reflection

This time of year is always a time of reflection for me. I don't know about you, but there's something about the snow falling and hearing Elvis sing, "Why Can't Every Day Be Like Christmas" that makes me stop what I'm doing, close my eyes, and remember. And there's so much I remember. And lately… Continue reading A Time of Reflection

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That New Christmas Tree Smell & Other Stuff

We picked out our annual Christmas tree this year. As the tradition goes, we pile in the car, usually late afternoon on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and drive to the same tree lot we've been going to since my husband and I first started dating. After looking at just about every tree in the lot,… Continue reading That New Christmas Tree Smell & Other Stuff

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Living with Parkinson’s Disease

The only time I’d ever heard of Parkinson’s Disease, was hearing on the news that Michael J. Fox was diagnosed. I had no idea what it meant. I had no idea what it was. And then my uncle was diagnosed. My uncle. Mine. When I think of him, I think of New Hampshire, and the… Continue reading Living with Parkinson’s Disease

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An Open Letter to My Children…

Okay, I'm gonna lay it right out, put my cards on the table right now and tell you, I'm not ready. I mean, I knew it was coming...I could feel it. It began with the bedtime routine, of not needing me to tuck you in; brushing your teeth on your own and goodnight kisses and… Continue reading An Open Letter to My Children…

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A Bad Parenting Day…

Before I had children, I envisioned myself as the 'cool' mom, whatever that meant. I had literally zero idea, as (1) I didn't have kids and (2) didn't know the first thing about raising 'em. Yet somehow I couldn't imagine myself ever yelling at these imaginary children. I couldn't imagine leaving the room out of… Continue reading A Bad Parenting Day…

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When a Door Closes…Literally

Doing the morning scroll...not stroll, you read it right - scroll, I came across a memory from four years ago. You gotta love Facebook for reminding you of every painful occurrence from years past. Then again, I'm the one who posted it, so... Anyway, four years ago today, I got the call at 10 a.m.… Continue reading When a Door Closes…Literally