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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When The New Wears Off…Way Off

So my husband and I just celebrated our wedding anniversary. Seventeen years married and nineteen years together. For a girl who ran from every commitment ever, that's pretty good, right? That's like...a long time. But it hasn't been without its challenges. When you've been married for a bit, and the novelty of it has long… Continue reading When The New Wears Off…Way Off

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The Kindness of Strangers

Last week, I wrote about my son. He didn't make the high school baseball team. He was devastated. We were heartbroken for him. It was a hard day. Later that evening, I received a private message from a young woman who'd come into my boutique once or twice. She'd read my blog and asked if… Continue reading The Kindness of Strangers