Last Dance with Mary Jane

The shippers got the moving truck back to our house around 3:30 yesterday afternoon. I almost cried when they left. Our house is empty, except for the life raft (air mattress) in the bedroom and it  echos. Jeff can no longer mutter under his breath on the other side of the house without me hearing … Continue reading Last Dance with Mary Jane

Detente

We have one week to go. Next Monday we fly to LA to pick up our visas and then we're on a plane to Spain. It's down to the wire. And while I've been handling most of the list over the last 6 months, the last few things are going to be a group effort … Continue reading Detente

The Grief of Goodbye

There are points in life - graduations, kids going off to college - where we both celebrate and we mourn. We buy cards and gifts and we cheer. And then we cry tears of joy and loss as we see the back side of our children or grandchildren, as they go off to new horizons, … Continue reading The Grief of Goodbye

The Wind at our Backs

We've spent months and months getting everything ready and today, we drive towards LA. On the way, we'll stop off in Palm Springs for an overnight with dear friends, and then it's on to LaLa land to spend, probably a sleepless night in great anticipation. Monday morning we have 2 meetings at the Spanish consulate … Continue reading The Wind at our Backs

Down to the Dregs

We are down to just what we want to keep. The boxes and the couch. The two bikes. And our 5 checked bags and two carry-ons. The Garage Sale worked and the dump runs and donations to Habitat for Humanity are complete. We were making food the other night  - I won't call it dinner, … Continue reading Down to the Dregs

Grateful for Letting Go

When our children were growing up, we tried to instill a sense of gratitude in their character. They had things I couldn't dream of when I was a kid. So I'm not sure I was always successful in making sure they understood how hard we worked to provide for them. Over the years, we've amassed … Continue reading Grateful for Letting Go

Camping in your own Backyard

When my kids were small, we would set up a tent in the backyard, or even the family room (if it was cold outside) and we would get out the sleeping bags and 'camp'. They loved it - all cozy in the tent with just the things we needed to survive an overnight - complete … Continue reading Camping in your own Backyard

Dancing in the Rain

As humans, we've survived because we have been able to evolve and adapt. The people on this planet today - all of us - are a result of DNA that has been resilient enough to make small changes, allowing us to survive long enough to procreate or at least, not get eaten by a sabretooth … Continue reading Dancing in the Rain