Manic Monday: Homeschooling is Here

Last week–not just last Monday–was so manic, I completely forgot writing at all. The blog did not get blogged. The novel did not get written.  Today, we started our homeschool year, which means that last week we had to, I mean really had to, declutter and organize the homeschooling room. I don’t know about anyone…

Insect Repellent: Pick Your Risk, Part 1

When I started researching the various types of insect repellent on the market, I expected simple, straightforward information. Some products would definitely have health concerns, others would be far safer, end of discussion (or blog post). Unlike many products, though, insect repellents include an increased level of risk assessment. Insect-borne diseases are imminent, frightening dangers…

Manic Monday: The Sneak-Away Celebration

My birthday and our anniversary both happened last week. Because Murphy’s Law is real, my husband was working on both of them. That makes planning a celebration more challenging. Naked truth here, I’m 99.9% fine with not celebrating my birthday. It’s nothing to do with age (I’m 41, so now you know). If you asked…

Manic Monday: The Anxious Ballerina

The Ballerina is 11. It’s an odd age, not one of the little kids, not even one of the big kids, but not a teen either. For about a month, the usual struggles of being a tween have shaded over into anxious worries. It was quite a surprise–as we wrapped up May, our extra-curricular activities…

Oily Baby Names, Part 1

We welcomed a new family member recently.  Although she was a little early, my stepdaughter had her lovely little rainbow baby (a girl!) last Monday. Needless to say, everyone is over the moon, especially since there were complications and some bleeding early in the pregnancy that made all of us nervous. In honor of my…

100 Years Ago: Advice for Fathers

Fathers are important.  Despite this, the past few decades have been rife with worries about workaholic fathers, absent fathers, distant fathers, all sorts of needs-improvement fathers!  It  must be a modern phenomenon, right?  Surprisingly, a century ago, mothers and experts were already worried about fathers and their role in the family. A full one hundred…