I am surviving the Fresh Start Challenge!

A wonderful old friend of mine, Linda, and her friend Diane in Buffalo, NY put out a Fresh Start Challenge on Facebook: Welcome to Fresh Start! This group was created to share and encourage organization and healthy lifestyle ideas in the coming year. We're going to start with a "30 Day Organization Challenge." It’s an easy task. Spend 15 minutes each day organizing an item or area and post before and after pictures. Don't know where to start....don't worry, we'll…

“Mom?”

That’s what I heard on the phone yesterday from Charlotte Airport. Jack is on his way to Alabama. “Mom? I think I lost my wallet.” Now, I am already drained from crying all the way to and from Albany Airport. Coupled with Amelia leaving 30 minutes later for her last college semester. I am really feeling it. I have a ton of work to do and I am finally settled in and writing. I am in the groove when he…

It’s Friday (pizza) night, but time for an amendment to the menu.

I love pizza, especially Chip’s pizza. Outside of that unfortunate incident when he broke my finger with the bowl of pizza dough, pizza night is one of my favorite nights. Tonight, we are making a hot Soppressata and Manchego spicy pizza with honey drizzle. But with the haze of holiday overeating hanging heavy over the kitchen, and my midsection, I look for an alternate or addition to the pizza night menu. Something light and fun. I searched my recipe books…

My New Year’s Wishes

Happy New Year! There isn't much to say that has not already been said on social media or the news wires. The talk about resolutions and wishes for looking back, looking ahead, making amends, losing weight, joining a gym, or multiple suggestions for drastic change cause me to pause for a simpler wish list. So here is a short list of my new year's wishes for you! I wish that: your hugs are plentiful and strong both in giving and…

Dear Santa, Love Mom.

This year as empty nesters, the Christmas dynamic is slightly different in our house. Chip and I cut the trees down and decorated the house by ourselves. Throughout this process, I have felt a minor loss and a longing for those old days. So, I decided I would write to Santa and tell him what I wish for Christmas as an empty nest mother of two children living out of eye and ear shot. Dear Santa, How are you? I…