Scream Queen – My Halloween Advent Calendar

I’ll admit it, I’m not like most girls. Wanna take me to a movie? Make sure it has some good car chases and things that blow up. Wanna curl up on the couch with me and watch some Netflix? Better tune into the thriller/suspense/psychologically-messes-with-you-from-the-first-scene section. Wanna make me swoon? Bring over a zip drive loaded…

Pancakes for lunch, anyone?

For the first time since he was in fourth grade, I’m making lunches for my youngest son. Did I mention he’s a sophomore now? Yeah. He’s 16. And I pack him a lunch every morning. Because he’s 16, I cannot make all those cute little things that other mommies try to make you feel guilty…

Summer time and my toes are freezing

How is it that it’s 487 degrees out there and I’m wearing socks and covered up in a sweatshirt? Seriously, how is this even possible? Last night, when it cooled down to 87 degrees, I went out on the porch to read. Within minutes I was drenched. I stayed out there though and read some…

So Bruce wants to be Caitlyn… So what?

This morning, like practically everyone else on the planet, I awoke to the news that Bruce Jenner now wanted to be called Caitlyn and was gorgeous. The only thing I could think to myself was … So? I remember Bruce Jenner as the athlete of my youth. And I vaguely connected him to the Kardashians…

Car repair for girls

There’s nothing more frustrating than being a girl and trying to fix your car. This past month, my 2007 Jeep Commander had a bumper that needed to be fixed… and by fixed I mean, reattached to the rest of the car with anything that does not resemble Duct Tape. In complete girl logic, I just assumed…

A mother’s curse

When I was 12 years old, my mother cursed me. And I don’t mean she yelled profanities at me, I mean, she put a curse on me through my future progeny. I remember the day clearly. I was home watching ZOOM! in the living room. Remember ZOOM on PBS? It was an after-school show where…

Garden hose

It’s time to get the garden in, so naturally I made a beeline for my underwear drawer. It’s the same every year. Well, okay, not every year. There were those three or four years when the kids were younger and we lived on the river. A general disregard by my kids for anything that could…

Why the Easter Bunny still visits our house

Even though my sons are 16 and 15, the Easter bunny still visits my house. Granted, the baskets aren’t as elaborate as they once were, but they are still full of chocolate bunnies, jellybeans and the occasional Peep. This year, there was none of the plastic grass that clings to every living thing in the house, and…

Veggie Time

I’m sorry, I have to say it. I really dislike some vegetarians. I don’t dislike the fact that they are vegetarians – heck, I think everyone has the right to decide what they want to eat. And honestly, if someone would rather eat spinach, cannellini beans and quinoa instead of bacon double cheeseburger, that’s none…

White Girl Chic… at 40+

The other day my son told me I looked like a “white girl.” I’m sure he meant that as a compliment. There I was in my oversized sweatshirt, leggings and Uggs, and my son was stunned. “Yeah, you look really fresh,” he said. “You look like a white girl.” The thing is, this is not…

Do You Love Your Mother???

Do you love your mother???? CALLING ALL WRITERS, ASPIRING WRITERS, OR PEOPLE WITH A STORY OF MOTHERHOOD TO SHARE to read their own words about motherhood at The Alverson Community Theater for the first LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER scheduled for 3:00 pm May 2, 2105 All ages, genders, ethnicities, variety of writers invited to audition—NON-MOTHERS WELCOME….

23 things only a child of the 70s will know

I was talking to a friend the other day when we got into a discussion of Star Wars. All he knew was the remake. For him, Greedo shot first and Han was just defending himself. WRONG!!!! The conversation reminded me that cultural differences can span just a few years. The first time I realized this was…