The Benefit of Trust

I opened the pen so the dogs could stretch their legs in the yard. They ran around, relieved themselves, and ate worms–they are dogs, after all. When it was time to go back inside, I was presented with a problem. My parents clean the dogs’ paws whenever they come back in the house. Mario was…

The Rules of Christmas

It’s November 24th and many of you will begin the process of decorating for Christmas. You’ll drag the tree in from the garage and try to remember how in the world the pieces fit together. When you get it set up, you’ll grind your teeth in frustration over the section that refuses to light up….

The Things We Do to Be Healthy

Being an adult is hard. There, I said it. Envy bubbles up from the recesses of my mind when I consider the responsibility-free life of my children. As an adult, I am expected to take care of my health. I brush my teeth without being told and go to the dentist, hoping to never have…

Pain in Training

My feet are frozen ice pops without socks to warm them, but I suffer through the discomfort. I’ll just think warm thoughts. My chai tea has cooled, making it an unappealing room temperature, but this one time, it’s okay. I’ll just drink it anyway. I can hear the tune announcing the end of the dryer…

Candy Corn Holiday

Today is National Candy Corn Day. It says so on the internet; therefore, it must be true. According to the National Confectioners Association (I love that this association exists–candy lovers unite!), an estimated 20 million pounds of those tiny tricolored kernels are sold each year. Granted, someone with no self-control could eat an entire bag…

Unmasked

During a time when children don masks and panhandle for treats throughout neighborhoods, leaves remove their masks of summer. I am not too proud to tell you that a child opened my eyes to a new truth this week. I vaguely remember from elementary science that the limited fall sun causes a lack of chlorophyll,…

A Layer of Mulch

Weeds abound in our yard. They snake under and through the bushes. They migrate to our potted plants. They pretend to be grass. Our new yard guy has some big shoes to fill. The previous yard guy parked in front of the house every two weeks or so pulling a trailer full of equipment. Not…

Lessons from a Hack

You may have heard about the Equifax breach, but have you heard about the equally frightening Randlett hack? My son complained of his computer not allowing him access to the website where he completes his online classes. A fully functioning computer is a necessity when completing online school. I don’t consider myself technologically illiterate ……

Fallen Beauty

Green leaves change to red, orange, and gold. A lush tree of summer becomes a multi-faceted flame of fall. The beauty attracts admirers. Scenic drives through the mountains engulf us in the breathtaking beauty of fall. In time the leaves fall to the ground. When the fallen leaves blanket our yard, what do we see?…

Time to Fill Up

Pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin bread. Candy corn. Kids in costumes fill their buckets with delicious candy (and sometimes apples, boxes of raisins, or coupons, unfortunately) as they panhandle door-to-door one night of the year. We stuff ourselves to bursting with turkey covered in gravy, mashed potatoes covered in gravy, and dressing covered in gravy. Okay,…