I refuse to get stressed out this holiday season.

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You know what?  I am so over being stressed out from November to January.  The minute (and usually before) the Halloween decorations come down, retailers begin bombarding us with holiday advertising.  Before I’ve even bought a turkey for Thanksgiving, stores have Christmas decorations up. The pressure is on…holiday flyers arriving weekly in the mail.  TV […]

The ugly truth behind holiday birthdays.


We’ve all heard of the poor kids born on Christmas who never got birthday gifts, but had to make do with socks, and whatever else their parents could spare from the Christmas pile.  I always felt so sorry for those kids.  They didn’t get big parties and lots of birthday presents, but they got to […]

Happy (Haunted) Halloween.

My great-great grandmother sitting in the parlor of our home on Court Street in Houlton, Maine.

Have you ever experienced some weird, spooky things that you just didn’t have an explanation for?  Seen something out of the corner of your eye, only to turn and see nothing?  Heard a noise and couldn’t find the source? Our rational mind looks for explanations.   A cold spot in the room?  Must be a drafty window.  Hearing things […]

Words of wisdom.

Her little sister made her a get well card.

My oldest daughter Hallee had her wisdom teeth out on Thursday.  She was due to have them out back in June, but because she’s autistic, her oral surgeon decided that taking them out under general anesthesia at St. Joe’s here in Bangor would be the safer and less stressful option for her.  There was quite a […]

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

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I went Halloween shopping with my 12 year old tonight.  I’ve been home for half an hour and I still haven’t gotten my blood pressure back down to normal.  What the ever-loving HELL is up with girl’s costumes???  We’ve almost always made our own costumes, cats, princesses, rabbits, puppies, etc.  Cute, warm, costumes that don’t […]

I’ve got Baby Rabies.


Every once in a blue (totally hormone-driven) moon, I get a yen for a baby.  Any baby.  Boy baby, girl baby, black baby, white baby, green baby..don’t care.  Want one.  These little sojourns down memory lane never last very long, but I’m always surprised by their brute force and abruptness.  I am aware that it’s my […]

‘Tis the season.

It started last week with Hallee.  A runny nose, slight cough.  No big deal, both of my kids get allergies this time of year.  Started her on the Claritin melts and called it good.  A few days later Maddy tells me her throat is scratchy and then her nose kicks in.  Again…no fever, nothing terrible, […]