The Virtual Birthday Card

Happy Birthday, Hal! We are so glad you are 61 today! Like old wine, you just keep getting better and better!!! Love, us P.S. And we are SO glad your mom did not take Aunt Bebe’s suggestion and name you Abraham Valentine....

Many Me’s

Yesterday, as I was writing this post in my head, I was thinking there were only two me’s. The cute, off-beat, wacky, funny, cheerful me that you all see. And the fly-off-the-handle screaming lunatic mommy me I share only with my dearest friends and family. My...

It Was 20 Years Ago Today

“Love is often the fruit of marriage.” — Moliere We picked Groundhog’s Day because we thought it would be easy to remember. I forget it’s Groundhog’s Day. Hal forgets it all. As long as he doesn’t forget he’s married....

Here’s What Yer Gettin’ This Year:

8PM CHRISTMAS EVE: In Costa Rica, the fireworks have been going on for about 3 hours now and will continue till probably just after midnight. With our view of the entire central valley, it was pretty amazing. We see nothing, hear nothing here… I miss the BOOM a...

Planning for 2011: The Budget

I’m doing our annual budget using the accrual method of accounting* because I like seeing the big picture. I’m a realist. Except when I’m actually writing checks in, say, a clothing store, which is when fantasy takes over. Which explains why I...

Milestones

My days are not my own right now, too much going on in this little house! Here’s what’s happening: The boys got their GEDs! YAY! In the accompanying cover letter, Governor Beshear writes, “It takes a great deal of study and preparation, as well as...

Some eh-Splainin’ (on Moving Back to the States)

When an expat moves back to the native kingdom from their selected soil, gossip hell breaks loose in local forums and coffee shops. Everyone wants to know: “Why?” Since at least 90% of ex-expats never eh-splain why, the rest of us ponder aloud, hoping we...

Blooming.

“Bloom where you are planted.” Remember that? I heard it back in the late 70s, during my tortured soul searching days. Good advice, even when you’ve planted yourself in a freezing cold city where it will eventually snow and nothing else is blooming....