“I was faced with a dilemma …A
I could either wrestle with my life …
Or I could plunk myself down right in the middle of the mess and realize that the mess is actually my life, the only one I’ll ever get, the one I’m in danger of missing completely, waiting around for fantastic.”
Present Over Perfect by Shauna NiequistContinue reading
The table once owned by my beloved great-grandmother hasn’t been in my possession for almost 7 years. My darling and I moved from the old farmhouse, with dedicated formal dining room space, into our cabin, which barely had a bump-out for an eat-in kitchen table.Continue reading
Today we meet with the contractor who will design our new home. Not to be confused with the new home we just moved into.
No, this will be our forever home. This home, to be built on 20 acres we already own, is the reason we chose to downsize, to leave our beautiful cabin by a creek.Continue reading
Once again its time to review the month and share the things which stood out most for me. February has flown by, but I’m pretty sure that’s just a combination of stress and old age. Between the doctors’ follow-up visits for Jay and the pressure of the impending move, my hair stylist is going to earn her pay coloring my hair at the end of the month.Continue reading
Valentine’s Day was low-key at Camp Fradd this year. We’re in the process of a move, in addition to the medical issues we’ve faced this year.
Me: What do you want for Valentine’s Day this year?
Jay: To just take you out to dinner, and you to be happy with nothing more.
Me: Throw in a giant card and you’ve got a deal.
LIFE – This was the one-word prompt provided for the Five Minute Friday link-up a couple of weeks ago. LIFE got in the way and prevented me from turning in my homework on time. But our LIFE has been a bit crazy these past 6 weeks, and I wanted a chance to unload my brain a bit.
The dominos fell slowly. Camp Fradd came down with the flu just after Christmas. Jay got sick on Friday, by Sunday he had given it to me. For Jay, pneumonia followed closely behind.Continue reading
Despite never being one for exercise, my Papaw Delmer has always been on the move. He grew up on a family farm in Appalachia, walking the hills as he completed his chores. Farming helped feed his family.
When Papaw hit retirement age, he stopped working at the factory and found more time to spend working with his cattle and garden. He never set out to exercise, yet still logged miles and miles walking the hills of our East Tennessee home.Continue reading
January has been a tough year, but we made it!
Just kidding, but seriously.
At the end of each month, Heather Gerwing hosts the Share Four Somethings link-up. While January felt heavy and smelled strongly of Lysol, I wanted to challenge myself to do a monthly recap. By writing about something I loved, read, treasured, and something ahead, I can remember this month for more than just “Camp Fradd got the flu – and then some.”
After all, I turn 40 this year. I’m determined to squeeze every bit of happiness I can out of 2020.Continue reading