Clean Out

As I cleaned out one of our many closets, that could lead me to a new reality show called “Closets Hoarders”, I was amazed at the accumulation of stuff.    I pride myself on an organized home with overstuffed closets.  Therefore, you get the illusion of the organization, but open my closets and you might be… Continue reading Clean Out

Moving Home

Tomorrow starts a new chapter for my mother.    She is moving back to my childhood home after being in her assisted living apartment for six months.   Her decision stems from not wanting to be in the space that she shared with my “bonus” dad.  Too many memories, I suppose.  So, as we move her I… Continue reading Moving Home


The day after my “bonus” dad’s funeral service, I am feeling like a large truck has hit me.  It is inevitable, of course, that after all is said and done, the emotional and physical pain manifests.     His family has left, his things have been packed, and my mother is ready to transition back to my… Continue reading Aftermath

Winter’s Fury

I need to have a sense of humor when things are completely out of order. Today, we have visitation for my “bonus” dad and mother nature is apparently angry. Gusty winds, blowing snow, and dropping temperatures don’t make for a comfortable burial. It amazes me that both my father and “bonus” father died in the… Continue reading Winter’s Fury

The Wheel

There is a hamster wheel on my head.  It is spinning so fast, I think the hamster fell off.  When there is upheaval going on in my life, I find that my brain is overactive while my body can barely function.    With my “bonus” dad dying and my mother moving back to her house from… Continue reading The Wheel

No Regrets

Today, my “bonus” father passed away.  It was a peaceful transition and for that I am grateful.    I am covered in a blanket of sadness, but aware of the blessings that have come.  As a non blood relative, I am on the sidelines as plans are made.  I am so blessed to have had two… Continue reading No Regrets

The Shift

Life is full of challenges.  Each day presents its own unique opportunities for us to learn and grow, but what I am becoming aware of is the shift.   When I shift my perception of any given situation, I begin to see the miracles. Elliott is my “bonus” father.  A creative term shared with me from… Continue reading The Shift


   Just like any other day, I was busy scheduling homes for the column that I write for my local paper.   I embrace the ability to go to work in my pajamas and chat with my four legged coworkers.  There is usually no drama, until my Basset Hound, Daisy, decides to chase one of the… Continue reading Gratitude