The mensch next door

Mama still wasn’t feeling well today and didn’t want me to leave her side. Her severe headache went into day three, and she’s had some troubling neurological symptoms that are scaring both of us. Thankfully, we didn’t have to return to the ER today, but it was close. I snuck out for a moment when…

Feeling the love

Mama has had an excruciating headache the last two days. I have been very worried and monitoring her closely. I called the Advise Nurse today and was told to bring her to the Emergency Room. Our super sweet neighbor came over right away and helped me get Mama bundled into the car. It’s been a…

Extra hour well spent

The end of Daylight Saving Time gave us an extra hour. In the past, I’ve spent much of that hour changing all our damn clocks. This year, I have yet to change a single clock (thankfully our phones updated themselves). Instead, our extra hour was much better spent enjoying a wonderful middle-of-the-night visit with our…

Reviving tradition 

When I was a kid, Mama and I used to hunt for the best clam chowder and the best root beer. It was a food pairing before we knew what that was; and they complement each other beautifully. After many years, we finally found what we thought was the best. Fast forward more than 20…

Mac & cheese dinner

My back has been killing me today. I’m not sure if I’ve strained it from taking down the shade cloth in our backyard yesterday or if I’ve got a kidney infection. It could honestly be either at this point. In any case, I haven’t been able to move much today so I was relieved to…

Taking down the shade

Today I finally finished taking down our creative backyard shade solution. Mama and I had planned to take down the green shade cloth a few weeks ago. We’d decided it was time the night before the fires, but we left it up a while longer because the air quality was too dangerous to be outside.…

Freezing feet solved 

It’s amazing how quickly the weather has turned cold and we’ve had to dig out our sweatpants and winter pajamas. Even with our winter socks, hot water bottles, and piles of blankets, Mama and I still had very cold feet. We’ve tried slippers before, but they were too heavy. Socks are great, but they’re too slippery…