Running Into Fire

Running Into Fire

Gene and I were mowing over the weekend, with headphones in place and music playing, when I noticed that Gene had stopped his mower and was looking over his shoulder.  Being the paranoid person that I am, I stopped and looked around as well. I had no idea what caught...
What Anchors?

What Anchors?

After several month’s of not traveling due to Covid, we decided to purchase a house in Texas near my mother and siblings so we could visit over the winter and periodically the rest of the year.  We had a house hunting trip lined up, but a family member became...
How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

We recently spent three months in Texas visiting my siblings and my mom.  This was an exciting time for us as we have not lived near family our entire married life.  Depending on your family, this could be either a good or a bad thing.  But I was very excited to have...
The Winter Apocalypse

The Winter Apocalypse

As many of you have seen on the news, Texas recently experienced severe weather with a week of power outages, frozen water lines, loss of cell signal and/or internet, and in some instances, a loss of sense of humor. Gene and I were extremely fortunate that we only had...
The Lariviere Flexible Holiday Rule

The Lariviere Flexible Holiday Rule

Years ago, Steven was in fourth grade and his teacher wished him Happy Birthday. He responded, “It’s not my birthday today. I’m using the Lariviere Flexible Holiday Rule.” His teacher laughed and asked him what that rule was. He explained that in our family, if your...
Merci

Merci

One of the great lessons my mother taught me was to thank the people who quietly work for you all year long . . . the mail person, the trash collector, the UPS delivery person. Over the years, I have come up with various gifts, but for the past ten years, I have...