Loss of Friends: Moments of Lonely

I don’t want to move anymore! The patience it takes for that whole process has “left the building!” I keep reminding myself that the upside to settling in a new town is the opportunity to explore and to meet new people but, darn, I miss my old people! The loss I’ve...

Taming Ducks is a Relief

Is there a difference between the words “easy” and “simple”? Or between “little” and “small”? They seemingly mean the same thing, but how do the words hit you when you hear them? Say, for instance, in the title of a book purchase you’re considering. In lives of...

New Information = New Perspective

“The other offer on this house fell through when the buyers found out they needed flood insurance.” WHAT? This is what the agent said as he showed us this little neglected house….. that we were about to buy! The offhand comment came as the three of us were...

From Here to There: Moving and Loss

Look familiar? People move all the time. The revolving door of the real estate market proves that the majority of us are constantly rotating around our very own monopoly board. Changes in jobs, relationships, health, financial status and… whims, sometimes...

Stuff Stuff, Begone!

I’m about to enter a whole new world. A smaller world… a simpler world… a calmer world. And I’m loving it. Even though the perks of de-cluttering and simplifying is something I’ve talked about for a long time, it’s clear to me now that I’ve been merely...

Just Being Alive Means Change and Loss

I’m getting ready to move soon. I’ve been thinking about relocating for a year now, so my growing sense of impending loss is surprising. Excited about what’s ahead, but getting anxious about what I have to leave. Change always involves some sort of loss, and even...

Day of the Unbored

I spent the day last Friday watching this amazing feat. I’ve occasionally seen manufactured homes lumbering down the freeway before, but watching the process from beginning to end — with an actual house — was an eye opener. Shore up interior walls… jack off...

Clearing Clutter is Crucial – 5/08

Packing up to move has given a new meaning to my uphill battle of simplification. I started filling boxes two weeks ago, with the stuff I wouldn’t need for a couple. Surprise, surprise. Other than the dish I needed to contribute a peach cobbler to a potluck, I...

Mother’s Day a Good Beginning – 4/08

We’re moving soon, and the  endless list of tasks I need to accomplish has me re-evaluating the general busyness that’s defined my life for so many years. Next month’s celebration in the U.S. of Motherhood is an ideal time to start on a new path that allows more...