I have always been fueled by stories. The first story that fed me was The Wizard of Oz.  CBS would air it once a year and, from one year old, I would watch.  The concept of fiction meant nothing to me.  Dorothy and her friends and the Wicked Witch with her winged monkey were as real […]

Notice that my longer than we could ever imagine “Dispatches from the Distancing” series has end. As I said in my last post, I had defined an ending point and, well, it happened. Clearly, we are not out of the woods yet but at least I can stop counting days for my posts! The good […]

Happy Mother’s Day to all who are celebrating in some way! My day has been low-key, which is just what I wanted. My dinner plans were to get take out from our favorite German restaurant, but they were out of pretty much everything we tried to order. So I opted for Red Robin, but their […]

Happy May, everyone! May is normally a stressful month for me. Most of this is due to the fact that we are nearing the end of the school year and, at least at the school the kids used to attend, all the events tended to be in May. Under normal circumstances, it is slightly less […]

I made it! I’m on the other side on my 2nd vaccine and I’m less that 2 weeks from full immunity! Even better, Pat was able to get his first shot this week, so we’ll be both have full immunity in about a month (well, 5 weeks). Now, I’m just waiting for them to approve […]

All I can say that is that if you don’t live in the Pacific Northwest this weekend, you are missing out! The weather has been in the 80s, the fruit trees are in bloom, and our backyard has become a Utopia! Pat is grilling dinner last night and, hopefully, we can eat outside. Other than […]

Welcome to spring. At least here in the Pacific Northwest it is starting to feel like Spring. We had some variable weather this week, but we should be close to 80 degrees by the end of next week. It may be time to break out the shorts again! In fact, we are breaking out the […]

Happy Easter to all who celebrate! I have to admit that this year was too low-key for us. Last year, the low-key Easter was a novelty. This year, it was a reminder that we are still in this mess. I just have to keep reminding myself that the end is in sight. Speaking of which, […]

The big news is that I HAVE A VACCINE APPOINTMENT! I’ll be schlepping across town to the Portland Convention Center for my first Fauci Ouchie on Thursday. I never thought I would be so excited for a shot. My impending vaccination got me thinking about this blog. When will the “dispatches from the distancing” end? […]

My apologies for missing last week. All I can say is that the time change messed me up! For 12 years, I’ve been bemoaning how hard the time change is on the kids. However, I realized that they are fine–I’m the one who can’t handle it! Anyway, I can’t say that anything that momentous happened […]