mom blogging with inspiration and humor along the journey called life

Memory Lane

Dear Cherries, Holy Moly!  How the heck are you?  That was a bad case of writer’s block the past six months!   I can officially tell you that I have experienced my first case of that “writer’s block beast” and it isn’t pretty.  Having and preparing for two surgeries in the  past month hasn’t helped, but I am definitely on the mend and feeling much more perky. However, I can’t.. Read More

The Human Spirit

Dear Cherries, This is a notoriously challenging time for many of us…the holidays.  There is the issue with Mr. Elf on the Shelf, that absolutely makes me creeped out and crazed, then there is the battle between “keeping it real” , the “reason for the season”, and getting caught up the hustle and bustle of the season that my fleshy self can’t seem to resist, much like the effect Reese’s.. Read More

Tight Pants

Dear Cherries, In light of recent events in our country I thought it best to reach out and check in with my cherries!  I think everyone needs a little something to “lighten the mood”.  Last night while watching election returns an “OLD” friend of mine referenced this YouTube in a text.  I don’t know why but it struck a funny bone.  And what is not to like about Will Ferrell.. Read More

Weddings and Funerals

  Dear Cherries, At this exact moment, I am sitting alone, on a pool deck, in Pasadena, California where the palm trees are abundant as well as the sunshine and traffic.  The beautiful San Gabriel Mountains are behind me; a sight to behold.  Gorgeous.  The local In ‘N Out Burger I drove past last night looked exactly how it was supposed to look with its abundance of people eating outside.. Read More

Life is Precious!

Dear Cherries, We are fast approaching the end of summer and I hardly reached out to you at all!  I have missed you; I have missed my free time.   The parental responsibilities were upped a notch with sports teams, camps, tutors, vacations and my learning how to actually sleep in!  That sleeping in part is a first, for me.  This Thursday when I return to work will feel like.. Read More

The Things You Learn Along “The Way”

This blog post is dedicated to the pilgrims that journeyed with me through Spain: Sue, Alycia, Molly, Wendy, Lynn, Jim, Darlene, Patty, Mary, Chantal, and Brenda “The GREAT”.   Dear Cherries, I can honestly tell you I am at a loss for words for how to synthesize the  three weeks in Spain I experienced while walking the Camino de Santiago.   Each day  I am home The Camino continues to.. Read More

What in the H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks Was I thinking?

Dear Cherries, Somebody come to my home and kidnap me…PLEASE!  It is your moral obligation as a cherry!  Really, I mean it.  If I have one more sleepless night over this trip to Spain and wondering why in the world I ever thought it would be a good idea to walk 24 kilometers daily for 11 days, I think I will go insane or drop dead asleep midday from shear.. Read More

My Hat’s Off to You!

Dear Cherries, I am about to embark on a trip of a lifetime and I am appreciative beyond words.  I have been planning, packing and attempting to get my life in order before my departure to Spain…No SMALL TASK.  I don’t know if I am ready, but according to my weather report…I should be fine as long as I pack my rain coat.   But… I won’t be walking alone…I.. Read More


Dear Cherries, There are just those days when you feel like you are a less than stellar parent…today was just one of those days.  Here is a “funny” for you before the solemness of the approaching holy days as we near Easter. Today started out to be a great day.  I received our youngest son’s report card electronically in my inbox.  Upon opening it, I was beaming with pride at.. Read More

Breaking Up is Hard to Do!

  Dear Cherries, How are all of you?  Me… I am just fine. I have had a few things brewing and here is just what is on my mind these days… in case you are interested. Recently, I have had a bit of “breaking up” to do.  It’s hard!  I don’t like it one bit.  I know it is the people-pleaser in me, and frankly it is just not healthy… Read More