Mask mandate ends in Minnesota

Just like that, on Friday, May 14th, 2020, our governor lifted the statewide mask mandate. Alan and I went on a date to a local restaurant yesterday and didn't wear a mask inside. None of the customers or employees were masked. I couldn't stop smiling. I almost felt giddy at the sight of everyone's beautiful... Continue Reading →

Counting days

Eighteen days ago, at age 42 and 7 days, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and survived the first surgery of my life. Fifty-seven days ago, I received the diagnosis of breast cancer. Two days ago, I cried for the first time about the loss of my breasts, remembering how they felt--soft and smooth and sensitive.... Continue Reading →

100% full

Almost 11 years after starting this blog, 100% of the free space for photos has been filled. To add more space requires $48 per year. That seems like a pretty big commitment if it were to continue forever. So, it seems we're at a crossroad, WordPress and me. I'd like to leave this blog in... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year!

Things are so much better in my world since the new year arrived, probably thanks to a few little changes. Here are my resolutions for this year: Exercise every day Start each day with a grateful heart, a positive attitude, and loving intentions Don't eat sugar Have more fun It took one day to feel... Continue Reading →

Good again

I'm feeling a lot better now. I slept through the night last night without coughing, and this is a major milestone. It means Alan can come back into our bed and things can be normal again. I go back to work next week. I am grateful for Alan, the girls, my friend Lish, my mom... Continue Reading →

Summer is (almost) here!

Spring came and went, and summer vacation is here. Here in Minnesota, the temps reached 91 degrees Fahrenheit today, which certainly made it feel like summer. Earlier this week the girls and I visited the scultpure garden (photo below). That day also happened to be my 41st birthday. A short while back, Alan surprised us... Continue Reading →

Birthdays!

Pisces birthday month is in full swing! Anna turned ten on the 14th and Alan turns 41 today. Happy birthday to Allison and Ocean and all the other March birthdays out there, too. We're in the middle of a Mercury retrograde period in Pisces, which has made for some emotionally draining events for some of... Continue Reading →

“The sky is not falling.”

My recent subscription to Medium has been arriving in my inbox every day. It's a breath of fresh air. Here is my favorite Medium article from this morning's delivery. Written by author Ayodeji Awosika, the words are uplifting and thought provoking. They reset my thinking today, reminding me to tune in to the present moment... Continue Reading →

Valentine’s Day and other things

Tonight I arrived home to a special dinner, flowers, cards, and dessert made my sweet family. I did not take pictures, but I think I just might remember it forever, anyway. This is the recipe that Anna used to make the super yummy chocolate mousse we had for dessert. We also watched a cheesy, romantic... Continue Reading →

Another year

With just two days left of this year, my heart is contemplative and nostalgic.  2018 was a year of change and challenge for me and probably many others in the world. I wonder what 2019 will bring for the world, for our country, for my family, for myself.  We can never know, and this terrifies... Continue Reading →

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