In the Mom Lane: Using Your Head!

The other night after dinner, I let Little Man out of his highchair to toddle around the deck. And by toddle, I usually mean: seek and destroy. The everything. On this particular night, he approached the covered electrical outlets. He’s thoroughly entertained by opening and closing them, so I often keep a close eye on him, but allow exploration of…

Friday Fictioneers: In Too Deep

*** We’re in deep. Too deep. All was calm. All was bright…as it could be. Considering the circumstances. We took it hour by hour. Then day by day. We shoulda known the calm would only last so long. High tide, low tide. The winds of change. Then storm clouds formed on the horizon. There’s no…

In the Mom Lane: The Mommy and the Coffee Fail (Parts 2 & 3!)

Yesterday morning I poured in water and measured beans into my favorite kitchen appliance: the Grind ‘N’ Brew coffee maker. There’s nothing quote as fabulous as the sound of grinding beans in the morning. Except for maybe the smell of that delicious brew percolating and filling the carafe. Well, it happens that hubby has been collecting…

Book Review: The One and Only (Giffin)

The One and Only Author: Emily Giffin © 2014 Publisher: Ballantine Books Genre: Literary & Fiction Subgenre: Women’s Fiction, Domestic Life Reviewer: Sara Synopsis: Shea Rigsby, a thirty-something Texan, who lives and breathes football. She works for her Alma Mater and favorite team, Walker. Her boyfriend, Miller, is a former Walker quarterback and her best friend…

Friday Fictioneers: The Girl There

You see the girl there, through the window, though the frost obscures your view. Night after night she stares; she waits. You watch the girl there, through the window. No smile, no light in her eyes. The spark within her snuffed out early. Perhaps a smolder remains. You see the girl there, through the window,…

In the Mom Lane: Burn Boxes, My Boys and Bears…OH MY!

I’ll start this post with a sage piece of unsolicited advice…for EVERYONE. Keep only those things you are comfortable knowing someone else (a child, a spouse, a well-meaning friend, relative or neighbor) may see. If you choose to forego this advice and keep say, a racy picture, a journal, raunchy magazines, some scandalous letters or a…

In the Mom Lane: Love You Forever (Part 2)

One night a few weeks ago, Big Dude made his way into my room a little after 2 a.m. There had been an incident. Hubby was away on a business trip, so I shook off the confusion from my middle-of-the-night sleep disruption and hustled Big Dude to the bathroom. One bath and a striped bed later, we made our…

If We Were Having Coffee…I’d Say Make it Strong

I’d say make it strong…better yet, this week, you might want to add some adult flavoring. If we were having coffee, I’d sit quietly a lot. My smiles would be fewer. I’d struggle mightly against tears and tidal waves of sadness. If we were having coffee, I’d tell you my mother died on Thursday. And I would…