Personal

The best layout plans

Ever since I can remember, my family has used the term “plans” in quotes. Years of painful experience warns us that no matter what we think will happen, something else will actually take place. Unfortunately, this knowledge rarely helps me to NOT make plans. I come up with a great scheme, start to implement, and then… well… disaster. Case in…

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Family

The Beach House

Preface: I had hoped to have my website completely updated and finished before pushing a new blog post, but I needed to vent a little. We’ll call this a “soft opening.” History I don’t think I’ve ever written about “The Beach House” before. My mom and dad purchased the land, in a development south of Lincoln City, with his “Vietnam…

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Personal

It wasn’t about the money

This weekend Mom’s estate took part in “The Great Oregon Coast Garage Sale“. After the initial visit to Mom’s house, where I cleaned out her clothes (Marie Kondo, step 1) and books (Marie Kondo, step 2 (went into my Little Free Library and are still be distributed)), I decided it would probably be simpler to cart everything out into the…

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Personal

Happy medium no longer exists

Forgive me for this rant. It’s a rant about something distinctly first world, but I find myself unwilling to keep it bottled up. Why is it so freaking hard to get a good haircut? It’s been years since I consistently got good haircuts. I’ll fool around with the salon routine for a few months until the hassle of it all…

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Personal

Extremity

A friend pointed out this week that I had not posted for more than a month.  I’m working on apologizing less, so I would like to say thank you for any remaining readers I may have. I can’t promise to be any better in the next few weeks, but please know that I have started many posts in my head…

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Personal

Hold your applause

I want to show you my accomplishment over the last three days. I know. You just gasped in shock and amazement. Your heart filled with envy. I am sure you wish for a corner for your very own. Yeah. What’s exciting about this corner is that it does not have three boxes of paperwork left over from Mom (as well…

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Painting, Personal, Pets

Progress Report

I’m tempted to start off this blog post with an apology for the length of time since my last post, but I’m afraid I can’t really be sorry. So much is going on that any day I get dressed is a small victory. I am making progress on various areas of life, but I’m afraid that much of it is…

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Family, Personal

Disheartened & overwhelmed

Through the process of Mom dying, I rarely got stuck. When I started thinking, “I can’t do this,” my inner voice would say helpful things like, “Just make the next phone call”, “Take a minute to breathe”, or “You don’t have to fix this, you just have to be here.” Over the last month, I’ve gone through some of the…

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Personal

Five lessons from a Little Free Library

As I approach the anniversary for my Little Free Library (LFL), I have been pondering a few things I’ve learned from the experience. 1. Enjoy your surroundings On the advice of LFL, I created a Facebook page to go with my LFL. It’s my understanding that these kinds of FB accounts are better received if they post occasional updates. I…

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Protests & Politics

Please, be halfway through

This weekend marked the third Women’s March, and (hopefully) the half way point in the worst American Presidency in recent memory. The highlights? Frankly, it’s hard to know where to start. Insensitive and tone-deaf statements and actions? Corruption allegations that turn out to be startlingly true? The systematic dismantling of a budding environmental conservation hope? A government that is 1/4…

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