Trying to feel Christmas

We have our Christmas tree up. Neighborhood houses are lit with holiday lights. I’m drinking coffee out of a cup decorated with holly leaves. I’m not feeling Christmas yet, though. Maybe it’s because our son isn’t home yet from college. Or maybe I need to listen to Christmas music to get in the spirit. Or … Continue reading Trying to feel Christmas


One of my purchases from the early days of the pandemic was a package of ladies’ handkerchiefs. This was in the days of empty toilet tissue shelves. This was also spring, the time of endless Kleenex for the sneezy, nose-tickling days of pollen season. I could never find a satisfying solution with paper tissues: who … Continue reading Handkerchiefs

Sleep is glorious

I slept until 8am today and I am a new person. That’s ten hours of sleep. My mood is sunny, my outlook is fresh. The temperature will come up enough today that I can go for a run in comfortable but still invigoratingly cool weather. I’ve got my sweatshirt and sweatpants, a purring cat in … Continue reading Sleep is glorious

Stress and sleep

I woke at 4 a.m. today, my mind already fully alert and on work. Today is Saturday. This is not how I wanted my Saturday to begin. I knew I wouldn’t fall back asleep, so I got up to feed the cats and water the Christmas tree. When I began journaling, and all the words … Continue reading Stress and sleep


The end of the week is finally here. Hallelujah! I’m looking forward to a weekend with nowhere to go and no obligations. It feels like it’s been a couple of months since that’s happened. I have a ton of chores to do this weekend that I’m not looking forward to, mostly cleaning related: clean the … Continue reading Friday