It’s the ‘Puppy Brother’

Photo credit: Marianne Pickens

Remember how I told you recently that I don't sleep? Well, I figured out part of the problem. It's the "puppy brother." I guess I need to go back a little bit for you to understand what I'm talking about. When I first started this blog, I wrote a lot about my spoiled licky, licky dog. I am unbelievably sad to say that we put her down this summer after she suffered kidney failure. I was devastated and found little comfort in our amazing dog, Rosie, who we adopted last summer as a birthday … [Read more...]

I Don’t Sleep


I no longer sleep. I'm not sure how this came about, but it certainly is happening. I have a bad habit of getting my days and nights turned around in the summer when I'm not teaching. The kids and I adopt summer hours, which basically means we stay up half of the night and sleep all day. Fluff is not a fan of our altered sleep/wake schedule. He has to get up and go to work year round. Can you believe people actually do that? Madness! But this summer's busy schedule meant at least … [Read more...]

Fluff the Builder

Rocking Chair

I could never have married a man who couldn't work with his hands. I grew up watching my Dad and his friends constantly tinkering with something. I think they were trying to improve things. I'm not sure how they did, but they always seemed happy working outside, building and fixing things. As a result, I can't stand the idea of a man who can't do basic car maintenance, fix things around the house without having to call in help or who pays to have everything done by someone else. Prissy … [Read more...]