Pretty in Pink

I love that movie!! Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, James Spader, and one my all time favorites, Andrew McCarthy! Jon Cryer shined as Duckie and Andrew McCarthy was just plain cute. 1986- what a great time for movies!

But that really doesn’t have anything to do with today’s post beyond stealing the name of the movie for this post- which is actually for Sunday Stills- Pink. Originally the plan was to see what photos I had used in past posts but the best that I found were ones that I had already used for a previous Sunday Stills post. I scratched that idea and went to my archives of other photos. I think I found an odd assortment but it fits the bill, at least I think it does!

Hope you are having a great weekend!


A Look at 2020

Firmly resolved that I was going to get back to my blog I jumped in by looking through ongoing challenges. Since the weather was miserable and I was primarily looking at photo challenges, I was hoping to find a love connection between prompts and my photos on hand. Just as I was preparing to give myself a kick in the pants to DO SOMETHING, I saw this week’s prompt for Sunday Stills- Your 2020 Retrospective. This is exactly what I needed.

Here are my more popular photos:

2020 was more than just the beginning of the pandemic, although that did monopolize most of our lives. I would like to share a few photos that sum up my year.

And last of all, a few of my favorite photos-

I would like to thank Terri at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives for hosting the Sunday Stills Photo Challenge. It’s a challenge I’ve always enjoyed and don’t participate in nearly enough!

Here’s to making new memories in the coming year!


Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

Two weeks ago I could tell you what was happening every day from that point on until today. I might have had to pause to remember which family members would be working or in this state or traveling, but I had it all figured out. Other than feeling a little tired in anticipation of the jam-packed two weeks, I was ready. 

I’m not sure when things began to unravel, but unravel they did. The days got away from me and I felt like I was always behind, trying to keep up. I held on to some strands longer than others. I was able to keep up with my writing until last Wednesday when I slipped down the side of the mountain and now that I’m nearly at the bottom and the Friday deadline is looming, I’m not quite sure how this will play out. Oddly enough, other than total exhaustion on Thanksgiving day and a volatile three year old who spent the day sharing his many mood swings smack dab in the middle of the kitchen during food prep, the meal was prepared, edible, and somewhat on time. We are wrapping up a busy two weeks and preparing to pick up the pieces of everyday life until the next holiday hits!

I am thankful, grateful, and blessed for- 


writing space

A quiet and spacious writing space during my weekend away

chicago river

Not too cold weather during my conference weekend


amtrak train arrival

Whether they were delayed by hours or showed up early, the safe arrivals and departures of our loved ones



Sharing a meal with as many of my people as we could gather

birthday balloon


Celebrating our youngest family member’s birthday as only a preschooler can! 

The pictures might be slightly blurry with wonky colors, but the memories are sharp and in focus. 


Sunday Stills- Thankful

Ragtag Daily Prompt- Grateful

Wishing you a belated and blessed Thanksgiving!


So Late So Soon


on the road

August 12, 2018- Andrew hits the road to Texas while his nephews wave goodbye. 

Andrew is my youngest child. He left three months ago to begin graduate school in Texas. I’ve gotten used to the idea of him coming and going. I’ve gotten used to having to travel to see him in his daily life setting. I’m not sure that I’ve gone three months without seeing him though, and it’s hitting me hard. 

I’m certainly not lacking for company around the house. I see my oldest son, Michael, approximately 5 days a week and text with him every single day. His boys (my little guys) are with us when he’s working so they are here overnight and all 4-5 days a week. My middle kid, Kris, texts most days and calls more often than in more recent years. And my husband is always around when he’s not working. 

Maybe it is the presence of all my other important people that makes his absence that much harder. Andrew is my quiet (QUIET) kid. He doesn’t text much. Calls once in a blue moon. And Skype or Facetime? Forget it! It seems like only yesterday I took for granted his quiet steady presence in the house. He didn’t have to make noise for me to feel it. 

Being a musician at music school, he can’t hide from me on social media so I am eternally grateful for live feeds and posts from his studio. I can hear him play. I can see that he’s alive and well. But, boy, I can’t wait for him to come home next week!

How did it get so late so soon? 

How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
~Dr. Seuss

This post is in response to #SundayStills- On the Road.

Have a great week! 


If only my Time-Turner worked!


time turner necklace“I mark the hours, every one, Nor have I yet outrun the Sun. My use and value, unto you, Are gauged by what you have to do.”—Inscription on Hermione Granger’s borrowed Time-Turner

If time feels like it’s passing quickly, it never feels more so than in November. I blame it on NaNoWriMo. This month just flies by and without dedication and perseverance, you don’t stand a chance of winning! I am on Day 6 here, which means that to be on track to complete on time,  I need to have 10,002 words written by the end of the day. I am happy to report that I have been pleasantly surprised by my progress so far. While I still need to sit down and write today, I’m keeping up with my word count. I haven’t run out of story to tell yet. AND my characters are behaving. That is one of my biggest concerns during this time- that my characters will decide to do their own thing. In past years that has been known to happen. My partner in this competition who keeps me motivated and on track is my middle kiddo, Kris, who has also participated in Nano since the beginning. She reported to me last night that one of her characters was taking over the story and she was working to get the others in line with this emerging leading man!

time- watch and braceletsI’m feeling optimistic and inspired this year. Since this hasn’t been the case in previous years, I’m taking it as a good sign. And if things go south, I guess I’ll have to figure out how to work my Time-Turner* necklace and buy myself more time.

It’s time for me to get working on that 10,002 goal for the day! Hope you’re able to complete your NaNo novels or other projects in a timely manner. If not, you might want to consider getting a Time-Turner of your own! (Contact Hermione and she’ll hook you up!)


This post is part of Sunday Stills- Time

Have a great day!


*Hermione Granger is a character in the Harry Potter books and movies. She uses the Time-Turner to attend more classes because there aren’t enough hours in one day for her to learn everything that she would like. How cool is that!