I woke up well-rested after a full night’s sleep. My bedroom window was still open, and I could feel the chill of the misty air as a light breeze carried it into my room. I flung the covers back and set my feet on the floor. My little dog scampered off the bed and down... Continue Reading →
The Smell of Campfire Smoke in the Air
I finished my Zoom call and stood up to stretch. I twisted and my spine crackled like popcorn. It was time to move! I put on my sneakers. My little black dog stood at the ready, waiting and waggling her hind end, her eyes fixed on me. I tied my shoes and zipped my hoodie.... Continue Reading →
Fall: The Season of Creepy Things!
After one of the shortest summers in Newcastle history, I was hoping Fall wouldn’t arrive so quickly. How can we be in the Season of Dark already, I wonder? Our PNW summers may be short, but they are nearly perfect with the extra sunshine, the fabulous mountains and lakes nearby, and people enjoying outside together.... Continue Reading →
Benefits of Recycling
Newcastle Living Magazine - September 2022
Blackberries – Friends or Foes?
Newcastle Living Magazine - August 2022
Summer Means Ice Cream!
Newcastle Living Magazine - July 2022
Hooray for Camping!
Newcastle Living Magazine - June 2022
May 31, 2022 | Day 31: When Planning Ahead Paid Off
Earlier this month, I traveled with my family to Colorado to see extended family, including my in-laws, my sister-in-law and her family, and my brothers and their families. We'd scheduled our trip around my nephew's high school graduation. About a week before, I'd texted my brother to find out the flow of events during our... Continue Reading →
May 30, 2022 | Day 30: A Food that Reminds Me of Summer
The number one food that reminds me of summer is WATERMELON! I know that's not an original answer, but when I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, we ate seasonal foods, so it wasn't possible to find summer foods like watermelon or grapes in the winter months. Maybe that makes them seem more... Continue Reading →
May 29, 2022 | Day 29: What I Learned During My Month of Writing
After today's writing, I will have written for 29 days in a row. I learned to prioritize my writing. I am proud of myself for writing on work days, weekends, travel days, and holidays, such as Mother's Day. I learned that I would get it done when I put the time and dedication ahead of... Continue Reading →