Hold on to your hats and glasses: We’re selling our house. And buying another! We lived in our home in CA for the 10 worst years of the housing market since the Depression. We knew that everything we did to make that house nicer was throwing money to the wind, since at one point our home was worth half what we paid for … Read More Mogul-ish.
These past few weeks have been filled with nostalgia and dust. Lots of dust. At the age of 93, my Grandma Betty has moved into an assisted living home. Her health is touch and go, her eyesight is bad, and sometimes, she just can’t remember to eat. For us grandkids, this is devastating. Grandma Betty has lived in the same house since the 1950s. … Read More Living in the Digital Age
“Let’s get a tree!” I said. Shea looked at me warily. “Same place as last year?” “No! For five bucks we can cut it down ourselves out in the woods. Just think of it, honey! A FREE RANGE Christmas tree!” Saturday we were out the door by 9:15 am. Saw? Check. Permit? Check. Rope? Check. Coat for Annie? Not so much. Although we didn’t … Read More Free Range Christmas Trees
Last weekend we met the coolest family camping. The kids met first, as kids will do in a campground. Kate and Ezra were a perfect match, two cuties in glasses laid out on a blanket playing with their dolls. Her younger brother Phoenix, and Annie, just a year apart, took to each other like fish and water. There was a dump truck involved, and lots of … Read More Called to Less
The first morning we were here, Shea went outside to get something from the trailer. Since we arrived before the moving truck, and all he had were flip-flops, that’s what he wore. Icy sidewalk + flip flops = We’re not in California anymore. That was only the first lesson Oregon taught us. Since then we’ve learned… …that there’s something to the old wives tale … Read More Oregon Trail, Part 2: The First Six Weeks