Archives for the ‘life is good’ Category

new fantasyland and wordy mcwordword

This should be two posts, but I went to Florida where it’s summer and then returned home where it’s fall and now I can’t stop sneezing. Achoo! Business first, then fun – like an Internet mullet. In Palmetto Parent’s October issue, I have lots of words, including some I am especially proud of about some […]

it’s not a vacation until i’ve made them learn something

One day of the big anniversary (my in-laws’, not mine) getaway was spent at Cades Cove at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Breaking news: We saw a bear. A real black bear in its natural habitat. His name was not Yogi, as far as I know. More breaking news: I don’t have a photo […]


We were away last week, celebrating my in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary. That’s pretty incredible. I’ve been married to their son for 22 years, more than half my life, but we’ve got a long way to go to catch them. Uncharacteristically, I lack a lot of photos of the cabin. Weird. That makes for a pretty […]

a voter

We are now a household with three eligible voters…

sculpture in the city

I have not met an outdoor sculpture I didn’t like. My introduction to sculpture gardens came at Brookgreen Gardens and at the Musee Rodin in Paris, which sounds pretentious, but I don’t mean it to be. Maybe it’s the weathering of the bronzes or the natural light, I don’t know, but I’ll take an outdoor […]

the everyday

I don’t update my phone enough. It probably has something to do with the fact that it’s only sort of a phone and more like a little computer that can be “bricked” (this is bad) if I screw up. In any event, I always find that my phone photos are a true glimpse at the […]

this moment

(Scroll down for giveaways below…) Participating in Amanda’s this moment project: {this moment} – A Friday ritual – capturing a moment from the week. (One more thing: Dog lovers, you really need to check out this post. Funniest thing I  have read in a long, long time.)

hey lady, it’s the last gasp before winter

(Giveaways below…) You know it’s the end of fall here when we get the ladybug invasion. Some (my husband, for one) think they are a bit, um, odiferous, but I think it’s kind of pleasant to sit in the sun with ladybugs flying all around. No word on whether or not they were flagrantly violating […]

best walt disney world character meal

(Tired of Disney posts yet? 🙂 ) I realize there are other opinions on this, but it’s hard to beat the Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom. We have dined there many times and always find the food delicious and the atmosphere less hectic than some of the other table service restaurants. And the company? […]

what a thrill

The boys likes thrill rides now. I can do this one. It’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. (Get a Fastpass if the line is too long. Or go in September, when the line is awesome.) I love this one. It’s Expedition Everest. It is lovely in the early morning light, especially when the stand-by line is […]