the quiet satisfaction of solving puzzles

Even when 1000 piece puzzles and sudoku give way to 500 piece puzzles and word searches, puzzles are great ways to pass the time.

Mom has always loved doing puzzles. Jigsaw, crossword, Sudoku and the rest. She still does puzzles, though the level of difficulty has decreased over the years. We used to do 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles, but now have an upper limit of 500 pieces. Moderately difficult Sudoku puzzles were replaced by easier versions and have now pretty much fallen out of the repertoire. Word searches are now more common than crossword puzzles. The good news is that Mom still loves to do puzzles.  Continue reading “the quiet satisfaction of solving puzzles”

happy one month anniversary!


I launched this blog a month ago. I’d been thinking about it for a long time, so it’s great to see it come to life. I’m really enjoying putting the posts together and reading comments and thinking about what comes next.



I’m pretty happy with the content of the blog so far and look forward to finding more tidbits to share. I’ve learned a lot and it’s been helpful to process my thoughts. I’m happy to share the lessons I’ve learned.

Onward and upward 🙂





the joys of an old building

Old buildings can be unique charmers or money pits, but the sense of history is wonderful.

I like old buildings. My home is in a building that is about 115 years old. I just watched Homes by the Sea, a UK show on Netflix about, well, living by the sea – those buildings make my 115-year old look like a “new build”.  I invariably enjoy the (rather limited) offerings on HGTV more when the renovation or purchase involves an older house. Sometimes there is an updated, but not gutted, old home in another country, which is fun. I just find older buildings to be more interesting.  Continue reading “the joys of an old building”

rant: the harrowing life of a pedestrian

Can drivers not avoid the large puddle of rainwater that will splash all over me?

rain-2859322_1280I awoke yesterday to find it was raining. Ugh. <*sigh*>

It wasn’t so much that I was going to have to juggle a tote and an umbrella or that it was going to be a dreary day. The thing I dreaded was having to deal with traffic. It seems that drivers in Baltimore – or at least the ones traveling through my neighborhood – really like puddles. They drive through at seemingly faster-than-needed speeds, resulting in waves of water splashing pedestrians who just want to cross the street. Given years of avoiding the wave, I’m an old pro. Now it’s not so much the fear of getting splashed as it is annoyance of having to navigate the wave early in the morning.  Continue reading “rant: the harrowing life of a pedestrian”

welcome to the blog


Welcome to my new blog! I have written short stories since I was a child and recently, I started writing as a way to process some recent changes in my life. My sister-in-law suggested that others might be interested as well, so I decided to give it a go.

As a starting point, I have three categories for these posts:

  • Caring for an elderly person – in my case, my mother came to live with me
  • Renovations at home
  • Life transitions – including jobs, pets and various other topics

Continue reading “welcome to the blog”