Married to the love of my life for 34 years. Love my 3 great adult kids, my 2 wonderful sons-in-law, and our 3 lively grandchildren. Working at a perfect part-time job for me - editor and writer for a construction industry blog. Very happy to see this re-boot of Open Diary, where I made such fun online friends many years ago.

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Going Offline

November 8, 2018
Heading out early (too early!) tomorrow.  Going away from all the sadness, obligations, decisions, family asks, etc... Hubby and I have rented a monohull for two for the next week in the BVI.  Couldn't have come at a better time. We just finished helping Hubby's Dad out of his house in east Texas...
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Recent Entries

  • GBW – music
    September 24, 2018
    I have been privileged to be part of Girls' Beach Weekend over the years.  I am now officially in charge, including gathering the 2018 GBW song list contributed by each attendee.  This year, as I bug others to submit their songs, I have not yet finalized my own selection.  Here are my top 5 (in&h...
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  • #32 Should have believed my Dad
    September 20, 2018
    TOTW#32: If you could go back to your formative teen years, what advice would you give your teenaged self? What would you tell yourself to do or not do, or to become or not become? I would tell my teen self to NOT listen to my boyfriends every time they went against my Dad.  In…
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  • Still dealing with aging parents…
    August 17, 2018
    I can't wait until I have time to write a totally fun entry!  I have those also - trust me!  Hubby and I recently got away from our aging parents for a whole week with family (where WE were the older generation) at an all-inclusive resort in Cozumel - the same family-friendly resort where we…
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  • Still dealing with aging parents…
    August 17, 2018
    I can't wait until I have time to write a totally fun entry!  I have those also - trust me!  Hubby and I recently got away from our aging parents for a whole week with family (where WE were the older generation) at an all-inclusive resort in Cozumel - the same family-friendly resort where we…
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  • Almost off the grid
    July 27, 2018
    Upcoming vacation looming which I am damn sure taking as it was planned and reserved well before Mom fell and transitioned all of us into a whole different place. Listening to George Duke. Still have so much to do tomorrow, my last day before we unplug.  Have not finished unsorting/reading all of...
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  • Do I Love You?
    July 10, 2018
    I don't know where Mom will end up.  If she does not try, she cannot go back to live in any place she wants to live.  Her dementia is hindering her progress since she cannot keep her mind focused on long-term goals. Here is an email I sent to my sister as I waited with…
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  • Don’t You Evah
    July 3, 2018
    Listening to top 20 Recommend Songs by Google Play for my newest favorite band Spoon.  They are out of Austin, which is not why I picked them, even though I LOVE Austin.  Mom hooked me up to the Dallas/Denton station 97.1 KXT before she got dementia - a station which plays lots of music from…
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  • Racism
    April 21, 2018
    When my daughter cautioned me against using “black face” – I was stunned. I don’t know how I have failed to come to a place to where my own daughter would consider that I would even think about that. I was deeply offended by my own daughter and also this makes me want to consider…
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  • re: Great start to Astros season
    April 8, 2018
    With the blessing of our best friends with whom we share a love of Astros, I organized the purchase of a mini-series of tickets to weekend-only games this season. Saturday night (still tonight for me!) we enjoyed our first game in our new seats. Here is the report I sent out tonight to all who&he...
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