Category: Free Time

Spring storms and reading by candlelight

April showers may bring May flowers, but currently they're going about their job a bit too intensely. Yesterday we had a full on thunderstorm, with lightning flashing right overhead. There was a giant crack a little before 4 p.m. and then, with a quick buzz, all the lights went off. Once the storm calmed down, I went outside to see what the problem was, and sure e… read more »

List of 100 Dreams update, and a giveaway

Some call April the cruelest month, but to me the evening light and gentle warmth speak together of possibility. It is a time for dreaming. It is a time for making plans. Longtime readers know I advocate making a list called the List of 100 Dreams. This is a completely unedited list of anything you might want to do or have in life. I got the idea from career coach Car… read more »

What I’m into (April edition)

Another month, another what-I'm-into post... Spring! We first saw our house on March 4, six years ago. That is kind of a desolate time around here. We knew, theoretically, that the house had nice flowers and flowering trees, but only later did we really learn the extent of it. It is fun to watch the seven month flower show begin, going from the daffodils of March… read more »

A gala, the yellow belt, Bob books, Panera

We are still in the lull between sports (baseball starts next week), so that makes for more open space on weekends. It has its ups and downs. The kids spend a lot of time on the computer or their kindles (or the TV) and I feel like as I turn off one screen they drift to another one. Also, it's tempting to feel like I should be doing more chores if I'm around the house, so I… read more »

Put me in the zoo

Frequent readers may recall that my 9-year-old asked for a cat for Christmas. He did not get a cat. In lieu of one, he got two overnight experiences with me. We went to NYC over President's Day weekend, and this Saturday night, we did an overnight excursion at the Philadelphia Zoo. This was somewhat of a mixed experience. The cool parts were getting to walk aroun… read more »