Mommy Blogger, Foodie & Travel Writer

(Sacred Grove, NY)

Happy 15th birthday, Bode!

Johnson Junior, It's tough to believe that 15 years ago, I had a pretty easy delivery with an easy-going kid. Really, the tough one was your father on your birth-day, whom I had to send home after you were born because he was so so so so sick and was "useless to me." … Read More

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Happy 17th Birthday, Hadley!

Dear Hadley, Happy 17th birthday and what a year it has been! It started during the height of a pandemic with your Sweet 16 in lockdown. We managed to have a lovely backyard family party at Aunt Tammy's, cruise around in a vintage gold car and have an outdoor movie … Read More

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Pumpkin Season 2020 is a wrap!

Apparently, the only reason I blog these days is 1) when there are birthdays 2) we are evacuated for wildfires and 3) pumpkin season! It was a sub-par growing season due to late-spring and early-fall freezes, deer, health issues and lack of time. Our "fun" COVID … Read More

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Happy 14th Birthday, Bode!

Dear Bode, I can't believe you turn 14 today and will be a freshman next month!  There are lot of great things happening in your life and you're moving in a wonderful direction.  Finishing middle school (hurray!). Not even one visit to the counselor's office … Read More


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A wildfire, an evacuation and a Grand Canyon adventure up in flames

COVID-19 has not been fun for anyone. A few of our highlights: I commemorated the one-year passing of my mother's death, my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer (and I'm unable to cross the Canadian border to aid in his recovery from … Read More

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The New Now

Remember: This pandemic is not the “new normal,” this is just the “new now.” Thirteen-year-old Bode has always been a deeply intuitive child. On Friday, he taught us an important lesson on perspective during our little graveside … Read More

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The 8th grader, the sophomore and the crazy summer

OK, this summer was a wash for blogging and pretty much staying on top of my life. The fact that, just two posts ago, I was talking about the last day of school and only wrote once for Bode's birthday should tell you something. Soooooo … Read More

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