Category Archives: in the neighborhood

it happened again

I’ve been making messes all over the house as I work to clear out accumulation that happens without much effort. Almost everything deemed unnecessary goes to Goodwill, but there were some items that fit more in the antique store category. … Continue reading

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how’s retirement going?

I get asked often how retirement is going. That’s an easy one—it’s going great! I was ready, which leaves me with zero regrets. As I write, it’s nearly three in the afternoon. Not so many weeks ago at three in … Continue reading

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walking the dog

I reclaimed Mr. Darcy (a.k.a. Darcy Girl) this morning after a week at her home away from home (a.k.a. Newberg Canine Rehab). She settled right back into her routine of sleeping, with the exception of our afternoon walk. When Mauri … Continue reading

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jolliff “concert”

I’ve known the Jolliffs since I married Mauri nearly 25 years ago, though mostly from a distance. So we’re friends, just not close friends. Yet I carry a very close attachment to Brenda in particular, who was an attending nurse … Continue reading

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don’t give up

Several years ago in our small town of Newberg, OR, signs started showing up all around, mostly in the grassy medians between street and sidewalk, with messages of encouragement to passersby. The curious could easily google “don’t give up signs” … Continue reading

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october 31 revisited

Photos started arriving three hours earlier from the East Coast. The elephant, with his years of experience trick or treating, might be more excited about Halloween than his two peanut sisters. Yep, takin’ it in stride. Sorta. Me, I found … Continue reading

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it was a ruse

On September 3, Erin sent out a local-family-wide invitation that went like this: “Hey all! We JUST accepted a great offer on our house! 😊😭 Holy cow… and our closing date on the new place is Oct 12. SO we were … Continue reading

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