Gretchen Leigh

I am more than cooking and laundry

I am more than cooking and laundry

In June, I declared to my daughters that once college let out for the summer, I would no longer be doing their laundry. My oldest,… Continue reading

I am more than cooking and laundry
It’s a dry heat

It’s a dry heat

Sometimes I hate summer. I love the added light, but when June hits the garden demands my attention, car shows happen, and camping is crammed… Continue reading

It’s a dry heat
We went, we saw, we bought, we planted

We went, we saw, we bought, we planted

My Florida friend was visiting a couple weeks ago. She came into town on a Tuesday and on Wednesday I whisked her away to Westport,… Continue reading

We went, we saw, we bought, we planted
A bad way to make friends

A bad way to make friends

I was out of town a couple weeks ago to a car show with my husband. It wasn’t strange that we attended a car show,… Continue reading

A bad way to make friends
Lesson one, pack firewood

Lesson one, pack firewood

I was shopping the other day, getting some last minutes items for another camping/car show excursion. Just as I headed to the cashier the power… Continue reading

Lesson one, pack firewood
Adventures with smart phones

Adventures with smart phones

I mentioned a couple weeks ago my mom gave up her landline, using her cell phone exclusively. She’s in her late 70s, she can do… Continue reading

Adventures with smart phones
The thing about RVs

The thing about RVs

The thing about RVs, as in Recreational Vehicle that my husband and I take camping, it’s more than just an RV to us. The progression… Continue reading

The thing about RVs
Joy has, officially, left the building

Joy has, officially, left the building

Over the weekend we had to put our precious little dog, Pip, down. She had a stroke in the middle of the night. My youngest… Continue reading

Joy has, officially, left the building
Pulling the plug on landlines

Pulling the plug on landlines

My mom decided to give up her landline and use her cell phone exclusively to rid herself of solicitor calls she gets randomly throughout the… Continue reading

Pulling the plug on landlines
They’ll leave the light on for you

They’ll leave the light on for you

I don’t want to declare that “it never fails,” because I don’t want to jinx every trip we go on. So I’ll just say “it… Continue reading

They’ll leave the light on for you
Go home, start dinner

Go home, start dinner

I’ve often heard that when people retire, they get into a funk because they suddenly feel they have no purpose. They’ve lost their place to… Continue reading

Go home, start dinner
Since you’re here

Since you’re here

I unexpectedly had the furnace guy out the other day. I messed up the whole system, but as usual the guys at Pacific Heating and… Continue reading

Since you’re here
Plants vs. computer issues

Plants vs. computer issues

Sometimes there are tasks I just don’t want to do. The worst part is that I bring them on myself. For instance, I dislike working… Continue reading

Plants vs. computer issues
Off the grid

Off the grid

My husband and I went camping to Rainbow Falls State Park from Wednesday to Saturday last week. It’s one of our “retirement booking” weekends, where… Continue reading

Off the grid
No Mini-Mes here

No Mini-Mes here

Sometimes I think my youngest daughter can’t possibly be mine. Her tastes and opinions are often completely opposite my own, which I can’t understand. I… Continue reading

No Mini-Mes here
There is simply no accounting for beavers

There is simply no accounting for beavers

And speaking of small children, of which I wrote about last week, I have a friend who is 15 years younger than me. I don’t… Continue reading

There is simply no accounting for beavers
Fear of what might get left behind

Fear of what might get left behind

My two children, my husband and I were out at a local restaurant the other day. It wasn’t particularly eventful because our daughters are adults,… Continue reading

Fear of what might get left behind
The hand-off

The hand-off

I love having my husband retired. It’s very handy for things I need to get done around our home. He’s there to put frozen birds… Continue reading

The hand-off
Mama’s got power tools

Mama’s got power tools

I finally got outside last week to start weeding the garden. I’m the sole gardener and I have a lot to do. Admittedly, it’s self-inflicted.… Continue reading

Mama’s got power tools
Espresso and other loose threads

Espresso and other loose threads

There are major threads flying loose in the universe. I’m sure you’ve all been waiting with bated breath (snort of derision) wondering the outcome of… Continue reading

Espresso and other loose threads