Gretchen Leigh

Unplug from work on vacation | Living with Gleigh

I just got home on Saturday from California. My husband, youngest daughter and I went down there for spring break to visit a college she is interested in. Since we were there, we also went to Disneyland and Universal Studios

I wasn’t missing anything after all | Living with Gleigh

I just got home on Saturday from California. My husband, youngest daughter and I went down there for spring break to visit a college she is interested in. Since we were there, we also went to Disneyland and Universal Studios.

Still not making breakfast for kids

For awhile breakfast was a piece of bread spread with Nutella hazelnut/chocolate spread. I let this go even if it was essentially a piece of bread with sugar on it, because it was at least something in her stomach

When kids don’t drive | Living with Gleigh

I sat in my Big Red Chair one morning last week eating breakfast, drinking my first cup of coffee and gazing out the window, watching THE PARADE OF TEEN CARS go by.

Looking ahead and keeping busy | Living with Gleigh

Tulips and daffodils are popping out of the ground, summer plants are beginning to bud and this is a season that marks another busy time for me. I always look forward to yet dread this time of year; watching everything come out of hibernation, but knowing there is a lot for me to do

Snacking my way through worry

A couple weeks ago my daughters went to a concert. It’s really the first time they’ve been to any major event without me. At least it was for my youngest; my oldest is away at college and I’m probably not privy to everywhere she goes

At least they take someone’s advice | Living with Gleigh

I have to disagree how using GPS on phones has made map reading skills extinct.

How not to share is new college curriculum | Living with Gleigh

Since my oldest daughter has been away at college, my water bill has gone down quite markedly, but when she was home this weekend, her shower seemed longer than normal.

It’s all about the chocolate | Living with Gleigh

I struggle a lot with the idea of Valentine’s Day. The present idea of it is quite contrary to its bloody origins. St. Valentine was a Christian martyr, who was arrested and beheaded for conducting marriages when they were outlawed by the Roman emperor.

Try me at 10 | Living with Gleigh

I have a fixation about keeping a fairly consistent sleep schedule throughout a weekend or extended holiday, so the first day back doesn’t seem like such a shock.

If only I could remember where it is | Living with Gleigh

Once again it’s Superbowl Sunday. I really got into it last year, buying lots of snacks from Costco for just the four of us.

Sweep today, mop tomorrow | Living with Gleigh

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it: I’m not the greatest housekeeper. I have to admit, I’m okay with this state of being, to a point.

Midnight cooking | Living with Gleigh

I wish I could give advice to parents who struggle with their children’s attitudes, but I really don’t know how I’ve come out with such trouble-free daughters.

I already knew that | Living with Gleigh

One of my husband’s car club friends mentioned at the club’s holiday dinner that I haven’t thrown my husband under the bus lately.

There’s always the mail | Living with Gleigh

Gretchen Leigh talks about her past and current New Year's resolutions

It’s a Christmas miracle or we just can’t count | Living with Gleigh

Every year my family and I make almond roca as gifts for family and friends. Actually, I cook the candy part myself, usually when no one is home or they are still sleeping.

Paying bills not a high priority in December | Living with Gleigh

It’s December; I’m usually in such a frenzy that I don’t take the time to go through the mail. Right before Thanksgiving until after New Year’s, I totally forget that I’m a responsible American who pays bills.

Memories of gingerbread houses past | Living with Gleigh

There was a time, not so long ago, when a snow flurry would have roused my kids from their bed and sent them into a frenzy of finding boots, gloves, hats and jackets.

Freeing up my schedule to fix congress | Living with Gleigh

Forget foreign wars, whom the movie stars are dating, and horrific weather in the Eastern United States. My biggest dilemma as I write this is it is only four days until Thanksgiving and my refrigerator is packed with food.

At the bottom of the roller coaster | Living with Gleigh

Every weekend from here on out is busy starting with the one after Thanksgiving and I’m not even a “black Friday” participant.