Cub scout camping fun and a book cover hint

Look at us! We're in boats and not tipping over or rowing into the swimming area! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, stop, go read Row, row, row your boat…, and then come back here to finish reading this post. I'll wait. This past weekend was our third trip to cub scout summer... Continue Reading →

If at first you don’t succeed, set the bar lower

Okay, that sounds a bit pessimistic. But hear me out. If you wanted to become a high jumper, you wouldn't set the bar at a height impossible to clear, right? You'd start low and get really good at each level before moving up to the next. If you are learning a new skill, you'd start... Continue Reading →

Passing on the torch… or not…

I love to cook. Our household has its share of dietary challenges, which means a fair amount of time and effort is required for meal planning and prep. I've been a vegetarian for 26 years and recently eliminated dairy. Oldest prefers an "everything plain" diet and actively describes certain foods (grapes for example) as his... Continue Reading →

Then and now

My high school reunion is this weekend. 25 years. A quarter of a century. A long, long time ago in a place right around the corner from where I now live. (Apparently you CAN go home again.) Hubs and I had fun at my 20th. We drank, we mingled, some pranksters switched their senior photo... Continue Reading →

Happy Camper

I love camping. Fresh air, campfires, afternoon naps in the sun. The blissful escape from routine. Back in the days before kids, hubs and I camped all over the state. We weren’t very adept when we started out—on our first trip we forgot pillows and other essentials and had to drive to a nearby mega... Continue Reading →

Caravan of Composition turns ONE!

Happy Blogiversary to me! A little over ten years ago, on my oldest son's second birthday, I started a blog. We had recently moved back to Buffalo after living all over the country, and I had that "new mom who wants to talk about her kid all the time" thing going on. Also, CAKE. My... Continue Reading →

Dog days

Happy summer everyone!! Back in my teaching days, the end of June meant two months of sleeping in, but now that I work over the summer, it's more about the shifting of routines. Instead of heading off to school, the boys head off to camp. We still have to get up, make lunches, and get... Continue Reading →

Different kinds of smart

Oh, technology. I want to embrace you, but sometimes you frustrate me so. Today's mission: forward progress on the whole marketing thing. Let's start with updating the blog. Link all of my accounts together. Easy-peasy. Or not. There may have been some yelling and shaking of fists. Possibly a curse word or two. I think... Continue Reading →

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