Still Clearing Clutter, Kid Updates, and Other Ponderings

The holidays have a way of making me turn inward. I find everything about them overstimulating and just...too much. When I look back, I realize they've always had this effect on me, but since becoming a parent, the overstimulating factor is amplified. While some people surge into high gear, I become slower and more methodic. … Continue reading Still Clearing Clutter, Kid Updates, and Other Ponderings

‘Tis the Season, Happy Tardy Thanksgiving, and a Week of Tidying

Happy belated Thanksgiving to all of you. This blogosphere has seen me through some tough times and I will forever be grateful for you -- my friends and readers. I've done my best to bring variety to Grief Happens, even though it didn't start out that way. This blog has become a happy space for … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season, Happy Tardy Thanksgiving, and a Week of Tidying

Happy Days — My House Will Be Clean in Four Hours!

I hired a housekeeper last week. She'll be arriving to tame my filth in less than 45 minutes. Is there anything more humbling than having a gaggle of professionals who chose that profession because they like to clean, wade through your family's funk? I'd rather have a pap smear. It didn't help that one of … Continue reading Happy Days — My House Will Be Clean in Four Hours!

Balancing Mama-Care With Other-Care — Part 2, Time Management

Yesterday I talked about the importance of taking care of my basic needs along with the challenges I'm currently facing. That means different things for different people. One personal need that I've identified is better time-management and organization. Gil does not get this at all. When I discuss it with him, he tells me I need … Continue reading Balancing Mama-Care With Other-Care — Part 2, Time Management