First infusion of the new year

Rather than think about how anxious I was to go for my immune-suppressing IV infusion and use my implanted port again today, I focused on how I’d get to see this sweet visiting service dog Andrew again! I also enjoy talking with his human, Pam. I’d already conked out when they came around, but I…

New Years cut and a cupcake

After decades of having long hair, it feels fantastic to rock a pixie cut. I originally chopped it all off a few years ago; gradually going shorter over time. Today I got to see our wonderful stylist Matthew. I was so exhausted I closed my eyes and zoned out, waking up to this gorgeous new cut…

First “Self-Care Sunday” of 2020

Many years ago, I started a tradition of self-care on Sundays to prepare myself for the week ahead. Mama and I now often do home facials, brow maintenance, or whatever needs. Today our self-care was focused on de-cluttering our home. It’s been a wonderful calming feeling to see horizontal surfaces reappear. Following our dusty clean-up,…

Fresh purple sage sauce

I bought butternut squash ravioli with the idea to make a sage-infused browned butter sauce for it. After a freshly snipped sage sniff test, Mama and I decided to use the smaller Purple Sage leaves. The giant Jerusalem sage wasn’t as fragrant. Without any recipe or research—or even measuring, I just browned a chunk of…

Cocktail reunion with an extraordinary woman

It’s only the first Friday of the new year, but my hermit-like tendencies were strong. I’m so glad I pushed myself to leave the house because I got to catch up with a dear friend I haven’t seen in nearly 20 years! The Extraordinary Lisa Bonos and I know each other from high school youth…

White Amaryllis blooms like a star

While our vibrant garden dies off and looks sad in winter, Mama and I love to watch Amaryllis bulbs grow inside. It’s a tradition dating back to my childhood. We just adore the bright, happy flowers amidst the dark and gloomy days. This year we picked up both red and white bulbs, and the white…