Gratitude Journal: Trackies

Last year it was time to say goodbye. The heather gray bottoms, my favorite loungewear, featured the perfect mix of fit to flare. Purchased on discount from my job at the mall they had seen me through the hard times. College hangovers and surgery recoveries to apartment sick days to household chores. Sure, the length…

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

They look gorgeous. They smell lovely. But I’m not fooled. Those vibrant, blooming flowers contain little buckets of pollen time-bombs. If I get too close to the yellow dust, eventually itchy watery eyes team up with my usual light sensitivity. Delightful. Allergy meds crowd the shelves at the pharmacy, but there’s a catch. When you…

Without a Second Glance

It happened before in this neighborhood and it will happen again. It still surprises me. This time of year the hardest decision before an early walkie is which jacket to wear. The daffodils showed their bright yellow faces last week, perhaps the last frost is behind us. The long parka stays in the closet. I…

Grocery Surprise

It’s late and the lines are short. Stockton wheels our small cart into a lane and begins to place items on the belt. Our cashier greets us and scans our shopping with odd bits of commentary. “Can you tell I’m bored?” she says as she bags up boxes and cans. “Ok, that’s $94.” Stockton signs…

What Was That?

“I went to bed that night and I turned off the music and I was laying in my bed and I heard footsteps in the attic. And they were very clear footsteps. I wasn’t quite sure why I would be hearing that, but you know whenever you move into a new apartment you start to…