Look what crawled in

Tonight as I opened my pill drawer to refill my weekly medicine box I was greeted by an old friend. I have not seen this spider for some time (almost 20yrs) but he has been known to affectionately show up in strange places. This “little guy” has been moving around from family member to family member for over four decades and I’m so glad he is back. He actually had me in tears – of joy not fear- to see him again. A great find to start my Halloween trickery!


Dirk and I are both only children.

Let that sink in. It means that our children don’t have any aunts or uncles and that we were clueless on how siblings interacted with each other. Made for interesting time as our two daughters grew up. When they were small they bickered a lot but now that they are older they are the best of friends.

I still find it interesting to watch family dynamics and had that privilege this evening to watch three girls vie for attention as I was teaching indexing to their father. After we were done I was showing them some things on my iPad when they suddenly started squealing and screaming, jumping up from the floor to run over to their brother who had returned from college.

I can only imagine what that reception felt like- to be so enthusiastically rush upon by those who love and have missed you. The closest I can relate is having my dogs greet me after a vacation but I doubt it’s the same. I felt very lucky to be able to witness such a moment.

Pain in the …

I was describing my bipolar affects to my father-in-law and how it effects my physical wellbeing.

Me: You know how you hear about the ones that totally loose it and take it out on others- that’s not me. I barely have the strength to get out of bed. You’re safe around me.

(Side note: I’m usually between a 5 or 8 during my lows and my health just falls apart- like old injuries start acting up; aka rib, strange cough, allergies.)


Well we had a blow your socks off type of day. My husband and daughter had a 5k race , then we all rode in the parade, followed by our ritual brunch at a local dinner. We also go a new addition to the chickens! To end it all we went to the largest firework display and concert- staring One Republic!