We call my car “the Self-Esteem Wagon.” In reality, it’s a 2002 Suzuki Grand Esteem, which is not a particularly popular car. We bought it used, sporting only 13,000 miles and an electric blue color that is way too bright for me. I have seen just one other Grand Esteem in the past five years and the owner of that car got so excited he honked his horn repeatedly as if we were old friends. My friend Howard Mansfield christened the car several years ago and the name stuck. When I make an appointment to get one of our family cars serviced, Sandy at Valley Automotive says, “Are you bringing in the Toyota or the Self-Esteem Wagon?” The running joke (or maybe it’s a theory) is that if you’re in a bad mood, just drive around in the Self-Esteem Wagon for a while and then you’ll feel really good about yourself. Works for me.
Old Dogs, New Tricks
We couldn’t find dog care, so my husband and I took our geriatric Jack Russell, Andy, on vacation to Nantucket with us. I was worried. Andy has an impressive history of car sickness so he’s rarely traveled. Plus, he’s nearly 15. I thought the three-hour car ride, one-hour ferry crossing, and eight days away from his familiar environment and routine might kill him. I knew, however, not going on this long overdue vacation might kill me. [Read more…] about Old Dogs, New Tricks
Look to the Horizon
My husband and I are headed to Nantucket this week and not a minute too soon. I love New Hampshire, but this Florida girl needs the smell of salt air and a horizon line — there are way too many trees here in the Granite State. You have to climb a mountain if you want any kind of vista, and mountain climbing has never been my outdoor activity of choice. Plus, like most of us, I do a lot of mental mountain climbing indoors, and I can’t wait to rest my mind for a week. To that end, I will not be taking my computer with me on vacation, just trashy novels. Or I might just sit and stare at the waves. Regardless, I’ll post my next blog the week of Sept. 10. [Read more…] about Look to the Horizon
Horn Worms in My Head
The other day while tending the garden, I noticed that one of my tomato plants was stripped bare. Then I noticed that several of my tomato plants were stripped bare. Then I said really bad words. The horn worms were back. [Read more…] about Horn Worms in My Head
Summer has flown. Back-to-school commercials are on TV, kids are heading off to college, and sooner than later the school bus will drive by with the neighbor’s children every morning at 8:07 and cause my dog Andy to bark furiously (I won’t mind; he’s 14 1/2 and every day with him is a gift). [Read more…] about August Already