There comes a time--and for me, it's at age 54--when your heart's desires and your body's demands come into conflict. To wit: I have a great love of decorating for seasonal holidays ... but I live in a three story house and my baby-boomer knees have begun to rebel at the seasonal tramp up and down stairs.
On September 14, 2001, I sat down at my desk with a heavy heart. My task: to write the month's lead article for the newsletter I published at that time at OrganizedHome.Com.
But just three days after the collapse of the Twin Towers, it was impossible to think about cleaning closets or decluttering the pantry.
I started to write, anyway--and this piece was the result, two hours later. It was the cry of my heart as the mother of a United States Marine, a son who had been called to alert in response to the attacks on our country.
A reader suggested I share it here, on this day, to remind us all that Memorial Day has a meaning beyond the barbeques and the beach.
Here it is, right down to the old-style format of our site on that day. Enjoy--and remember:
It's a cute addition to the Christmas cookie tray: Christmas Mice!
Confected from maraschino cherries, Hershey's-brand chocolate kisses, chocolate coating, sliced almonds and silver cake decorations, these tiny edible mice will make a sweet statement this holiday season.
When it comes to the holiday season, ask any wife and mother what she needs most, and she'll tell you, "More time!" Yet this same busy lady will fill her Christmas gift list with elaborate hand-crafted gifts, requiring substantial outlays of cash, time and skill.
Result? She careens into mid-December either (1) working nightly until 1 a.m. to finish the lot or (2) substituting hurry-up last minute purchases for the unfinished gifts.