Valentine’s Day 2020

Yesterday was the day of love and the weather decided to dump several inches of snow on us, again. Still, that makes for a nice, cozy day of snuggling under blankets and drinking hot chocolate. Not a bad way to spend the day.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day!

Chinese New Year

Today we welcome in the year of the Rat. Specifically, 2020 is the year of the Metal Rat. If you want details on your particular zodiac animal during this year, I suggest going to chinesenewyear.net. That’s where I went to get all my information.

As I am the sign of the Dog, this year is especially auspicious for me, which is great considering I haven’t felt all that lucky lately. I’m looking forward to a successful year. Not just career-wise, but also in my family and life in general.

I hope everyone has a year of luck, health, and happiness!

Welcome 2020!

This week has been a bit hectic, so I don’t have much information to share at the moment. I will, however, expand in future posts on the comings and goings in my life.

In the meantime, I hope everyone’s had a great first week of the year!

Welcome Winter

Winter is officially here. That means that the holiday season is upon us.

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, I hope everyone’s holidays are joyous!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have a lot to be thankful for this year. For starters, I had family I hadn’t seen in a while come in for the holiday. Plus, I didn’t have to cook a big dinner; we went out and someone else cooked for us all. Although, this morning I decided to make breakfast – eggs and waffles.

The rest of my thanks are more personal and harder to put into words, so I’m not going to try. However, I will say that my life, while not perfect, is pretty darn good and I will always be thankful for my family.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

Time for Seasons to Change

Summer has been great. It’s also been unbearably hot. Needless to say, I am ready for fall already.

I just got my nails done and they’re like sparkly pumpkins.

Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I’ve embraced my inner witch.

I can’t wait for oversize sweaters, leggings, and boots. Autumn, here I come.

Hope everyone has a fabulous Labor Day weekend!

Blackberry Festival

It’s that time again. Time to celebrate the humble blackberry with a three-day festival at the Clarksburg City Park. You can find all sorts of yummy treats, such as pies, cobblers, and cupcakes. Plus, there is live entertainment, handmade crafts, and a pet parade. A good time to be had by all.

I got some scrumptious blackberry cobbler

and some delicious local wine.

Have a festive weekend, everyone!

Happy Father’s Day!

As a woman who has dealt with infertility issues, I know how hard it is to make it through a parental holiday, namely Mother’s Day. What I forget sometimes is that it’s also hard on my husband. He wants to be a father just as much as I want to be a mother. So, Father’s Day is difficult for him.

I don’t usually write about issues that aren’t my own, but I feel like the topic of infertility is almost always directed at women and, perhaps unintentionally, men get left out of the conversation. Their feelings are just as valid and need to be recognized. I know it can be hard to talk about these things, believe me, I get it. But it should be noted that it’s ok for men to be part of the infertility topic. In fact, it’s vital. They are half of the equation after all.

So, to all the men who long to be fathers, but haven’t quite gotten there yet, I feel your pain and want you to know that your feelings have merit. Today may be challenging, but you will get through it. You may have to hide away from social media and people in general, I know I do, but you are not alone. There is support out there if you need it.

I hope everyone’s weekend is better than expected!

Remembering the Fallen

It’s Memorial Day weekend. Time for cookouts, family, and honoring those that have fallen fighting for our freedom. It’s important to remember that the freedoms we enjoy every day are not free. They are earned by the blood, sweat, and tears of the men and women of the United States military. It’s easy to take what we have for granted, to become complacent about the source of our liberties. That’s why it’s so vital that, at least a few times a year, we take a moment and give thanks to those that fight for our rights.

I’m proud to be a veteran. In fact, the military is a deep part of my family history – my father is a veteran, my husband is a veteran, and my brother and brother-in-law are currently serving. So, to all those that take up the mantle, I say Thank You.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Tomorrow, May 12th, has multiple meanings for me. The most obvious is that it’s Mother’s Day. I love my mother immensely and know just how lucky I am to have her in my life. It’s also the day, seventeen years ago, that I met my husband. Another lucky break for me.

What I’m trying to say is that, while Mother’s Day is difficult for me for personal, fertility-based reasons, it’s also a day that has brought me great joy. It is a day of contrasts for me indeed.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!