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The Good Mother

As a mother, we strive to be “good”, to do our best. You always need a goal. Sometimes you reach it and sometimes you’re left feeling the weight of a job not well done. And then you start all over again.

I have a boy and a girl, 8 years apart. I am 47 years old. And these are my stories.

Just Five Things

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Community, Creative Projects, Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Family, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Just Five Things

I have joined a week long exercise in mindfulness and community expansion this week. Created and run by Michelle GD, The Just Five Things Course is asking me to pause three times a day and list five things based on the prompt word of the day. I must admit that “Gratitude” was a hard prompt for me to be inspired by yesterday. However, what came to my attention is that maybe I truly need way more intentional time carved out for myself for my well being. My boundaries are a little wobbly sometimes. Today is Home and I wanted to share...

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My Supermom Cape is Getting Threadbare

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Daily Shalagh, Family, Midlife Motherhood, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

My Supermom Cape is Getting Threadbare

My supermom cape is beginning to feel a little threadbare. I have said from he beginning that having one child at home feels like three. So I’m feeling like I have 6 kids. And as dear as they would be to you when you met them, they are equally as torturous to me. Small people need to perpetually test their own power, importance, and lovability. They learn their confidence and self-doubt from their parents. In this case, Fiona is going after me to have her doubts assuaged. And that looks like not doing what she’s told, having fits,...

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A Second Round of Captivity Pictures

Posted by on May 6, 2020 in Daily Shalagh, Midlife Motherhood, Pretty Pictures | 2 comments

A Second Round of Captivity Pictures

Our two week pandemic lockdown rolled out into a two month self-imposed incarceration as we await our governor’s recommendation for how much longer we will stay safely away from society and it’s disease contaminating state. And to think I said, ā€œI just have to run my household for these two weeks without losing my mind.ā€ I have kinda lost my mind a couple times but I’ve also been impressed with the way I was able to shed my fear soon enough to start to blog and make my own sense of all of this. It’s the 24/7 parenting...

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Mothering For the Long Haul

Posted by on Apr 24, 2020 in Daily Shalagh, Family, Midlife Motherhood, Raising Fair Fiona, Son Shine | 0 comments

Mothering For the Long Haul

I get the feeling that in the old days, people had kids to add more hands to the labor pool. The more bodies, the better to help plant, pick, and pickle. And yes, they were all jammed into small cabins on the prairie or in the hollow much like we are today. Welcome to our ancestral American Roots where you were lucky if you survived bizarre daily accidents and went on to procreate yourself. Fast forward to modern day 2020 and we have all been reduced to huddling in our prairie huts with our families riding out the viral storm, living the past...

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Clueless to Our Futures, Responsible For Our Nows

Posted by on Apr 17, 2020 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Midlife Motherhood | 0 comments

Clueless to Our Futures, Responsible For Our Nows

My near 15 year old is in the other room playing Scenes From an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel, a song popular when I was 15 years old. And when I was a 15 year old, I really didn’t regard myself with much self-esteem and never could have foreseen being a mother to a gifted pianist. We just don’t have a clue about what’s coming, do we? We can only do the next right thing; for ourselves, our children, and our community. We can choose choices we’re proud to have made alongside people we are proud to call our friends....

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Stories of Us in Captivity

Posted by on Apr 10, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Keeping House and Mind Aligned, Midlife Motherhood, Wisdom Lessons | 0 comments

Stories of Us in Captivity

The complete halt of our lives has given over to some super awareness of family life. Mindfulness on steroids. As the tension subsides and we do find a rhythm, I am also watching and noting how lovely the weather is turning. And how wicked lucky we are. The classroom Beth teaching Fiona sign language clementine candle Fiona on her bed with Chessie Dutch Baby Recipe central Teaching Fiona how to play the piano Teaching Eamon how to chop saw Company in the kitchen Crackers in the sunbeam Kinda Kimchi Reading on rhe lawn kitchen table I hope...

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There is More to Say in Silence

Posted by on Apr 3, 2020 in Daily Shalagh, Family, Self-Discovery, Wisdom Lessons | 2 comments

There is More to Say in Silence

People have commented how they have heard the birds chirping more recently. I think the birds are chirping the same as they ever do but we’ve slowed our busy selves down enough to hear them. This pandemic is indeed causing a jarring shut down yet I understand that once you’ve stopped fighting the change, you start to become mindful of the silence. It’s a forced meditation. I believe our overall society is too distracted from what truly matters. We would rather run away than just be with ourselves. We sit in the same room as...

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Family Time and the Coronacation

Posted by on Mar 20, 2020 in Ahas, Daily Shalagh, Family, Homebody | 1 comment

Family Time and the Coronacation

In many ways, this forced isolation has expanded my heart. The persistent time spent with my family, and they with each other, has changed us. Where before we were all living our own busy lives, suddenly we are living together. And seeing each other in a deeper way. We are building trust funds between one another. There have been a few more ā€œI love you’sā€ than usual. One of my most concerted goals with creating a family, has to been to consciously create a closeness between my kids. To foster their connection that will be more important...

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Our First Weekend of Viral Staycation

Posted by on Mar 16, 2020 in Creative Soul Living, Daily Shalagh, Family | 2 comments

Our First Weekend of Viral Staycation

As you know, we here on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA are in a two week lockdown for the rest of the month of March in an attempt to keep the Covid 19 virus from taking out our feeble dear ones. I’m good with all of the restrictions and not feeling terribly worried about myself catching this. I just have to run my household for these two weeks without losing my mind. So in an attempt to record this time, I thought to post my captivity pictures, which don’t look too much differently from a regular weekend off of school. Scrabble...

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A Fictional Writing Piece on the Corona Virus by My Son Eamon Peach

Posted by on Feb 19, 2020 in Creative Projects, Family, Little Guy Lessons, writing | 4 comments

A Fictional Writing Piece on the Corona Virus by My Son Eamon Peach

I was not surprised when my children’s artistic talents began to emerge. My son could draw pretty well and at age 8, he began to play the piano. The rest is history. He took to it so fast, it was always what he’d been good at, he’d just not gotten a chance to play yet. In addition to piano, he also plays the bass clarinet for both his high school marching band and a large local community band. And one night, he forgot to bring his instrument home from school. So while his fellow community band members were practicing, he...

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