10 Survival Tips for Family VayCay

10 Survival Tips for Family VayCay

Got a long road trip in your future? One that includes young children? Here are a few tips for smooth sailing (well, for driving–I don’t know how to sail) that I codified after a successful trip earlier this month from Sacramento, CA to Colorado Springs and back. Many, but not all, of these tips assume … Continue reading

Exemplary Texans

Exemplary Texans

John Alan Hord and Ruth Waldrop Hord, my paternal grandparents, both died in 2008. My sister, Bonnie, who works at the Texas State House of Representatives, contacted Grandmother and Granddaddy’s state rep from Midland to present a Memorial Resolution in their honor to the assembly. He did so, and it was passed by a rising … Continue reading

Missing Mississippi

Missing Mississippi

We’re missing Mississippi. Also–weirdly–Arkansas. Maine and Delaware…small population states and far away; no surprise there. But here are the states and provinces we did collect in the Herman 2012 Road Trip License Plate Game! On U.S. Highway 50 from Sacramento to Colorado Springs (with a few diversions): 1. California 2. Nevada 3. Wyoming 4. Utah … Continue reading

Dry Country

Dry Country

When the bread on your sandwich becomes toast while you are consuming the sandwich, you know you’re in the desert. Salt cakes the roadside gullies. A windmill with one bent blade sends out bursts of reflected sun. Ridges far away are like layers of torn construction paper in blues and grays. The crayons in the … Continue reading

Over the mountains and through the desert

Over the mountains and through the desert

Now that’s more like it. Sacramento’s forecast high today was to be 100 degrees. But we are in the Sierra Nevada town of Truckee enjoying our first picnic, on the way to Grandmommy and Granddaddy’s house in Colorado. The cooler ice has not yet melted and infiltrated the plastic bags and containers that we thought … Continue reading

Schluuurrrp!

Schluuurrrp!

‘Tis the season for stone fruit at our local farmers market in the Arden-Arcade neighborhood of Sacramento, CA. A live music duo or trio keeps us movin’ right along as we contemplate the picnic, pie, and frozen possibilities of our five-pound mixed bag. ‘Tis the season for schlurping peaches, plums, and pluots directly over the … Continue reading

Amber Wine

Amber Wine

When the Fritos atop the seven layer salad go soggy, it’s time to throw the leftovers out. If you’re stingy you can save the pinto beans a little longer, to savor them in their tangy Ranch dressing and green onion marinade. But this is more trouble than it’s worth: by Day 2 the guacamole is … Continue reading

Life cycle of…(part 2)

Life cycle of…(part 2)

OK, so I’ve tattled on both my kids this week–Camilla and her puff ball pet and Robin with his stuck finger misadventure. It’s time to tattle on myself and on my husband, who wasn’t my husband yet at the time of this story. Waaaay back in 1994 we were high schoolers who liked to make … Continue reading

Pull my finger

Pull my finger

Daddy, pull my finger! Pulling the finger would not result in a toot on this particular occasion though I suspect a toot would have been more enjoyable for all involved. Robin was stuck. In the red coin-operated car in front of the Dollar Tree store. What began with a Memorial Day morning donut fetch and … Continue reading