Boston Strong….

Have you ever had someone do something amazing for you when you know deep in  your heart you don't really deserve it?  Monday April 17th is the 121st time the Boston Marathon will be held. It will be the 4th Boston Marathon for my friend Debbie … [Continue reading]

Celebrate Your Victories, No Matter How Small

There is sweet satisfaction when great effort has been put into something and it finally comes together. There are the biggies like graduating college, passing major exams or building a home. In the Olson household, we are celebrating the sweet … [Continue reading]

Those Who Stay…

Last week I was given a rare opportunity to visit with my people. Not all of my people but with three of the six who have stuck around for the last 35 years or so. This is all of us at our 20th High School Reunion. Next year will be our 30th … [Continue reading]

Yes, This Really Happened…

5 Miles! I ran 5 miles yesterday! Wahoo! It wasn't even terrible. Well, the running part wasn't terrible... It was a gorgeous sunny day here at the coast. 60 degrees and blue skies for miles. We have had so much rain here that there was no way I was … [Continue reading]

Self-Control

Last month I turned 47. Forty-Seven! I have already voiced the good the bad and the ugly on this situation so I will move on. But what I didn't mention, was the gift I received from my 13-year-old daughter. I am a sucker for gifts. In Gary … [Continue reading]

Not Chasing Perfect

It seems there are a lot of recovering perfectionists out there. Several books have arrived or will be arriving on the scene which all have to deal with the idea of giving up their perfectionist ways. A short list includes, Shauna Niequist's, Present … [Continue reading]

Who Are You?

Personality quizzes. I love to take these little tests. There is nothing out there with 100% accuracy but whether it's a quiz to figure out how I relate to the world or how the world relates to me, I find it intriguing. The other day someone … [Continue reading]

Rebuilding a life…

There is a lot of construction going on around here. A Chicken Shed and a Sheep Shack are the most recent projects being tackled in our country living adventure. The Chicken Shed idea came about shortly after we moved in and Ryan, Mr. Wonderful's … [Continue reading]

The Fundamentals

It doesn't matter what you are doing you can always find a way to do it better. In a phone conversation with my dad yesterday we discovered we are in a similar spot in life. Well, actually we have been in a similar spot for a while now. He too had a … [Continue reading]

Victoria’s Secret…

So I turned 47 this week. FORTY SEVEN!! On the one hand since I spent all of 2015 trying to stay alive so it's really great that I am still here. On the other hand FORTY SEVEN! None of my 40ish birthday's have affected me like this one. Well, to be … [Continue reading]