Dear Noa, A Nana Lesson about Special Needs and Love

Dear Noa, Auenty Jess is different from others you have met. We hope you will see the Jess we cherish and find all that you and she have in common. Read on to learn about the beautiful aunt/niece bond.

Attending Buffalo Bills Game During the Pandemic

Attending Buffalo Bills Game During the Pandemic-As a lifelong Bills fan- no plague, no Great Lake wind, can stop childhood dreams! Read on:

My Positive Covid-19 Diagnosis

Well, it was bound to happen. Last week I wrote about Mitch’s diagnosis. Four days later I would receive my positive Covid-19 Diagnosis.

Guess Who we Met? A Poem about Travel and Dogs

Our current spot is on the beach, docked on the land~ When we came upon a family, three dogs in their hand!

RN Shares HERSTORY about Getting Covid-19 and Lessons Learned

We are on day 271 since the first reported case of Covid-19 in the US. Becky, a Registered Nurse, shares her story and lessons learned after contracting Covid-19.

Attending a Party During Covid: Confession from the Outsider

We have not been to many parties or gatherings since March 2020. Do we go? Confession from the Outsider about Attending a Party During Covid

What I Discovered After 7-Months of Hypocritical Covid-19 Rules

Does Everyone have their own Covid-19 Rules? 7-months gives me time to reflect on our the new normal rules. https://vickierubin.com/blog/

What the Exit Interview with our Son and Daughter Revealed

So, how did we do? Why not conduct an exit interview when your adult offspring move out of the house. The intention is not for us to do a better job with our future children , but to get a fair assessment (can this really be fair and honest?) of how we did as parents.

Camper Envy Continued: The Answer to That Burning Camping Question

I am from Long Island, and camping was never in my vernacular. If there was ONE big reason why I didn’t want to join my husband Mitch on this retirement odyssey, it was the lack of facilities

What My Mother Knew That Took Me 20 Years to Find Out

My Mom was a big fan of my writing and said, “you should write a book. But I was too busy to write a book. I had a full-time job, three kids, and three dogs at home. Jessica, as documented in many blogs, needed help with every daily life skill.

Should We Do It? 6 Reasons to Try a Camper

6 Reasons to buy a camper! Mitch and I unknowingly were trendsetters before COVID-19. We bought a pop-up camper back in January prior to the Pandameic. POST-COVID- or MID- COVID, I am more than looking forward and prefer to use the camper and avoid hotels.

3 Greatest Moments of Day 160: Jess Chimes in with her Scales

It has been 160 days since normalcy. We worry if Jess is losing skills while she is distancing at home. Still, we experienced 3 Great Moments.

Noa’s Extraordinary Birth Story, as Told by Nana

Noa’s planned delivery date was my birthday! This was not an ordinary delivery and we knew the potential complications and risks.

Brady’s Extraordinary Birth Story, as Told by Nana

Our youngest daughter Carly has a blood clotting disorder called von Willebrand Disease (vW). Giving birth can be extremely dangerous if not monitored correctly. This is the courageous story of Carly giving birth to her first child.

BYE BYE BIRDIES

We have a family of dysfunctional birds by our front door. Our home has a 20-25-foot covered entry, which includes a window over the front door. One day I looked up and noticed a sophisticated nest attached to the wall. I say “sophisticated” because it is not on a ledge, not on a limb, notContinue reading “BYE BYE BIRDIES”

No Longer 50 Shades of Grey

One of my first blogs “A Bad Hair Day has a New Definition” was about NOT coloring my hair during the Pandemic. Now that three months have passed, I thought I would give an update. I cried “Uncle”! I gave up! Vanity overcame Virus! I went to the salon.

Why Mitch’s New Hearing Aids Cured My Mumbling!

I am not sure why Mitch resisted hearing aids.  Those closest to him have  encouraged Mitch to consider purchasing this much needed support. A typical conversation between Mitch and me would go something like this:  “Mitch, did you hear what is going on in Erie County today?”  Followed by, “Mitch, did you hear me?”  Mitch’sContinue reading “Why Mitch’s New Hearing Aids Cured My Mumbling!”

Finally Seeing Our Daughter Jessica After 54 Days Apart

Today was our first-time seeing Jessica after 54 days–I was not sure how this was going to play out. Jess enjoys facetiming with us, but I was concerned that she would not understand why we were unable to touch her even though we were visibly in front of her. My husband, Mitch, insisted that weContinue reading “Finally Seeing Our Daughter Jessica After 54 Days Apart”

My First Mother’s Day Without a Mom

My Mom passed away on February 6, 2020 before we “knew” about the impending Pandemic. We were able to say Good-bye to Mom in a traditional way, surrounded by friends and family in comparison to how people are mourning during social distancing. This is my first Mother’s Day without a Mom.

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