He is watching


He sees you when you're sleeping.... He knows when you're awake... He knows if you've been bad or good so be good for goodness sake. Santa creeps me the heck out! He is a creepy stalker. And he has been spending time watching me very closely from the desk across from me. This Santa follows us about the newsroom. He pops up on desks, hidden behind doors and on occasion you can even find him headless and still gazing at you. He never goes away. For the entire month of … [Read more...]

Sister Mix Up


When I started my blog no one knew me... And then the blog grew... People started to talk to me at Wal-Mart that I had never met before... I'd run into people when I was out of town that would recognize me or my ex-husband or Sylas K... And before long I just got used to it. Then I started writing for the local paper. And more and more people started to recognize me and Sylas K. Most days it doesn't bother me much. I usually stop and chat and we move along. Sylas K has even grown accustomed … [Read more...]

An Untraditional Christmas


Christmas this year is anything but traditional at our house. While I'm a bit sad about that I'm trying really hard to embrace this untraditional Christmas. It's something different and not at all what I'd prefer but it isn't horrible either. It could be much worse. Today I put away all the fall decorations and put up my Christmas tree. The tree this year is just a little ceramic tree that belonged to my mom. I'm not putting up the big Christmas tree. If Sylas K isn't here I just don't … [Read more...]

Phone Calls From Jolly the Elf


Some of you may think you know me really well. You may think I'm just a mom, or a reporter, or a social work type. You may think I sit around and watch hours of mindless television or maybe you think all I do is play on the internet. But what many of you don't know is that I have an alter ego. During the month of December I'm Jolly, Santa's helper. My job is to call children and make sure that Santa has their Christmas wish list right. I may remind them to help with chores or check in to … [Read more...]



Thanksgiving 2014 is in the books! We sure have a lot to be thankful for! My dad and Cricket came home for Thanksgiving so we got to spend some time with them. They were even able to go with Heather and I to visit Mr. Sylas K! To say he was thrilled would be an understatement. This kid just adores his Granny and Papa. Granny of course always finds the coolest gifts for him. She brought him some awesome superman socks and a cool hat. They also agreed to a ridiculous game of … [Read more...]

Stand in the solution


After weeks of feeling sorry for Sylas and myself I'm over it. I'm tired of feeling crummy. It just isn't really my nature. While I laid in bed thinking about how tired I was of my piss poor attitude I had the following thought. I can stand in the problem or stand in the solution. I choose to stand in the solution. So what does it look like to stand in the solution? It means I go back to doing the things that make me feel happy, the things that bring me laughter. One of those things … [Read more...]

Ghost Towns of Lyon County : Alda

Alda Wyckoff

I'm on a mission to find all of the ghost towns of Lyon county. This first ghost town I found in Lyon county was Chicago Mound. That day I was on a roll and decided to go on a hunt for Alda. Alda was a bit more difficult to find. There isn't a single physical identifier of Alda left. You should also know that I'm incredibly directionally challenged. I'm not kidding you when I say that north is always in front of me. Just one of the reasons I drive my dad insane! This project is quite the … [Read more...]

Boxed in


I was able to see my main man twice this week. It's always the thrill of my week to see his face, hug him, kiss his cheeks and just be in his presence. The level of missing him hasn't lessened even though we are week into this. My level of anger has increased tremendously though. I used to be sad. And I'm still sad. The situation is sad. But now I'm pretty freaking angry too. And I hate to admit that. Hell I hate to admit all of this. But I keep telling myself that when I post about this … [Read more...]

Ghost Towns of Lyon County: Chicago Mound


Ghost towns of Lyon county are keeping me sane and slightly entertained right now. Weird, right? Yes I know! But have I ever claimed to not be weird? I found this book that is a history of Lyon county. There are 99 cities and towns listed that have existed in Lyon county at some point in town. Now many of those 99 would be considered ghost towns. I didn't realize until recently that what makes a town extinct or a ghost town is when the town loses their postal code or post office. Having … [Read more...]