Author: Alex

The hospital was as cold as outside.

It was 3 o’clock in the morning, and I could hear my phone ringing. I stumbled from the bed and headed to the living room where I had left my cell phone. My heart stopped beating for a second when I saw it was my daughter. When she was laughing, I almost shouted at her, […]

Why does camping need to include tents?

I walked around the tent, unrolling the flaps over the windows. I always thought it was sleeping on the ground that irritated me most with camping. As I lay awake in the tent on the Girl Scout camping trip, I was staring at the walls. I could see the moisture forming on the walls, just […]

The birthday party was a frigid affair.

Living in the Northeast, we are used to the occasional day in the forties or fifties in May or early June. We were hoping we could have a birthday party and get away without the cooler weather. So far, spring had been above average temperatures, and we thought the entirety of spring and summer was […]

The bed was hot, and so was the night.

I had never liked camping, but after my divorce, someone had to go with my young sons. They loved fishing and camping by the lake, so I volunteered to take them for a weekend. I bought a new tent, and since one of my hatreds of camping was sleeping on the ground, I also bought […]

I’m waiting for the stars to shine.

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and it is so dark that you can’t find the door to get out of the room? I live on the top of the mountain. We don’t have any streetlights to give you light in the house. There are trees all around the house, […]

When it rains, it snows!

Winter is almost upon us here in the north. Although people ignore it, the rain we are experiencing now will soon be snow. Last night, it was raining and the next thing I knew, I looked out the window and it was snowing. It doesn’t last once the sun comes out, but we had snow […]

Have you tried the new HVAC company?

I had heard there was a new HVAC company in our local area. I had been using the old HVAC company for over twenty years now, and the owner was retiring. I didn’t want to go with anyone else, but if my old HVAC company was going to close, I had to find a new […]

They took away the spot for my recliner.

I loved having my recliner sitting in the living room corner. I didn’t have the sun shining in to impede my afternoon naps because the window wasn’t near my feet. I could lean back and still watch television. A couple months ago I got a bonus at work. I had told my wife that as […]

The fireplace should have been decorated.

My favorite part of the holidays is decorating. I remember how we would come in from outside playing in the snow, and head directly to the fireplace. Mom would have cinnamon sticks in a pot of water, and she had other spices, like star-anise and whole cloves, in the brew. The house had the smell […]