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Counting Down the Days

Counting Down the Days

BY: RACHEL WUMKES I’d like to make it known for the record that I, Rachel Wumkes, a forty-year-old woman of sound mind, has made a paper chain. Yes, you read that correctly.  A paper chain.  Just like the one my Kindergartener made last winter to countdown the days until Christmas.  It hangs proudly from the side of my...

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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning

The Ultimate Spring Cleaning

BY: RACHEL WUMKES As if on cue each year, when the days begin to lengthen and the warmth of the sun kisses the Earth once again, something is energized within us. Suddenly, we have the urge to move our furniture and clean the floors beneath them. Drapes and rugs are thrown into the washing machine, removing the collection...

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Guess Who’s Back… Back Again?

Guess Who’s Back… Back Again?

BY: RACHEL WUMKES It makes me literally giddy with glee to write things on my calendar. Where the normal anxiety used to linger as those little squares filled up with activities each month, is now replaced with jubilation. Seems like a fitting reaction following a year of crossing things off my list. One of the items on...

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Are You Ready to Rock?

Are You Ready to Rock?

BY: RACHEL WUMKES After a year of postponements and cancellations, I think we are all ready for a bit of fun this summer, right? That cloud of disappointment lingering above us all has started to dissipate. The gentle winds of change blowing it off into the horizon and, hopefully, away from our lives for good. So, I must...

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A Little “Spring” In Your Step

A Little “Spring” In Your Step

Image by Daniel Reche from Pixabay BY: RACHEL WUMKES I know you’ve seen the sign-up information.  But you’re dragging your feet, right? Should I do it? Can I do it? Trust me, I know all the things flitting through your mind.  The negativity or uncertainty that swirls around, preventing you from pulling the trigger and...

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Let Me Look Into My Crystal Ball

Let Me Look Into My Crystal Ball

photocredit: Pinterest.com BY: RACHEL WUMKES It was about this time last year when our lives came to a screeching halt.  All the planning and preparation was well underway to ensure a season of fun at the lake when the rug was pulled out from underneath us. Now, as the temperatures begin to rise, melting the dreaded snow...

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