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Jillian here. Happy February. I, for one, was happy to see January leave. I literally was sick the entire month. Kept the cough until February 5, but at least wasn’t sick. Today, I had the privilege of being part of … Continue reading

Welcome to Over The Backyard Fence

Hi, and welcome to the first of many conversations here at Over The Backyard Fence.

Whether you have school-age children or not, this time of year signals a change for everyone. For those of you who are getting your children ready for another school year, your days are filled with preparing them for early wake-ups, buying clothes, and school supplies. Before you know it, school starts and life revolves around carpools, homework, and PTA.

For those of us lucky enough to have survived raising our children, it is a bittersweet time, filled with all the good memories (the bad ones fade, trust us). We may not be sending kids off in the mornings, but we feel the changes that follow Labor Day almost as much. Traffic patterns migrate. School buses trigger a sense that the weather will soon change and we go into “squirrel mode”, beginning to stock up for winter months ahead. At least, that’s what it’s like in the Pacific Northwest. We don’t know what a coming winter feels like in a more tropical climate. Does the instinct to prepare still touch you if the climate is mild?

Wherever you are in life, whether you have children or not, whether you work outside the home or in, we’ve designed this blog with each of you in mind, kind of like a quilting bee or coffee klatch. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, pull up a chair, and join the chat. Leave a comment, read others, or re-comment; whatever works for you. Sort of like chatting over the backyard fence. Forget about your to-do list. Let’s talk about life. Or laugh about it. And maybe learn something in the process.

We’ll kick it off with a question: what does this time of year mean to you? What changes do you see happening in your own life that others might relate to? And do you like those changes? We’d love to hear your thoughts.  And be sure to check back on Friday to see what Lavada is blogging about.

Laurie and Lavada