Meanwhile, back at Hogwarts…

Summertime for the Rossmans is jam-packed. The kids spend a lot of time with both sets of grandparents, as well as their cousins from Arizona who spend a few weeks in temperate Oregon every July. Meanwhile, Dr. Rossman and I go about our work weeks, visit the kids at their grandparents’ on the weekends and […]

Sunday With Ron 7.17.2011

Letting Go

I’ve sat down to write this post too many times in the past few weeks. I’ve thought of phrases that I wanted to include, or pictures to post. I’ve had second thoughts. I’ve started. Then stopped again. It’s an obituary. My cat Birch is 16 1/2 years old and he’s going to die. Not like […]


Rocco’s owner describes him thus: Rocco is the kind of cat that draws blood from guests and my kids run screaming from the room when he saunters in. I have to lock him in a bedroom when the kids’ babysitter comes over. I can relate. I once had a cat named Wolfgang who was so […]

Sunday With Ron 6.19.2011

Okay, you got me. This isn’t Ron Weasley at all. This is my parents’ cat Red and he is a dead ringer for our own Ron (with the exception of his larger size and darker fur and snugglier behavior.) My kids are at grandma’s house for a couple of weeks and thank goodness they don’t […]