The cabin in the woods had been abandoned for years, but one night, a candle burned in the window. Of course, Melanie didn’t know that it had been abandoned or spare a second thought for how strange it was that a single wax candle burned in the window even though there was no one else around. No one other than herself, and her fiance, Nick. Even if she did know, at that point, she might not have cared. Melanie and Nick had been hiking for hours and it was getting dark. With each passing minute, the sun sunk lower in the gloomy winter sky. Her feet hurt. Her legs and fingers were numb from the cold. She was exhausted and angry at herself for insisting they go on the therapist-recommended retreat that lead to the predicament they found themselves in. Possibly even angrier than she was at Nick for cheating on her in the first place.
It’s only a few minutes past 4 pm and the sun is already setting. My brother pulls his A-class Mercedes into the driveway of an impressive yellow house. It’s not really a mansion, not by today’s standards. But it would have been considered one at the time when it was built, and a few hundred years thereafter. Still, 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a fully renovated basement, a sunroom, and a double-lot within jogging distance of Harvard is nothing to scoff at.
Life in the Apocolypse
I shuffle into the kitchen and press a button on the water dispenser. Clean, filtered water pours out in exactly the right amount. It stops with a pleasant ding, filling my cup to just below the brim. While the water is pouring into my cup, I empty the dehumidifier into the sink. Ah, nothing like multitasking while I wait for my water to pour itself.
Sleep Magic Do’s & Don’ts
Most people already know that keeping certain bedtime rituals is vital to one’s health and can improve the quality of one’s sleep. However, when the time comes to actually crawl into our respective places of rest, many people still fail to realize just how important sleep habits really are.
- Third Place in EmPAWyee of the Month Challenge
A Feral FriendshipThird Place in EmPAWyee of the Month Challenge
Years ago, if anyone was to tell me I’d grow up to be a crazy cat lady, I would have laughed in their face. My family is a dog family. Plain and simple. Sure, as a kid I would always go out of my way to capture neighborhood strays and try to convince my Dad to let me keep them, but the answer was always a firm “no.”