My stress-reducing weekend.

I don’t like to get personal, but…

It has been a couple of high stress weeks (months?) for everybody, given runaway inflation, a diving stock market,  out-of-stock baby formula … and, of course, last week’s school tragedy.

So, it was with enormous personal relief that I had a stress-free Memorial Day weekend (save for picking between the pepperoni and cheese pizza).

The essence of the weekend formula:

First, no TV news … and almost no internet (save for fact-checking disputed word-spelling and sports bets).

Specifically, the only TV “look-ins” were the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships … only Netflix was a PG-friendly comedy … except for Wordly (usually played in small groups), no video games … nobody glued to their phones.

Key point: no TV or internet news.

Amazing how liberating from stress that is…


Second ingredient: family!

We’re very lucky to have 8 wonderful grandkids … ranging from 1-1/2 to 13 … with 3 hovering around the 2 year-old mark.

Note: Their parents are pretty great. too.

My most time spent was sitting on the beach watching  the cousins playing together in the water.

Most active(?) time was fishing off the dock with the kids.

Maddie (9) caught 5 fish and had a big one get away.


Note: I never dreamed that I’d be bonding with my grandkids by fishing — an activity that I’d never done until they coaxed me into it.


The “lucky guy” moment to remember: boating with the 5 oldest grandkid-cousins.


Yes, I do know how lucky I am and I cherish all these moments.


Honorable Mention: While family and a TV blackout were the primary stress-reducers, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to Mike’s Hard Lemonade.  Cheapskate that I am, I’m hustling to reverse-engineer Mike’s recipe. Any ideas?

One Response to “My stress-reducing weekend.”

  1. Dan Fishman Says:

    Not the same as Mike’s lemonade, but a delicious, refreshing concoction: A Dark and Stormy. Lime wedge, lots of ice, Goslings ginger beer, and Goslings dark rum.

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