My Daughter’s Pandemic-Era Farmstead Wedding In Scotland Was A Team Effort

Scottish pandemic-era wedding Photo Credit_ Tony Heron

Everyone played a part to make it perfect.

If you’d have told me cows would be a significant theme at our daughter’s wedding and that I’d be shoveling manure the week of the wedding to clear a barn for revelries, I’d have called it “crazy talk!” Two bulls skirmishing the morning of the wedding near the chosen site of the outdoor ceremony, causing the farmer to worry? Nah, as mother-of-the bride I’d have day-of concerns (my hair! my makeup! my dress!), but frisky bulls wouldn’t have come to mind, I promise.

Read in full on AARP The Girlfriend.

Your Dog Could Be the Key To Well-Being During Difficult Times

When you find yourself in trying situations, a good relationship with your dog can make all the difference. Read my first article for Southern Living Magazine featuring Meg Daley Olmert author of  “Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond” here.

“It has grown increasingly common to wonder whether experiencing shortness of breath is a coronavirus symptom or a reaction to the ongoing news. Indeed, the resulting worry and stress is undisputedly taking a toll, negatively impacting our mental well-being. I’ve discovered my dog is a special source of calm. The steady hum of her predictable routine and loyal affection helps me balance the drumbeat of these hard times. ” 

 

To attend our daughter’s wedding, we spent 14-days quarantined in Scotland

C2511FD0-6D96-419C-B0DD-7E36293BE8D8_1_201_a“When the United Kingdom announced a strict 14-day quarantine requirement for international travelers, it was understandably an enormous disincentive to anyone thinking of crossing the pond — unless they were mission-driven, desperate or crazy. We — my husband, 19-year-old son and I — fell solidly into that camp.”

Read in full on The Washington Post Travel.