Friday, December 11, 2009


Topsy-Turvey. Sometimes called higgledy-piggledy. But whatever you call it, that is how we roll.
On-line dictionaries define it as:

1. with the top where the bottom should be; upside down.
2. in or into a reversed condition or order.
3. in or into a state of confusion or disorder.

Yeah. That’s us. That is my wife and I. I don’t think that we would have or want to do it any other way. Our lifestyle would drive other people nuts, but it absolutely how we live our lives.

We are constantly going, doing, hosting, inviting, including, having, making or participating in something. When we are home, our home is always open and the parade of characters constantly coming through is endless. We are almost always spontaneous and are known as the “Late Night Gerbers.” Yup. That’s how we roll.

A good example was this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. OY!

We decided to do a little work on our home before the holidays and instead opened Pandora’s Box. A little work turned into a lot of work. The day before the holiday we still had painters, electricians, plumbers and artisans all working in the kitchen! We actually had to set up a make shift kitchen on our back patio to prepare the holiday feast. Except for the oven, the kitchen was off limits to us. In fact, the day of the dinner we still had some workers their up until 30 minutes before guests arrived. Madness, mayhem and chaos right down to the wire.

In the end, we had 23 guests for dinner, the house looked beautiful, the food was great and a good time was had by all.

The only question is why? Why would anyone want to live their lives that way?

The best answer I can give is that we both choose to be involved in as much and as many activities as we can. We also love the people we love and want to give them as much as we can. What we can give them is our home, a safe place, a refuge and a respite…..and sometimes a warm meal. We can also lend an ear, share a joke or tell stories about our latest adventures.

Our lives are full, adventurous and exciting. We are rich beyond our wildest dreams in every way that really matters….except for money that is. Most of all, we get to be exactly who we want to be in this world and that is a great privilege for which we are extremely grateful.

Does it come at a price? Of course it does. It means that our lives are chaotic, upside-down, disorganized……Topsy-Turvy. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Participate. Make a difference. Live a life that matters.


  1. what a great way to live life and it does sound like ours also

  2. Your dinner table looks great. Inviting as well as functional.

    We used to have "orphan's Thanksgivings" where anyone who had nowhere to go was invited and could invite others as well. Then, after we no longer worked in an office where we had the initial inviting pool, it changed to "homeless dinners." That became awkward when they slept on the floor after dinner and my chair and I could not get through.

    I think the homeless shelters will have to do from now on.

    Thanksgiving, Christmas — yes, we observe that one — formal times of sharing, food, fun, socializing.