July 18, 2018

A Hodgepodge Goodbye

1. I feel most energized when I _______________________.  

Am well rested and getting lots of things done. Well rested, unfortunately, doesn't happen all that often. My sleep patterns resemble those of a toddler with ADHD on sugar overload.

2. Where were you ten years ago?

Getting ready for our son's wedding that would take place in early August. Both physically and mentally...we weren't ready to wrap our minds around having a kid old enough to get married. It was a beautiful day, though, and the Roaring '20s theme they chose was a lot of fun.

The last photo of us as a family of four.

3. July 17th is World Emoji Day. Do you use emojis? Which one's your favorite? Your most used?

I use emojis in my Facebook comments and once in a while in a text message. I don't know that I have a favorite, but I probably use the laughing ones the most....the heart is a close second.

4. What song would you put on a wedding DO NOT PLAY list?

I'm from southwestern Pennsylvania, land of of the firehall wedding, the cookie table, and polkas. Wedding receptions around here big deals. Really big deals. We polka, we do the chicken dance, the Electric Slide, the Macarena, and everything else that comes along (the Curly Shuffle was big when I got married). Most receptions have all kinds of music from polkas, to big band, to rock, to country. Sometimes there's a live band (not so common in this digital age), but most of the time there's a DJ and with WiFi they can fulfill any music request. I guess what I'm saying is that I don't think I'd put anything on the "DO NOT PLAY" list unless it was something with explicit, hateful, or violent content.

Doing the Chicken Dance at our daughter's wedding.

5. What deserves less of your attention? More of your attention?

Less attention? That's easy...Facebook and online games. More attention? Bible study, my blog (actual writing rather than just memes), and the house.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Question 5 was well timed. I'm looking forward to a productive day sorting through things, paring down some of the clutter, and setting things aside for the garage sale our daughter wants to have at the end of this month. I'm going to rearrange the living room, too, and maybe even bake something for dessert tonight. We don't usually eat dessert and it's been ages since I've baked. Tim will probably be shocked if I do.

That's it for this week and for the summer. Joyce is
taking the rest of the summer off...and maybe forever.
She's promised one more Wednesday Hodgepodge in
September and will decide then if she will continue or not.
Whatever she decides, we can all send a big thank you
for several years of Hodgepodge fun. 

Enjoy your break, Joyce!
We'll see you in September.

July 16, 2018


I am...

Reading: Altar of Bones by Philip Carter

Listening to: Tim's watching Baywatch

Loving: fresh corn on the cob

Thinking: (as I sit here with dye on my roots) that I'd really like to just let it go gray...my hair grows out so fast and I my gray is extremely resistant to color so I have to do it often and leave the color on for an hour before washing it out.

Feeling: relaxed

Celebrating: that my ankle/foot felt a lot better than yesterday (yesterday was a bad day)

Grateful for: my husband and his unconditional support of my interests and hair-brained ideas

Weather: 90 degrees and very humid...I can hear thunder so maybe we'll get some rain

Enjoying: lots of time to read

A quote I want to share:  

Happy Monday!

Good morning! The sun is shining and it's a little cooler today, but the humidity...it was at 96% at 6:00 this morning! You can practically wring the water out of the air. I am not a fan of humidity. Not at all.

Thunderstorms may bring us some relief by as early as noon, but it sounds like it's going to be kind of a hit and miss sort of thing. It might be a good thing if it misses us as we had a doozy of a storm late yesterday afternoon that dropped 2 inches of rain on us in about half an hour! I'm hoping there's a dry window in there somewhere if we do get storms because I've arranged to go to a local farm this afternoon to pick up some fresh picked green beans I just ordered on Facebook. Looking forward to sauteing them with a little oil and garlic. Yum!

The weekend was fairly quiet around here, though there was a bit of "excitement" Saturday morning...

The sewer line the kids had just paid a plumber to unclog on Wednesday, clogged again first thing Saturday. Megan called Tim and he left work to come home and fix the problem once and for all. He cut out a section of the old existing cast iron pipe and put in new pvc pipe and a clean out trap so the toilet won't have to be lifted to get at any clog from now on. He also brought home some thing that you put down the pipe and it inflates to push the clog through.

In doing all of that, Tim found that there was still a big clog in the pipe. The plumber the kids hired didn't clear it up at all, just moved it enough to buy them a few days.  We are livid on their behalf and are encouraging them to call and complain and file a complaint with the BBB.

The kids were given a 4-hour window of when the guy would show up and he was well past that. He spent maybe 10 minutes with a snake/auger in the drain. At that point, he said he couldn't get it and needed to add another section to the line. Just a couple of seconds after that he announced that he "got it" and rolled up his line and left. He never flushed the line to be sure (which I'm told should be standard practice) and he didn't even put the toilet back. So, for 10-15 minutes of work and a problem that wasn't even fixed he charged the kids nearly $400! He didn't even have to lift the toilet in the first place. The kids had already done that trying to unclog it themselves.

I'm thinking a company with such business practices should take all the stuff about being Christians off their vans, because their giving Christians a black eye. That's the first thing our son-in-law mentioned..."They're supposed to be Christians." Nice.

Anyway, Tim got that done and had time to take a good long nap Saturday afternoon so we decided to go out to dinner at a local sports bar and restaurant. They have good food, a great view (it's on the 2nd floor), and the women in the Beth Moore Bible study blessed me with a gift card as a thank you for leading it. We had a yummy dinner and I still have enough on the card to have lunch with the ladies someday (it's our usual meeting place for lunch).

Yesterday we did the grocery shopping and not much else. Tim did his usual Sunday catch-up-on-sleep thing while I watched several movies and ran back and forth between our house and the kids' house to let their puppy out while they were away. I'd have brought him over here, but my Poodle does not like him at all. I'm hoping that will change as he grows up and out of the jumping on her and chewing on her phase.

Dinner was my homemade meatloaf, though it was a little later than planned. The storm caused the power to blink off a couple of times and I never thought about it shutting the oven off. Whoops! Meatloaf is a favorite in this house, but only mine. Even people who swear they hate meatloaf end up liking it. My big secret? I use the original recipe from older (like 1970's or earlier) Betty Crocker cookbooks. It's great comfort food!

And that was our weekend. Like I said, quiet. Now I'm off to get some things done around here before Megan and Colton show up on my doorstep as they do most days.

Happy Monday and have a blessed week!

July 14, 2018

What Do You Do?

Joining in with our hostess, Bev, and the rest of the thieves for Sunday Stealing.

These questions from Harvard Business Review are questions to ask someone other than "so what do you do?"

What excites you right now? 

My husband and I have been looking at the off-ship excursions offered during the cruise we're planning to take up the coast of New England to Nova Scotia next summer. I'm pretty excited about that. It'll be my first cruise.

What are you looking forward to?

A long weekend away in October with friends of ours. We're going up to the wine country along the PA/NY border. It will be beautiful up there at that time of year.

What’s the best thing that happened to you this year?

Hands down, it was having our daughter and her husband buy the house next door.

Where did you grow up?

Well, we moved a bit when I was young for my dad's work, but I have always considered the town I now live in to be my hometown as I've lived here more than anywhere else over the years. Latrobe is a small town and a mile or so in any direction will take you to either farm land or forest. The town's claims to fame are being the birthplace of Arnold Palmer, Fred Rogers, and banana splits. For years it was thought to be the birthplace of professional football with the first paid player ever, but a while back an earlier paid player was found in Pittsburgh. We still have the claim to the first ever totally professional game. We also host the Pittsburgh Steelers' training camp. I could go on for a long time about all the amazing things in and around town, but you can just go here if you're curious.

What do you do for fun?

I like to read, garden, haunt flea markets, garage sales and auctions, and cook among other things.

Who is your favorite superhero?

I can't really say that I have one, but if I have to choose....Thor.  Because even when he was a cartoon he was a hunk and now, well, just LOOK at him!

Is there a charitable cause you support?  

The local food bank, the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, Compassion International, and Heifer International.

What’s the most important thing I should know about you?  

I am a devout Christian. I don't just pay lip service to my faith. I am a serious student of the Bible and everything I do is filtered through the precepts taught there. I'm not saying I'm perfect or holier than thou. I will always be a work in progress, striving every day to be a better person than I was yesterday.

Tell us of something that relaxes you and always makes you happy.

Reading or going to flea markets and auctions.

If you could take the train from anywhere to anywhere, where would 'anywhere' be?

The "from" anywhere would be here and the "to" anywhere would be California. It would be sweet to see the whole country from a train. No driving so I'd be free to really look around.

What will you always pack in your suitcase? 

Way too much stuff. I am a world class over packer.

What will you never pack in your suitcase?

A bikini. I don't care how much weight I lose...ain't gonna happen. Ever. 

Saturday 9: I Love Lucy

I can't believe another Saturday has rolled around. My summer break is nearly half over and I haven't done anything really fun or vacation-y. Nor am I likely to any time soon thanks to having "strained" my ankle. I'm hobbling around in a light brace with orders to stay off it as much as I can, ice it when I need to, and take ibuprofen for the pain. My doctor said to expect it to take a good 6 weeks to heal. A woman who worked in physical therapy commented on my blog the other day and said I should count on 2-3 months! Grrrr.

Anyway, enough of the pity party. I'm linking up with Sam and the gang at the Saturday 9 for a little musical meme fun. 

Saturday 9: I Love Lucy (1951)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Before today, did you know that the "I Love Lucy" theme had lyrics?  I did not, though I'm not surprised. A lot of the old theme songs had lyrics we never heard.

2) Since its premiere in 1951, I Love Lucy has never been off the air. Are you a fan?  I always watched it growing up, but I wouldn't say I'm a fan these days. The show is, however, the inspiration for one of the items on my bucket list. Ever since I saw the episodes (I think there were several of them) in which Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel drove across the country to California on Route 30 I have wanted to do the same thing. Part of my interest is that I live about 2 miles from Route 30 and drive on it nearly every day.

3) On the show, Ricky Riccardo supports his family by performing in a nightclub. Do you know anyone in show business?  I don't think so. I have a cousin who is well known in the music business, but that's a different ball game.

4) Lucy and Ricky's best friends are Fred and Ethel, their landlord and his wife. Are you friendly with your neighbors?  I've known all of my immediate neighbors for my whole life and now my daughter and her family bought the house next door so yeah, I'm pretty friendly with the neighbors.

5) One of the most popular episodes has Lucy and Ethel working on the conveyor belt at a chocolate factory. When did you last have chocolate?  Just today. I keep a bag of those new Hershey's Cookie Bars in the refrigerator. Each bar is only 3 little squares, so just the right size when you're craving a bit of chocolate.

6) Another famous episode has Lucy promoting Vitametavegimin. This tonic is made with vitamins, meat, vegetables -- and 23% alcohol. Do you read the ingredients statement before you take an over-the-counter medication? Or do you trust that it's safe because it's on the store shelf?  Unless it's something I've never tried before or something herbal, I usually trust that it's safe. I really check out anything herbal since they are packing some really weird stuff into pills these days and making outrageous claims. If it was for the kids or now the grandkids, I really put it under the microscope.

7) I Love Lucy was filmed before a live audience. Desi Arnaz (Ricky) always maintained he could identify the chuckle of his mother-in-law, who attended every taping. Do you know anyone who has a distinctive laugh?  There is a woman in my Bible study who has a very loud, braying kind of laugh. I'm sure I could pick it out.

8) The show ended when the Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz marriage ended. Have you ever had to choose sides when a couple broke up?  Only once and it was the right thing to do given circumstances. Other than that, I don't think I've ever had to choose, though it does seem to work out on it's own that the friendship with one or the other will sort of fade away.

9) Random question -- You must eat the same dinner, every day, between now and Labor Day. An identical menu, no deviation. What will you be having?  Pizza. I would have no problem eating it every day. 

That's all for today. Have a great day and try to stay cool if it's hot where you are. The heat and humidity are rolling back in today and are to stick around for the next several days. At least it will make it easier to stay inside with the ankle propped up.

July 12, 2018

Thankful Thursday

Good morning! Today is a day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. To that end, there is nothing to get your heart and mind in the right place and start your day off with a good attitude than starting off by spending some one on one time with God. It's pretty darn hard to be in a bad mood in His presence! It's especially hard to feel down when you are purposely looking for the good things He has blessed you with. So, it is with a glad heart that I'm linking up with Rebecca Jo @ Knit By God's Hand for Thankful Thursday.

This week I am thankful...

* to have a handle on what is wrong with my ankle and to be seeing my primary care physician today to see if he thinks I should be doing anything differently.

* for a fantastic night of discussion with my Tuesday Bible study folks.

* as tonight is the last official session of the Beth Moore study on the fruit of the Spirit, I can look at the women and see that it has truly been life-changing for most of them. What a blessing to witness and to have been used by the Lord to make it happen. (Seriously, if you haven't done this study, you should. Even if you just get the book and do it on your own...which is what I did before introducing it to the ladies...you will be so challenged and blessed. I learned so much. I've never encountered better teaching on the fruit than this study.)

* for fresh, sweet blueberries picked yesterday with the sun shining down.

* for lighter summer suppers of grilled meats and lots and lots of fresh veggies.

* that God continues to protect my husband from himself and his refusal to follow doctor's orders.

* for the first cucumbers and squash from the garden.

* to be the one Colton turns to when he wants to cuddle or needs comfort. I think it's because I'm the only calm, peaceful person in his life. I will read the same book over and over or walk with him and point out all the little things to him just like my Nana did with me. I'm not lost in my phone or TV when I'm with him as nearly everyone else is.

* we've solidified plans to go away for a long weekend with friends in October. The same friends we will be going on a cruise with next summer to celebrate their 50th anniversary (and our 35th!).

* that, speaking of cruises, my mom is finally choosing a cruise to go on. John gave her a cruise (she could choose where to go) for Christmas 3 or 4 years ago and she's never shown much interest. Yesterday she showed me the one she thinks she wants to do. They would leave December 29 for California and spend a couple of days seeing all the activities surrounding the Tournament of Roses Parade and then actually seeing the parade before boarding their ship, which will cruise down the coast of Mexico, cut through the Panama Canal, swing through the Caribbean, and end up in Miami. They will be gone 21 days! Probably 23 with traveling to and from.

* the plumbing issues the kids were having at the new house turned out to not be anything major....though the plumber they got to come should be ashamed of himself for charging $400 for 15 minutes of work.

* we got to see some family we rarely see these days at a graduation party. Our kids grew up together and were like siblings back in the day. I miss that, but there were reasons so while the visit was nice, it also reinforced the rightness of not being close any longer.

* as always, for each one of you!

That's it for today. I have to get this posted and get ready to welcome Colton. I'm keeping him for just a bit while his mommy and daddy take their truck to the garage.

Have a blessed and beautiful day!

July 11, 2018

Blueberry Hodgepodge

1. What's something in your house you'd like to get rid of but can't?  The sofa. The scale is really not right for the living room and it's been well used so it's gotten squishy and it's just not comfortable....except to my husband. He has a lot of trouble sleeping and most nights ends up moving to the sofa and sleeping there. He refuses to allow me to get rid of it.

2. When is the last time you experienced a sense of nostalgia? Elaborate.  At bible study this week we ended up talking about the order of things in a Christian household, which got us sharing stories about raising our kids.

3. You're only allowed three apps on your smart phone or tablet...which three do you keep?  The Weather Channel, Facebook, and a game called Wordscapes.

4. July 11th is National Blueberry Muffin Day. Who knew? Do you like blueberry muffins? If you were going to have a muffin would blueberry be your choice? What's the last thing you baked?  I do. I like most things with blueberries and it's a good thing since my stepdad has a very prolific patch of blueberry bushes. In fact, I'm going to pick some today. I don't know when I last baked. It's been a while as I don't like to have something like that sitting in the house for just the two of us. I will be making a couple loaves of zucchini/pineapple/blueberry bread, though.

Zucchini Bread
3 eggs. 3 cups flour
2 cups sugar. 1 tsp. Baking soda
1 cup oil. 1 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Vanilla. 1 tsp. Baking soda
1 cup drained, crushed pineapple
2 cups grated zucchini
1-2 cups blueberries (to your liking)
Mix all ingredients.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Makes 2 loaves. Freezes well also.

5. What's the biggest way you've changed since you were a child? In what way are you still the same?  My dad was pretty controlling and strict when I was growing up. I NEVER talked back and I just silently took anything anyone said or did to avoid confrontation. That's no longer who I am. I'm kind about it, but I do speak up. As for staying the same, I'd say that it's that I've stayed pretty trusting of others.

6. Insert your own random thought here.  I've been limping around with a painful ankle for about a week and a half. I already had an appointment with my pc scheduled for this Thursday so I figured I'd just ask him about it then and go from there. One of the men in my bible study group is a podiatrist and he took a quick look and said it's probably tendonitis. His advice? Wear supportive shoes, wear an ankle brace, take ibuprofen, ice it and if it gets worse or doesn't get better come see him. I've been doing all of that so I'll see what my pc has to see. If he tells me to see a specialist, I've already got one lined up. Man, this getting older is not for sissies!

July 9, 2018

The Edge of Over There

The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker is categorized as Christian fiction. I'm not sure I agree with that. It is well written and I did enjoy the story and wanted to know what happened to the characters, but there were no clearly defined religious thoughts. It was just vaguely spiritual. Sort of.

The story reminded me a great deal of some of C.S. Lewis's writings...the more "imaginative" ones. I found it rather dark and confusing. Much of the time I really wasn't sure who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. There was no mention of God or Jesus, just angels who didn't really like to be called angels.

The Tree of Life played a prominent roll, but it we find that it wasn't the only one. There have been many throughout time and they apparently don't live forever. They can be killed with a certain sword and are by those I'm assuming are the "good" guys. It's apparently not a good thing for a Tree of Life to exist?

There is talk of some of the "angels" falling, souls passing to "Over There," but that's where anything close to Christianity ends. In the story there are 7 gateways around the world for souls to pass through to "Over There," but living people can sometimes pass through and exist in a strange sort of limbo known as "The Edge of Over There." Supernatural beings can and do die. The shining city of "Over There" is just one such place in the universe and reality apparently exists in many dimensions.

I guess, for me, the bottom line is that it was an enjoyable fantasy, but not as a Christian work.

July 8, 2018

Sunday Stealing Gets Nosy

Linking to Sunday Stealing for some pretty random questions today. Thanks for finding another week's worth of questions, Bev.

These are questions from Swap Bot

1. Where were you 3 hours ago?  Browsing in Barnes & Noble. Tonight was date night. We went to the Arts & Heritage Festival at a local park, had dinner at Red Lobster, and then went to B & N. I was good. I didn't buy any books.

2. Have you ever eaten a crayon?  Not that I'm aware of.

3. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?  Nope.

4. When is the last time you went to the mall?  Maybe last Christmas? I really don't know. I rarely go there these days.

5. Are you wearing socks right now?  No. I rarely wear them through the summer.

6. When was the last time you drove out of town?  I drove to the next town over last Friday. (Hey, you didn't say how far out of town it had to be.)

7. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days?  I haven't been to the movies since sometime right after Easter when I went to see Paul, Apostle of Christ.

8. What was the last thing you had to drink?  Diet Coke with a twist of lime.

9. What are you wearing right now?  Navy blue and white dotted swiss pajamas.

10. Do you wash your car or let the car wash do it?  Car wash.

11. Last food that you ate?  We ate dinner at Red Lobster so a mix of shrimp scampi, grilled scallops, and coconut shrimp.

12. Where were you last week at this time? I think I was in bed.

13. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?  Nope.

14. When is the last time you ran?  Not at any point in recent memory.

15. What's the last sporting event you watched?  I have no idea. Probably a Steelers' game. I don't really like watching anything else enough to fight my husband for the remote as he doesn't watch sports at all.

July 6, 2018

Saturday 9: Chains

Linking up with Sam @ the Saturday 9 for some good, clean, musical summer fun!  Today's song is...

Saturday 9: Chains (1962)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The song is about a woman who is in love with her boyfriend, but still attracted to someone else. Do you believe a woman can be in love with more than one person at a time?  I don't believe we can be in real, true, committed love with more than one person at a time. I do believe we can be attracted to more than one person. Love and attraction are two different things.

2) What about the male of the species? Do you believe a man can be in love with more than one person at a time? Same answer as above and for whatever reason, I think men have a harder time loving one person than women do.

3) This lyrics were by Gerry Goffin and the music by Carole King. Carole was a favorite guest of David Letterman's. When she appeared on his show, he often commented on how impressed he was by her firm handshake. She credited her memorable grip to time spent milking goats on her Idaho farm. Have you poured goat milk on your cereal? Eaten goat milk yogurt or cheese?  I've never poured goat milk on anything and I'm not likely to, either. I don't like regular milk, let alone "exotic" milk. It's a "no" for yogurt and cheese, too. My only goat milk related "yes" concerns fudge.

4) When it first came out, "Chains" was a favorite of 18-year-old George Harrison. It was at his recommendation that the Beatles added it to their early stage shows and even recorded it on their first album. When you were in high school, what was one of your favorite songs?  Journey (Open Arms) and REO Speedwagon (I'm Gonna Keep On Lovin' You) were huge my senior year of high school. I liked them both. I was also into the Eagles and we were also riding the Urban Cowboy wave and loving the kind of country music featured in the movie.

5) In 1962, when this song was released, epic movies were popular on the big screen. The Longest Day was three hours long, and Lawrence of Arabia ran more than three hours and a half hours. Today's most popular movies are nowhere near that long. Do you think the average American has a shorter attention span today than he did in 1962?  Yes, I do. We have instant access to everything and from the time they are babies many American kids are watching a screen. Those constantly changing images and instant access have shortened our attention span and.....ah, never mind. I'm just going to stop because if I climb up on my soapbox I'm gonna be up there a while ranting about the "evils" of cell phones.

6) In 1962, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy went on a two-week goodwill tour of India and Pakistan. She received a ceremonial "welcome necklace" in India. Made without jewels or precious metals -- just beads, sequins and paper -- it was valued by the First Lady for its delicate appearance and craftsmanship, and today it's on display at the John F. Kennedy Library. Tell us about a piece of jewelry that means a great deal to you, and why.  I have some necklaces and brooches that were my grandmothers. They are very pretty, but I will probably never wear them. Same goes for a hammered silver bracelet my dad brought back from Peru and a silver and turquoise Roadrunner brooch he brought me from New Mexico.

7) In Pakistan, Mrs. Kennedy made headlines by riding a camel. Have you ever ridden a horse, donkey, camel or elephant?  Yes, to all of them. I was a horsey girl so did a good bit of riding as a kid. The donkey fit in there somewhere. The camel and elephant I paid to ride at the Central Florida Zoo and a circus, respectively. No, I wasn't a kid. I stood in line with kids and I rode them and I loved it!

8) Also in 1962, the New York Newspaper Guild went on strike, so the nation's largest city went 114 days without a single daily paper. In 2018, how do you get your news?  I watch some on TV and the rest online. I follow my favorite new station so I get notified when they post a new story.

9) Random question -- Complete this sentence: Before I go to sleep, I always ___________________________.  Pray.

Here's a little just for fun bonus. We went to a graduation party tonight and had fun in the photo booth.

July 5, 2018

Thankful Thursday

I'm linking up with Rebecca Jo @ Knit By God's Hand for Thankful Thursday. It doesn't feel right, though, after yesterday...because yesterday seemed like a Sunday, so this is clearly Monday. Ha!

This week I'm thankful...

* it's raining this morning and the temperature is only going to be in the 80s. Sweet relief! We've had so much flooding in the area, though, and we are under a flood watch/warning again this afternoon as strong storms are expected. I'm sure praying we don't see that.

* for answers to some financial prayers.

* for silly fun with Colton while he "helped" me water the garden and flowers. Let's just say he went home wetter than the flowers and looking like he'd been planted in the dirt, too. He just loves playing outside and has hated being cooped up through these hot days.

* to live in a country founded by incredible, visionary men and that for all her faults, this grand lady is still one of the best countries to live in. We still enjoy freedoms unheard of in some countries. We still enjoy peace (at least with the world, if not among ourselves).

* the holiday hosting duties have mostly passed to our daughter. I made a dessert yesterday and cooked the corn on the cob, but that was all I had to do. It's nice after 30+ years of doing ALL the hosting to be able to sit back and relax.

* for all of the yummy food yesterday. Our daughter made foil packets of shrimp, steak, potatoes, onions, and peppers and cooked them on the grill. So good and simple and easy!

* seeing the pure joy on the faces of Colton and my stepdad as they spent time together yesterday. John never had kids of his own, but has always taken my kids as his own grandchildren and now loves their kids. He's 76 or 77 and as happens, he's gotten weaker, had some health issues and the sense of getting old and feeling useless really brings him down. It was awesome to see him smile, laugh, and chase after Colton.

* for the summer months off from school to watch lots of movies and read lots of books...and for the creative minds that conceive of the stories and bring them to life.

* as always for each one of you!

July 4, 2018

Independence Day

It was 242 years ago today that Congress approved the final version of a little document known as the Declaration of Independence.

Independence was actually declared formally on July 2, 1776. Congress approved it on July 4 and the signing took place on August 2, 1776.

Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of Independence, though some signed later than August 2. These were all delegates to the Second Continental Congress who represented the former 13 colonies that became the United States of America. To them we owe a debt of gratitude for their vision, commitment and bravery.

We also owe a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who have (and continue to) so valiantly fought and, in some cases, died to preserve the independence, liberty and freedom we enjoy every day...and to their parents, spouses, and children who have sacrificed right along with them.

May we never forget all that went into building the United States of America.

July 2, 2018


I am...

ReadingThe Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker

Watching: Chuck Norris in Code of Silence (not my choice)

Listening to: the above mentioned movie...sort of

Loving: the rain and tonight's cooler temps

Thinking: I really like the way I rearranged the furniture this afternoon

Feeling: a bit sore from moving the furniture

Celebrating: that in spite of not listening to his doctor, Tim's knee is healing very well

Grateful for: everything!

Weather: it was in the 90's and humid, but thunderstorms have cooled it off quite a bit and it's comfortable out there now.

Enjoying: my days with my youngest grandson

A quote I want to share: