If I had snow?


Our beautiful 70 degree day was blue bird clear, sunny, and had light breezes come in from the south.

When I get online, and see the snow, and weather across the country, I want to dress in sweaters, and heavy denim. I want to play in the snow, and make snow angels. Maybe even a tree-smacked snow bunny?

Today I am grateful for beautiful weather, left over turkey for pot pie, and a day to clean up after company.

A Lesson From a Mad Hatter

For those who are dizzy from our “topsy-turvey” world, take a word from the Mad Hatter.

Great post! Enjoy.

Morning Story and Dilbert

Morning Story and Dilbert Vintage Dilbert
November 21, 1991

One of the first steps to accomplishing great things in your life is to cease dwelling on the negative things in your past. Carefully assess your present strengths, successes, and achievements. Dwell on those positive events in your life, and quit limiting your potential by constantly thinking about what you have done poorly. Alice and the Mad Hatter in Wonderland had a conversation that illustrates this concept:

Alice: Where I come from, people study what they are not good at in order to be able to do what they are good at.

Mad Hatter: We only go around in circles in Wonderland, but we always end up where we started. Would you mind explaining yourself?

Alice: Well, grown-ups tell us to find out what we did wrong, and never do it again

Mad Hatter: That’s odd! It seems to me that in order to find…

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Words words words


Words and food, where would we be without them?

When I first read this and thought about comfort food, and bacon I got hungry and made a sandwich.

Have a great Wednesday!

Seeking the light


Today, I am grateful for breath, life, heartbeat, and a sun that came up.

Little sparks of creativity smolder in the hearth of my heart.

My hopeful spirit breathes into those coals, fanning a small flame.

Unstoppable, and unfortunate common denominator

If anyone had told me last year, “by this time next year: your father won’t speak to you, your son will have a pacemaker, your mother will blame you for everything bad in her life and hate you, your brother will abandon you, and your husband (after knowing you for 23 years) will say, I thought it was just a ‘personality’ thing between you and your mom. I would have never believed she could act this way. (That might have been the hardest.)


Now….I am just a woman looking for some peace…letting go of what I can’t control. Forgiving people who don’t believe me, don’t listen, disregard, scoff, or just rudely project their insecurities on me.

I have to keep moving. This opposition is not going to stop me, or stand between me and being me, really me, not just who they thought I was supposed to be…what they got used to being me….that doesn’t work anymore.

I have to face the facts that I am the common denominator in all things volatile in my family in standing up, not acting like I am supposed to. I am searching and searching for my part in this. I stood up and said enough. That may have been sufficient…considering how I have suppressed my need for family boundaries so long…..unleashing that anger caused damage.

Aren’t the people who are supposed to ‘love you’….aren’t they supposed to ‘know you’?  Aren’t they supposed to want the best for you?  Aren’t they supposed to believe in you?  I guess not in my situation.  The norm is my support, my belief, my encouragement, my capitulation, my hospitality, my enthusiasm.  My bank has run dry.


If you are facing anything today that stands between where you are and where you are supposed to be, regardless of the opposition…..square your shoulders, ready your fists, face your target, and keep moving.

If you can negotiate, state your terms. If not, prepare for battle and consequences.

Be ready for the change in your relations, it will be hard. You face the change, or retreat to your former situation.

I’m convinced that a part of hell consists of family dissapproval, manipulation, contempt, and all forms of pride.

Lord, keep me as I move forward, correct me if I am wrong, and bless all those who abuse me as I move forward. Expand my borders, honor the seeds I have sown in honoring my parents, and honoring you. Let me not be ashamed, according to your word, in Jesus name.

Sometimes, you have to stand up.  In doing so, accept the consequences, be authentic to who you are.

It isn’t easy.  There will be pain.  Trust God, if you make a mistake, He will Help you.

God knows, He has helped me, and I trust He will continue.


but Jesus, this does hurt.

M’lady, your soup

My inner princess rejoices to be called “M’lady”.


Dining solo is always an adventure, but this was a surprising first. To be served my soup with a bow and flourish, and to be called “M’lady”.

I will giggle over that the rest of the day.

Thanks Cover 3, your waitstaff rocks.



Not everything will go as planned, maybe there will be some disappointments. That’s ok.

I am content to be authentically me. Complicated? Yes, sometimes. Simple? My needs are very simple, and today I am very grateful.

I am grateful for sunshine, a long walk with the dogs, some fall color in the China Berry trees, and a soft breeze to air out the house.

May your upcoming week be a great one!

why is it so hard to find an exercise bike with a nice little basket where I can put my nachos?  – ron alderson

TGIF everyone. It is National Nacho Day. Enjoy and have a great weekend!


I didn't have my glasses on....

happy national nacho day

to all of the nachos in my life


nacho the food not the cat

IMG_1556nacho the cat not the food


einstein explaining the theory of nachos

you have all made my life so much better

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