I may be the best combo of birth order :) Or the Worst :)

Whenever anyone asks me if I am the oldest, middle or youngest child I never know what to answer. I had the joy of being the youngest in our family of 3 kids for almost 9 years!  What a gig!  By then my parents were pretty much broken in by my two older siblings and […]

The Beauty of Using it Now!

I wonder who came up with the acronym of YOLO?  You Only Live Once What a great succint way to say ” Do it now”  “Don’t wait until tomorrow”  “Be in the moment.” I even know someone who named their dog YOLO There needs to be an acronym for “Don’t save it for a rainy […]

I always had the worst seat in the car!

Let me channel my inner Sophia from Golden Girls. Picture this: June 1968 LaGrange, suburb near Chicago, Illinois 1957 Dodge with no AC 2 parents 4 kids 1 dog 1 cat Destination:  Moving to Fairfax, VA This will forever be my version of walking to school in the snow uphill both ways. Seriously when I […]

Let it go and keep laughing

Ok I am officially losing it. Well maybe.  This is the second time I have come to the beach and forgotten my swimsuit after reminding Paul to bring his like 1,000 times and he forgot his as well. We are a pair. Talk about opposites attracting.  We are the classic example. He is organized, number […]

The Suprising Sounds of Summer

The sound caught me by surprise. Wood against wood with a familiar thwack. It unearthed a long forgotten sweet memory of hot summer days, in and out of the screen door, melting popsicles, cousins, the coolness of the stone basement and unending hours of exploring my grandparents farm. No worries, no computers, no responsibilities. Just […]

Who knew you could look this good after 12 moves?

As newlyweds in Corpus Christi, Texas we were pretty much broke.  Well not totally broke but we were scraping by on Paul’s pay as an Ensign in the Navy and my pay as an Administrative Assistant. I actually remember Paul balancing the checkbook and we had exactly 10 cents left.  That is not a typo.  […]

The Blessings Of Grief

I’m guessing that not many people would put the words blessings and grief together but I could see no other way. Also I promised myself I would not write one more sad post about grief and losing people that I love but……hang in here with me, I promise this is more about joy than it […]

Traveling with me is such a joy…maybe not

We are currently on a mini vacation or not depending on when this gets posted. 🙂 My favorite part of traveling is arriving.  My not so favorite part is packing and getting the house ready for our departure. I am always amazed how opposites attract and this certainly applies to Paul and me when we […]

How Did She do it? She just did :)

I’m not sure how she did it but she did.  My friend Susan managed to spread her sparkle of joy wherever she went and with whoever she met. Her tagline, motto, actually her whole essence was “Choose Joy, Bless Others” and that she did every single day! She also believed that “Until Further Notice Celebrate […]

I think it was the cocktails…

Saturday was not my best day and yet it got turned around in a lovely way. My benevolence/compassion/tolerance well was bone dry. In our never ending move we were trying to sell some things on Facebook Marketplace which is a challenge in patience and endurance. Lots of scammers, lots of people who flake on you.  […]