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.  […]

Please Write Your Story

Everyone has a story to tell, record or share. I do mean EVERYONE The truth is most of these stories are lost forever having never been told, recorded or passed down to the next generation. I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to ask my parents a question to clarify a story […]

It is just stuff but then again it isn’t…

I opened the box with curiosity and anticipation. A box that had been packed up for a year. It was labeled framed pictures and “I forgot what else” 🙂 It literally says that.  Obviously a box packed on the tail end of our move last year when my brain was fried. As I opened the […]

Wait..you did what before a big family event?

Yes I am afraid it is so.  I am being forced to create a set of family rules or dare I say commandments for the do’s and don’ts before a big family event. Okay it is mostly don’ts and it is mostly aimed at the males in our family but whatever. For unexplainable reasons these […]

I found my Father’s hat and…

I was repacking a box the other day making it more compact and trying to find room for other things  when I found my fathers hat and ….. I wasn’t prepared to be so overwhelmed with emotion. It was the hat he always wore. I put it on my head and instantly felt his presence […]

Here Paul jump in this box….

I thought I would never say this but I miss our Navy moves.  Wait what? Yup I miss them coming in and packing everything that wasn’t nailed down including the trash. Or the time they moved us out of base housing and tried to take the refrigerator which belonged to the Navy. It was still […]