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Saturday, March 13, 2021

* Something New & Exiting From Chicken Soup for The Soul *

Chicken Soup for the Soul is publishing a special book "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Read, Laugh, Repeat" on May 4th as a fundraiser for nonprofits that provide love and laughter to patients in hospitals and hospice, from the very young to the very old.

My story, “A Bittersweet Victory” was chosen to go in the book!
(They have chosen various humorous stories, by various writers that have already been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books. My story was included in "The Dog Really Did That?" from 2017)

It will be featured at Walmart (in the US and Canada), Target, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and many other booksellers. 🙂

* I will share more information as I get it! *

And oh my gosh, the cover definitely made me laugh! I love it!


https://www.chickensoup.com/files/book_cover_art/cover_art_236119.jpg




I am so proud to be part of this special publication!

Sunday, February 28, 2021

* NOSTALGIC SUNDAY *

It's Time for Another Nostalgic Sunday.



If you're like me, you're probably hoping life will get back to normal sometime soon. 
(And as Forrest Gump would say, "That's all I have to say about that.")


Today I'm going to post just a couple of my favorite quotes. 
I love all kinds, especially depending on what mood I'm in. 

Some make me pause and ponder. 

Some make me smile within my soul. 
&
Some move me to tears, while others make me laugh. 


"Back on its golden hinges, the gate of memory swings. And my heart goes into the garden and walks with the olden things." -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox


"All those who believe in psychokinesis - raise my hand." -- Steven Wright


“Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book, if written, results in a person explained.” -- Thomas M. Cirignano


"The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but the long and winding road has the better soundtrack." -- Robert Brault


"We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are." -- Anais Nin


I hope you enjoyed them, and I'll see you next week!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

* I'M ALIVE AND WELL - HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY *

I can't believe it's February 2021 and in a few hours, it will be Groundhog Day! I've posted before about the movie, with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. I just love this movie for so many reasons. Bill Murray's character is such a jerk in the first half or so of the movie, and then a transformation comes over him...because of what/who? Have you seen the movie? I've seen it a zillion times and it never gets old. 


HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY!

"Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties
 'cause it's cold out there today."



"Hey now, don't you tell me you don't remember me 'cause
 I sure as heckfire remember you."



"NEEDLE-NOSE NED?...NED RYERSON?" ..... "BING!"




"IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL! ..... LET'S LIVE HERE!"


(photos courtesy imdb.com and archive.dailypicture.net)

"Love is the answer. Shine on us all. Set us free. Love is the answer." -- EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

(P.S. I know this song is not used in the movie, 
but I love the music and lyrics, and it's perfect for the ending. 
Bill Murray's character is finally set free....when he realized love was the answer.)

Thursday, November 5, 2020

* THE STOOGES?? *

 Have you ever seen such craziness?

  I am staying completely off of Facebook for about a week (or more) because no matter how this election turns out, I know there will be so much anger and hatred being posted, and I don't want to read any of it. Lots of people say, "Just keep scrolling. You don't have to read anything that you don't want to see." Sometimes that's easier said than done. 

I'm really disappointed in my country. I hope and pray that whoever "wins" will be the best president for us and that all the rioting stops!   




Wednesday, October 21, 2020

** WHERE HAVE I BEEN? **

 I can't believe it's been almost a month since I posted anything. Did I mention I'm working more days at my job? I always worked just 2 days per week, Tuesdays & Fridays. The past 6 weeks or so, I've been working 3 or 4 days per week. I like the extra money, and I love my job and all the people...but the drive back and forth is a bit tiring. 

I'm not complaining, just explaining! LOL So, between my free time, and my "tired" time, I haven't even thought about blogging (posting my own or reading any of yours!)  Nor I have thought about replying to emails, etc. My apologies! 

I sincerely hope all of you are safe and healthy. Let's hope and pray that 2021 will be a fabulous year!


Bye for now.



Monday, September 28, 2020

* It's Monday! *

Hey everyone! I've been busy with different activities and just haven't been able to finish a blog post. I started writing one for "I Wonder" and couldn't get to the end of it. I think that was this past Thursday. Then I remembered my "Nostalgic Sunday" posts and thought that would be fun to do yesterday. Well, as you can see, it's Monday evening...

Some of my recent "activities

1) I've been doing a lot around the house. Ron and I are slowly getting our remodeling done. I don't remember if I mentioned about our purchase of a double-wide mobile home, in a senior community (55+ years old). We bought it 2 years ago and began taking it apart and putting in new. We moved in about a year ago and the work continues. We got it at a really good price and knew we could fix it up to make it our own. I told Ron that if I hadn't watched that TV show, "Flip or Flop", I would never have believed we could make it beautiful! Maybe I can post some "before and after" photos later as we keep working on it.

2) I'm also very happy to announce I've been writing!! I'm working on my sequel in the fact that I've found a bunch of notes and have been trying to get them in some kind of order. I'm also working on a story for a Chicken Soup book, and plan to write something for another one that's not due for quite a while. 

3) This evening I cut up carrots, potatoes and onions and put them all in the refrigerator in storage bags. Tomorrow morning before I leave for work at 6:00 am, I'll dump them all into my crockpot which is ready to be plugged in...and of course, I have a round roast to put in with the veggies. Mmm, that sounds so yummy to me. It's the kind of food I crave in the cooler/colder weather. How about you? 


"A few days ago, I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air." -- Eric Sloane

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

* A Leap of Faith, Again *

 I went through some of  my older blog posts yesterday, searching for just the right information to share...once again.  When I came upon this one, I decided to post it again. (It was an "I Wonder" post on March 9, 2012.) It was very meaningful to me then, as were all the wonderful comments I received, and it's very meaningful to me now as well, for very different and new reasons. 



Lately I've been thinking and wondering about Leaps of Faith. Don't you just love that phrase? Such thoughts and images come to my mind. But there is a group of images that is unsurpassed...

 


(all images courtesy Google)

I'll never forget the first time I watched Indiana Jones in The Lost Crusade take that "Leap of Faith." I held my breath, and then when I saw the "bridge" he walked across, my stomach got weak and I almost passed out because of my fear of heights! And no matter how many times I watch that scene, it effects me the same way -- -- emotionally and physically. My heart palpitates, I don't breath, my stomach does flips, and then BOOM...Indy accomplished the impossible. He believed. He HAD TO believe...and I cheer, usually out loud!

Anyone trying to achieve something of importance in their life has opportunities to take that "leap of faith," but how many of us actually do it?? Looking back, I know I've made a few of them, but they were more like "small steps of faith." (Every step in the right direction counts, though, right?) 

I'm working on the sequel to my memoir now, and will most likely need a few "leaps" along the way! 😀


 “Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.” -Margaret Shepherd

Saturday, September 5, 2020

* SAD NEWS ABOUT CHARLIE *

Ron and I had to say goodbye to our beloved Charlie Thursday evening. We knew it was coming sometime soon, but he went downhill quickly...He hadn't eaten in almost 2 days, but drank water pretty much like normal, went outside always for potty, and was getting up and down the steps okay. But Thursday he began to really look confused and wasn't walking good and the last time he drank any water, he immediately threw it up...just the water.

(He had blood tests about 3 weeks ago and had very serious problems that no one was aware of. He had liver problems, thyroid problems, diabetes and a heart murmur! And he never seemed sick or uncomfortable before then.)

We had an appointment for this morning, so we could see our usual vet, but we didn't want Charlie to have to wait that long, so the clinic fit us in and they were all so kind, just like always.

I told Ron I can't go through this again and don't want another fur baby, and I truly believe it this time.




This was Charlie on his 12th birthday, this past February. 



I love this picture! This was earlier this year. Ron was walking with Charlie, and all of a sudden this stray cat decided he not only wanted to follow them home, he wanted to walk right next to Charlie and look at him as his new best friend! (Have you ever seen something like that?!) I think it's so adorable. Our next door neighbor already had a couple of cats, and she happily adopted this little guy, who she named Lucky!

Below are just a few of my favorite Charlie photos. 






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And 2 beautiful quotes. 

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