Sunday, December 5, 2021


I'm beginning to feel Christmasy, and I hope I continue to do so. 

Soon, I'm going to make cut-out Christmas cookies, which I haven't done since around 2013. I'll post photos when I do. Probably next weekend.

We've had such warm temperatures, it doesn't feel like December, so baking cookies should keep me feeling Christmasy!

I hope everyone is well. We've been doing pretty good. 

Bye for now! 

May the blessings of Christmas fill your life today 
and through the coming years.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021


 I apologize for not posting anything since October 5th! 

All I can offer for a reason is just being too busy.

Below are just a few of my favorite Thanksgiving Day images. 

Drawn by Mary Engelbreit
A wonderful local artist who is known world-wide.


Some of you might remember my Nostalgic Sunday posts. 
I'm adding this to my Thanksgiving post because I love 
everything about Mayberry, and I'm picturing them 
having turkey dinner here!


My favorite plate of my Four Freedoms collection. 

No words needed!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!

(I'm thankful for my friends.)

Tuesday, October 5, 2021


 Hey everyone! I honestly can't believe the last time I posted anything here was July! 

I'm fine. My family is fine. Work is fine. Green Kitty is fine. 

My excuse for not posting is the usual...been working a lot and tired (therefore sleeping!) a lot. 

I must share some of my favorite fall pictures and quotes below. 

These pictures are all pretty old and you've probably seen them before, but aren't they pretty?

Well, this is all for now. I hope all of you are safe, healthy, happy, and enjoying where you are in life!

Sunday, July 18, 2021

* GREEN KITTY EXPLANATION * is the explanation about Green Kitty's name! (At that time, various stray cats were coming to our front porch to eat food we put out for them, and some of them liked it so much they hung around a lot.) The other cats/kitties that visited much be feral cats because they've never let us get very close to them. We have a new little family that we're trying to get close and pet them, because they are adorable and we'd love for them to be adopted.)

Ron and I gave all the stray kitties various names so we'd know who was who! The guy below is Green Kitty. Then there was White Socks because he was mostly all black except for white on all four legs, that looked like socks. 

Also, grey striped kitty.

Black and White kitty.


Another visitor! We call this guy Green Kitty, because of his tiny green collar with a tiny bell. We found out he had an owner who moved away...and just left him!

This was taken in April. We took him in soon after that.
He is so much fun! Ron and I are amazed we have a kitten in our house

Oh, and we bought him a new green collar !

P.S. So, this is why I mentioned to Stephen T. that he would never guess about the name! :)

Monday, July 12, 2021

More Fun at Barnes & Noble

I don't think I've written about "Green Kitty" on my blog. I've been spending too much time on Facebook again. I swear, I need to set a timer and when it goes does Facebook!

There's so much news to share about this beautiful black kitty. I'm sure everyone is already thinking...Why is his name Green Kitty when he is obviously not green! May I just say for now, that it's kind of a long story, but I need to get back to my actual writing I'm doing! Yes, working on memoir sequel and stories for submissions to various places!!

I just had to buy this coffee mug at B&N because....well LOOK! Our kitty is this one's twin!

More to come soon, but I really have to do other stuff right now! 

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Chicken Soup for the Soul - At Barnes & Noble

I stopped by the Barnes & Noble in St Peters, Missouri on the way home from work Thursday. My friend, Jo still works there part-time. That's where we met a "few" years ago.

I worked during November and December and spent more than I earned! (I really don't remember what year that was. I think Mark was in high school!)

Thursday, May 13, 2021

* The Books are Here. The Books are Here! *

My Chicken Soup for the Soul books arrived yesterday! Ron took some pics of me, and most of them weren't too awful. (I usually hate the way I look in pictures!)

This particular book would be a perfect gift for just about anyone. A belated Mother's Day gift, a birthday, graduation, a gift to yourself, etc. It's available online and in book stores. 

Next week, someone from my local newspaper is going to interview me for an article next month. I'm still waiting to hear from a few other people, too. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021


 Hello All ~

I'm still working 4 days a week & driving that long commute, but I really do love my job, so it's worth it. 

Just stopping in to say Hello and I miss writing blog posts, reading blog posts, and staying up past 8:00 at night! Ha ha!

I AM writing again though, too, which feels so good! 

Sending y'all hugs and hope everyone is well. 

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!

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

Sunday, February 28, 2021


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 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. 


"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."



(photos courtesy and

"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.)