What Would You Ask?

If you were checking out a place that you had never been to with the purpose of deciding whether to move there or not, what would you ask? What would you want to find out about? What would you want to see?

We are flying to Omaha early Thursday morning to see what it’s like and if we want to move there. None of us has every been there…none of us has ever been within 1000 miles of the place! So we’re going in pretty much blind.

I’m making a list (well after tomorrow when I finish NaNoWriMo) of things to look for and questions to ask.  Of course, we won’t think of everything and we may not get another opportunity to visit before making the commitment to move.  So that’s where you come in. In the comments, please tell me what you might want to know; what I should be looking for; what I should not be concerned about.

Happy Sunday.


Out With November Already!



If we were having coffee, I would invite you in out of the briskness that is outside and offer a drink. I’m having my first cup of coffee of the day. That’s late for me. It’s almost 1:30 pm.  It’s because I couldn’t sleep last night so I didn’t fall asleep until some time after 7 this morning and woke up shortly before 11. I stayed in bed because I am just exhausted. Being sick has wiped me out.  I hope you have been healthy!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that the whole week has felt like a lost week. I’ve been alone all week. (Well, the whole month actually because I’ve been sick since just before Halloween.) My daughter popped in for about 30 seconds on Tuesday morning when she brought me some vitamins and supplements to help get over this cold. Yesterday I finally felt like I was about half human. I took myself to Denny’s for a belated but much appreciated turkey dinner! And then I treated myself to my favorite Thanksgiving food item: pumpkin pie! Then back home where I sat on the couch and read until I finished the book I was reading.

I would also have to tell you that the book I was reading, When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Caffey, turned out to be far better than I thought it would be. It’s a little story but it is filled with many thought provoking moments. I highly recommend it. Here’s a quote: “They came if for no other reason than to remind themselves that they had stood up when they wanted to lie down and believed when all that was scattered before them called for doubt.”

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this past week has had me thinking and re-thinking about a lot of things. Some of those may spill out onto this blog in the coming days.  Also, for December, I usually post my Christmas stories which take up a post a day for most of the month. I think that I am going to try to take some of those and rewrite them from a different point of view and see if I get some “new stories” to share with you. I will probably still post some of my favorites and Christmas day will bring my favorite one, about the Christmas night I was born. I hope you stick with me for my favorite month of the year.

I found myself listening to holiday music on Thanksgiving day and then streaming my favorite holiday movie, It’s A Wonderful Life that night. I promised Anderson that I would wait for him to get back after Thanksgiving to start decorating so we’ll be doing that together.

What have you been up to? Did you have a quiet Thanksgiving or was yours one of family stories and laughter? Did you travel? How was your weather? Books to recommend? Do you have a favorite holiday movie?

This week has me traveling to Omaha to see what it’s like before we decide if we want to move there or not but I will have something to post on so I’ll still be around the blog, even if it’s only picture posts. Have a super week. Stay healthy.


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I’m Dreaming Of A…

healthy Christmas season. This cold has to go away soon. I’m hoping only a day or so more of it. Wednesday has me traveling again…this time going to check out Omaha. When we get back, it will be right into the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season which is my favorite time of year. And with two little boys with big eyes and bigger wishes, it should be a fun year. So yeah, that’s what I want…a healthy Christmas season so I can participate the way I want to.

This year will find us here at home. My son, who usually hosts Christmas, will  be going to California to spend the holiday with his in-laws so we’ll stay home. That means putting up the big Christmas tree this year, which we haven’t done in the past few years. I have a little 4 foot one that I’ve put up the past couple of years and let Anderson decorate it. This year I think we’ll get out the big tree and have both of the boys over to decorate it.

Next year? Who knows. It’s all up in the air right now. If we move to Omaha, I suppose we’ll stay there because flying anywhere will be too expensive and driving three days in each direction in the winter weather will be out of the question. Next year there will be a new grand baby…and we just found out it will be a new grand son. So there will be three grand babies next year. We have to work on getting them to come to Omaha!  That, of course assumes we’ll be in Omaha. I don’t know where we’ll be but I hope we’ll be together. That’s what Christmas is about. Family. Togetherness.

Okay, ramble over. Consider this a fever induced ramble. I can’t seem to focus these days.

I hope you all have a magical holiday season.

P.S. If anyone has pumpkin pie and turkey left over, send me some! I missed it all.


Today I am missing those that I am most grateful for.  My family. I ended up staying home so I don’t expose anyone to this “long lasting bug” I’ve had for over a month.  So I’m alone and thinking about them. I’m glad they’re together at least.

I’m also grateful that I raised three really super kids. My youngest, Susie, is off to Baltimore today. Her friend’s mom died and the funeral is tomorrow but because of the holiday weekend, none of the extended family is attending the funeral so Susie’s friend was going to be alone for the funeral. Susie flew out to be with her so she wouldn’t be alone. She gave up her Thanksgiving to be with a friend in need. What a wonderful person I raised.

My son and daughter-in-law are hosting both families this year, again. And they will also have “orphans” that have no where to go for the holiday. They welcome them like family, with open arms.  And Tina is picking up the stuff I was supposed to take but can’t because I’m staying home. She and her family were already in Tacoma when I decided it was best for everyone if I stayed home instead of going up to Seattle, otherwise she would have stayed home with me.

I’m glad Tina and Tony and their families are together today. I’m glad Susie is with her friend. And I am grateful that these amazing people came from me and are spreading their goodness to others.

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and your families, whether you celebrate or not. May you have many things to be grateful for today and every day of the year.

The Sound of Your Voice

My regular readers might recall that I love streaming The West Wing. I usually stream all seven seasons at least three times a year. I just finished it for the third time this year last night.

There are many moments in the series that strike me for different reasons. One episode near the end, Institutional Memory, has a few moments that get to me but the one that always strikes me is when Danny, a reporter, is trying to talk CJ, the White House Chief of Staff and Danny’s on again off again girlfriend, into making an effort to have a serious relationship with him and he tells her that he wants them to talk. Talk about each other’s futures and about their future. He says something like, “I just want us to talk. I want us to talk…because I like the sound of your voice.” Someone once told me that they liked the sound of my voice. Voice is such a personal part of each of us. To have someone tell you that they like the sound of your voice is a very personal thing. And so, every time I hear that line in that episode, I get teary.

How about you? Is there a special voice you like to hear? Has anyone ever told you that they like to hear the sound of your voice? 

Places of Inspiration

Nice, Smile

A blogging friend recently posted asking her readers to do something nice, post something nice, somewhere…on a blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram. Something nice. Something to make others smile. Since then, I’ve read others post on blogs and on Facebook asking the same, post something to make someone smile; post something nice.  It’s a great idea.

So now you know what I’m going to ask you to do. Post something nice. Post something to make others smile. Here. On your blog. On Facebook. On Twitter. On Instagram. And in your real life, do something nice; smile at a stranger; hold a door open for someone. Be nice.

Take a look at this video posted by Rarasaur.


Now go be nice.

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