Blue Skies

We made it out for a picnic and a hike this afternoon. We enjoyed clear blue skies with about 62 degrees!


Blue Skies

The creek was really running fast, almost frighteningly so when you’ve got little ones that don’t want to hold a hand!


Trying, trying, trying

If we were having coffee, I would try not to tell you that I am still having issues with my sleep cycle, but you probably know it from the faraway look in my eyes and lack of concentration.  I would let you do most of the talking and I would hope that I could follow you.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this week I got my etsy purchase from LifeInNotes, a shop owned by Conny at Study Read Write. I ordered a bunch of her book review notebooks to keep track of the books for my reading challenges. (These can also be used for movie reviews.) They are for my Midori Traveler’s Notebook and are really great quality. I actually think it might be good for me to start using one of them now as I can’t focus on new projects so maybe I can enter the books I’ve already read this year (I’m on book number 6 for 2016). Some of those might turn into book review posts for this blog so maybe I should try to do that today?

Today is my son’s birthday. Tony is 34. That’s kind of hard to believe. It seems like ony yesterday I was eagerly awaiting his appearance. He was born 21 days post-mature so we were all eager for his appearance. He made us wait but boy has it been worth the wait! I could not ask for anything more in a son. He’s my rock. He’s hosting a Super Bowl party at his home in Seattle so I might not get to talk to him today. I actually spoke to him on the phone last night so it won’t be too bad if I don’t get to talk to him today.

I also spoke to Daughter #2 today. Susie lives in Santa Rosa, California, so I don’t get to see her too often, maybe two times a year. However, she is moving here to Portland at the end of March!!! I’ll get to see her a lot more often. The house they will be renting is about a 20 minute drive from me. Neither she nor her boyfriend have jobs here yet but both have a very good employment history and excellent references so we are all hopeful that they will find a job more easily than not.

I’m still battling depression. It helps if I can stay healthy so I can get out and about but that has been the challenge this year. Yesterday I woke up with a sore throat all over again. Yuck. But I am trying. Right now I need to wrap this up to go out to dinner with Tina and the boys. I miss them when I don’t see them and I haven’t seen them since Thursday.

I think I should shut up and listen to you now! Tell me about your week. What are you reading? Are any of you participating in the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge? The goal is to get people to read things that they would not normally read. They have twenty-four tasks that are pretty easy to follow. For example, one is to read a book under 100 pages. Another is to read aloud to another person; yet another is to read a book for middle grades. Some are more challenging (read a book over 500 pages; read a non-fiction science book; etc.). I’ve done four of my twenty-four tasks. You might want to check out the link above, even if you don’t join the challenge.

For now, know that I am trying to keep up. It’s difficult but I’m hoping to try some tricks this week (sending blogs directly to my e-reader or tablet so I can have them any time I want to read them. That will be much easier than trying to read and comment from my phone, which is what I’ve been doing for the past two or so months.

Until next time, be well, be happy.


#WeekendCoffeeShare is a weekly blog hop hosted by Diana and Part Time Monster. Take a look at the other blogs participating and maybe join us?!

Quiet Day

A quiet day. Rain outside my window. Sitting, waiting to be needed.

Time for me to do what I want to do. Oops, there’s that call. Now I’m needed. My needs will have to wait.

#Weekly Smile — Sunrise

Just a week or two ago I was mentioning to someone on their #WeekendCoffeeShare post that I never get to see the sunrise because of where I live, right in the middle of mountains so I don’t get a view of the sunrise or sunset. Well, imagine my surprise yesterday and today when I had to watch the little at my daughter’s house while she took the older one to school at 7:20 am. I saw pretty colors yesterday but it was 32 degrees so I didn’t enjoy it too much. Today, same time but 42 degrees and I saw this as I pulled out of my driveway…


Day break

and a couple of minutes later, from my daughter’s house this…


When I got inside the house, two year old Spencer took my hand and walked me to the window so I could see the sky from the window…big smile on his face!

Those have been my smiles this week. Not too shabby!

What has made YOU smile this week? Share with us and link to Trent’s #WeeklySmile so we can smile with you!

Forever Young

I’ve been watching TV because I’ve been too sleep deprived to concentrate on much. When I watch TV, for the most part, I put on something just for background company, not to really watch it. However, there are some shows that I will watch over and over again…entire seasons…entire series. I think I have seen every episode of NYPD Blue at least ten times (12 seasons); The West Wing (7 seasons) I have watched every episode at least five times; The Gilmore Girls I have seen at least twelve times, some episodes more than that because I caught them on TV, not streaming.

This past week I started streaming Parenthood. I really like the show. I think a lot of the acting is overdone but the story lines are solid. The music is a bonus. This time I really watched the show, not just had it on in the background. Although I’ve always loved the theme song (it was very popular in my college years so it reminds me of good times), Forever Young by Bob Dylan, I never paid attention to the lyrics. This week a few popped out at me so I went looking for the lyrics. They like a prayer a wish; like an Irish prayer (to me anyway). I thought I would share them with you. I’m not linking to the video because I couldn’t find a good one with no ads but if you search for “Forever Young Bob Dylan” you’ll find it. Here are the lyrics:


May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young

Copyright © 1973 by Ram’s Horn Music; renewed 2001 by Ram’s Horn Music


Down, Down, Down

If we were having coffee today, I think I would have to confess that I’ve been depressed lately. I’ve been trying to get past it or ignore is but it is seems to be getting worse, not better. On top of that, I’ve been sick so often since before Christmas…well, actually since before Thanksgiving. The most recent bout has left me way off of my sleep cycle. I seem to not be able to get to sleep until about 8 or 9 in the morning! I have been trying to get to sleep a lot earlier but it doesn’t happen. Finally, I end up turning on the TV or putting music on or reading.  So then, when I fall asleep at 8 or 9, I end up sleeping until 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

The sleeping doesn’t help because sleeping all day means that I am sluggish all day and then I don’t see Spencer and Anderson at all because of their bedtime (7 pm). When I don’t see them, I get depressed even more. And of course, this time of year the constant rain and gloomy weather don’t help, either.

I don’t have a lot to say today. I’m trying to keep up with blogs but it isn’t happening. I can’t concentrate so I apologize. I’m going to keep trying. I know I’m the only one that can get myself out of this cycle. If only I can break through the sleep issues, other things would fall into place. Today, I haven’t slept at all and it is almost 1 pm. I think I am going to try to just stay up at least until 9 tonight without napping. Hopefully, I will be so sleepy that I will be able to sleep.

So now YOU tell me what is going on with you. Books? Movies? Shows? What is new with you and yours? Fill me in, please!


#WeekendCoffeeShare is a weekly blog hop/link-up hosted by Diana at Part Time Monster. Come on over and check it out!


The Body

Three days passed before they found the body.

It had been a crazy night. What was supposed to be a fun night with my brothers and sisters had turned into a night of bringing up old wrongs and old hurts. Before anyone knew it, there had been too much drinking and too many accusations. Meg couldn’t figure out how things had gone wrong. She tried to salvage the evening by changing the subject to happier times. She thought that would make a difference and bring them all together again but it didn’t.

Meg’s sister brought up the year that the two of them had each gotten a Chatty Cathy doll. Meg’s had been a brunette with a blue dress and her sister had wanted it because her blonde doll with the pink dress didn’t look like her. She wanted a doll with brown hair and brown eyes, like she had but she was only five and didn’t know how to say wht she wanted so she was stuck with the doll. She didn’t like it and had left it in the box and had not played with it. Two weeks went by and Meg’s doll already had smudges on her face and a tiny rip in the back of the dress because she took the doll everywhere with her. She slept with it, ate with it, took it in the car and was never seen without it until one day when Meg woke up and Chatty Cathy was gone. She looked all over for it until she began to cry. Their mother helped her look and soon, the whole family was looking for Chatty Cathy. It was gone. Just gone.

Three days later, when they were walking back home from the park around the corner, Meg saw her doll. It was in one of the trash cans that were sitting at the curb waitng to be picked up. The eyes had been punched back into the head and there was red marker all over her arms and face. Chatty Cathy’s dress had been ripped to shreds. Meg started crying when she saw her treasured doll. She pulled her doll out of the neighbor’s trash can and cradled her in her arms as they walked home, tears flooding out of her eyes. Her sister put her arm around Meg’s shoulder and told her she could have her blonde Chatty Cathy. Meg thought it was so nice of her sister. She didn’t see the smug look on her sister’s face.





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