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Did you have a stressful week?
Saturday, December 03, 2016      7 comments

From reading several Sparkers' blogs it sounds like it was a stressful week. I know my blood pressure and stress level spiked a couple of times into the outrageous zone. It doesn't happen often and hasn't in a while so I'm trying to take some ... Read more
Start with where you are
Wednesday, November 30, 2016      10 comments

As I read others' comments and blogs I see several common threads. Many are upbeat but there are a number of us who hit a plateau or a bump in the road and get thrown off track. We struggle and get impatient or discouraged. What to say? What... Read more
And the Canine Academy Award goes to...
Wednesday, November 30, 2016      5 comments

Brody for his role as most pathetic puppy after receiving two shots!!! emoticon An hour or so after we ret... Read more
Planning a tune up
Tuesday, November 29, 2016      6 comments

Am sitting here listening to my piano being tuned. It sounds lovely, in an odd sort of way, to hear him play a note or chord and then slide it into tune. Am looking forward to practice time this evening. Have been focusing on getting my finge... Read more
Two peas in a Thanksgiving pod
Thursday, November 24, 2016      17 comments

Just sitting here struggling to stay awake until a reasonable bedtime. I imagine there are a lot of folks feeling the same way this evening as the Thanksgiving holiday winds down here in America. Spent time planning and cleaning, decora... Read more
Puppy + snow... what was he thinking???
Tuesday, November 22, 2016      11 comments

So most of you know I rescued a cute little cock-a-poo puppy a little over a month ago. He's now 5mo - more or less. We've had such a beautiful fall that he and I have both been spoiled on our many, many trips throughout the day to our potty a... Read more
Recipe for a lot of snow
Monday, November 21, 2016      7 comments

The above picture was taken just outside my front door which is a bit protected. This snow fell in the last 14 hrs... with up to 12" more anticipa... Read more
My newest piece of exercise equipment
Monday, November 21, 2016      6 comments

For those of us that live downwind of any of the Great Lakes we knew we would pay a price for our warm summer which left the lakes at or near record-setting high temperatures going into fall/winter. Then our dear neighbors to the north share a ... Read more
Today I'm laughing at myself
Friday, November 18, 2016      8 comments

Sometimes i just gotta shake my head and laugh at some of the stuff I do... if I even started to tell you the half of it this would be a very long blog. Fortunately, I can laugh at most of it (although sometimes I do slip and say something nau... Read more
Tribute to a nameless veteran
Friday, November 11, 2016      6 comments

As many of you know, my dog, Riley, is a certified therapy dog. We volunteer with a group that brings the joy and other wellness benefits of pet visits to others. This past week we met a gentleman, new to use, at a senior day center. He made ... Read more
Correction... and moving on
Friday, November 11, 2016      8 comments

There is a side of me (ok yes - it's the perfectionist but I have a reputation for accuracy unlike some others) that needs to correct a sentence from my last blog. The part about "election day came and the majority spoke..." Well that isn't a... Read more
Still love my country but I need a mental health day
Wednesday, November 09, 2016      12 comments

Every one probably has their own definition of what constitutes a mental health day. In my youth, I used to see them as a day to take a break from daily responsibilities. Well, I'm all grown up now and eligible for the senior discount at my fa... Read more
Decision Day
Tuesday, November 08, 2016      7 comments

It's finally here. As I looked at the morning newspaper sitting next to my now cold cup of coffee, I made several connections with the headline "Decision Day." My country's election is the obvious one. Then I thought of SP and my own heal... Read more
The pessimist, the optimist, and the realist
Sunday, November 06, 2016      10 comments

Which one are you? I know I have taken on each of these roles at various times. I used to be the eternal optimist to the extent that I've been... Read more
Four weeks later...
Saturday, November 05, 2016      8 comments

They are definitely becoming buddies or at least someone to roughhouse with and enjoy stealing toys from each other. I think Riley is still secret... Read more

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