Photos…Before Fall Fades Away

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. ~Jim Bishop

Is anybody tired of seeing Fall photos? I hope not, for this is my favorite time of year, and I can’t resist adding a few more to the collections already on the Internet.

We’ve been especially fortunate here in Central Illinois at having a spectacular showing of color put on by Mother Nature. The reds, yellows, oranges, and golds really stand out when the grass is so green. And it’s green thanks to all the rain we had during the Spring and Summer months.

So let’s not wait another minute — come with me on a jaunt around the area and please enjoy the scenery!

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A Magical Season So Far

It’s not easy being a fan.

Fans rally around their chosen sports teams, cheering them on from near and far, unable to affect the outcome of a game, often left despondent by a win that slipped through their very fingers.

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Rainy Day Beading Redux

My last couple of posts have been on the serious side, so I thought it time to lighten up a bit.

How about I display some new beaded jewelry pieces, created during a recent day of thunderstorms?

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Aging Parents — Part 2

“There are only four kinds of people in the world – Those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” – Rosalynn Carter

Sobering thought, isn’t it?

When my son was little, I squeezed copious items from my To-Do List into 24 hours before toppling, exhausted, into bed at night. I didn’t think Life could get more hectic.

Was I ever wrong — raising Domer was a breeze compared to caring for his grandmother!

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Aging Parents — Part 1

In the natural order of things, a parent cares for children when they can’t yet care for themselves.

Feeds and dresses them. Teaches them to read and reason. Serves as taxi driver, short order cook, housekeeping staff, entertainment committee, and kisser of boo-boos.

But what happens when the roles are reversed and the ‘child’ must care for the parent?

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Be Back Soon

Dallas here.

It’s time for a brief break.

Mom is up to her eyeballs — caring for Grandma, doing a new web design project, and trying to get back to her novel-in-progress — and I’m NOT pinch-hitting for her.

Not this time.

As you can see, I’m tired, too.

Time to catch our breath. Renew our enthusiasm. Take a social media holiday.

Back soon, okay?

Time for a break!

Time for a break!

Nine-Eleven Anniversary

Thirteen years ago today, the unthinkable happened — terrorists attacked our country, killing thousands of innocent people, destroying national landmarks, and forever challenging our feelings of safety.

Nine-eleven (9/11/01) is one of those landmark events, much like the John F. Kennedy assassination, the first moon landing, the Challenger explosion. We all remember exactly where we were, who we were with, and what we were doing.

You do, too, don’t you?

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Throwback Thursday

In honor of it being Throwback Thursday, here’s a photo of Little Domer.

Following in both his parents’ footsteps, he took piano lessons as a kid. For a while, he was okay with it, but as he grew older, he balked more often.

And refused to practice.

But music is a huge part of him, and now he plays often — stuff he enjoys. As Victor Hugo wrote, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

Little Domer after one of his piano recitals.

Little Domer after one of his piano recitals.