Handling Complainers

Yesterday morning, I went to Wal-Mart to pick up groceries for Mom and a few things for myself.

When it came time to check out, I spied one un-busy register and made a beeline for it.

That’s when I noticed the “20 item maximum” sign hanging over the checker’s head.

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Nearly Wordless Thursday

This was the view outside my kitchen window yesterday evening:


An almost perfect full moon in a pink and purple sky. I thought it too lovely not to share!

Today we have spitting rain, blustery winds, and grey skies. Can Ole Man Winter be far behind?

Why doesn’t Fall stick around a lot longer?


By the way, November’s full moon is referred to as the Full Beaver Moon, or the Frosty Moon, take your pick.

Have a super weekend, everyone!

“Dying with Dignity”

I suppose by now most of you have heard that Brittany Maynard, the young woman with a terminal brain cancer diagnosis, opted to end her life over the weekend in an effort to “die with dignity.”

My thoughts, of course, are shaped by my Catholic upbringing, so if you’re in the camp that lauds Ms. Maynard for her “bravery,” feel free to move along, rather than subject yourself to the “other” side.

(And no hard feelings, okay? We’re ALL entitled to our own opinions!)

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NaNoWriMo Time Again

Today, writers across the globe begin the grueling challenge of NaNoWriMo.

National Novel Writing Month is a 30-day period set aside for writers (and wannabes) to complete a 50,000-word novel. There’s a LOT of hoopla surrounding it — pep talks, guides to success, tweets, blogs.

Too bad. Once again, I won’t be joining them.

This year, my problem is TIME  (or rather, the lack of it).

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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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