Tuesday, September 25, 2018



One of my favorite parts of the movie 101 Dalmatians is the parade of dogs who look just like their owners. Little did I realize that one day that would be my fate. Yes, it's true, Cooper and I are twins. 

It seems that my somewhat wavy hair has now become really curly. Most of the time I can blow dry it straight, but lately I seem to be fighting a losing battle. The other day after getting a haircut I let it dry on its own, and continued on my way.

The result was a whole lot of wave, and curl which looked awfully familiar to me. Later when I returned home, and bent down to pet Cooper I realized that his long, curly ears pretty much matched my new tresses. 

I'd always known that our hair color was a close match, but I couldn't help but laugh when I realized that I was that owner, who just like in the movie, resembled their dog! 

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Next Generation

The next generation. 

I'm at that age where my friends and I are becoming grandparents, and for some even great-grandparents. 

I had the pleasure of attending my best friend's grandson's first birthday party the other day. He was precious, and The Little Blue Truck party theme couldn't have been any cuter. 

It's hard to believe that so much time has passed by, and that they are old enough to have children of their own. It seems like just yesterday the girls were posing in front of the Christmas tree only a few years older than their children today. 

Ironically this newest generation is all boys so far. How lucky am I to be a part of their lives!

Friday, September 21, 2018



One of my sweet sisters gave me a Yeti tumbler for my birthday last year. I was simply amazed at how cold it kept my drinks, but after moving to our house it found its home on a too tall shelf in my kitchen. 

It wasn't until a couple weeks ago that I retrieved it, and once again was completely amazed at its ability to keep a drink cold. I've been drinking less tea, and was drinking more water, but to be honest I can't say I was too thrilled about it. 

However, when I started drinking water with lemon in my Yeti suddenly it became my new favorite drink. The absolutely ice cold temperature was the game changer. That and the fact that my drink stays cold pretty much all day. I fix a glass at lunch, and sip on it all afternoon. A quick refill at dinner finds me drinking water into the night. 

Each time I take a sip I can't believe how much I like water with lemon. So thank you Carol for another wonderful gift. I'm so glad I drug out a chair to retrieve my Yeti from that high shelf. I'm not sure it's ever going to make it back on the shelf again!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Crowded Out

Crowded out. 

I was recently reading the blog of a blogger friend of mine who had written about what is essential. She had included the following quote:

"In quiet moments when you think about it, you recognize what is critically important in life and what isn't. Be wise and don't let good things crowd out those that are essential."
Richard G. Scott

How relevant this seemed to be in today's world. It's so easy to get caught up in the "good life" always pursuing that next shiny object. Sometimes regardless of what we already have it just never seems to be enough. 

Maybe even more so are all the constraints on our time. FOMO or fear of missing out has become a real thing. We are so busy trying to fill our days that there is little time left for the really important things. 

Having raised my daughter, I know how quickly it all passes by. Now as a grandparent I try to make sure my life involves plenty of grandson time. I see how young parents today are rushing their children from one activity to the next, all with the best intentions. 

Maybe having more family time is really the more essential, and shouldn't be crowded out by all the other good things. Life is certainly a balancing act, but sometimes wisdom comes too late, when requesting a do-over is futile. 

Take a moment to consider what is really essential in your life, and make sure to place it in high regard. Letting go of a few good things helps to make room for what really satisfies our soul. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018



Minimalism seems to be the battle cry of many millennials. I've certainly been intrigued, and have done my share of decluttering over the last two years. I've done my best to not bring too much more into my home. Infact, Chuck has stated if he can't eat, drink or wear it he doesn't want it. 

Although, minimalism might be fine for some, I don't think it's a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. When we lived in our two bedroom apartment, although it met our basic needs, I found that I really wanted more space. At our home now, although it is smaller than our last, I enjoy having room to spread out, and display some of the treasures I've collected along the way. 

I've downsized my library considerably, but that has not stopped me from purchasing new books. I just try to be a little more discriminating knowing I might have to part with something old to make room for the something new on my one bookshelf. 

I've come to the belief that objects aren't inherently bad, especially if they to quote Marie Kondo, "Spark joy." I have also realized that if you have too much of something you probably won't get around to using it all. I've collected James Avery jewelry for over thirty years, and really love it, however, I find myself returning time and time again to the same pieces each day. As much as I might want to add to my collection, I'm not sure I really should. 

I think where I am now in the minimalist world is basically different strokes for different folks. If you feel like you are drowning in clutter then certainly address that problem, and start making trips to your local charity, but if you love your stuff then make sure to really enjoy it. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Crowd

The crowd. 

Today there seems to be a lot of crowds. Political rallies, mega-churches, concerts, festivals, and sporting events are all places where people gather in large numbers with like-minded people. 

Although, sometimes crowds can be annoying due to their sheer size, there is something reassuring being around so many people who share your passion for the same thing. The old adage, "Birds of a feather flock together," really rings true. There is comfort in the known. 

Except, that when you find yourself as one of the crowd you risk the chance of mob mentality.  You begin to stop thinking on your own, and place your trust in what others are thinking. Surely if that many people think this way then it must be right. If you begin to doubt or question the message that everyone agrees upon then there must be something wrong with you. 

Mob mentality happens on both sides of the aisle so none are spared. The challenge is being aware of it, and questioning those beliefs. It's hard to stand out in a crowd. 

"It's easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone."
Mahatma Gandhi 

Monday, September 17, 2018



I kind of hit the jackpot this month when it comes to family. 

The day after Labor Day Chuck and I were able to visit with his aunt and uncle (His father's sister.) down in the Austin area. We spent the afternoon, and much of the evening catching up, and getting to tour their beautiful new home and neighborhood. Before leaving Chuck's uncle prayed a blessing over us and our travels. 

This past week I met up with two of my sisters and their families to say goodbye to my nephew who is heading off to NYC to start a new job. He's very excited about his future, and even has cousins and friends that already live there. It looks like the Big Apple already feels like home to him. 

This weekend Brittany and the kids met Chuck and I at my niece's house to spend time with her, my sister, and our precious little great neice. It was so much fun watching that next generation interact. Because of time and location constraints we don't really get to see each other as much as I would like. Watching both my daughter and niece, now mothers themselves, did my heart good. 

After our visit we headed to the square in Grandbury to celebrate Chuck's aunt's birthday. Originally I thought only one of his cousins would be meeting us, but boy did I end up surprised. Not only was he there, but his wife who is like a sister-in-law to me, and two of their sons as well. Chuck's other cousin came later, and it made for a fun evening. 

We sat out on the patio at Ketzler's Schnitzel Haus enjoying great food, great company, and great music. Our oldest grandson was surprised to learn that gold coins filled with chocolate fell out of both ears, and announced to his father the next morning Papa's magical ways. The littlest guy showed off his incredible strength as we all took turns wrestling the alligator. 

Brittany and our almost three year old grandson had prepared a cake for Chuck's aunt, and it was the perfect way to end the evening. To be honest, I had not enjoyed myself that much in a long time, and felt extremely blessed to have the love of family.

"Family is not an important thing. It's everything."

Michael J. Fox