False Buttons: What If There IS Something You Can Do About It

A few months back I was with a friend who was telling me about all the problems she was facing in life, which were overwhelming. The problems ranged from financial to medical and were affecting her whole family, including her parents and her children. She concluded her part of the conversation with this statement: "But, there's nothing I can really do about it." I looked at her and said, "What if that's a lie?" ...more

It's so hard to catch because it is a knee-jerk reation at the gut level. I had to pay such ...more

And that's that!

Sadly, where I live, there is a vey large feral cat population. Fotunately, the TNR program is very well supported in my town. However, despite their efforts, many of cats still have not been neutered, so they continue to reproduce.     Last summer, as my friend's daughters were pleading for a cat, one of these pregnant felines found her way to their house. As my friend toyed with the idea of getting a pet, her mother and her daughters made sure to kept the mom-to-be well fed....more

Windflowers

Windflowers . my father told me not to go near them. He said he feared them always . and he told me that they carried him away Windflowers, Beautiful windflowers I couldn’t wait to touch them, to smell them I held them closely. And now I cannot break away. Their sweet bouquet disappears like the vapor in the desert. So take a warning, son. Windflowers ....more

Auto Therapy

I did something yesterday that I've never done. Something completely for me, that would make me feel refreshed and organized and happy.   Can you guess what it was? Are you thinking hair cut, massage or manicure? A day off from work just because? A new outfit? They all sound so lovely. I've been feeling a little down lately, tired from swimming through a murky puddle of stress, bad weather, and an overwhelming confusion about who I am, where I want to be, and how to get there. A day at the spa or a trip to the mall probably would have helped, but they weren't what I wanted -- needed -- most....more

I'm in Parkersburg. You could totally meet me at the spa! We'll get a good old fashioned wash ...more

Just One of Those Days

I thought I would come back from a trip like this one with so much to say. Some new revelation about living with diabetes, maybe come back having conquered the disease. But really, I came back to the same old shit I always deal with. There is no conquering this disease. There is no point where you have become good enough at taking care of yourself that it just goes away. There is no remission. It is always going to be with me and always going to suck up my time and energy just to feel as good as what other people feel like without even trying....more

Too good to be true

This fall I couldn't help but rave about the two week OPI gel manicure. From my first time, I was in love. I couldn't believe how well the polish held up, chip free. It was amazing, especially for someone like me who normally chips her nails within hours after a polishing.  For months and months I opted for this type of manicure. For months and months I loved it....more

Letter to my future first child

Letter to my future first child (read more)From elenasc.wordpress.com...more

Stop Living Your Life in Draft Mode

Sometimes I have an idea for an article, but don't have time to write it out completely. Other days I have the idea, but the meat of the article hasn't come to me yet.  The words just aren't quite ready to unfold. When inspiration strikes, but it isn't convenient or isn't fully fledged, I write a quick blurb - usually 2 or 3 sentences - and save it as a draft in my blog. Every once in a while I pull the drafts up and take a look to see if any of the topics resonate with me.  Is today the day that thought will fully flourish and the words will fly onto the paper?...more

Nice post. I am finally living a long-time dream, covering several entries on my bucket list. ...more

Is That a Hippo Under Your Shirt?

My neighbors upstairs knocked on my door the other night because it “was time.” They were having their baby! It was pre-arranged that I would watch their almost 2 year old little girl for the event. Which reminded me of my pregnancy days.  ...more

The Beautiful World of Josephine Wall

It was a wonderful visit two years ago, my dear friend Pat had come back to Canada from England for a conference and a chance to see family and friends. Though most of our time was spent getting up to speed on our lives, a day trip out led us into a local bookstore. As we each combed through the books and items for sale in Black Bond Books I came across a journal that captured my attention....more