Starting Holiday Traditions From Nothing.

In a few weeks my first grandchild will be born.  This got me thinking about holiday traditions.  Or I should say my lack of family traditions.Unlike most people, my family had no traditions for Christmas. I grew up without all the wonderful yearly mileposts like birthdays and holidays.  My family were Jehovah’s Witnesses. Which meant we didn’t do anything to make ourselves feel special....more

Hollyhocks and Memories

As we age memories from our youth become stronger.  Here is one such memory.  What childhood memories have you surrounded yourself with?Click here to read more...more

How My Dad Became a Father at the Age 70

Gotcha!  I do not have a half sibling with a 40+ age difference....more

Playing the Long Game

For all my brave talk, all my "I'm really Stevie Nicks" under these black dress pants and sensible shoes, for all my aging is a joyous, beautiful thing, a lucky thing, priceless if you take it in the right way, all my advice to quit thinking you're diminishing when you should be looking at your vast accumulation of riches, I have to admit this. I am legacy planning.I am thinking about when I am not here....more

If Only I Lived Closer

 If only I lived closer to my grand kids, I would see them as often as I could because let’s face it, when you are a grandparent, these little people light up your life.  When I hear their voices or I see their cute faces on my computer screen my world stops – immediately!  I want to soak up every moment that I am privileged to spend with them and just stay in that moment for as long as possible....more

How to Make a Better Monday

Like a lot of people, I've lived my life without a high regard for Mondays. When I was in school, my hatred of Monday mornings only allowed me to appreciate a small part of every weekend. Friday night and Saturday mornings were great; a time to relax, sleep in, and have fun. After that, the thought of getting my homework done before that Monday a.m. alarm went off took the glow off the rest of the weekend's hours. Once I joined the ranks of the fully-employed, I managed to enjoy Sunday a little more but never planned anything for the evening, knowing that that six a.m....more

Could You Live As A Hermit?

NaBloPoMo – BlogHer – March 2014Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Do you enjoy being alone? What do you do when you’re by yourself?~~~~~~~~I do enjoy being alone; the quietness, the solitude, the time to think. Sometimes, I turn the music up loud and bop around the house; sweeping floors, mopping floors, doing the wash, etc… At other times, I read, research, and write in the quietness, or with music, depending on my mood....more

Aging Gracefully

Daily Prompt: Young At Heart by Krista on March 22, 2014NaBloPoMo – BlogHerWhat are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?~~~~~~~~It seems to me, I have aged forty-years during the last twenty-years. Life has been hard; with lot’s of lessons to be learned. When my girls left home, I had a small identity crisis. No longer was I ‘mom’ or ‘mommy’ all day long; seven days a week. I found myself with a lot of time on my hands and an empty stillness which I turned into meditation....more

Rating Self-Confidence

NaBloPoMo – BlogHer – March 2014Tuesday, March 18, 2014 How would you rate your self-confidence? When is it at its lowest? When is it at its highest?~~~~~~~~How would I rate my self-confidence? On a scale of 1 – 10, I would say that my self-confidence is mostly a 7. I have been slowly working on my self-confidence; trying to bring it up....more