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Thoughts upon awakening Thanksgiving morn...

I awakened to the scale alerting me I'd gained 1.5 pounds since my last weigh-in 24 hours ago, and it's still before sunrise on Thanksgiving morning. No exercise this morning, just cook, cook, cook -- and overeat. Can't wait for tomorrow morning's verdict!...more

Best Book Gifts for Moms With a Bent Sense of Humor.

Fair Warning: This post is almost completely affiliate links. Not that anyone cares, but the feds say you have to announce that stuff, right? So there it is....more

A grateful heart: Baking with Marm

When I was little, we lived next door to my grandparents for awhile. On Thanksgiving, I remember traipsing the few hundred yards over to watch my grandma and mom in the kitchen, the sound of parades and football blaring, and begging, sometimes successfully, to play my uncle’s Atari or Nintendo....more

A Home Not Our Own

An excerpt from A HOME NOT OUR OWN from November 25, 2015:Today, I contemplate how grateful I am that the homeowner of this house accepted our lease application last Spring, and that this rental was available for immediate move in. Had another week passed we would have been homeless... again. Relief that that was not the case.Although still in a home not our own, it's nice to feel safe and warm. Take care, be well, good night and sweet dreams. ...more

NaBloPoMo (11/2015) - Day 25: Thanksgiving Eve

 The turkey is cleaned. The dressing is mixed. Now it's just a matter of getting everything in the oven, cooked, and taken to my aunt's house for Thanksgiving dinner.For decades, Thanksgiving dinner took place at my grandmother's house. Gram would cook just about everything. And she would start days ahead of time. When Mom moved back here, she'd take all of Thanksgiving week off of work to help Gram....more

Why Art Matters

 Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.— Thomas Merton...more
J-MOM  I've never heard that phrase before, that's really neat! I do agree with you... without ...more

On A Quest...

NaBloPoMo Post #25For a Song in a DreamI took a nap this afternoon and slept very heavily for a while. I dreamed very vividly. In my dream I was singing a song to my family....more


My brother butt dialed me today. I picked up the phone, "Hello?"There was no reply."Helloooo? Bro? You there?"No reply."Hellooooooooo? Did you butt-dial me??"Like he was going to answer that question."HELLO??? Brother?? YOU THERE?? I hear weird sounds! I hope it's a butt-dial..."I hung up. "Vin! My brother just butt-dialed me, and I heard weird sounds...""Huh? Like what? Is he okay?""It sounded like he was mashing something? Or whipping somethi... OH! Oh, gross!", I recoiled in horror....more

12 Brilliant Ways To Create More Time To Crochet!

1. Sleep in your clothes. You've probably heard about laying your clothes out the night before to save time the next morning. But I say heck - why not cut the time out altogether? Go to bed dressed for tomorrow. That way you don't have to dress when you get up in the morning, thereby saving you even more time. Note: T-shirts, jeans and knit items work the best....more

Unconditional Love

When our oldest cat died, Bob was left alone. He needed a companion, so we went back to the animal rescue center where we had adopted him. ...more