Dad (at 94) and Uncle Barry (at 87) Thanksgiving 2017
This is a hard time of the year. The holidays with all of their magic and fun are over, and we are left with cleaning up and putting away. Winter has settled in, with many parts of the country having more snow and bad weather conditions than ever seen before. Christmas bills have arrived, and it is amazing how much was spent on so few people. For many people, excess weight has also settled in, and the New Year’s resolutions to hit the gyms to get back in shape have given way to settling in and staying warm. We are two to three months away from relief from winter. It would be easy to get despondent, with not much to look forward to soon. But we should not give in to this seasonal sadness, for we have so much to be grateful for. Continue reading
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I am fully prepared that this may be one of my most controversial posts. So be it. I am willing to suffer the backlash if it comes.
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Happy New Year from Mike and
me and our grands!
It is day two of a brand-new year! Whether or not 2018 was all that you wanted it to be, it is now in the history books. Let’s look ahead to this new year and all that we want it to be.
Some of you set resolutions for this new year. I did not. I made commitments, commitments to myself. Lest you think this is just a word game, think of the difference in those words. Think of how many people fail to accomplish their resolutions; yes; me too. Years that I focused on resolutions, I failed to change what I needed to change to be successful with those resolutions. Yet years that I have focused on commitments, I have been more successful. But this post is not about me. It is about you, my readers. Continue reading
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Granddaughters Elsie, Virginia, and Mary Grace waiting for their summons to come downstairs Christmas morning.
The live trees are bare, soon to be disposed of. The decorations are back in their boxes. The candle lights that graced the window sills are dark. Christmas 2018 is now history. But before it passes completely, a few traditions and memories of this Christmas season and some of years past must be remembered. Continue reading
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With only a few days left until Christmas, many people are scurrying around finishing up last minute shopping. Then there are those whose shopping has not involved scurrying around at all. Many of those have had Amazon and other deliveries as a daily guest to their homes. I have been in both groups this season, having done my share of in-store shopping and online shopping. I have actually bought more online this year than ever before. Online shopping is not more enjoyable to a shopper like me, but it is certainly easier. Except when the items arrive at one’s home and are left in unsafe places, such as was one of our deliveries this year. Here is a photo of the package left on top of our mailbox! Continue reading
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