Category: Random Thoughts

“Thankful Thursday” – Journaling!

Before my day comes to an end I find peace and joy in writing down my thoughts.

I have kept a journal for several years now and I wish I had done it all of my life.

You can do this anytime during the day, it doesn’t have to be at bedtime.

I journal everyday, but do it when you want to or feel the need, it is not meant to be a chore.

It is so beneficial to me to write down something that is on my mind. Examining a stressful situation by expressing my thoughts and feelings allows me to step back and take a look at what is upsetting me before saying or doing things I will regret. Cruel, harsh words are hard to take back after being spoken.

I try to be as honest in my writings to myself as I possibly can.  It is calming just laying down your worries.

There are so many journals on the market today since journaling is being seen as a positive thing to do in your life.

Journals!There are many types, art journals, travel journals, prayer journals, and gratitude journals just to name a few.

One other thing that I do everyday in my journal is to add at least one thing that I am grateful for that happened during the day.

Here are just a couple of examples from my journal this past week.

– My grown son came over to me as I was reading, fluffed my hair, and said “I love you Mom”.  Do you know how many people never have anyone to say “I love you” to them?

– Thankful that we were able to help someone this week by giving them our spare refrigerator that we kept in our garage for extra drinks and such.  These folks are broke and were having to use coolers to keep their food cold. Right now they are lucky to make the mortgage payment.

Being thankful is so very important to loving your own life.

I thank God every morning for another day and every night for the joys and gifts of that day.

Give yourself a gift today of a journal, and give this a try.

Happy joyful, peaceful, journaling!




The Joy of a Nap!

Today was just one of those days.

I went into my bedroom and passed my cat sleeping in the window.  The window was up, and a breeze was coming in, that was all it took.  I laid down across my inviting, made up bed, and gave myself the joy of an afternoon nap.

"Kitten" napping!

If you have not yet explored the joy of afternoon naps, I urge you to do so and discover this instant magic medicine!

For those who work, I know it is difficult, but find the time to treat yourself on the weekend.

You don’t need to justify it!  If you are sleepy, just sleep.

It is like a “reboot”.

It motivates and refreshes us to get up and go back to the things we need to get done.

I have read naps also have several health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure.

Happy weekend everyone, give yourself a “reboot” when you can!

Take an awesome nap!


Indiana is not Spain!

I was recently visiting one of my favorite blogs and the post of the day was the blogger’s trip  with her husband to Spain.  The photos were really beautiful.

Seriously, I know I will probably never be able to go to Spain. It is not in our budget or something we think about doing in the simple life we lead.

But…….I was able to get away for a few days with my husband to beautiful Rising Sun, Indiana, on the Ohio River. My sister and her husband joined us as well.

Ohio River from the Indiana.

Casino on the Ohio River.I would like to share some of the special moments of our jaunt……

—  We were all sitting outside on a really pleasant evening just talking about this and that, and the talking led to laughing, the uncontrollable kind of laughing we always did as children.  We laughed until we cried!  Remember?

—  I took a “selfie” of all of us!  Only my second one in my life.  They seem kinda silly to older folks, until you take part in one.  What fun!I


—  I just recently started “Texting” and love it!  I can keep in touch with my son during the day, and connect with my dear sweet nieces.

The problem I have is that it takes me forever to complete one line.  Constantly touching the wrong key, deleting and typing over and over again.

I have a feature on my phone that allows you to speak into the phone and it will type your message. I tried it!  What a hoot!

I spoke into the phone and it never typed what I said, and seemed to pick up what everyone else was saying around me. It was as if it had a mind of its own.  When speaking into the phone to complete a “text” to my niece about her father, it ended up saying “he is the fattest”, what the heck, I didn’t say that!  Again, we laughed at what the darn thing was typing until we cried.  We almost wet our capris!

–  As my conversation with my sister continued, we decided to call our brother in New York City.  It seemed like the perfect time for us to connect with him.  We spoke to each other and all said, “I love you, and miss you so much”.  We are criers, and after we hung up, our eyes were filled with tears. Denny is a lovely person, so very dear to us.  He is the baby of the three of us.

Rising Sun, Indiana is not Spain, but I wouldn’t trade the moments we shared together that evening for a trip anywhere.

What a joyful time for all of us!






“Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom”

Today is Mother’s Day and I want to wish all mothers a blessed day.

This is my beautiful Mom, now in heaven.

Happy Birthday Mom!I love this photo of her on one of her last birthdays.

I decided to use this photo because I know that she is celebrating Mother’s Day, hopefully with a yummy piece of cake, with her mother today.  How I miss my mother and grandmother.

Let me share my thoughts, regrets, and memories,

  • Why didn’t I spend more time with you, I would give everything for one more day with you!
  • I miss calling you and hearing you say “Hi Sweetie”, and closing every call with “I love you”.
  • Why did I argue politics with you?  So silly!  The anxiety it brought to both of us was not worth a moment of our time together.
  • Oh, why didn’t I appreciate the First Communion dress you made me by hand. So many tiny, perfect stitches made with love, but at the time I wanted one with all the lace and ruffles other little girls had.  Forgive me.
  • Miss our craft days together.  You always helped me and supported me when I thought I could make a ton of money at the next craft fair.  Those days always started with you making breakfast for us.  I miss the smell of biscuits, gravy, bacon, and eggs, when you opened the door of your apartment.
  • I remember coming home from school to a clean house and you standing ironing, whether for us or for others, to make a little extra money for us.
  • If I close my eyes I can almost feel your hugs.  How I wish you were here to give me one today!

Mother I have learned enough now

To know I have learned nearly nothing.

On this day

When mothers are being honored,

Let me thank you

That my selfishness, ignorance, and mockery

Did not bring you to

Discard me like a broken doll

Which had lost its favor.

I thank you that

You still find something in me

To cherish, to admire, and to love,

I thank you, Mother.

I love you.

Maya Angelou – A Cradle to Hold Me

Happy Mother’s Day, to my sweet, loving Mother, all she ever wanted was to be a Mother and Grandmother.

Love you “Sweetie”.


The Forgotten Mother!

Many thoughts on being a mother this week.

When you become a mother you want to always protect your children from the troubles, hurts, and heartaches in life, even when they are grown.

During Easter season I watched “Passion of Christ’, the graphic movie on the killing of Jesus.

I am sharing this scene with all mothers.  It is heartbreaking.

Our children grow up and leave us to start their own lives but as all mothers know, they will always be our little ones.

Mary holding Jesus, and comforting Him as a child when he falls down, is so precious!


“Brothers and Sisters Day”

Today, May 2nd, is “Brothers and Sisters Day”.

I want to share mine with you today.  How I love them!

This is my baby brother, Denny!

My baby brother!Denny was my playmate and my companion when we were young children.  We played together for hours.  I loved paper dolls and he would let me place them in his toy cars and he would drive them all around the bedroom for me.

Always so sweet and so good.

Denny now lives in New York City, and years go by when we do not see each other.

I am very sad for that.

My older sister Yvonne!

Me with my sisterIn our jeans.

Yvonne loved to be out playing ball with all the boys!  We were quite opposites in the early years, I was the “prissy” one as you can see above. I so loved purses.

Were those our “designer” jeans?

When looking for photos of us together, in almost every photo Yvonne is holding my hand. She does that now!  She is my best friend in my older life.  Now that our mother has passed, Yvonne is the one I call when life is not so good.

She has so many friends, because she is loyal and loving to everyone.

      If you have a brother or sister, tell them you love them today, forget the petty things of the past.  Forgive and forget, renew your relationship with them.

Life really is too short!

Yvonne and Denny, I love you both so much!

To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.

– Clara Ortega

Treating Mom With Special Touches!

Mother’s Day is next Sunday, May 11th.

I found an old Country Home magazine from 2001. There was a small article on making Mother’s Day dinner special for your Mom with some simple touches.  Below are ideas from the article and a couple of my favorites added.  Although the article is 13 years old the ideas are ageless.

  • Place Mom’s favorite flower in a small bottle or vase, a vintage one would be a really nice look.  Tie a place card around it, and use it to mark her seat at the table.  I used ribbon as you can see below, but raffia would also work. I love this sweet idea!Mother's Day Table Setting idea!
  • Serve up a menu that reflects Mom’s favorites, or the family’s homemade specialties.
  • Set a pretty table using Mom’s favorite colors for the dishes, tablecloth, or napkins.
  • Before the meal, ask each sibling to write a memory of Mom on the back of a place card.  Present them to her after the meal, or during dessert and coffee.
  • Make copies of some old photos with Mom, at different ages in your life, your siblings, or grand children. The memories will be heart warming for her, and for you!  Tie with a ribbon for a sweet, pretty touch.

Hope you can use some of these special touches for your Mother’s Day dinner.

Spend time with your Mother, make memories, hug her lots, because time passes so fast!

I miss my Mother and think of her often during my busy days!

Lime Green Sneakers!

Raining and storms today, so I decided to go to my “things to do” list.

I selected a quick ‘to do”, sorting out my tub of old shoes.

Came across my old Tommy Hilfiger lime green sneakers.  At first I threw them in the “donate” pile, but ……….the more I looked at them, I remembered how much I loved them, and still do!

Lime Green Sneakers!Can a 67 year old woman wear lime green sneakers?

Yes, I can, and I will!

If you have a pair of “lime green sneakers”, get them out, put them on, and enjoy life!

Oh!  This reminds me of a sweet book I read some years ago.

“When I Am An

Old Woman

I Shall Wear Purple”

edited by Sandra Haldeman Martz.

It is a tender, loving, and caring collection of poems and short stories about women growing old.  Read it if you can, it will make you laugh and cry.

My Old Hymnal!

Browsing in antique and old collectible shops is a special treat for me.

Can’t afford to buy a wonderful antique chest or table, but I get such joy finding less expensive items; an old watering can, a tin crayon box, old vintage buttons, and old books.  I love old books, especially children’s books.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn one of my browsing trips I found a church hymnal, old and worn, with many pages falling out. It cost two dollars.  I bought it because one of the pages that fell out was the old hymn “Jesus Loves Me”.

When my now grown, awesome son, was small I rocked him and sang this song to him.  If he was sick, hurt, sad, or sometimes just tired, this song was magic to him.  Many times he would look up at me and say “sing Jesus Loves Me”.

I love the memory of this song so much that I decided to take the old page and frame it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love the way it turned out. Using a black double mat brought out the discoloration of the page that age brings.

It is hanging on a wall that I pass many times during the day. What joy I receive from the memory it brings to me!

With Mother’s Day in two weeks, this is a gift to myself.

I thank God for letting me be a mother!