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Like being hit in the face with a folding chair

Saturday, February 01, 2014      13 comments

I stand before you, an object lesson. A cautionary tale. A living, breathing, coughing, sneezing, feverish exhibit of the adage, "Be careful what you wish for." We have plans for the evening, a friend's birthday party, but the weather is so dism... Read more

Let it snow!

Sunday, January 26, 2014      11 comments

We've gotten about 8 inches of snow here, and though the weather report says we should be done, it's still coming down. Everyone I know is complaining on Facebook about the terrible weather. Secretly? I'm delighted. Yes, it's awful for driv... Read more

Just keep on tri-ing

Wednesday, January 15, 2014      8 comments

I signed up for my first triathlon for next summer today. I am aiming at doing at least one Olympic length, but this one is early in the season, so I signed up for sprint length. I did two last year, and I have to say that everyone at the events... Read more

Dealing with winter

Wednesday, January 08, 2014      6 comments

I've seen many blog entries and team posts from people who are irked with themselves because of the weather over the last few days. They are berating themselves for the impulse to curl up by a warm fire and stay out of the cold. I lived in ... Read more

Cutting back on computer time

Thursday, January 02, 2014      13 comments

Once again I'm finding myself sucked into the computer for far too many hours. This year I want to read more books and do more crafts, not just stare at this screen all evening. It's a real time-sink for me, and I have to get away from that. ... Read more

Farewell, unlucky '13

Wednesday, January 01, 2014      6 comments

Yesterday evening, hubby and I took down the 2013 calendar and wrote on it every horrible thing that happened. Then at 11:30, we and all our party guests went outside in the falling snow and burned 2013 and all it's dreadfulness in effigy. ... Read more

Gonna start 2014 right

Tuesday, December 31, 2013      10 comments

There is an old Welsh new year tradition called First Footing. It calls for the first person to enter your home in the new year to be a dark-haired man, to whom you immediately offer a drink. It is supposed to ensure good luck for the coming yea... Read more

Tired of stress: have some gingerbread

Sunday, December 29, 2013      12 comments

Yesterday we visited the Cleveland Botanical Gardens because they had up their annual display of gingerbread houses. Here are some of the highlights. This church won the grand prize: Read more

Prayers answered!

Saturday, December 28, 2013      12 comments

Yesterday afternoon Brianna's eyes were locked to the right and unresponsive to light. She had no reflex reactions. The signs were all incredibly bad. We were beginning to discuss what to do if the EEG showed that she was in a persistent vegetat... Read more

This is our baby. Please keep up the prayers

Friday, December 27, 2013      22 comments

This is Brianna, dressed for her Christmas concert on December 16. She was so excited for the concert; just look at that grin. Now she is lying in a hospital bed, sti... Read more

Still needing prayers

Thursday, December 26, 2013      16 comments

Brianna spent all of Christmas day intubated and unconscious. They attempted to bring her up out of the sedation in the afternoon, but she didn't wake up. They resedated her for the night so that her mom--who is still recovering from her recent ... Read more

Prayers needed

Wednesday, December 25, 2013      18 comments

My 6-year-old grand-niece was life-flighted to the hospital last night with sudden seizures. As of this morning, she is still intubated and sedated, and they don't have any answers as to what's going on. My niece, who herself spent three days in... Read more

You can't hurry love

Friday, December 20, 2013      7 comments

No one can resist this sweet little face: And no one can resist *this* sweet little face: And y... Read more

Hero worship

Thursday, December 19, 2013      9 comments

This is my hero: This is Ernestine Shepherd. She is a runner and body builder. She is also 77 years old. And she was a pudgy couch potato until she was 50. ... Read more

Icy streets and step counters

Saturday, December 07, 2013      8 comments

Wow, I got a new insight today, thanks to my Spark Activity Tracker. We had a bit of an ice storm last night, just enough to turn all the sidewalks into skating rinks. I took the dog out walking on our usual routine path. It's .75 miles long and... Read more


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