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Creating Christmas
Sunday, December 25, 2016      30 comments

Christmas is both something that unfolds before us, and also something that we plan for. It is creating Christmas traditions with a tree, flowers and special ornaments. Holidays are special because of the time and love that go into the prepara... Read more
The Season of Surprises!
Saturday, December 24, 2016      29 comments

I had two wonderful surprises yesterday. First, my blood pressure was in the "very healthy" range. It was 116/62, despite the season's stress, I've managed to take time to do my deep breathing and get in my daily walks. It makes a big differ... Read more
Wrapping up the Holidays!
Friday, December 23, 2016      28 comments

If there's one thing I've learned about Christmas, it is easy to become obsessive. I have to know when to stop. This year, I started making the Christmas napkins in July. I've been working ever since. ... Read more
Crazy for Christmas!
Thursday, December 22, 2016      34 comments

I love this season of joyous surprise! I love the special stories, And the wonder in a child's eyes! I'm crazy for Christmas in many ways I lov... Read more
Unguarded Goodies!
Wednesday, December 21, 2016      32 comments

Tempted by Unguarded Goodies! I have been a disciplined eater for quite a while. I know when temptation is coming, I let people know that I won’t be eating the goodies, and I walk away. Just like that. But this was different. Dark chocol... Read more
Lessons from the Grinch
Tuesday, December 20, 2016      30 comments

Maybe you remember the Grinch as the mean and nasty one, but I want to tell you why the Grinch had no friends. He had a broken heart, and had been ignore... Read more
Keep Christmas free of competition!
Monday, December 19, 2016      32 comments

Keep Christmas from becoming a competition Stress is often associated with buying gifts that will WOW the receivers. Somehow, the joy and fun of Christmas is far from the heart of the holidays! ... Read more
Haters!
Sunday, December 18, 2016      37 comments

There are a few people that find fault with everything I do. They criticize my actions and ridicule the way that I choose to live my life. No matter what I do out of kindness towards them, it is never enough. They hate me, and there's not... Read more
Clutter!
Saturday, December 17, 2016      34 comments

Last night I lost my chance to really help a friend and it was all because I kept too much clutter. I realized just how much the clutter in my life is choking my effectiveness. I went to see my friend Sue, a lovely storyteller talk about The Ta... Read more
Gabby update
Friday, December 16, 2016      39 comments

My 3 month old grandchild was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and we have been waiting to find out if she will need surgery to correct the drainage problem in her brain. ... Read more
All I Want For Christmas
Thursday, December 15, 2016      33 comments

Dear kids, Each year you ask me the same question. After thinking about it, I decided What is my real answer: What do I want for Christmas? I want you. I want you to keep calling and coming around when you can, I want to visit you and your k... Read more
It's Working!
Wednesday, December 14, 2016      34 comments

What an amazing day yesterday was! I visited my doctor for a 6 month Type II Diabetic follow up. My A1C had been 7.2, and needed to be lower. I n... Read more
Playing The Waiting Game
Tuesday, December 13, 2016      37 comments

The Waiting Game Thursday is the day that we will find out. The waiting will be over, and we will know. Baby Gabby has had hydrocephalus and there is a chance that her brain will self-regulate, and the extra fluid will drain naturally and n... Read more
Dashing through the SNOW!!
Monday, December 12, 2016      35 comments

This morning, there's a blizzard going on outside my house. All the other districts cancelled school, but not the little town where I work. I have t... Read more
The Christmas Tablecloth
Sunday, December 11, 2016      33 comments

This project started last November, 2015. I had bought some beautiful Moda Christmas cloth in long strips for my mother to sew together, and sadly, her sewing days were over. Her eyesight had decided to dim, and my mom must has sewn into her f... Read more

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