Happy Chemo-versary

May 3, 2014

Today is May 3rd, and I am quietly doing a celebratory dance. Two years ago today I completed five months of chemotherapy treatment following surgery for uterine cancer. I always consider May 3rd as my graduation day or my “Chemoversary”. And actually, it’s the date my oncologist uses to count from when he says that […]

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Goodbye, Toshiba

April 2, 2014

Technology is a wonderful thing. We can all agree with that, right? We need our smart phones and our computers and tablets and giant TVs. Don’t we? Well, speaking as the owner of a computer repair shop, I gotta say, “Yes, for sure.” Everyday I see customers whose lives are cast into chaos when their […]

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Movin’ On

February 28, 2014

We’ve  had a glorious blue-sky day here in southwest Washington State. The daffodils are 6 inches high now and ready to pop. I think it’s safe to say Spring is on its way. Thank you, God! I know other parts of the country are still expecting more snow. To you folks I say, “Hang on. […]

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Stay Safe and Strong

February 17, 2014

As I’m writing this morning, a steady cold rain drones on outside my window. It’s beginning to get light, so I can see the downed branches and debris on my lawn. All night the wind soughed in the 100-foot fir trees that surround our house on three sides, singing me to sleep. We usually do […]

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My Guilty Admission

January 20, 2014

You may not know this about me yet, but I’m a total softie.  If you’ve taken note of all the kitty and dog pics I “like” on Facebook, or if you happen to observe my watery eyes and damp tissue hoard at the end of almost any movie, you’d know just how big a softie […]

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The Romance of Small Town Life

January 15, 2014

I’ve written before about my life in the boonies of southwest Washington state. Yesterday I was reading the local weekly newspaper, and it made me flash back to when we first moved here 18 years ago. We came from Portland, Oregon, the biggish city on the other side of the Columbia River. I was unfamiliar […]

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Enjoy Every Moment

January 8, 2014

This morning I was looking through my phone, deciding which pictures from Christmas to keep and which to discard, and I came across this one of my older son, Carson, and his little girl, Leona Mae – “Ona”.  Carson is 29, and as I studied this photo, the years suddenly collapsed like a telescope, and […]

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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2014

Hey friends! I trust your celebration last night was fun and safe. Welcome to 2014! It’s going to be a great year. I spent this morning helping my younger son take down the Christmas tree. It’s always a sad time for me because I’m terribly sentimental, and especially so this year, when the tree seemed […]

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Holiday Happenings

December 11, 2013

For the past week, our area of the country has been hit with sub-freezing temperatures that never climbed over that 32 degree mark. Our water pump froze up, and we’ve been making do with the water already stored in our 600-gallon holding tank. It’s been a time for using paper plates and baby wipes, and […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013

It’s been a busy two weeks since my last post. We’ve had overnight company at our house, and we’re making headway with the Christmas list and coordinating plans for our Thanksgiving feast. We are blessed to have our family all together this year, including my elderly parents and our charming little grand daughter, Ona. At […]

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