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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Our First Snow of the Season

I was lucky enough to not have to get out in it yesterday, because the roads were quite treacherous. Thing 1 dropped off her little baby for me to watch, and she almost didn't make it to my house to pick him up. Fortunately, bad weather brings out good Samaritans. Those kind souls helped get her car back on the road, and she safely made it the rest of the way. Her husband picked up her and the baby in a 4-wheel drive truck to get them home. Her car is still here. I had made a big pot of chili, so I sent some home with my daughter.

As I was looking out my bathroom window this morning, I noticed some snow hanging off the house. I don't believe I've ever seen snow act like this  before!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My Day

My youngest sister is lucky enough to get to be a stay-at-home mom, so she's been babysitting my youngest grandson while my daughter and son-in-law are at work. She's a very doting mother/babysitter, and loves that little boy. In fact, I think she secretly prays that my daughter and her husband will get tired of the baby and just give him to her! (Fat chance!)

Watching my little grandson is her joy, but this week, she's got one of the many bugs floating around infecting every living, breathing thing. So, I took a day off to watch him. I get all three of my grandbabies every Saturday, but one-on-one time with them is extra, extra special ... and I get an entire day with this sweet angel!

Monday, January 8, 2018


The lake at the bottom of the hill is frozen. I'm not sure how thick the ice is ... nor do I intend to find out! More than anything, I'm just grateful that I didn't raise my kids in a house so close to water. I'm confident that I could have came up with enough horror stories to scare the girls into staying off the lake, but something tells me my son and his friends would not have been able to resist the temptation. Raising my kids, I worried enough without the threat of drowning in my back yard. I'm not sure my heart could have withstood the additional stress of a body of water so accessible!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018


The Sears store on the east side is closing very soon. There was another Sears store downtown, but that one closed years ago. I didn't realize it until I heard it on the news, but our downtown Sears store was the first retail Sears store.

I haven't shopped at Sears in years, but I remember getting their catalogs as a child. We loved when the new Sears catalog arrived! In grade school, my mom would tell us to go through the catalog and pick out what clothes we wanted for school. We'd mark our choices, and before we knew it, the would be folded and waiting for us on our beds. When the Sears Christmas catalog came, we kids would spend hours and hours and hours pouring over the pages, marking the toys we wanted our parents and Santa to bring. (Did we think Santa shopped at Sears?!!)

I feel bad that an American icon like Sears is closing, especially now that I know the first Sears store was in my hometown. There's this weird east/west thing in my town. As a westsider, I rarely shop at any store on the east side of town (except for you, Hobby Lobby ... you still have my heart!). If Sears had had a store on the west side, I'm sure I would have shopped there, at least occasionally. Even though I didn't shop there, I'm really sorry to see them go.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Passive Aggressive Yard Work

My house is the last one on a cul-de-sac, and is surrounded by woods, except on one side. This photo shows the concrete post marking the boundary on the west side of my property. What the picture doesn't show is that my property west of my driveway tapers from about 15' by the road, taping to about 18" in the back.

The only neighbor with whom I share a border is extremely careful not to cut even one blade of grass or rake one leaf on my side of the boundary marker, so I was quite surprised that he raked a good 8" of leaves on my property! It must have been dark, or he was in a hurry ... I'm quite certain he didn't mean to remove any of "my" leaves (that fell of his gigantic maple tree).

I was out walking with my grandkids one Saturday, when I saw him blow some of his leaves into the street, then into the yard across the street from him. Later that same day, he got upset with me when some of the leaves I was blowing blew into his yard ... even though they were all from HIS tree! All things considered, he's a not really a bad neighbor, but it's abundantly clear he's not going to be performing any random act of kindness when it comes to yard work.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

First Snow

This was our first snow of the season over the Christmas holiday. We didn't get much more than this all winter last year ... and I'm hoping for another gentle winter this year.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My Rainbow is Back!

My rainbow only visits in the winter months, and only when it's sunny. Needless to say, my private rainbows are rare! When it's cold here, the sky is almost always gray and overcast, so rainbows likeethese are a real treat. Here's another rainbow that came to visit me ...

Monday, December 25, 2017


I got an Echo Show for Christmas and sat it in the kitchen. When I came back, the Fisher-Price Little People had turned on Frosty the Snowman!