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Holiday Hysteria

hysteriaI have a very special holiday memory.  This was a dinner concert that our church sponsored. It was held at the Green Lake Conference Center.  The halls were decorated beautifully for the holidays with little twinkling lights, Christmas trees, and poinsettias.  There was a guitarist who performed for the evening.  He had special effects that accompanied him and our children’s church choir joined in singing the chorus for a favorite Christmas song, “Go Tell It On The Mountain”.  This made it so much fun and the music was phenomenal.  My youngest daughter, myself, and my youngest granddaughter, Aubrey, attended.  My other granddaughter, Jessica, was one of the performers.  Aubrey literally danced the night away.  She was probably four at the time, loves music, and especially loves to dance.  She had a ball.  We have the cd of this performance and it is called her “Boom Boom” tape which is often played in full force at Christmas time or whenever the mood strikes us.  This was such a fun way to start off the holidays for us. Continue reading

The Go-To Kid

choresWhen I was young and living at home I was required to do a great number of chores around the house.

I have two siblings, one four years older than me and one five years younger than me.  It seemed that I was always the right candidate to impose most jobs onto.  Continue reading

My Wandering Mind

I have this habit of not focusing.  This results in not listening or reading instructions and I would like to correct this habit. 

Have you ever tried to sew an evening dress or skirt without reading the directions?  Well, I have done this and I must say it does work out, but not without a few problems that could have been eliminated had I read the instructions. Continue reading

Middle Child Syndrome

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Sandy and Kathy

I was the second born in a family of three girls.  This, of course, made me the dreaded “middle child”.  From experience and observing other families I can say the problems of the middle child seem to be true.

The first child in our family was my sister, Kathy.  She was born four years before me.  She was the first child, grandchild, and niece.  She seemed to be the favorite of everyone from my standpoint.  Then I came along.   I was told that since my parents already had a girl it would have been nice to have a boy.  Oh well, it didn’t turn out that way, but they adjusted.   I remember our home life being normal and pleasant.  My dad was in the service and I was two days old when he was deployed.  So, having no males around I didn’t like them very much.  I have been told that later in life I made up for that! Whatever that means!!!  Then it happened, another girl was born into our family five years later.  This now made me a middle child.   Continue reading

Just One More Chapter

I am an expert at procrastination.  I always have good intentions and look forward to accomplishing great things such as getting ready for holidays, special occasions, and just regular household activities.  But, I tend to find just about anything else to do instead of what I am supposed to do.  Yup, this is called procrastination. Continue reading

The Smarties Choice

halloweenHalloween is fast approaching and a surplus of Halloween candy is appearing in all the stores.  How to make a decision about what to purchase for those hungry goblins, ghosts, and scary witches is always a challenge.  Well, as most of us over the years have come to realize, we all have our favorites.  I happen to love candy corn.  I see it on the store shelf and my mouth drools.  Unfortunately, after I give in and purchase said candy corn I usually overindulge and manage to get an upset stomach.  This, of course, takes the joy out of this selection of candy. Continue reading

Sports on a Limited Basis

sportsTo say I am not actually a sports fan is an understatement.  I think this happened when I was very young.  My Dad was an avid sports fan and on his off time from working, he enjoyed watching them on tv or listening to them on the radio.  He was not a physical participant, but a chair-side enthusiast.  He would actually sit in his recliner watching some type of sport on tv and have another sport plugged into his ear from the radio.  I hated Sundays because that was when sports were constantly on our tv.  My friends would be going to picnics, to their family cabins, visiting friends and relatives, and just enjoying life.  We, on the other hand, were sitting at home because dad had to watch his sporting event.  He even had to watch sports when we would visit relatives.  I suppose visiting friends was limited to when there were no sports on tv. Like that ever happened!  As an adult when I hear the usual sounds of sports on tv I just cringe.  I try to share what event is on, but if the sun is shining I am out of there.   Continue reading

Still Searching

hairstylesI am 78 years old and to this day, I have not found the hairstyle that I really like.  Sad, isn’t it?  I have probably run out of time, but I keep going forward trying new styles and for some reason, I end up with pretty much the same one.  It might be a bit shorter, or longer, but it generally always seems to end up looking pretty much the same. Continue reading

A Put Together Woman

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I have come to the conclusion that makeup is entirely overrated.  Just think about the money and time we spend on this really unnecessary act of thinking we look better being made up.  I remember when I was dating my husband years ago he said to me that he liked it when I didn’t have so much makeup on.  Well, I was never one to wake up with that glamorous glow that the movie stars mostly have.  Even when they are coming out of a coma, notice how they still have lipstick on.  I can’t even keep mine on for more than five minutes before it is licked or chewed off.   Continue reading

Love of Springers

springersThe love of a dog is a beautiful thing

I’ve had many and they are so special in their own way.

One never replaces the other, 

But fills the days with love and endless days of play Continue reading