Dad’s Benediction

There is so much to be thankful for…that is what this holiday is all about. It is also a time to remember and honor memories.

My dad has a favorite blessing that he recites at family gatherings. (I have googled it and found no references.)

Let us bow our heads in prayer.

Lord God, gracious and merciful,

We acknoledge thy bountiful goodness towards us and give you thanks for our daily bread…

so richly provided by thee.

And we ask you to continue to bless us

with the benedictions of thy fatherly hands.

Through Jesus Christ, our Lord,


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Orange Fuzz Isn’t Flattering

permA funny story to some isn’t always so funny to the person involved. 

My husband was away on a fishing retreat.  It was a Friday, I was bored and had decided I needed a change. Continue reading

Teenage Romance

teenage romanceI was planning on staying home, but my best friend Janice insisted I had to come with her to Mary’s party.  Mary’s family was having a party for their exchange student and all the girls were going to be there.  I didn’t feel like going but resigned myself to an evening of socializing. The last thing I was looking for was romance. Continue reading

Meeting Mr. Right

I had just bought a house and moved back to my hometown in July of 1998. By January 1999, I was separated from my ex-husband, living alone, having fun remodeling my old house, and excited about being single. 

Mom called me after work on Friday and told me that her friend Bonnie was looking for someone to go out to eat with that night–and mom wasn’t available. She told me to give Bonnie a call.

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Blind Date Success

blind dateI met my husband, Art, on a blind date.  

As it was told to me a friend that I had gone with had this friend named Art.  He always spoke highly about him and said what a nice guy he was.  Well, he wanted to go to the outdoor, needed a date for Art, and called one of my girlfriends to see if she could go.  She couldn’t go, so guess what?  He called me.  Well, my Dad knew this friend, liked him, and thought he was the one asking me to go out to the outdoor.  So, he said I could go.  Now, I was only fifteen so this was a huge thing for me.  I couldn’t believe he would let me go to the outdoor, in a car with boys, at such an early age.  Continue reading

Friends Forever

friendsMy first real job after High School was selling driving lessons at a driving school in Madison. Every day it was my job to take the bank deposit to the bank in the Hilldale Shopping Center. It was a highlight of my day because the staff was friendly and fun. Continue reading

Tenacious Taurus

taurusIf you look to see what personality traits are associated with a Taurus, you can find a variety of different answers.  The websites I found state that a Taurus is possessed/obsessed, fussy, stubborn, chilled/zoned out, and sensuous/greedy.  Some things that a Taurus is into would be money, food, chilling, flirting, and shopping.  For the most part, I’m in complete agreement with what I’ve read. Continue reading

Authentic Aries

AriesThe Aries woman is honest, driven, competitive, and energetic. At least many of the Aries women have these traits. 

I find myself exhibiting the shadow side of many of the Aries qualities. For example, I carry a secret insecurity that creates intense stress and pressure for me. On the surface, I appear confident, competitive, and driven. In truth, appearances can be deceiving. Inside, I am often feeling anxious and inadequate. This surprises the people I know well because they say they don’t understand why.  Continue reading

Creative Cancer

cancerI really don’t pay much attention to my sign, but doing this exercise found it to be interesting. There are a couple of traits that I can identify with.  One trait of the cancer is being nosey.  I don’t consider this trait as being nosey at all, but am interested.  I find people fascinating.  I love to know their story, their interests, occupations, and the list goes on and on.  This is how I get to know them and find other people primarily fun and interesting. Continue reading

Spiritual Sagittarius

spiritual sagittariusMy birthday is in mid-December, which makes me a Sagittarius.

Although I was a child in the 70s, I was really too young to be into the zodiac. As a child, I would occasionally read my horoscope in the paper, but the predictions always seemed vague and random. For example, my horoscope for today says this: Continue reading