Something I wanted to Note

I just glanced around my kitchen and spotted gifts that my granddaughters picked out for me at Christmas. Since my blog’s foremost purpose is to document my thoughts for those precious girls, I needed to make this special note.
Each of them chose their gift separately and at different times. Katherine had found hers during an Autumn family vacation and Evelyn bought hers at the school holiday gift buying event.
Both are display items sporting the word “blessed”.
I’m so proud that each knew the importance of that term and attributed it to me. ❤
That tells me that I’ve inspired them toward hopefulness and gratitude.
Today, I was humbled and warmed to reflect on those special gifts!

Six Sentence Story- Bigger than We

PROMPT WORD:  FAIR

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Why is life unfair?

A savior born this month (according to tradition) was an emissary of Peace and Hope in a natural world where there’s a battle between Good and Evil.

Human beings equally require shadow and light to discern one from the other and worldwide nearly half of humankind survives on less than $6.00 a day so poverty is a default condition for most people.

Nature is both beautiful and cruel and worldly survival is built of both.

Accepting that there’s a place without those struggles is called ‘faith’ and living purposefully to improve human existence (one person at a time) is life.

Doing our best, through generosity and forgiveness, seems a fair use of our worldly lives once we realize we’re not ‘in charge’.


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Blogtober- Laugh Out Loud- Day 4



I took a high school ‘mini course’ about comedy years ago. Yes, the high school I went to was an excellent one. As seniors, we were allowed to elect courses for our English classes after we each took one quarter on Critical Analysis Writing.
The realization that comedy and tragedy were often separated by a very thin line, always stuck with me.
Across the many years of child family day care, we had a lot of fun. Sometimes, we had some real funnies. Here’s a true tale that fits squarely into that comic/tragic realm.

My husband has his own happy little Christmas Tradition. As Christmas grows close, he likes to sit in our vehicle, after dark, and listen to Christmas Carols while having a few beers. If its snowing, that makes it all the better.
One night, he got his perfect wish and enjoyed his solitary Christmas tribute while stashing his beers in a snowbank beside the truck keeping them icy cold. It was snowing so, when he policed the area before coming indoors, he overlooked a beer.
The next day, a 5, 6, and 7, year old went out beyond our driveway to slide in the brand new snow on my delightfully hilly backyard.
When they came in for cocoa, they were giggling wildly and I smelled a strong odor of beer!
This was that kind of day care moment when your heart stops.
Come to find out, they hadn’t drank any beer but had found the beer and poked at it with a shovel. It was close to frozen and when they punctured it, the beer had sprung a pressurized fountain of foamy spray covering them head to toe.

Imagine the fun I had explaining that reeking odor of beer on the children to their parents!
Just so you know, they ALL laughed out loud.

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Blackberry Pies

blackberry PieNothing means summertime more, to me, than blackberry pies. Luckily, blackberries mature in August, when hopefully, the desperate heat of summer is waning. This year, we are having delightful weather for baking.

My husband loves blackberry pies, so much, that he spends hours, among the thorns, collecting blackberries. He earns many scratches but often has several gallons for freezing. This allows him to look forward to a Christmas blackberry pie each year. That little flashback to August makes the short days of winter a bit easier to bear.

I created the photo at fotoflexer.com by erasing everything around my pie in my photo then layering with another photo and adding text.
By the way, the pie was as tasty as it looks. 😉

Mud Pies vs Easy Bake Ovens

My Smarty Pants!
My Smarty Pants! (my granddaughter at our camp.)

Memories from my childhood are very precious to me. I’m sure that there were occasions when I proclaimed,”I’m bored!” like any other kid, but the ways that I used to entertain myself, are sadly, less popular today. Some have been lost to the allure of technology for entertainment. Technology in the form of games and computers is an awesome way to learn! Many “over 50s” shake their heads with condemnation of these modern toys. Watch them closely though, they are the same folks who have saucer-sized eyes on Christmas morning, with their grandkids, and whisper to themselves, ” I would have given my right arm to have had one of those as a kid!”  Childhood, after all, is a magical time not a place.

In my day, the amount of fun a kid had was directly proportional to how dirty they got. Digging holes, wading in puddles, and pounding rocks to powder were a few “biggies” with me. Yes, I really DID make mud pies and cakes. Adding pebbles for cherries and sticks for candles made them quite appealing. No wonder, having such a soil based culinary background, I continue to be baffled by the Easy Bake Oven‘s popularity. First problem with EBO is that it requires adult supervision. A universal kid Truth…Fun does not fit in easily when there’s a direct adult presence. Why? Messes are seriously culled by adults, and as I’ve stated, messes are required for fun. Secondly, EBO takes time and waiting. Waiting is the second most deadly element to kid fun, as you know. The last and most important drawback, Easy Bake Ovens are used only indoors. Yikes! Kids need to be outdoors. Fun, the best kind, happens outdoors!

Still, the commercials and sales roll in for Easy Bake Ovens. Heck, now I realize why I see them at every tag sale. Their boxes are usually pristine with only one single cake mix missing. 😉

Dear Santa…What I want for Christmas.

Dear Santa,

What I want for Christmas has great value and very little cost…

1. I want everyone who cares about me to show an interest in my health, happiness and hopes.

2. I want my kids to resist temptations and honor me by making their own way…I am here if you need me.

3. I want my husband to be my companion and friend.

4. I want my parents to know how much I love them and how fortunate I am to still have them in my life.

5.I want my sister to be happy…I’ll do ANYTHING for her.

6. I want to offer anyone who has lost a loved one, this year, a hug so they know they are loved and it will get easier.

7.I want Dress’N’Dazzle! LOL!  An inside family joke  🙂

8. I want people who take advantage of my generosity not to worry, you cannot change me and being generous makes me happy.

9. I want all my true friends to know that I know who they are ❤

10. I want most of all  a New Year without the fear of criticism from those I trust with my heart.