November 11, 2019

Veterans Day 2019

In honor and in memory of my son. I am thankful for his time in the Army. 
Colt loved serving his country.
I am also thankful today and every day for all Veterans.
Thank you for your service and thank you for our freedom!

November 10, 2019

We, The Bereaved - A Meditation on Grief

Solidarity for those who are grieving.
Permission for those who were never allowed.

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November 9, 2019

Sunday Stealing - Flashback To My First Sunday Stealing Participation Post

This questions in this post are a flashback to the very first time
 I participated in Sunday Stealing on this blog.

1. When was the last time you cried? Earlier today

2. Were you named after anyone? My father and Mike Shannon (Baseball announce for the St. Louis Cardinals)

3. Why are you so fickle when it comes to women? I am a woman!

4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Bologna

5. Do you have kids? I have two children, one girl and one boy.

6. If you were another person would you be friends with you? Yes

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot? No

8. Do you still have your tonsils? Yes

9. Would you bungee jump? Yes

10. What is your favorite cereal? Cheerios

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? No

12. Do you think you are strong enough to be with me? It depends on what you plan to do. If you mean strong enough to be in a relationship then no. I am already in one and happy where I am.

13. What is your favorite ice cream? Black Walnut

14. What is the first thing you notice about people? Their attitude

15. Red or pink? Pink

16. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? My weight

17. Who do you mess with the most? No one.

18. What was the last thing you ate? Chocolate

19. What are you listening to right now? My dog licking her leg.

20. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? My husband

21. Why aren't you married? Why do I need to get married? I am married. You do not need to get married to be happy.

22. Last movie you watched? Last night I watch Guardians of the Galaxy again.

23. What did you dream about last night? Nothing I can remember

24. What book are you reading? I just finished Poison Orchids by Anni Taylor and Sarah A. Denzil

25. Summer or winter? Summer

26. Hugs or kisses? Hugs

27. Do you have any special talents? No

28. What are they? None

29. What did you watch on TV last?  Football

30. What is your favorite sound? The fan on high as I try to fall asleep.

31. Rolling Stones or The Beatles? The Beatles

32. Most likely to respond to this meme? No one.

33. Least likely to respond? Anyone.

November 8, 2019

Happy Birthday Son...Mama Misses You!

Today, November 8th, would have been my son's 27th birthday.
Happy Birthday Colt. I miss you so much.
I love you to the moon and back, forever and always.

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November 5, 2019

Some Day Are Just Harder

Some days are just harder than others. 
It takes everything in me to hold it together every moment.
There are many times when I lose the battle.

November 4, 2019

Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace): Change Your Climate

Blog4Peace 2019 is here! This year's theme is "Change Your Climate", which could mean anything from global climate change or changing your personal climate to a more peaceful one.

"Change Your Climate" to me is personal. I have been trying for many years now to find peace. I need peace within my soul. At one point in the past, I thought I had peace. But then my son, Colt, died. (See his photo above in my Peace Globe.)

When Colt died, my life changed in such a dramatic way that words cannot describe it. I live in a world of BC (Before Colt) and AC (After Colt).

Losing him means I have lost an entire lifetime of new memories, dreams, hopes, wishes and plans. All I have now are photos and old memory's...both of which I hang onto with all my might.

I have to take things minute by minute, because grief washes over me in waves at unexpected times. I miss Colt so damn much. I want him back in this world. I want to hear his voice again. I want to hug him again. But the reality of it is....that won't happen.

So, I do what I can to find peace. My search will continue to the day I die.

Words matter. Peace matters. 
Together we can make a difference. 
Join us in talking about and in celebrating peace!
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November 3, 2019

Sunday Stealing: Wednesday Medley
This week's Sunday  Stealing questions were stolen from from Wednesday Medley.

1. All things pumpkin are everywhere. What is your one very favorite pumpkin flavored food or drink? Do you wish it was available all year or do you only want it in the Fall?

I do not really like pumpkin flavored drinks. I do love pumpkin pie and a good pumpkin roll.  Pumpkin flavor things are best only in the Fall.

2. What product would you seriously stockpile if you found out they weren't going to sell it anymore?

Coffee! LOL!

3. What is the most interesting thing you have seen online this week?

Some gaming news from BlizzCon 2019.

4. Is it better to be a "big fish in a small pond" or a "small fish in a big pond"?

I prefer to be a small fish in a big pond. I do not like the spotlight on me.

5. Do you play chess? Are you good at it?

I have played chess before but not in many, many years. I am not good at playing chess.

6. Tell us something random about your week.

I purchased two pair of Halloween socks to wear to work last week. I did not get to wear either pair because my feet and legs were too swollen and I could not get them on.

7. What is your favorite Frank Sinatra song?

My favorite song by Frank Sinatra is "I've Got You Under My Skin".

8. Has your state approved the sale of medical marijuana? In a nutshell, what are your thoughts on the subject?

The state I live in has not yet approved the sale of medical marijuana. I think the sale of medical marijuana should be legal as it can help many people, including my husband.

9. Einstein’s Theory of Happiness is: “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.” Was Einstein right?

In some ways he was right but for the most part I do not think he was. I think it depends on how an individual defines happiness. 

10. Do you enjoy fresh peaches? What is your favorite way to use them in a recipe?

I love fresh peaches and I love them in peach cobbler.

November 1, 2019

November Is National Adopt A Senior Pet Month

November Is National Adopt A Senior Pet Month!
Have you been thinking about adding a four-legged-friend to your family?
Then please consider opening your home and your heart to an older dog or cat in need.
It is a sad fact that senior pets are often the last to be adopted 
from shelters,  putting them at an increased risk for euthanasia.
When you adopt a senior pet, you welcome a lifetime of love into your home!
You also save that animal's precious life.
Visit your local shelter or animal rescue group today!
You can also visit and for more info.