Wednesday, October 7, 2015

30 Days of Love: Day 4

Day 4 is dedicated to my Dad.

Dad didn't finish high school and could not read very well BUT he was a very hard working man. He went to work everyday...getting up before the sun ever thought about shining; and sometimes not getting home until after the sun set.  Dad taught me that no matter what job you are working you give it a 110% effort.

Dad passed away April 19, 1992 after a long, hard battle with cancer.  His final words to me were "I am sorry.  I love you.  Take care of your brother."  The "I am sorry" meant more than I can ever put into words.  I accepted his words, told him I loved him and then told him it was time to go.  When he took his last breath, he passed peacefully and I too felt at peace.

I miss you Dad.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

30 Days of Love: Day 3

Day 3 is dedicated to my Mom. 

Mom passed away on April 3, 1991 (She was killed in a nearly head-on automobile accident, five miles from home.) It happened 24 years ago and there are days it still seems like it just happened.  

One of my biggest fears growing up was losing my parents.  The thought of death sent me into panic attacks. Even though I drove Mom crazy she always knew when I was upset and would comfort me.  One of the things I remember most about mom is laying on the couch with my head in her lap.  She would put my hair behind my ear over and over like she was brushing it with her fingers. I felt comfortable and at peace.
Over half of my life I have been without my mother.  My biggest fear is still death.  I still have panic attacks that seem to get worse as I get older.  Even though mom is not here in person to comfort me, I think back to when I felt save and push my way through the pain.

Mom and I did not get along very well as I was growing up.  However, she was a great mother. It saddens me that it took me so long to realize just how great she was.  I really should have listened to some of her advice as I was growing up. I just thought I was right and that she was just trying to run my life. I know better now. 

I miss you Mom.


Monday, October 5, 2015

30 Days of Love: Day 2

I dedicate Day 2 of the 30 Days of Love to my dog, Shelby.  
Shelby helps to make life bearable for me with her unconditional 
love and her beautiful soul.  Her very presence brings calm to my life.
Shelby listens to what I say without judging me.  She sits by me if
I am happy or sad.  She kisses away my tears.  Shelby is the ultimate 
picture of perfect love.  She has me wrapped around her little paw.
Always and forever!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday Stealing: Q & A

This week's Sunday Stealing was stolen from My Random Randomness.
1. What would you pick as a major, if you could go back to college and do it again? Computer Programming or anything to do with computers.

2. Who is the one celebrity with whom you would most like to have an in depth conversation? None that I can think of.

3. If you could make a living doing ANYthing, what would that be? A lazy, millionaire.

4. What’s your all-time very favorite dessert? Ice Cream

5. How many pairs of jeans do you own? A few pair but I never wear them

6. What is your favorite flower, and why? Lilacs because they remind me of home and remind me of my mother and grandparents.

7. What book has most changed your life? No book has changed my life.

8. What is your least favorite vegetable? Is there any way you can be persuaded to eat it? Asparagus and I would not eat it even if it was covered in chocolate.

9. If you could take a nonstop first class flight to any destination, where would you pick to land? Hawaii

10. If your 15 minutes of fame included a stint on American Idol, what song would be your trademark solo? "Angel Eyes" by the Jeff Healey Band.

11. If you could pick one former friend (who has remained elusive in this wild Facebook world) to reunite with, who would you unearth? Marsha Haney...she and I lived only a few miles apart from each other growing up and spent a lot of time together as kids.

12. You have been awarded the time off from work and an all-expenses paid week anywhere in the United States. The catch is that it must be somewhere you have not been before. Where do you choose to visit? Hawaii

13. Name three of your guilty pleasures. Chocolate, Coloring and Ice Cream.

14. The best kind of cookie is: Chocolate Chip

15. What do you value most in other people? Honesty, Faithfulness, Ability to Trust and be Trusted.

16. Have you ever looked back at your life and realized that something you thought was a bad thing was actually a blessing in disguise? Yes, of course.

17. What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever visited? The Ozarks in Missouri and The Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee.

18. Are you more of a thinker or a feeler? Thinker.

19. Name three things you are thankful for right now. My children, my dog and my Jeep.

20. Have you ever participated in a three-legged race? Yes and we lost.

21. When you are at an event that plays the National Anthem, do you place your hand over your heart? Yes.

30 Days of Love: Day 1

The 30 Day Countdown to BlogBlast 4 Peace begins!

Blog4Peace 2015 is Nov 4!

This years theme is Peace and the Power of Love.

As part of this year's theme, we are invited to participate in the Peace and The Power of Love Challenge. For the next 30 days from October 4, 2015 to November 4, 2015, Mimi has challenged us to be present for love. She asks us to consciously and with purpose and intent to notice the ways we express love to one another and to affirm the peace it brings into our lives.

Mimi began the peace blogging challenge this year by answering the questions, "Who is your person?" and "Who is the one person in my life who inspires me to love?" To read her answers go to

So, who is YOUR person?

My person is, of course, Mimi (and no I am not trying to be cheesy or lame).  Nine years ago Mimi started the Peace movement with a simple request. Mimi wanted to know what would happen if all bloggers everywhere signed their name across an Earth globe and what would happened if every one of those globes were posted on the same day.  Well, at first I though this was just an insane idea. What made one person think they could change the world?  I really didn't want to be a part of something that would never work.

But then I sat down and thought about it.  One person can make a difference and can make an even bigger difference if supported by like minded people.  Mimi wants world peace...I want world peace.  So why not work together to achieve that goal?!   Mimi has helped to open my eyes and to think more outside the box.  I am thankful for her and her mission in life.  I am thankful to call her my friend.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Adopt A Shelter Dog Month

There are a million good reasons to consider adopting a dog. Each year, an estimated 3-4 million animals waiting in shelters for someone to give them a safe, loving home. Please consider adopting a rescue animal or a dog from your local shelter. You will be saving a life and greatly improving yours. Dogs are amazing, supportive, and heroic companions who can make a huge difference in your world.

Visit your local shelter or visit legitimate breed-specific rescue groups.  Find out what a shelter or rescue dog can bring to your life this October during Adopt-A-Dog Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

When breast cancer starts out, it is too small to feel and does not cause signs and symptoms.
As it grows, however, breast cancer can cause changes in how the breast looks or feels.

Symptoms may include—

New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
Pain in any area of the breast.

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