April 3, 2020

29 Years Ago Today

My mom, passed away on April 3, 1991 (29 years ago).
 She was killed in a nearly head-on automobile accident, five miles from home. 
It is hard to believe she has been gone for 27 years. 
I have been motherless for over half of my life..

Mom and I did not get along very well as I was growing up. 
I wish I had listened to some of her advice at the time she offered it to me. 
But I thought I was right and that she was just trying to run my life. 
I know better now. I miss her and love her very much.

The following, beautiful poem was written for me in May 2007 by a sweet friend, Debi Fisher.


I think as little girls
We are all born to be a Mother
The same as all the rest
Yet different from one another
We cuddle dolls and puppies
We fix boo boos and small aches
We have this built in nurse
And do whatever it takes
We all have our little quirks
But the love I remember best
Mom wasn’t there all the time
But when she was it was filled with zest
She’s take me to the beauty parlor
Her hair done , I’d get nails
Being with her , in her special place
Put the wind right into my sails
So now I’m grown and have kids
Two of my own grown and finding their way
I reflect back to the time
When I shared that same kind of day
Once a little girl
And now I am another
I’ll never forget , and my memories I’ll keep
Of my forever Mother

(c) Debi Fisher, May 2007

April 2, 2020

Autism Awareness

April is National Autism Awareness Month and 
today, April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day!

Don't forget to "Light It Up Blue"!
Read more about autism at the following links:

March 31, 2020

eCard of the Week #353: Well Played Dad

When I was little my dad had me convinced that the
Ice Cream truck only played music when it was sold out.
Well played Dad, well played.

March 30, 2020

Come Play Along! Monday Crazy Questions

1. Do you put ketchup on hot dogs? Yes

2. Choice of soda? Sprite or 7UP

3. Do you own a gun? Yes

4. Can you swim? Yes

5. Hot dogs or cheeseburger? Cheeseburger

6. Favorite type of food? Homemade

7. Do you believe in ghosts? Yes

8. What do you drink in the morning? Tea

9. Can you do 100 push ups? No

10. Favorite time of year? Summer

11. Your favorite hobby? Playing video games

12. Tattoos? None yet

13. Do you wear glasses? Yes

14. Do you have a phobia? Thanatophobia

15. Do you have a nickname? Shay

16. Three favorite drinks? Tea, Water and coffee

18. Rain or snow? Rain

19. Can you change a tire? Yes

20. Favorite flower? Lilacs

21. Can you drive a stick? Yes

22. Ever gone skydiving? No

23. Kids? Two

24. Favorite color? Black vehicles but blue for nearly everything else

25. Employed? Yes

26. Can you whistle? Yes

27. Favorite vacation? All of them

28. Siblings? One brother

29. Surgeries? At least 6

30. Shower or bath? Shower

31. Last song you listened to? Soundtrack to Oh Brother, Where Art Thou

32. Broken bones? No

33. How many TVs are in your house? 3

34.Worst pain? Losing my son

35. Do you like to sing? No

36. Pets ? None

38. What do you enjoy binge watching? Cooking shows and NCIS

39. Pumpkin or pecan pie? Pecan

40. Someone who will play: No clue!

Let me know if you play lol

March 29, 2020

Sunday Stealing: Alec Clayton

This week's Sunday Stealing is from author, artist and theater critic, Alec Clayton.

1. If there's a personal god, what quality would you most like that person to have (and why)? I would want them to always be 100% honest no matter what.

2. What's your death-row meal? Homemade chicken & dumplings, sweet iced tea and Mississippi Mud Cake.

3. Assuming we make it through this outbreak with minimal loss of life, what do you think our big takeaway should be?  The big takeaway is that everyone needs to be better prepared and to stop thinking "it won't happen to me".

4. Whom do you find yourself missing more than you would've predicted? Other than hugs from my family, I miss my co-workers. 

5. What brings you the most joy? Not happiness, not contentment -- JOY.  Waking up each day.

6. Do you find yourself regretting anything you've said or done on social media? No.

7. What are your favorite and least favorite things about your body and face? I love my smile but I do not like my weight.  

8. and your life? My favorite things in life are actually people....family, and friends. My least favorite thing is not being near all my loved ones.

9. How's the self-isolation affecting your libido? It has not affected my libido.

10. Which three places in the physical universe would you most like to visit? My family in Missouri, Ireland and Hawaii.

11. On whom did you have a crush years ago? Have you ever told them? I have had a lot of crushes in my life and I never told any of them.

12. How have your religious views changed since you were in high school?  Yes.

13. If you could change one law, what would it be? I would make animal cruelty a felony, punishable to the highest extent possible, in every state.

14. If you could add one commandment to the original ten, what would it be? Thou shall not abuse any human or animal.

March 22, 2020

Sunday Stealing: Coronavirus Questions

This week's Sunday Stealing is from Pandora. She posted a bunch of Coronavirus  questions on her blog and shared them with all of us. Thanks, Pandora!!

1. Has the COVID-19 affected your work environment? Yes. I have been working from home for a week now.

2. How are you feeling about the Coronavirus? It scares me. My family and friends getting sick scares me. Them or me dying scares me.

3. Has anybody you know been tested / have you? I have not yet been tested but I know a few people that have.

4. Do you have any friends stuck in any exotic locations? No.

5. Have you changed any of your personal habits due to the pandemic? Yes. 

6. What is the craziest thing you've seen or heard about the outbreak? The whole toilet paper panic buying craze. I understand why some people are doing it but I do not understand those that buy in bulk then resell it at crazy prices.

7. Do you think our politicians are doing enough to curb the crisis? I think so.

8. Have you stockpiled anything because of the crisis? Not yet.

9. What do you think you will miss the most if you are subject to a lock in? I miss talking face to face with family and friends. I miss hugging my loved ones.

10. What is the weirdest rumor you've heard about the virus? I heard people under a certain age were immune.

11. Do you have a favorite meme about the virus? I do not.

12. Has the virus made you grateful for anything? The virus has made me grateful for technology; without it I feel as if I would not be able to keep in touch with all those I care about.

13. Have any of your plans been upset by the outbreak? Yes, but that is fine with me.

14. Are you planning do to anything different because of the COVID-19 outbreak? Stay home as much as possible.  Not visit family and friends. 

15. What do you hope to see in six months time? In six months, I hope the entire world is on the downside of this virus and folks are recovering and getting the needed vaccine. 

16. Has the Coronavirus upset your mental health in any way? In every way possible so far.

March 20, 2020

Happy International Day of Happiness 2020

Keep Calm. Stay Wise. Be Kind
 As we face a global crisis together,
 let’s find positive ways to look after ourselves and each other.
Take the pledge to create more 
happiness in the world: https://happinessday.org/#pledge