Memorial Day 2013

Wordless on this day of Remembrance.  Last night I put together this collage. . . it expresses my feelings about Memorial Day

Remember, Respect, Honor, Care

Remember, Respect, Honor, Care


Friday Finally

Today I’m thinking out loud about the Reddit US Troops Gift Exchange.  I just tried to sign up for it, but they already have more people signed up to give gifts than troops to send them to.  I think that situation will be remedied as soon as the news gets out that troops should sign up.  This weekend it is especially appropriate to do something tangible to express our support of the men and women who are “over there” supporting our freedom with the commitment to give their lives if necessary.

Memorial Day is in honor of our military who have died fighting for the rest of us who “also stand and wait.”    I ask all of you to stop for a moment and give thanks to whatever Higher Power you might believe in for the freedom we enjoy because of the military who make sure we have it.  Prayers for the welfare of those in far and near places protecting our country are appropriate any time.

If you don’t believe in a Higher Power that is okay too….I personally believe that a thought generated anywhere in the world becomes part of the universal conscious and, like the butterfly effect, eventually circles the earth and does make a difference as it passes through the ether.  So, I ask that you take a moment to give a thought of gratitude that we have the freedom to have and express our own beliefs and…please generate a thought for the safety of our troops.

This weekend and always I am proud to be an American.

Welcome To My New Look!

After hours of grueling trial and error, I finally gave up and decided to try something simple….and, who knew, I like it this way.  I hope you will, too.

My thoughts today are on the number of phone calls I’ve been getting from both parties and those seeking election.  Already!  I could see it if they got down to the crunch and wanted to stir up voters, but the election is still months away.  I am not happy thinking about how much worse it could get as we get closer to the actual vote.  The voter drive has to be because the party conventions are coming up, but it’s still irritating to have the phone ringing at odd hours (when, supposedly, they expect someone of voting age to be here) and interrupting my train of thought when I’m trying to come up with a workable idea for my homework!  True, I admit it’s a short train, but that’s why I get distracted when the phone rings.

I should explain that I have to leave the phone on because of an obligation to an aging family member.  I do turn the ringer down as low as it can go and I can still hear it.  I also listen to the messages as they come in for the same reason I leave the phone on.  As my father used to say “gritch, gritch, gritch” (imagine that the g stands for a b as I am trying to keep my blog readable by any age audience).

Having spent a couple of hours trying out different looks, I’ve got to get busy on serious stuff like my homework that is due today.  I enjoy writing, so that isn’t a problem.  The problem is the topic “Aging”…. I know a lot about it from personal experience, but I am learning about things that I still have to look forward to (read scared to death).  I think I may have been better off not knowing what to expect.  On the other hand, knowing about it prepares me for it and may even give me a chance to  divert some of it away from my own personal future!

If you are totally bummed out by my thoughts today, let me share a link with you for a blog that never fails to brighten up my day and usually even get me to laugh out loud!  I’ve Been There Claire is great, not the least of which because what she writes is usually right up my personal alley. In fact I’ve recently accused her of climbing into my head without letting me know.  I’ll bet that she has something that will be right up your alley too.

There, my thoughts have been uplifted.  Let me know what you think about….

Fragmented Friday

Started the day out behind…overslept and I’ve been behind ever since.  Am I the only one who does that?

We have sunshine today, but very windy.  Emily didn’t think much of the weather when I took her out, even though it was dry.  Fred can’t be bothered to consider weather at all…thank goodness.  One finicky dog is enough!

Thoughts today are in bits and pieces…so glad to hear that Cher is not dead, slightly interested in “unknown” thing found in the Baltic Sea, not interested at all in what underworld character is funding Newt’s campaign, and totally uninterested in President Obama’s failed attempt at a joke during his State of the Nation speech….certainly not the time for a funny.

Maybe I should have called this grumpy Friday!  As I get older I find that my thoughts are often less tolerant than they used to be.  Maybe it’s because I never really thought about anything that didn’t directly affect me?  I was much busier then; now I have the time to really consider what I read about and what I see.  I don’t like much of what I read about and see; downright get annoyed by some of what I read about and see; and some things I read about and see cause me to truly ache about what is going on in the world around me.  Yup…I am getting old!  I remember my dad used to be outraged at what was happening to the world and how different things were than in his childhood and younger years.  He was 91 when he died in 1997.  I’m so glad he didn’t have to see what has happened since.

My plans for the weekend are to knit and to knit some more…so many projects and so little time, etc.,etc.,etc.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,


P.S.  I am also trying to learn how to use….you can see my latest attempts at

It’s Monday Again

After spending 45 minutes looking for some “Good News” for a change, I’ve given up.  Must be because it’s Monday. If you have something happy to report, please leave a comment.  Happy news doesn’t have to be international news.  Happy news can be found in families everywhere…sometimes it is just a night when a new baby lets her exhausted parents sleep uninterrupted.  It could be a night when everyone is home for dinner and there is conversation.  It could be eating popcorn and watching a movie.   I’m just looking for something good to tell all of you!

My thoughts today aren’t.  For once I can’t think of anything that tempts me to get up on my soapbox about.  Of course it is Martin Luther King day, any comments I could have about that great man have already been said by someone else. Probably someone else far more eloquent than me.

Today is “clean out the closet” day and I am once again procrastinating. I really don’t want to even start this project. The closet really needs it, but I don’t, at least for today.  I spent most of yesterday playing with Pinterest. I love this site (  I can go shopping without spending a cent. I tried to upload an image to share with all of you…but my wordpress skills are still pretty rudimentary, just the basics.  As I go, I learn. (that applies to everything I’ve ever experienced and it’s a good thing!)But, here I try again…wish me luck!

Alas…but failure is just another challenge!

Happy Monday to you all