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Pause,Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-25

This is where I grew up.  This is where I am. This is reason enough to pause and count my blessings.  It’s not that I grew up with a lot.  I didn’t.  Well, wait a minute.  Yes, I did.  I grew up with a lot of siblings.  I grew up with a lot of space.  I grew up with a lot of responsibility.  I grew up with a lot of stimulation. And, I grew up with a lot of encouragement. All that other STUFF is highly over-rated.  I’m back on my home turf feeling relaxed,  and loved, and with plenty of…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock: 2017-24

Fireworks with family on Friday and a lovely weekend with Loved-One, Miss G and Miss K in Chicago.  I’m a lucky woman.  I love this picture I took in the South Loop.  New springing up behind old, people and cars bustling, and of course signs reminding us to mind our manners.   Here are a few more things, in no particular order, that make me say ahhhh…life is good. Character profiles that sit down beside me on the L train and beg to be written into my next book. Fresh strawberries with fine whiskers standing at attention. Chocolate French toast…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock:  2017-21

There’s good enough reason to Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock this week.  What a busy month June is stacking up to be.  So much discord is happening around the world, it seems like anything that bothers my personal being is mundane.  Besides physical threats, violence, racism, and terrorism there’s the wellbeing threats: Christian immigrants in Detroit fearing deportation to a hostile land, people worrying about having enough food, and people who can’t afford healthcare.  And then this morning, I find that a house blew up in a neighboring town, damaging 50 other homes, and leaving many homeless.  On top of…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-17

Mother’Day is just around the corner, but for me it’s in the rear view mirror.  wrestler #1, CeCe’s hubby, and their kids came over, and along with Loved-One prepared and wonderful brunch for the mother’s in the group.  Loved-One set the good China out for the three mothers, and everyone else ate on paper plates.  Omelets, sausage, waffles with Nutella and blueberries, mimosa, coffee, and key lime pie.  Queen for a Day, that’s how I felt. Here’s a few more things, in no particular order, that bubbles up joy for me:  Tons of hugs and kisses from grandchildren. Surprise tweets…

Pause,  Breathe, and Take Stock – 2017-16

“Ask and you shall receive.”  That’s only part of the story for me.  so many times I’m just rolling along, not even thinking about wanting more and ShaBam, I’m on the receiving end of wonderful things.  Okay, yes, sometimes I’m asking. This weekend, I had the honor of making my nieces wedding cake.  Yes, of course I was nervous.  Grandchildren are pretty open-minded.  If a cake looks something close to a dinosaur or a volcano, or even Bible Man, a child jumps for joy.  Brides?  Maybe she would be a little pickier.  Jana loved it!  I did work myself into…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-14

Some weeks I have a bit of trouble with the taking stock part of this weekly post.  This week is the pausing and breathing part.  It was a great week for me.  A new job, a wonderful turn-out at an Author Showcase, and a chance to visit Mom.  What could be better? Here, in no particular order, are some more reasons to rejoice: Snow drops blooming around a budding willow tree; My sister-in-law, Cheryl, who gave up part of her birthday to support me at the Author Showcase; Enjoying a Culver’s dinner with Mom & Love-one: walleye, followed by a…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-8

This weekend truly gave me an opportunity to re-set emotionally.  I got away from the news, spent some quality time with Loved-One, in one of my favorite places, Chicago, and answered an unexpected invitation to connect with a nephew.  All good for me.  All a welcomed distraction and relief.  Thanks to a little re-set, the my list of gratitudes comes easily and reminds me of the abundance in my life.  A very sunshiny and WARM weekend.  I even saw someone laying on a blanket in her front yard. Long walks with Love-One. It’s about time we both started moving more.…

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