Wednesday, December 7, 2016


I hate my clothes! 

It usually happens at the end of a season when I'm sick of wearing the same things.  This year, it happened at the beginning of the season.  That's a really bad sign. 

I'm not a shopper which poses a problem right at the start.  If you don't like to shop, you don't go out nearly often enough to get new clothes to keep from hating your wardrobe.  My husband doesn't appreciate the dinosaur that he is married to.  I'm sure there are many husbands out there who would love to have a wife who hates to shop! 

I've been trying to get some new things.  I've done most of it online.  A few new pants, a sweater, a vest.  I need to go get shoes.  Buying those online doesn't sound like the best idea.  I need so much more, but it's a start.

The Christmas season doesn't seem like the best time to be doing this.  Crowded stores isn't my thing and trying on clothes when it's that crowded really sounds like a bad idea. 

As much as I hate my clothes, I keep thinking that everyone else must hate my clothes.  I just really see myself in them in the morning when I get dressed and look in the mirror before I leave for work.  Everyone else has to look at them day after day.  I'm sorry, guys.  I promise, I'm getting new stuff.  Soon!

Times up!  #fiveminutesfreewrite

Monday, December 5, 2016


Do you avoid mirrors?  I don't know that I avoid them, but I don't go out of my way to look in them.  I look in the morning when I brush my teeth and put on makeup and do my hair.  I look again at night when I wash my face and brush my teeth.  Aside from those times, I don't really look at myself during the day.

I wonder if it's because I'm afraid that I'm not going to like what I see?  I'm days away from turning 62 and things sure do look different than they used to.  There's an extra chin and lots of lines and wrinkles.  Gray roots in the hair, if I don't keep up with the color.  There's even a few of those dark age spots that you hear about on the commercials.

I don't think that's really why though.  I'm kind of proud of those lines and wrinkles.  I earned every one of them.  I think it's just that my days are busy and looking in the mirror doesn't really occur to me.  I think it's that simple. 

Times up.  #fiveminutefreewrite

Sunday, December 4, 2016


It took me a long time, a really long time to say yes to being good to myself.  I finally did it though and it's been a great thing.

I have always put other people before myself.  I always have and probably always will.  It's just my nature.  I love to do for others, but I've learned that taking time for me is really important.

Three years ago during the year before my 60th birthday, I really made a point of thinking about me.  I made the effort to think about myself and to do the things that I wanted to do.  It didn't mean that I had to stop doing for others.  It just meant that I had to make the time for me too and I did. 

It was amazing how good me time felt.  Did I deserve the time?  Yes!  Did I enjoy the time?  Yes!  Was I still involved with all the other things that I was involved in before?  Yes!  Was I still there for my family?  Yes!   Was it one of the best things I have ever done for myself?  Yes Yes Yes!!!

Times up!  #fiveminutefreewrite

Saturday, December 3, 2016


I call her Mom.  So many wonderful things come to mind when you say that word.  Memories, oh the memories.
My Mom will be 91 on the 14th of this month, but you would never guess it.  She's not your average 91 year old.  She is amazing.  We are so blessed that she is healthy with the exception of arthritis in her hip and knee.  She is the head of our family.  She has three daughters, one son, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, nine grandkids and ten great grandkids.  She showers everyone one of us with so much love and she gets that love back from everyone of us.

Everything I know about being a wife, mom and grammy, I learned from my Mom.  She taught me that you can do anything if you try hard enough.  She taught me that family is everything.  She taught me that everything won't always work out like you want, but you move on and deal with it.  She taught me that love is the best thing in the world.  She has been the best example ever and I love her with all my heart!  Thanks for all the lessons, Mom. 
You are truly the best!

That's five minutes.  #fiveminutesfreewrite

Friday, December 2, 2016


I live in northwest Indiana and the weather here this fall has been something else.  It's only really been in the last week or so that it has begun to feel like winter is coming. 

Last week, we still had flowers blooming and days that were in the 50's.  It made it much easier to get the leaves up and the landscaping cleaned out. 

I'm one of those people who really likes where I live because we get all four seasons of weather.  There is something I love about every one of them.  We live a few miles from a state park and hiking there is great in all seasons. 

But, back to weather.  I don't mind the cold one little bit in the winter.  You can dress for that pretty easily.  What I don't care for is when we get the really windy days.  That is just brutal.  You can't keep warm in that kind of weather.

Oops!  That's six minutes.  #fiveminutefreewrite

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Hello friends!  Are there any of you out there anymore?  I know it's been forever since I posted anything here and I'm sorry about that. 

Life gets busy and I just don't get around to blogging anymore.  It's not that I don't want to, it's just that I don't seem to find the time to and even if I find the time, is there anything that I have to say that would make you want to read it?

I was on Facebook after work today and Thea had posted about a new thing for December.  It's #fiveminutefreewrite.  You are supposed to set a timer for five minutes and write about the idea for that day.  I figure if there is a way to get back to blogging more regularly, this might be it. 

So, with the time I have left, let me say hello!  I really have missed blogging.  This space right here has always been my place for me. The place that I could talk about anything that was on my mind.  A place to talk about my about life and family and friends.  If something good or bad happened, I could talk it out here.

Like Thea, I had considered numerous times lately about not blogging anymore.  Everything now seems to be social media, but things can get really ugly there.  Just look at the last few moths with politics.  UGLY!!  But, I don't think I'm ready to give this space up, at least not yet.  So, this month will be my test run to see if I have a real interest in keeping it going. 

Times up!  Here is the writing schedule if you are a blogger and want to join in.  See you tomorrow!