August 2, 2020

Oh, my!

Oh, my cat! I wish there was good news about my weight loss. Truth is, there IS no weight loss. I like eating too much, It’s my greatest pleasure. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, and I don’t run men (or women, for that matter. Eating’s all I have. Except, wait! There are computer games! I have computer games. But computer games are an addiction. That’s not good. At least I’m not eating when I’m playing games. Oh, my. What to do? I have two new dresses I can’t wear because they’re about 15 pounds too small, and at this rate, I’ll never be able to wear them. They are…

June 9, 2020

Reopening the World

The world is reopening. At least, it is for me. A little. I’m back at work at the antique shop one day a week. It’s a good thing. Now, for a while at least, I’ll have five days a week with nothing on the schedule, and the “routine” thing is still working fine. The weight thing, however, is NOT working fine. Seems I have found all the weight I lost before the middle of March’s shutdown. I am not happy about it, but I do nothing to change my bad habits. I need help. I’m NOT helping myself. The main purpose of this website/blog is to help me grow up…

April 23, 2020

Pommern’s Primary School Iringa District Tanzania

April 20, 2020

Travel Safe

“Travel Safe” is often the last thing I say to those who are leaving where I am. As much as I want to travel to Mississippi (sooner) and to Alaska (later), I want even more, to travel safely. I can wait to travel ’til after this coronavirus is properly contained. May God bless us all. Hopefully, sooner rather than later. May we all have patience with social distancing so we don’t become patients. April 20, 2020

April 5, 2020

Unusual Time with an Unexpected Benefit

I was stunned and disappointed when Core Life shut down because of the Coronavirus, after a message that said they’d stay open. Maybe I misunderstood. For the first two weeks after the closing, I was lost. Without direction. I ate everything in sight. Not good. Then, EVERYTHING shut down. One can only go to doctors, the post office, the transfer station, multiple drive-thru windows, and a few other “essential” places. This has turned out to be a good thing for me. I have LOTS of time at home to work on a myriad of tasks, as I unclutter my tiny home. Turns out, I’m more of a loner than I…

April 5, 2020

Cap’n Charlie’s Choppers

            Somerset Choice Station is often a gathering place for friends. Many stories are shared and this is one of the more unusual true stories.             Tommy Northam came in on a Friday afternoon to visit and found a gift waiting for him. The gift was from Shop Guy Doug Akley. Out of the bag Tommy pulled a beautiful, glass Christmas ornament shaped like teeth. With feet. He laughed and thanked Doug for the most appropriate present.              I didn’t get the joke.  I had missed the story Tommy had told Doug on a previous visit, so I asked him to tell it again. He was happy to share the…

March 18, 2020

Traveling Soon

My next trip will be to Jackson, Mississippi to visit the Jackson family. It may actually be that my next trip will be an Alaska cruise aboard the Queen Elizabeth. I hope. Depends a lot on the Coronavirus.

November 13, 2019

Getting Healthy

When I asked my daughter, “What is a character flaw of mine that others can see but I can’t see as clearly?” her instant response was “hypocrisy”. She said I’m a hypocrite. My car tag says, “Be Well”, she said, but I don’t make choices that enable me to be healthier. It was hard to hear, but within a week, I could see she was right. For twenty years, I’ve tried to discipline myself and failed to become healthier in any of the ways I need. I’m trying something new now, (actually several things, both old and new), and I feel the need to be accountable to someone other than…

November 1, 2019

Take Down

“Take Down”        Your Daddy watched this scene play out. He laughs throughout the story every time he tells it. It sounds like he’s playing back a tape of the show in his head. You handled the situation perfectly! He is so proud of you.        You were at church, in a room with other three-year-olds. You were all playing. One little boy was a little rambunctious. You and Daddy both saw him run at a little girl, bump hard into her and knock her to the floor. She came up screaming and crying. He ran at another child and knocked him to the floor. The boy, too, came up…