The Wall

You stay on your side. I will stay on my side.

I built the wall to keep you out. There are a handful of people allowed on my side. Trustworthy,  honest, friends. They are here for me. 

Fake, untrustworthy, and drama can be found on the other side.  I don’t need you here. I don’t have time for you. 

You see my wall protects me from you. Don’t pretend you care. Don’t treat me nice and then talk about me. You can stay on the other side. There is no room for you on my side.

I am happy being quiet on my side of my wall even if I have to be alone. 

My wall….my rules! 


Eagles for the Win! 

Well I was going to write about my life, but then I received an amazing message from a good friend.  

You see Jenny was impacted by the recent tornado this week. She was happy to share with me this story.

The eagles…. something no one even though of them that day. The day the tornado ripped through the town. After the storm, people surveyed the area. Houses gone, houses damaged, even a life…maybe two…  just loss. 

Wait! What about the Eagles?  Did they survive?  They were one of the first eagles to be in the wild in a long time…did they make it? Were they strong enough to make it through the tornado ?

Look- they have been spotted- YES! They are rebuilding their nest! Absolutely amazing!  Strengh.

Mother Nature – 0

 Eagles – 1

Eagles for the Win!

The Chain Begins

February 28,2017

It begins…. 

The Chain begins.

Messages, texts,calls….begin

Let me explain. When we moved to this house, we had no idea we would need the chain. We have been through too many close calls but we had been prepared thanks to our chain. You see it starts with a simple message,  text, or call which usually begins with…

Did you know. .. there is a tornado watch in our area? A message either received by me or sent by me. An exchange between my cousin, who lives 3 towns away, and me. Once that message is sent…the chain begins. Each one of us has certain people we contact to make them aware of the current weather situation.  The weather  radio turned on, phone charging, flashlights ready, water bottles close by, animals hopefully in the basement- are we prepared for the unknown. 

The Chain continues. .. where is that tornado heading? Updates through the chain. 

Finally the chain gives the all clear! Prayers answered and we miss another. Too bad Jenny wasn’t so lucky this time… how bad is it? She’s alive… but a ton of damage close by. 

The Chain helps us get through another storm. 

The Chain ends until the next time. 


20170301_074819With the birthday of one of my favorite authors, I think about change.

I dislike change….

I will not change for you.

I will not change for anyone.

I am me  and that’s who I want to be.

I will continue to be true to myself.

I will continue to care even though you don’t.

I will help others even if it means I don’t have time for me.

I will be a kind friend.

I will be generous.

So remember this, I will not change for you.  I am me and that’s who I love to be! Like it or not you are stuck with me.

I will not change for you….. I will not change for anyone!

A special thanks to 2 amazing friends who needed to remind me of this.  Thank you!  You know who you are.

And of course, I cannot end with without wishing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss.  Thanks for helping the future thinkers of the world.


I wish I could wash you away in the sink.
Why do you have to hurt like a jerk.
We need to part ways.
You have been here too long.
Since I was 8, I have put up with you.
It is time for you to leave.
Until you part- I will continue to predict the weather.
Some days you are more painful than others.


What can I say- I’m a popcornholic.
Yes I  admit I have a problem.
Can’t live without it.
Eat it every night.
Who would love a popcorn machine on the kitchen counter?
Well don’t worry – my hubby got me one!
Love it.
Use it everyday.
I get to add butter.
Now if only I had more kernels.
Looks like I’m going to stop at the store tomorrow. … can’t be out of kernels.
Life without popcorn would be unbearable!


Each day is full of surprises.
Some day it’s just a little note
Some day it’s a kit kat on my desk
Some day it’s a smile from a friend
Some day it’s a picture
Some day it’s a kiss
Some day it’s a hug
Each day is full of unique surprises-
Take time to enjoy the little surprises

My mother always told me

My mother always told me if I didn’t have something nice to say… don’t say anything.

Today was one of those days I needed that reminder.

I was shopping- and those of you who know me know I hate shopping….. when I was checking out coloring books.  This man asked me which one would be good…. we talked for a few minutes and then he thanked me for helping him decide.  You see his sister is in a nursing home and the coloring book was for her.

After leaving the store, I began thinking – what is wrong with his sister.  The uneasy feeling was replaced with… at least I helped as best I could.

I think about all the people I talk to daily, or weekly… and how many just have nothing nice to say.  I have no control when it comes to others and their voice, but I can control mine.

If only everyone would listen to my mother.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.

Proud Moment!

Today we got to watch our son perform in his school play.  “The Lion King Jr.” was amazing!  It was great to see him laugh (and act) before, during, and after the play!  He was nervous and excited at the same time!  All I can say is I am so PROUD of him.  He challenged himself and did his best!  Thanks to daddy’s donor, he was there feeling great!  He was also so PROUD of him!

It was a proud parent moment we got to share together!