The Friday Five ~ December 22nd


So, this week flew by, although I did not get much done. I want to, but there are times I feel frozen. So, here we go.

  1. I believe I have mentioned my trips to our local diner. “George’s”. I love it.  I go in, people know me, and I smile. The other day, I’d finished my meal, and I was getting up to leave when I knocked over my water. We all mopped it up, and off I went.
  2. I did not feel like making lunch the next day, so I went to “George’s” for lunch. As I entered, the waitress said in a joking voice…”Don’t give her any water! She’s a spiller! We all laughed, and I smiled. “George’s” has become my “Cheers.”
  3. I have begun thinking about my cruise, and so help me, we’d better not have a hurricane that sends my ship to Boston.
  4. My goal today is to clear off the bed in my bedroom. I have slept in my recliner since I brought Heidi home (3 years). After the first of the year, I plan to buy an adjustable bed.
  5. My trip. Let us all pray for nice, warm, and dry weather!

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Happy Birthday, Amanda!!!

Today is my daughter’s birthday. It’s a special day for her, but in the beginning, it was very special for her father and me.

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Amanda was the first child born to us. She was healthy and happy and gorgeous! We both immediately fell in love with our girl.

Amanda made me a mother, and as I cared for her, I realized that as each day went by, she was teaching me so much. It continues to this day.

She was a bright and alert baby who grew up quickly. Always sweet and loving, yet determined to set the world on fire.

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She accomplishes whatever she wants, but perhaps her greatest accomplishment is being a wonderful mother to her two kids and their two dogs and a cat!

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I am so proud of the woman she has become. She is a self-made woman who continues tackling challenges many would run from.

So, on this special birthday, I wish her good health, happiness, and the fulfillment of all her dreams.


I love you so much, Amanda!

The Friday Five ~ December 15th


The week went by, and I did accomplish a lot, but there were a few setbacks.

    1. I try to get things done each day. Unfortunately, I am not nearly as energetic as I had hoped.
    2. Once again, the laundry situation got out of hand. This drives me insane. So I filled the large basket and started down to the laundry room.
    3. On the fourth step from the bottom, I slipped, and down, I sent. The fall seemed to go in slow motion, and once I landed, I lay there like a turtle on their back, attempting to get up as well as evaluate my injuries.
    4. Fortunately, I was simply bruised. That being said I have decided to bring the washer and dryer upstairs. You know, the small stackables?
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And then…


The Friday Five ~ December 8th

I’ve decided I truly need my upcoming vacation more than anyone could have guessed. Just when I thought I was done with the crap, new stuff came along. So here goes.

  1. This week was another one filled with basic unhappy letters. I had thought Jack’s former employer had figured it all out. But on Tuesday, I got a bill for $1880.00! I laughed because the Supervisor told me in November that their coverage only went until December. This was pretty easy to fix.
  2. I’ve decided to go to England to see my (step) daughter. I don’t think I have seen her in 20 years. I will spend time with her and then sail out of Southhampton. I have always wanted to do this cruise. But I ran out of time.
  3. Next year, I want to do the Denali trip, land and sea. You fly into Fairbanks and board a train down to Denali, where you spend a few days communing with Polar Bears and Elk. Then, you return to the train down to Anchorage to board your cruise ship.
  4. My Bahama trip is nearing, and I am very excited about that.
  5. Tomorrow, little Miss Heidi goes in for some grooming. I must mention that Heidi has started walking around like she is in command. It is the funniest thing to watch! I will try to get a picture or video of this.

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The Friday Five December 1st

This week, I decided to go slowly in my life. No rushing, no craziness. And I can report, at the end of this week, that progress has been made. So, here is this week’s Friday Five.

  1. On Monday, as I have written, I went to the Social Security Office in Concord. It remains to be seen if I was successful in convincing them that I am alive, But I am hopeful.
  2. I picked up my mail on Tuesday. I have found that there are days that I see nothing but pieces of horrific, depressing crap! On Tuesday, this was the case.
  3. The company my husband worked for before he retired sent me a bill! Now, I am on Medicare, and they are no longer involved in my healthcare, but they think I owe them $1800.00! I called, and they are investigating!
  4. I went out for an Asian Fusion luncheon.2023-11-30_08-12-01It was so much fun, my friend invited me, and it was great.
  5. Today, two things are happening. I ordered new end tables for the family room, and I am taking another friend to lunch for her birthday!

Life isn’t perfect, but it is getting better. Have a great weekend!

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Life As I Know It

It’s been a while since I sat down to write. Not because nothing is happening but because too much is happening.

We filled another dumpster in my quest to get rid of all the junk, extra clothing of Jack’s, and all the things that do not bring me joy.

Social Security is still driving me nuts, and it required a fourth trip on Monday to prove I am alive.

So, I spent time there, and then it was on to my cell phone provider. I am still having trouble getting the bill switched over. From what they say, it cannot be done.

Did I mention that I became pretty ill on Thanksgiving Day (my favorite meal day)? After loading up with Pepcid and Mylanta, I start to feel a little better, but I must be careful because all this stress is hitting me in my stomach.

I have one more thing to do this week, and then I will sit down and write Christmas Cards.

So, don’t give up on me. Just know that I hide in the closet when the stress gets too great.

What on earth were we thinking when we wanted to grow up so fast?


Happy #65 to Me!

So, this is what 65 looks like! I now have my medicare card. I have found a caring Nurse Practitioner at the end of my street, and life is going on.


I made this video a bit ago but didn’t feel up to making a new one. Maybe next year I can show you all the highlights of my 65-ness.

I have plans ready for this year. Places to go. People to see, things to do.

So as I start my 65th year I look back and I am grateful that I made it.


The Friday Five November 10th

letitsnowWe had our first snowfall on Thursday. I wonder what it is that causes people to become idiots, forgetting everything they learned about driving in the snow. So it was today. So, here’s what’s happening at the end of this week.

  1. I’ve been so tired that I just haven’t been able to get out of my own way. I decided to plan a trip for myself, but the cruising prices with Princess Cruises were out of this world.
  2. So, I went to bed feeling lost and depressed.
  3. Wednesday found me making a few phone calls. I couldn’t believe that everyone was charging that much.
  4. Thursday, with the help of Terry, I found a 9-day cruise well within my price range. Also, I have not been to two of the islands.
  5. The reservations are made for the ship, my plane tickets are all set, too, and in January, I am off to recharge my batteries, hopefully.


Happy Heavenly Birthday, Katie!

This would have been Katie’s 45th Birthday. It seems so strange to me when I think about it because when I see her in my mind, she is forever six years old.


But I wanted to remember her on this special day. For her birth, was one of the happiest days of my life. I miss her so much, and I think I always will. I can still hear her voice, and see her bright shining smile.

So Happy Birthday, my little Angel. I miss you and love you, and think of you every moment of every day.

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