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A few years ago, you wrote a daily entry for a month about things you which you were thankful. That might be a good way for me to resurrect our blog.  In addition, I read an article that reported that writing about things that made you happy increased your happiness. (Who would have guessed?)

So today I’m thankful that my daughter started a blog that allowed me to write happy things.

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November 20, 2016 at 9:11 pm

Happy New Year!

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I’ve heard that doing things you enjoy on New Year’s day set the tone for the year.  So instead of making resolutions today, I took time to do things I love.

I sang Happy Birthday to Neil with my favorite skypers – Dara, Mike, and Julian!


While on skype, Neil and I were able to wish Dara and Mike a Happy Anniversary!

I planned a new garden that will feature the fountain that Neil gave me for Christmas.


I bought some flowers that will be planted in the fountain garden. (We also bought mulch and edging.)


I did a little sewing.  I’m finishing a Christmas table runner.  Talk about early…Christmas isn’t for 11 months!

Wow, this is going to be a great year!


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January 1, 2016 at 9:06 pm

Congratulations Cathy, MA

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I am so proud of my sister Cathy!  She persevered through two years of studying for her master’s degree.  She completed this while working full-time.  Great accomplishment Kitty! Mom and Dad had a surprise graduation party for her, complete with balloons…DSCN3264 Bright, cheerful, colorful flowers….DSCN3263A cake (with red flowers and letters)…
DSCN3262 And friends…(Mom, Ruth, Bernice, Cathy, Barb, Bev and Patti Gibson.)DSCN3273Ruth and Bernice have been friends with Cathy for as long as I can remember!DSCN3269 Patti, (always referred to as Patti Gibson) has Cathy’s buddy since Junior High.   Josh and Joel were really happy for their Mom’s accomplishment.  Andrew was also happy, but he was too busy eating shrimp for me to catch him in a picture. Christine and Bill snuck out before I took their picture.  You were a sweetheart to call to congratulate Kitty.DSCN3268 Ron (Bernice’s husband), Dad, and Mike (Ruth’s husband) celebrated and solved all the world’s problems.
So, my dear Sister, I’m so very, very proud of you!

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March 22, 2014 at 9:33 pm

I have finally figured out why I’m not a decent dancer

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I was born at the wrong time. If I had learned to dance using (playing?) the Just Dance video game. I’m sure I would be a FABULOUS dancer.  I would also be a better dresser…if you appreciate Lady Gaga’s attire. I bet I would be able to bowl a 299.   (There must be a bowling Wii game.)  Even if I played a football game, I doubt I would understand some of the dumb rules of the game!

My Tuesday sewing group had a delightful time participating in “Buy Local Saturday.”  We visited my favorite quilt shop, Inspire.I LOVE all the new fabric that is being created.   Did you do anything exciting on Cyber Monday?

To have some actual content to this blog entry, I’m giving a HUGE thumbs down to the book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.  I just didn’t understand it.

How did it get to be December?

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December 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Flowers on Friday is being pre empted by – Practicing Positivity

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When you see tears rolling down the cheeks of a teenager’s cheek, you know you should have tissues handy.  The cliff note version of this story – the members of a middle school football team secretly created  a play that culminated in a learning disabled player making a TOUCHDOWN!!!!

One of the players who told the story said it changed his outlook.  “I kind of went from being somebody who mostly cared about myself and my friends to caring about everyone and trying to make everyone’s day and everyone’s life,” he says.

We are having the most wonderful weather in Florida. Insiders refer to this as chamber of commerce weather.  I call this perfect weather to kill the weeds that are trying to take over. (Do I really need an excuse to sit outside, play with my dogs, and enjoy Friday afternoon?)

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October 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm

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Things that make me happy

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Thank you for keeping our blog going while I was on a blog  sabbatical.  Maybe I’ll get around to writing about the last few weeks…

Sewing makes me happy.  I’m not the only one:

Thinking about You, Mike, Baby D. makes me really happy right now!

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September 20, 2013 at 9:48 pm

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Some People Are Just Born Klutzy

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I have two disclaimers before you read this.

1) I usually leave the educational portion of our blog to you,  and

2) I am still boycotting the Today Show due to the treatment of Anne.

However, the TV was tuned to the Today show when turned on this morning.  I HAD to watch a segment Savannah Guthrie reported on discussing clumsiness.  It seems she is known to be less than co-ordinated at (most) times.

Guthrie reported on the science of clumsiness this morning, citing a 2007 Dutch report that essentially found that natural-born walking disasters really do exist – one out of every 29 people is 50 percent more likely to do something clumsy than regular, non-accident-prone people.

Today, Dr. Buz Swanik and his team of engineers at the University of Delaware are investigating what’s happening in the brains of clumsy people.

“They can’t create a plan for what’s going to happen next, and it could be within one-tenth or two-tenths of a second, and you’re exposed, to whatever is around you that could hurt you,” Swanik told TODAY.

And that fraction of a second is enough time to drop something, crash into something, fall into something – you get it.

On camera, Buskirk gave Guthrie a series of five tests, measuring things like vision, equilibrium and spatial awareness. And she failed every test – every single one.

“This is an equilibrium and balance system processing problem, where when you’re trying to do more than one thing at a time and things aren’t being processed 100 percent correctly, and it manifests itself with a physical anomaly causing you to just be clumsy,” Buskirk told Guthrie. “Certainly, now I have enough of a measure that I could design a rehabilitative program for you –“

Guthrie interrupted, “So I could be cured?”

“With you we don’t worry so much,” Buskirk says. “If your profession involved climbing up ladders and doing things on scaffolds, I’d be a lot more concerned and a lot more worried.”

In other words – Guthrie really is an accident-prone person. Back in the studio Thursday morning, she held aloft two single-spaced pages detailing what’s scientifically wrong with her and said Buskirk told her if she wanted to “cure” her clumsiness, it would take eight to 10 weeks of work. But like many of us suffering from this affliction, she has developed her own theory on what’s causing her clumsiness.

“What I think is that I’m thinking really deep and important thoughts, and therefore I’m really not watching where I’m going,” she said.

“You keep thinking that,” said Matt Lauer, giving her a sad little pat on the shoulder.

Maybe after Neil reads this he will start believing that I am not clumsy on purpose!

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July 25, 2013 at 9:05 pm

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