Sentimental Family Recipes

Over thirty years ago my husband and I lived over 2,000 miles away from my family. I would call or write my mom and ask her for recipes. One day I said, "Would you write down some of your recipes?" My mom wrote down a few of the special cherished family secret recipes that I [...]

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Spring Break Stay-cationing

Last year we took a trip during Spring Break to Greenville, SC. It was exciting to plan and look forward to. We had a great time exploring and discovering a new region and area. This year, we decided to stay home or "Stay-cation" during Spring Break. As the time approached coworkers would mention the warm [...]

Going into the Unknown…Change!

As this year comes to a close...I am reflecting on the events of this year. The biggest challenge for me as well as for some of my loved ones has been “Change.” For me 2018 has been a year of Transformation and Transition which comes in all different forms: A new job or possibly added [...]

Counting Our Blessings!

I have two family members that work in healthcare. Every year they are scheduled on Thanksgiving and Christmas! At first, it was disappointing, than we began to reevaluate our options. We always celebrate the holidays...it is not on Thanksgiving or Christmas. We have learned to make the time to gather to celebrate our family and [...]

Imagine If a Classroom were like a Garden…

You plant a garden... Than you wait. You water so the garden grows... Than you wait. Some things do really well others succumb to weather or insects... Than you wait. If your blessed, you start to see growth in the plants & they take off but while all this is going on... You wait. One [...]

GrowIt!

This past Spring I bought some plants & flowers from a local Farmstand. Part of the checkout process was to give an invitation to join GrowIt a gardening social media platform for gardeners to share their pics of plants, ask questions, problem solve with the community. It was all given to me with a package [...]

Beauty of Nature

Photo Challenge: All-Time Favorites We were gardening when quite by accident we stumbled upon this extraordinary surprise!! I knew immediately this would be my Favorite Photos. I snapped these photos, left the nest undisturbed, happy to report the bird tending the nest flew out and around our yard this morning! I love when I discover [...]

The Last Gift from Mom

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I wrote this piece last year in honor of my mom for Mother’s Day…it never gets old missing you, Mom!:)

My mother, sister & I all have February birthdays.  When I was growing up, once in a while, the three of us would go to a hotel over the weekend during the month of February to celebrate our birthdays.  Those times were special, we created a memory that I will never forget.

As the years past, schedules got in the way, and pretty soon those weekend getaways at a hotel were a distant memory.  This weekend, I was winding our clock and next to our clock is a small lavender box.  My mother & father used to go to Florida in the winter.  Twenty years ago my father passed away.  After he passed away, there were many memories of times spent there.  It became difficult for my mother to go…

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The Joy of Reading Together by Holly Niner

Great post about “The Joy of Reading Together…”

Nerdy Book Club

The swing hung from the branch of a willow tree split in two by lightening. It was my quiet place. Under its shade I observed the world, contemplated life and read more books than I can count. The books came from a wonderful city library with circular stair cases and a heady book-smell, a school library with a librarian that knew her students, and as gifts from my parents. In those days of five TV channels and no air conditioning, being outside with a book was the best way to spend a summer day.

That still-remembered school librarian, Miss Moruski, suggested a friend and I pick our books together so we could trade mid-week or we would run out of books to read. She told my mother she didn’t know what to do because she thought I’d read all the books in the library. There are books in every room…

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