Pure Happiness

We’ve waited 8 long months for our daughter Lexi (a US MARINE) to return to the states from Japan.  Well, it finally happened and my hubs and her twin brother were there to greet her as she stepped off the plane.  What a pure joy to know that she is home and in approximately a month or so she will be coming “home-home” for a much needed, long visit.  I wish she understood somehow how much I’ve missed her smiling face and her company.

Must be a “shocker” to her system to return home to Eastern Time Zone compared to being 15 hours ahead of us whilst in Japan.  She will have some adjusting to do.  I believe, she is the luckiest girl in the world to have had her father and brother go drive her car to NC so she has a way to get around, but also to show her the love and support that she has.  Me, Myself, and I were not able to go on this trip due to work scheduling and I’m sad but uplifted by the thought that she will be home before I know it and I will finally have time with my sweet baby girl.

Pure Happiness, I tell ya!


30 Day Blog Writing Challenge: Day 11

Day 11.  Put your iPod on shuffle.  Write down the first 10 songs:

  1. Candle in the Wind – Elton John
  2. Alcohol – Brad Paisley
  3. Let It Be – The Beatles
  4. Best Thing I Never Had – Beyonce
  5. Outside of Space & Time – David Byrne & St. Vincent
  6. How Come You’re Not Here – P!nk
  7. Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
  8. Dance On Vaseline – David Byrne
  9. New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
  10. Bottle Pop – Jean Luc Ponty



30 Day Blog Writing Challenge: Day 10

Day 10.  What is your guilty pleasure?

I’d have to say that my guilty pleasure is sitting down with my granddaughter and either being curled up watching a great movie or sitting with her and drawing/coloring/painting.

She loves to draw and is obsessed with words and the alphabet.  I made her a list of common words and accompanying pictures so she can write without asking how to spell a word.  It’s one of my greatest guilty pleasures to receive a drawing from my granddaughter and I’ve started a binder where I can store them all.

Here I am pictured skateboarding on a melon



I am from….

I am from…..
Adapted by Levi Romero
Inspired by “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon
I am from a cozy couch where I drink my coffee.
I am from homemade kitchen cooking and a big cozy king sized bed.
I am from the Midwest in a ranch style home with 4 bedrooms and a large basement with a man cave.
I am from comfort.
I am from the salt of the earth.
The bright orange/red Maple whose long gone limbs I remember as if they were my own.
I am from singing Christmas carols and togetherness.
From Joan and Robert.
I am from being a part of team and looking out for one another, and silliness.
I am from treat people the way you want to be treated and if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all AND “I love Annie, boo-boo-boo-booboo-boo-boo”.
I’m from purchasing Chevrolets’.
I’m from Geneva and Germany and meat and potatoes.
From being a toddler and only sitting on the counter being fed by my brother Billy; who obliged willingly.
I’m from “memory boxes” collected by my mother as I was growing up.  From tons of photo albums showing how I grew up, all in my heart.
I’m from a small town, born and raised with a good moral compass and hard work ethic.
Here’s the template for the poem if you want to join in:
I am from…..
Adapted by Levi Romero
Inspired by “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon
I am from ________________________ (an everyday item in your home)
from ________________ and _______________ (products or everyday items in your home)
I am from the ___________________________ (description of your home)
_________________________________ (a detail about your home – a smell, taste, or feel)
I am from the____________________ (plant, flower, natural item)
The __________________________ (plant or tree near your home)
whose long gone limbs I remember
as if they were my own.
I’m from _______________ and ________________ (a family tradition and family trait)
from ______________and ______________________ (family members)
I’m from _________________and _________________ (family habits)
and from_____________________. (family habit)
I’m from _______________ and
you were told as a child)
and ____________________________________ (a song or saying you learned as a child)
I’m from_________________________ (a family tradition)
I’m from ____________ (place of birth) and ___________ (family ancestry, nationality or
_______________and _________________ (family foods)
From ___________________________________ (a story about a family member)
___________________________ (detail about the story or person)
_____________________________ (description of family momentos, pictures or treasures.)
_________________________ (location of momentos – under my bed, on the wall, in my
______________________________________________ (more description if needed)

30 Day Blog Writing Challenge: Day 9

Day 9:  If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

OHHHH!  If only!  If I could have any job in the world it would be crafting/creating/painting/drawing/sculpting/ and anything related to artwork.  I would have a HUGE area of my own loaded with supplies; canvases’, paints, a kiln, pottery, hand-made stamps, drawings, thick papers in all shapes and sizes/colors, paintings, sculptures, jewelry making, photography, and MORE….. in my own space, with my two doxies keeping me company – smooth music playing in the background and copious amounts of java being consumed.

I would have a system in place- it would be organized chaos- but I would be fulfilling my passion and making exactly what I wanted and what made me feel happy.  AND something that brought joy to others as well.

I’d have an on-line store where I could run my business and just spend the days creating new items and ideas.  I could be as messy as I wanted – I could turn up the beat when my favorite jam came on and I could dance around and have a lovely time of it (all the while in my pj’s- LOL).

Here’s the list I’m working off of if you care to join in ~ please link back to me so I can pay you a visit and read your writings 🙂



30 Day Blog Writing Challenge: Day 8

Day 8:  Discuss a moment when you felt most satisfied with your life.

My 20’s & 30’s were a hard time in my life.  I was a new mom, newly married and struggling with keeping it all together and I kinda lost myself in the process.  I was meek and unable to say “no” to someone else even when it highly inconvenienced myself and my family.  I was your typical people pleaser.  Looking back, I had to learn life lessons the hard way.  I had to navigate through the crap on my own without much help or direction which was frustrating.  I made a lot of mistakes along the way.

Through the grace of God, somehow I managed to LEARN from my mistakes and from life lessons and would have to say that being in my 40’s has been filled with really great moments in my life.  My 3 children are grown and off doing their own thing – they are happy and successful for the most part.  I have inherited a DIL and she and my son had their first baby 5 years ago so I am a grandma.  My married life is wonderful and feels as if it has come full circle, my husband and I enjoy every moment we spend together.

I cannot pinpoint a single moment that I felt most satisfied with my life but in my 40’s I’ve been enjoying the ride.  The ride of not caring what others think of me, or trying to live up to other people’s expectations of “what I should or should not be doing, saying, acting, etc.”, and just a general overall sense of well-being and contentment.

This is the list I’m working off of if you care to join in.  If you do, please be sure to link back to me so I can read what you are up to 🙂



30 Day Blog Writing Challenge: Day 7

Day 7:  What were your favorite childhood toys?

When I was a young girl I loved playing with dollies.  My first and one of my favorite was the baby doll that crawled.


The second one I got was a ballerina dolly that spun around when you pushed on her crown.


My two FAVORITES however were “Joey” my stuffed monkey that sucked his thumb and my “Annie” dolly made by Mattel but I could not get a good image of her to share.  These two dollies I still have to this day and cherish them.