Journaling Day 2: Something to Smile About.

Day 2.  Something that makes you smile.

My beautiful granddaughter.




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Take Me Home – Pentatonix ♥


Does it seem morbid that I have a list of songs that I want played at my funeral?  I don’t.  I am a music lover and the lyrics hit my ♥ more than anything.  I think the songs that mean so much to someone say a lot about them.  I love this entire Pentatonix CD, I recently bought it for my sister’s Birthday present.  This is another song I want played at my funeral.  Here are the lyrics:


You, you light up in the dark
You’re the glowing and priceless work of art
I see, I see your shining star
You’re the light through my window from afar

And don’t you forget
The only that matters is your heartbeat going strong
Oh, don’t you forget
That nothing else can matter ’cause you know where I belong

Oh, take me there
Won’t you take me there?
Won’t you take me home?
Oh, take me there
Won’t you take me there?
Won’t you take me home?

We, we light up the sky
Heaven knows there’s no such thing as goodbye
‘Cause love, love can never die
We’ll forever be burning, you and I

And don’t you forget
The only that matters is our heartbeats going strong
Oh, don’t you forget
That nothing else can matter cause we know where I belong

Oh, take me there
Won’t you take me there?
Won’t you take me home?
Oh, take me there
Won’t you take me there?
Won’t you take me home?

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh take me there
Won’t you take me there?
Won’t you take me home?
Oh, take me there
Won’t you take me there?
Won’t you take me home?

Written by Audra Mae, Kevin Olusola, Kirsten Maldonado • Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc
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Journaling Day 1: Self-Portrait

Day 1.  Self portrait.




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Writing Challenge – Day 7 – What Tattoos You Have and if They Have Meaning

– Written by Kate


I don’t have any tattoos.  Over the years, I’ve considered the thought of a tattoo, but it just really isn’t my style.  However, if I were to ever get a tattoo, I’m pretty sure that I would get something to symbolize my fight with Crohn’s disease. I like the picture above, but I would want an open book with “I’m the hero in this story” on one side, and a small purple ribbon on the other side.  I would probably want this on my foot, or somewhere else where it could be easily covered up.

Long before the semicolon tattoo was popular among the mental health community, it was a popular tattoo choice for the IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) community.  Many of us have had bowel resections, and we are left with a partial colon.  I had my resection in 2010.  I like the idea of getting “Warrior” on my foot in purple ink.  The “A” would be a purple ribbon, and the “I” would be a semicolon.

I doubt that I will ever get a tattoo.  I don’t have a strong desire for one, although I have seen many that are beautifully done.

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Writing Challenge – Day 6 – Someone You Admire and Why

– Written by Kate



I have always admired my late mother-in-law.  She passed away unexpectedly 3 years ago, and she has been terribly missed ever since.  You see, Helen wasn’t just my mother-in-law, she saw my friend.  She accepted me as one of her own children, and she was always there with her loving words of encouragement.

Helen was a mother to far too many to count.  She had her own 4 boys, but she raised her sister’s kids on and off throughout the years.  She also was another mom to several of my husband’s friends.  She was incredibly sweet, caring, and kind.

I remember what my mother-in-law said to me the first time that I met her.  My husband and I had been dating for a few months, and we went on vacation with his family.  Yes, I met them all at once while we were on vacation with them (but that’s a story for another time).  Helen gave me a big hug, and said, “All I ask is that you make my son and grandson happy.”  I was immediately accepted as family, and she always treated me as such.

Over the years, I enjoyed spending time with Helen.  She was usually my euchre partner when we would have our family euchre tournaments.  She was also my drinking buddy on several different occasions.  We both loved amaretto, and there were many nights when we would stay up talking and drinking (although I had to mix my amaretto with orange juice).

I was always amazed at how Helen did everything that she did.  She was a devoted Christian, a wife, a mother to many, a loving grandmother, a friend to all (seriously though, she made friends everywhere she went), a gifted artist (she drew, painted, crafted, and did stained glass work), and a wealth of knowledge and funny sayings.  She was truly a blessing in my life, and I consider myself lucky to have had such an amazing mother-in-law.


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Writing Challenge ~ Day 25: Honesty

Day 25.  If you knew she had to answer honestly, what would you ask?

I’d ask her how long she has been upset with me and how long she has been punishing me for?  I’m over it and for her to HAVE TO BE honest would be awesome!



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The Very Best Chopped Chicken

– Written by Kate

Chopped/diced chicken is a staple in my house.  I use it in everything from quesadillas to salads (and everything in between).  This is my go to recipe for chopped/diced chicken.  I make a huge batch of the seasoning, and keep it in my spice cupboard.  This chicken freezes well, so sometimes I’ll make extra chicken to freeze.

Very Best Chopped Chicken

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
olive oil (I really like using garlic infused olive oil)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 to 1/2 tsp paprika

1.  Preheat oven to 375.
2.  In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, thyme, garlic 
powder, onion powder, and paprika.
3.  Put a little bit of olive oil on the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
4.  Place raw chicken breasts in the pan, and brush both sides 
with olive oil.  Next, rub both side of each piece of chicken 
with the spice mixture.
5.  Cover your chicken pan with aluminum foil.  Cook for 30-35 
mins, flipping the chicken over after the first 15 mins.  It can 
take up to an hour to roast your chicken depending on the size 
and thickness of the chicken breasts.
6.  Remove chicken from pan, place on a plate, and chill uncovered 
in the refrigerator for 30 mins.  Chicken should be cool and firm.
7.  Place chilled chicken on a cutting board, and cut into cubes 
or strips.
8.  Use chicken immediately, or divide into portions, and freeze 
in freezer bags for up to 3 months.
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