Monthly Writing Challenge ~ Difficult times….

Day 24.  A difficult time in my life.

I’ve just gone through a very difficult time in my life.  My BIL passed away suddenly this past week and I flew to NJ to be with my sister and their 3 boys.  “J” was a much beloved man; not only by his family but by his peers.  He worked for the same company for 29 years and was a highly intelligent person.

More than that, he was light and love.  Small in stature but big at heart.  He had a mild, relaxed, soothing disposition.  Calming and caring and always with a happy heart and smile – a good chuckle only the way that he could.

J, you will be missed and I will do everything I can to look after your family.  I love you.




It has been quiet on my blog front.  I’m currently in NYC because my sweet souled brother-in-law passed away suddenly.

This has been so hard watching my sister and her 3 young sons have to go through this tragic loss.

My heart is filled with sadness.


Home Sweet Home

For those of you who don’t know, I’m the proud mother to a U.S. Marine.  She is visiting after a long deployment and needs to decompress.  What better place then to come home to her family who misses and adores her?


This is my lucky month.  She will be home for 23 days.  So far we’ve gotten a mani/pedi and spent time together just catching up and shooting the shit.

You don’t know how much I miss this girl when she’s away.  I’m so glad she’s home, even if only for a short while.

Love you Lexi!


Monthly Writing Challenge ~ Pet Peeves

31 Day Blog Challenge:  Day 23 ~ Pet Peeves

Oh my gawd, I can list 100.  LOL!  I do have a lot of pet peeves, I don’t know what that says about me, but here goes nothing…………..

  • When people CANNOT park in their designated parking spot, in the lines – that sets up a whole line of bad parking and worst, my car can possibly get dented by a door or when someone pulls out of their spot.  Kills me.
  • People who think they are better than everyone else.  Coming in late for work everyday, making snarky statements as if they can do no wrong or make any kind of mistakes themselves.
  • Racist people.  People who again, think that they are better than someone else based upon the color of their skin; makes me sick to my stomach.  We all bleed the same.  We all have more in common than one might think.  We are all just trying to get through this thing called “life” and it should be together in harmony.
  • Homophobes.  C’mon already, get over it and mind your own business.  Love IS love and you cannot help how you were born and who you fall in love with.  I remember thinking as a young child “what difference does it make” with regard to two men or two women falling in love.  I remember thinking they are not hurting anyone.  People really just need to worry about themselves.  “LIVE AND LET LIVE”.  It’s not our job to judge anyone.
  • People who are passive-aggressive.  Ugh.  So exhausting to me.  Stop your whining and grow a pair.  If you’ve got a problem, go handle it and stop expecting other people to step into your drama.
  • Mistreatment of pets.  Breeders that cram poor animals into cages all for the sake of making a quick buck with no regard for the life of the animal.  So cruel.  These people should be shot.
  • Slow drivers, careless drivers.  People who text and drive.  Grrrrr-RAWR!  Get a life!
  • People who constantly post political things on fb, especially things I do not agree with.
  • The fact that we have a new president and all the violence and misunderstanding that has broken out over it — he’s in office, deal with it.  Give him a chance before you go and get your panties all in a twist.
  • People who are cryptic on fb with their posts.  I mean, every single day.  I cannot keep up with it and I cannot figure out your riddle, so say what you think – spell that shit out already because nobody knows WTF you are talking about.
  • Negative people that suck all the life out of you when you are trying your hardest to be positive and live a positive life.  Especially the ones that post negative things on fb daily.  Geez, look around you- there is beauty in everything, surely you can find some thread of goodness to write about?  No?
  • People who are late.  And I mean late.  It’s almost as if you need to lie and tell them an earlier start time for an occasion or event so they show up at a fairly decent time.  It really bothers me when people are late for work.  Pet Peeeeeeeeeve to the max!
  • Self-centered people who only want to hear the sound of their own voice.  Really, the world does not revolve around you- we all have our own story to tell.  Shuttie!  And let someone else have a chance.
  • People who are ABSOLUTELY incapable of being WRONG in any way, shape, or form.  Hello!  We are all human and make mistakes, quit making excuses for your mistakes and just own it!  Jeeeeeeeez!



EASY Tuna Noodle Casserole

My mom use to make this for us for supper.  I’ve learned that it’s really simple to make and tastes so yummo!  What you’ll need:

Pre-heat Oven to 350 degrees.

3 Cans Tuna packed in water

2 Cans Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 lb. Macaroni noodles (or whichever type of noodle you prefer)

2 C Mild cheddar cheese – shredded

Salt & Pepper to taste


Boil noodles according to package instructions.  When done, drain and set aside.  In your pot, mix soup and tuna, adding salt and pepper and stirring well.  Add in noodles and stir, then transfer to a 9 X 13 Pyrex dish and top with cheese.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes uncovered at 350 until cheese is melted.


  • You could add frozen peas when you are mixing all of your ingredients together.
  • I’ve also added shredded hard-boiled eggs to the mix and it’s crazy good.


Soooo easy to make and one of my husband’s favorite comfort foods.  Pairs great with garlic bread and a hearty salad.


How to Make Flower Pens

Hi all,

Got my craft on tonight at work and made a lovely floral basket for my co-workers made of flower pens for them to have and keep.

What you’ll need:


Wire cutters, Green floral tape, a variety of plastic flowers, pens (good ones, Bic or Paper Mate) – caps discarded, and some time.

Push the leaves up on your flowers, cut the stem and leave about an inch 1/2.  Start wrapping your pen with the floral tape, start at the bottom (by the tip) and work your way up.  As you get to the top, wrap the top of your floral stem, come back down about 1/2 way and stop by pulling the tape off and making sure it’s secure.  Done.

This is what your pen should look like when finished:


Arrange in a basket, vase, or tin bucket:


Finished product, really brightens up the area and makes you think about SPRING:


That’s my little flower pen tutorial.  All my supplies were purchased at Walm*rt.  Hope you enjoyed.


Writing Challenge ~ 10 Favorite Songs

31 Day Blog Challenge:  Day 22 ~ 10 Favorite Songs

Here are some of my top favorites.  It changes quite often.  I don’t know if this is morbid or not but I’m constantly trying to think of great songs for my funeral.  Is that weird?  I think not.  I want my CD to play like a party at my funeral and have all the songs that have touched my heart or made me think of a particular person over the years.  Some songs will be aimed at just certain people and I hope they know that was “our jam” at my funeral.

  1.  Rocket Man – Elton John
  2. Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Israel Kanakawiwo’ole
  3. Take Me Home – Pentatonics
  4. Black Bird – The Beatles
  5. Let It Be – The Beatles
  6. I gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
  7. Hey Jude – The Beatles
  8. River of Dreams – Billy Joel
  9. Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
  10. Boom Boom Pow – The Black Eyed Peas



Writing Challenge ~ Something I Miss

31 Day Blog Challenge:  Day 21 ~ Something I miss


First thing that comes to mind is missing my dad.  But since I’ve already written about him quite a few times and about how much I miss him, I think I’ll try to pry another answer out of this soaked sponge up there 🙂  *I miss you Dad!*

I was raised in a large family and have 11 siblings.  I have 6 sisters and 5 brothers.  I miss the days of yesteryear, when we would all gather quite often and celebrate different occasions.  As we’ve grown older, we’ve all drifted apart and see each other annually on Christmas and that’s about it unless one of us runs into the other visiting at my mom’s house.

When I was a teenager it was ALL ABOUT FAMILY.  We gathered and were in each others business, had a lot of good times and we all made it a priority.

I miss those days.

Now I understand that life has its own challenges and people are busy with their own families but we don’t even celebrate Birthday’s anymore.  My mom is older and isn’t up to partying, and everyone has to tend to their kids, home life, and work which is understandable.

I just wish I could turn back time and get that comradery back into my life.  I love and adore each and every one of my siblings and miss them, their spouses, and their children so much.

So, here’s to the next Christmas gathering 😦