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My blog talks about the second half of life, once the children start leaving the nest.
2024-05-19 00:05
Hi readers and friends. Judging from concerned texts which I have been receiving from some of my inner circle who are also Adulting-Second Half faithfuls, I felt the need to come to let you… Read More
The Most Beautiful Skies
2024-05-11 14:27
Credit: Louise McIntosh Artist, X – photo taken in Ireland last night Oh wow! So many lucky people got a beautiful light show from space last night. There were many people posting… Read More
Read, It’s Friday
2024-05-10 13:27
credit: Pinterest Good morning! Welcome to the best day of the week. On my favorite day of the week, I discuss the favorite things, websites, experiences, etc. that make life so interest… Read More
2024-05-09 14:38
We are going to be visiting with relatives in England later this summer, when we go to visit with our daughter, who will be studying there. I asked if there was anything that we should bring… Read More
2024-05-08 13:56
I have an extroverted weekend coming up that I am already starting to dread. People often don’t believe me when I say that I am an introvert. I present like an extrovert when I am… Read More
Closed Doors
2024-05-07 13:45
I read this prayer the other day. It really is beautiful: Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness If I have harmed anyone in any way either knowingly or unknowinglythrough my own confusions I… Read More
The 4th
2024-05-04 12:39
My friend shared this beautiful writing by Cody Bret (see below). It is such a good reminder to not take things personally and to just to be your true authentic self. Always, always fo… Read More
Friday’s Stacked Up
2024-05-03 11:50
Credit: Good morning! Happy Friday!! Happy Best Day of the Week!! On Fridays, I keep things light and syrupy. On Fridays, I discuss things that make life, the art w… Read More
In Service
2024-05-02 14:18
My friend works for a women’s shelter and they were just honored to received a service dog for the shelter. As a dog lover (we currently have three dogs), I looked up what constitutes… Read More
2024-05-01 13:33
Yesterday, my husband read my blog (as he faithfully does every day – thank you, love) and he texted that he saw the idea of both me and my daughter’s friend’s mom, giving… Read More
2024-04-27 14:18
credit: posted by Joseph Fasano on X This one got to me. ^^^^ I guess it always comes down to being the light that we wish to see in the world. I’ve also read that it is interes… Read More
Who Loves Friday?
2024-04-26 14:27
I love owls, don’t you? Owls are definitely one of my all-time favorites. We have a noisy one who lives nearby, and hearing “our owl” always makes me happy. Happy Fr… Read More
2024-04-25 13:44
Recently I watched an inspiring video of the tennis great, Novak Djokovic being interviewed about the secret to his success. He said this: “If you lose your focus, if you know . . … Read More
2024-04-24 13:35
I read about a good technique yesterday attributed to a writer and psychotherapist named Deb Dana. She says that the opposite of our “triggers”, are our “glimmers”, a… Read More
2024-04-23 13:34
Happy Passover to my Jewish friends and readers! + I watched an Oprah special recently where she mentioned that an expert told her that when we enter the empty nest, we go from the role… Read More
2024-04-20 19:35
Hi friends. I missed you. I just got back home from my trip after midnight last night. My husband and I were travelling all through Belgium, which is six hours ahead of us on the East coast… Read More
2024-04-10 13:24
Stream of thought: For some strange reason, my childhood mailman came to mind this morning. (that’s sort of an oxymoron, “mailman- maleman”) His name was Joe and despit… Read More
Bad Ideas
2024-04-06 14:24
Do you remember these shoes? They were called “jellies.” They were the best blister creators you could ever imagine wearing. Sometimes even the worst of ideas start taking on a l… Read More
Friday’s Tea
2024-04-05 12:21
*****Happy Birthday, Big Red!! You were the one who made us want to keep on going!! You are one of the most self-actualized people I have ever known. I love you.***** My friend rec… Read More
The Part That Isn’t Shown
2024-04-04 13:18
****Happy Birthday to the love of my life!!! There is no one else I would rather share these amazing memories with, and future incredible adventures with, than you!! You are my greatest gi… Read More
It Gets Weird
2024-04-03 13:16
Sometimes you see something that describes yourself and you think, “Wow, spot on. I never saw it so succinctly written, but this is it. This is me.” I almost feel exposed, but… Read More
2024-04-02 14:17
This is all that I have today, friends. It’s been a morning of disruptions and changed plans, but that doesn’t matter. All that matters is the sundae. Wishing you a wonderful… Read More
Stick With The Good Friday
2024-03-29 13:23
Happy Good Friday! Fridays are all good, but Good Friday is the “goodest” of all. The above picture is a sticker that you can purchase from Zazzle. I LOVE that stickers are ma… Read More
Your Most Precious Art
2024-03-28 13:43
I purchased these little cardboard signs from a boutique the other day. I didn’t have a lot of time to spare and there were hundreds of them, but I pulled out a few and bought them, a… Read More
Rose Of Jericho
2024-03-27 13:10
These are just a small collection of orchids that we keep on top of our “tranquility pond.” I bought many of them on impulse, during grocery store specials. After their blooms… Read More
Blip Or More?
2024-03-26 13:46
I read a really good tip offered up by the author and psychologist, Ramani Durvasula. She said that when she was in graduate school for psychology, they learned a really good tip for figuri… Read More
The Cord
2024-03-23 14:24
****Happy Birthday, A! I love you with all of my heart. I’m so proud of you. When you have children, you want to pour everything that you have into them – your love, you… Read More
Favorite Color Friday
2024-03-22 13:26
Credit: EmilyMichaelDesigns, Etsy Happy Friday!! Happy Favorite Things Friday!! Happy “Chasing the Sunshine Springtime!!” On Fridays, I don’t discuss anything pa… Read More
Feathering The Nest
2024-03-20 15:43
Friends, this time of year always gets a little bit difficult for me. On the late evening of Easter in 2016, I made one of the most difficult decisions that I have ever made in my entire li… Read More
2024-03-19 13:36
The last three weeks or so, I have been completely off of my normal, regular routine schedule. I’ve had a marvelous, fun and productive time, but I’m feeling pretty fried… Read More
Sorbet Friday
2024-03-15 14:13
Happy Friday!!! On the blog on Fridays, I get out of my overthinking mind and I discuss the tactile stuff in life which makes it more fun to be alive. Today’s favorite is for you… Read More
2024-03-14 13:44
 “All things in this world, including ourselves, are aggregate sums of atoms, which are made up of rotating electrons. The ultimate history of mankind is moving toward a happy end… Read More
2024-03-13 14:01
A couple of weeks ago my husband and I took a ride in a helicopter, over a large mountain range. I had never taken a long ride in a helicopter, so I was admittedly a little bit apprehensive… Read More
That’s What They Said
2024-03-12 14:24
+ I’m not a huge fan of the royals and I try to keep my gossiping in check, but I find myself going down this “Kate Middleton rabbit hole”, like so many others. Where is… Read More
2024-03-09 16:37
+ We just dropped our eldest son and his girlfriend at the airport after a lovely visit with them. That’s something you never quite get used to with your children, from the moment th… Read More
Feminine Friday
2024-03-08 14:24
Happy Friday!! Happy Favorite Things Friday!! On Fridays on the blog, I discuss the stuff that makes life fun. I don’t go deep on thoughts, just steep on stuff. Today’s favor… Read More
Overlooked Superstars
2024-03-07 14:25
“It happens all the time. Superstars get overlooked. The passersby rush past the musical genius playing on the sidewalk. The future bestseller sits at the bottom of a slush pile. Groun… Read More
Yes, It’s This Weekend
2024-03-06 14:40
Credit: @woofknight, X I just read the unfortunate news that we lose an hour of sleep this weekend. This is always the time of year in which I could use an extra hour of sleep, not… Read More
My Girls
2024-03-05 16:08
I saw this posted this morning and I know that it is the truth. That’s why I think I keep my circles small. I “catch” other people’s energy really easily, and I… Read More
The Boss
2024-03-02 15:09
RIP – Iris Apfel (We lost a good one yesterday. What a strong inspiration to live your life fully, up until it is the time to pass on, at the ripe old age of 102 . . . . ) A fashion… Read More
2024-03-01 14:54
“Good morning. Tonight kicks off the Global Day of Unplugging, an annual event that encourages people to put down their screens and take part in real-life gatherings or a “m… Read More
2024-02-29 15:07
Hi. Happy last day of February! Even with the special bonus day, February seemed to cruise along a lot faster than January did, right?? We are one sixth of the way through 2024. How is i… Read More
2024-02-27 17:00
I’m sitting here in a hotel room, in a hotel that was born in the same year as my eldest son. So this is a 28-year-old hotel room. Its current “look” seems to be a whims… Read More
That’s Why
2024-02-24 15:40
I have writer’s block. I’m tired. I let a lot of last minute chores go to the last minute and now I’m scrambling. All of the sudden, I’m not so tired, b… Read More
Wellness Friday
2024-02-23 15:07
credit: @BethFratesMD Happy Friday!! Happy Favorite Things Friday!!! On Fridays, I discuss the stuff of life that makes it fun to live. Today’s favorite is for those of you out… Read More
I’m Lighthearted Today
2024-02-22 14:55
Credit: @woofknight, X I’m sorry. I know this one is a little profane, but I just can’t stop giggling about it. Plus “b*tchbag” is a new one for me. And it… Read More
2024-02-21 15:31
 “All is temporary. Any effort to acquire or cling to things will be tempered by this wisdom. Accept the fleeting nature of ownership and make room for happiness with the things… Read More
Kep And Collies
2024-02-17 16:09
Credit: V&A These are drawings that Beatrix Potter (author of Peter Rabbit and other beloved children’s classic books) made of her dog, Kep. Kep was a rough collie which is th… Read More
Sweet, Sweet Friday
2024-02-16 13:35
Credit: @contradiction70, X Happy Friday!! Happy National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!! (it’s a real thing – look it up) Happy Favorite Things Friday!! On Fridays, I try… Read More
2024-02-15 14:24
“A life-changing thought exercise: If you were the main character of a TV show, what would you be rooting – screaming at the screen – for them to do next?” (@alicell… Read More
2024-02-10 12:49
I just read a story about the second oldest woman in the world. She is 116. She was born when Theodore Roosevelt was president. Lately I’ve been thinking about the fact that if we… Read More
Dragon It, It’s Friday
2024-02-09 14:26
Good morning! Happy Friday!! Happy Year of the Dragon!! Today is a New Moon. Today is one of the first new moons of the new year. New Moons are a great time to think about what you… Read More
The Clump Effect
2024-02-08 14:15
In my life (and in observing the lives of others), I have often noticed what I consider to be “the clump effect”. In any given calendar year, notable events, particularly happy… Read More
Did You Notice?
2024-02-03 15:47
My daughter just texted me, “Are you okay? You’re being weird in the family chat” I answered, “Yes! What do you mean?” Her answer: “Okay good! You&r&hell…Read More
Friday Again
2024-02-02 14:28
Happy Friday!! Happy Early Spring Prediction!! Thank you, Punxsutawney Phil!! Welcome to the day on the blog devoted to “stuff”! On Favorite Things Friday, I share my favorit… Read More
2024-02-01 15:58
I’m sorry that I have been delayed with my post this morning. I’ve been constantly interrupted by my own distractions. Ironically, I was incredibly excited to have a totally un… Read More
2024-01-31 15:09
“Learning about it reminded me of my regular talking point — a sad irony of our world — that the people who fight the most are always the most similar. The Israelis and Pal… Read More
2024-01-30 15:20
+ “When you wake up tomorrow, it’ll still be January.” @ProfAlang, X “genuine question, how is it still january?” @eosinlove, X “We are 6 months in… Read More
Late Start
2024-01-27 16:22
I’ve been distracted this morning. My daughter brought home some friends from college for a local annual festival we have here in town. My husband was going to town on making eggs an… Read More
All Around Friday
2024-01-26 14:17
Good morning!! Happy Friday!!! Happy Best Day of the Week!!! I saw this posted on X and I decided that our dogs, Ralph, Josie and Trip will definitely want to send a snail mail Valenti… Read More
2024-01-25 14:20
“People may call what happens at midlife “a crisis”, but it’s not. It’s an unravelling- a time when you feel a desperate pull to live the life you want to live… Read More
2024-01-24 14:05
“We don’t believe what we see. We see what we believe.” – Kelly Corrigan, a takeaway from her discussion with Mónica Guzmá… Read More
2024-01-20 18:18
We just arrived home from the wedding which we had attended last night. I’m tired, but happily so. There are few experiences in this world that are more beautiful, hopeful, earnest… Read More
Furry Friday
2024-01-19 13:23
Today we are going to a wedding. I always scour a couple’s wedding registry for something that I believe that the couple will have for a long, long time. I look for an endurable… Read More
2024-01-18 14:50
The son of one of my best friends from college is getting married tomorrow. He is the first of our group of friends’ babies to get married. It feels surreal. As you age, you get lit… Read More
2024-01-17 15:19
I’ve been stalled in writing because I am waiting for my mind to thaw, and my fingers feel like stiff little icicles that do not want to be separated from each other. I feel guilt… Read More
2024-01-16 15:13
I have many notebooks full of thoughts that I have jotted down from signs I’ve seen, things that I have read, or insights that have come to me. In these notebooks I have pasted poems… Read More
Lingua Cordis
2024-01-13 18:44
I saw this the other day and I realized that I need to pray this prayer more often. Sometimes it is so easy and clear to understand what we are want to ask God to support us in. We come… Read More
Dragon It, It’s Friday!
2024-01-12 13:39
credit: Dragon Eternity I have a thing for dragons. (But after Game of Thrones, don’t we all?) Happy Friday! Happy Best Day of the Week! Friday is such an easy day to feel caref… Read More
Your Masterpiece
2024-01-11 14:43
I got back to art class yesterday, after a few weeks off for Christmas break. It was great to be back. I painted the little guy above as sort of a “warm up”. I thought that I… Read More
Storms Pass
2024-01-10 13:35
Yesterday we had a line of extreme storms roll through our area. We got continual warnings and alerts, via news sources, social media, texts, calls and emails. There were school and bu… Read More
2024-01-06 15:23
The last of the mohicans left today. Our eldest son, his girlfriend and our daughter took to the road at 6 a.m. this morning, back to their own adult lives. My husband and I gave them huge… Read More
First Friday!
2024-01-05 15:10
Hello! Happy Friday!! Happy First Friday of 2024!! Welcome to the best day of the week during the best year of your life!! (don’t doubt it, make it so) On Fridays, I discuss my fav… Read More
2024-01-04 15:55
I’m sorry for the late post today. We were at a major amusement park all day yesterday. I’m out of practice with amusement parks. The last time I was at this particular park I… Read More
Boss Up
2024-01-03 14:00
Image above credited to Redbubble I was shopping with my daughter and my son’s girlfriend earlier this week. Neither of them have sisters, so it is fun to vicariously watch a s… Read More
Here’s A Nudge
2024-01-02 14:21
What’s your theme of 2024? Yesterday a friend texted a Washington Post article to a lot of us that had a little tool in it, to find “your nudge word.” The article can be… Read More
It’s Worth It
2023-12-30 16:22
When our four kids were little and I would start to complain about everything that had to be done, especially around busy times like the holidays, my husband would say to me, “I’… Read More
The 12th
2023-12-29 14:28
I am not going to write a lot today and maybe not a lot in the days following. We finally have all four adult kids in one spot for the holidays. We are having Christmas morning Part De… Read More
Thumbs Up
2023-12-28 15:43
I’ve had a numb thumb on my left hand since March of this year. The numb thumb is the last symptom to stubbornly remain after a miserable, agonizingly painful experience which was dia… Read More
2023-12-27 14:19
It’s Christmastime and it is dejavu in our household. I now remember what it is like to stress about six people living in the same house, yet going in all different directions, with a… Read More
2023-12-26 14:55
Credit: Gregorio Catarino, X The picture above kind of sums it all up, doesn’t it? My husband, two of our sons and our daughter all had plans to go to the gym this morning. (… Read More
Merry Monday-Funday
2023-12-25 17:45
I just wanted to take a break from our family’s Christmas morning festivities, to wish you all a very merry Christmas!! I hope that you are enjoying the best that today has to off… Read More
2023-12-24 15:07
Merry Christmas Eve! Anticipation is a word that comes to mind on Christmas Eve, doesn’t it? Anticipation is a word full of hope, with a little impatience and exhaustion of waiting… Read More
2023-12-23 15:25
One time I told a friend that I didn’t really care much for musicals. This clearly upset her. She reminded me of all of the talent and creativity that it takes from the cast, and the… Read More
Pre-flight Friday
2023-12-22 14:41
Credit: Gregorio Catarino, X Good morning. Happy Friday!! Happy Favorite Things Friday! It’s Christmas Eve/Eve/Eve! I am (like all of you I’m sure) a little pressed f… Read More
Allies And Advocates
2023-12-21 14:09
I recently read an article by an author who has written several books. She says that when a person asks her, “How do you write a book?”, she says that the best way to do it, is… Read More
2023-12-20 14:18
How’s everyone doing this holiday season? Are you taking breaks and taking your own “temperature” every once in a while? I always find it a little surprising that when ev… Read More
2023-12-19 14:49
I was reminded of last year’s Christmastime adventures when I heard that Southwest had agreed to pay a $140 million fine for the nightmares that they created for so many of us, last ho… Read More
Bombastic Birthday
2023-12-16 15:08
Happy Birthday to me! I read this quote the other day: I am 53 years old today. I am level 53. I have passed the 53 mile marker and I am zooming into my 54th year. I think the quot… Read More
The Question For Friday
2023-12-15 14:57
Credit: Rex Masters, X Happy Friday!! Happy Favorite Things Friday!! “Are you all set for Christmas?” – everyone’s most hated question to answer during… Read More
Snow White In A Bird Cage
2023-12-14 14:03
We have had workers here this week repairing and re-screening our pool cage. For those of you who aren’t familiar with pool cages, many of us here in Florida have enormous, ugly metal… Read More
2023-12-13 14:06
Anticipating workers being here all day to work on our pool cage while attempting to calm and corral our three boisterous dogs, means that I will need some big laughs today. Luckily, I foun… Read More
2023-12-12 14:07
I’m not a big believer in the categories “good” or “bad” or “normal.” I think that there are very few things that 100 percent fall into any of thes… Read More
Saturday’s Solicitudes
2023-12-09 15:02
I have a lot going on today so my mind is like a whirligig (this is a weird, fancy word for a pinwheel). When I come to the blog on a day like this, I go to my photos and I find inspiration… Read More
Friday Fire
2023-12-08 14:11
On Thanksgiving evening, a few friends and I were texting and it turns out that we were all doing the same thing in different places, from all of the way up in Massachusetts, down to Vir… Read More
Wired Wisely
2023-12-07 14:36
So this morning I have some appointments, and so I felt some angst about figuring out what I would write about in the blog today. (I am typically good about limiting my commitments in my mo… Read More
2023-12-06 15:01
“1. Being a great listener isn’t genetic and it isn’t magic. It’s a skill set that can be taught, learned and practiced.   2. Don’t be “that… Read More
2023-12-02 15:13
Detective Martin Hart:Do you wonder ever if you’re a bad man? Detective Rustin Cohle:No. I don’t wonder, Marty. World needs bad men. We keep the other bad men from the door… Read More
Trunks Up Friday
2023-12-01 14:23
“Female elephants continuously protect each other from predators in the wild, providing one another a sense of security. A study conducted by scientists in the Indian Institute of… Read More
2023-11-30 13:22
“In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired. In pursuit of wisdom, every day something is dropped.” ~ Lao Tse My youngest son works in sales. He often t… Read More

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