A House or A Home

I've always defined the word house as a generic building people live in. I've always defined home as the place you go at night, where you feel safe... where you belong. Presently, in my mind anyway, we have both a house and a home.  And both of them gave me a great workout this weekend. The …

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Opening Up

Last weekend we tore up the floor in an upper bedroom.  Truthfully, I didn’t actually do the tearing up… I just did the odd jobs, clean-up, took pictures and kept the coffee going. We’ve owned that house for 23 years.  For 23 years my husband said “I will tear up that floor and find out …

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On Boots ‘n’ Pooh ‘n’ Writing

I've had a problem getting words on paper lately.  It's been a problem for a while actually... started last October when my life changed so dramatically. My bossy inner critic keeps telling me I have nothing to say - to just keep quiet.  The word police have arrested me.... "you can't say that".  So in the effort to push …

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State Capitals… and Why I Need to Remember Stuff

I never liked to memorize anything.  Multiplication tables in 4th grade are my only claim to fame in that department.  And that was only because we got to move up the line and get out the door faster for lunch. I can be bribed with food. But I do admire people who effortlessly rattle off a famous …

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Epiphany…. I almost missed it

It takes me awhile to process things.  I "mull", I debate inwardly over and over again, which is why I am just now coming to terms with January 1st. January 1st was our family Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years all rolled into one.  A lot of expectation for one little day. It was the day we had most of our kids and …

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Waiting for Someday

On the first day after the last day of my job I opened a blank journal and wrote: September 22, 2011 Today is the first day of retirement from the job. The first day of the rest of my life begins. "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable …

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Have I Become a Technology Junkie?

It's been two weeks, four days, seven hours and 45 minutes since I took up more or less permanent residence... in my current residence.  Yes, apparently I am counting. The husband conveniently had two weeks of back to back travel.  Tough life staying at expensive hotels, eating fine food while I, on the other hand, …

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