As Summer Winds Down


I was wondering when we'd see a writing prompt about the beginning of the school year; here's today's:  As a kid, were you happy or anxious about going back to school? Now that you’re older, how has your attitude toward the end of the summer evolved? I loved going back to school for most of … Continue reading As Summer Winds Down

525,600 Minutes: How Did I Measure My Year?


When I started thinking about how to frame this last post of my "year", all I could hear in my head was this song from RENT.  I've never seen the movie or play; I just am always so moved by this particular song.  The hair on my arms and the back of my neck practically … Continue reading 525,600 Minutes: How Did I Measure My Year?

When Your Kids Go Back to School, Thank a Teacher


School starts soon, I know this not only because of the date, but because everything is about the back to school sales--regardless of the type of store (remember this commercial from Staples?).  The second post of my blog was to thank some of my favorite teachers.  If you haven't' thanked a teacher, either your own … Continue reading When Your Kids Go Back to School, Thank a Teacher

Before It Took a Village


Before the idea of "it takes a village" was popularized in the 1990's, we who lived in the village already knew the secret to successful kids!  It was with that in mind that I wrote this post to thank the grown ups in my life who looked out for me when I was a kid.  … Continue reading Before It Took a Village

Zig Zag Climber


The weekly photo challenge this week made me think of my grandkids and when they lived with us.  On Saturday mornings we had a bit of a ritual: breakfast, SpongeBob, and then either to the library or to the local YMCA for some fun in the playroom.  While the kids were in the playroom I'd … Continue reading Zig Zag Climber

Round 2: Summer Lovin’ Photos


I so liked the weekly photo challenge from Friday that I thought I'd share some more of why I love summer.  Our garden has given us an amazing and bountiful harvest and will continue to well into the fall.  We've shared with neighbors, family, coworkers, friends, and I'm sure there is so much more to … Continue reading Round 2: Summer Lovin’ Photos

Timmy’s Family Restaurant


My husband and I were on a ride around town this afternoon, driving slow and taking in the sites.  Sometimes when I'm driving and another car is following, the husband will get a little antsy and ask me to pull over to let the car pass.  Even though I'm doing the speed limit and it … Continue reading Timmy’s Family Restaurant

Summer Lovin’ Photo Challenge


This week's photo challenge is definitely a fun one! Show us something you love. It could be your favorite novel, the light of the moon on your deck at night, the beach on a hot day, or that special you-know-who. Since my husband and I actually left town for a vacation earlier this week, I … Continue reading Summer Lovin’ Photo Challenge

Minion-Making Music Multiplies the Merriment


We all have songs that remind us of specific periods and events in our lives. Twenty years from now, which song will remind you of the summer of 2014? I know some of you might think that a song can get too much air time on the radio, but I don't think this one can ever be over-played. … Continue reading Minion-Making Music Multiplies the Merriment

Today Really is 20 Days To Go!


On July 9th I mistakenly counted only 20 days until my year-long journey of posting a thank you each day would be over... I counted wrong.  Maybe it was because that had been my 345th post and so I just assumed there were 20 days left.  I just looked at the calendar and realize that … Continue reading Today Really is 20 Days To Go!