Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Rose, Bud and Thorn...& Ten Things of Thankful


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I will start this list with number ten and work my way down to one because, well, I am convinced that gratitude only showed up in the past two days, however I can be wrong, and I am certain that  if I write … she will make herself known….

Ten - a wonderful quiet Sunday; soon I will make dinner for us, which will be a meal solely aimed at trying out a recipe for next week’s Super-Bowl, a feast of Supreme Nacho Grande, Guacamole, and potato skins. 
  
My goal is to feature these recipes during the week on my food blog, Mangia, Mangia…No Talk, which  is in dire need of being resuscitated back to life -  last time I wrote on it was November 2014 – it’s time folks, that I get serious with my many goals and dreams.

Nine – goes to a shopping spree for Miss Amelia at the  Mall  whom, by the way, used her own  money from Christmas - she was very confident of what she wanted and bought great items at Free People,  Victoria Secret ( she loves Pink)  and a kiosk selling hair accessories. 

Eight – Amelia’s desire and enthusiasm to learn.

Seven - A text I received on Friday…"Hi. Happy weekend. Are you busy? My kid misses your kids” my response, “my kids misses your kid too!” “We have nothing planned want to get together?”  I responded nothing happening on Sunday, birthday party on Saturday, we have to go to Target tonight, for gifts….” …."we have to go to Target too”  “great lets meet at Target then go to dinner”  “Perfect…he’ll be so happy.”
 
We met at Target, shopped, then went back to my house for pizza - kids hung out and grown- ups hung out too!  Spur of the moment plans always seem to work ----- that was my rose!

While we were eating pizza, my friend told us that  when they have dinner  they express their daily activities good, bad and future prospects as the “Rose” “Bud”, and the “Thorn”.  The Bud - is what you look forward to, the Rose or Flower is what made you happy during the day, and well the Thorn is exactly what it is - a thorn in your side kind of thing.  Mine was as follows; the bud is Saturday,   my rose is, spur of the moment plans with friends, and my thorn is … omg I cannot think of one because I am so elated that we are having pizza and a get together with you all.  LOL!

Six - The snow seems to be melting rather quickly, which is a good thing.

Five - It is light out when I leave the office – this is a thankful because Spring is not so far away.

Four - This saying that Laurie shared with me on Friday:

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Three - Timehop - The other day I was reminded of this sweet face; along with knowing that he is such a good boy – growing into a good person and  a great young man. 



Two -    A talkative  Amelia… last night she opened up to me …telling me about stuff that was on her mind and sharing  some of the drama that attracts teen girls  - she made me laugh and by  laughing I hope she realized that we can talk any time, I’ll laugh, make faces, I’ll share my opinion but I won’t judge. Unless she gets hurt….she’s, number one!

Which leads me to number one - here’s honesty and something I don’t want to admit to, maybe a bit embarrassed too, however, also a proud moment; next week on Wednesday or Thursday I will be, three weeks clean – and rid of a pesky habit (legal of course) . That I had no business to begin six years ago, but  I did and  truthfully  it was not something that I did throughout the day  but rather  it was done  in the evening  when I came home from work, after dinner  and maybe  before bed….I’m done  and will not go back  - that is a promise.  
  
Whew, last week was a tough one….things transpired that are not in my control, but have a potential to change for me for the good or not,  yet I keep calm because like I said it’s not in my control…Nevertheless, I’ll keep doing what I do (everyday- during the day) and hope for the best. 

See I got to ten... the gratitude that was hidden, is out in the open ….enjoy the week.



















Sunday, January 24, 2016

What’s better than that- Ten Things of Thankfuls!



A dream weekend; snowed in, relaxing, vegging, and time to think too-

What’s better than that!

What a wonderful weekend it was folks;  I am serious …so did you hear, we got hammered with so much snow that I’m sure it won’t go away anytime soon… but today we get to clean it (see below courtesy of Channel 12- Long Island, they said it’s OK….----



Great weather for cleaning up after our blizzard! Mostly sunny. It will still be a little breezy with winds NW 10-15 mph. A few higher gusts. Highs near 35 degrees. There is still the chance for some minor coastal flooding this morning with tides around 1.5 feet above normal.




That task will be done by the boys in my house. I will be in the kitchen cooking for the week and for today.

On the menu is meatloaf for today, along with roasted string beans,  cauliflower Au-gratin, and mashed or roasted potatoes (not sure yet)  on the sidelines  chili will be simmering all day in the crock pot and  I will fry up breaded chicken cutlets…(easy peasy)

If I start this morning, I’ll be done by noon.
However first the Ten Things of Thankfuls for the week –

Last Monday, was actually a good day to go to work, and start the week - banks were closed, there wasn’t any mail–the building I work in was very quiet, being that we were the only office open, the roads were not crowded with schools closed - so began a good and productive week.

All of this leads to Tuesday afternoon when I received an email from a certain person giving me a pat on the back and a job well done!  Let’s just say I was very pleased….

We did not eat out last week, and stuck to the weekly meals that I planned on Sunday. Saved us some money, to say the least; along with eating homemade meals.

What’s better than that?

I am almost starting to feel like myself again because of the medicine that I am taking for my thyroid….
Actually, I can see a huge difference …, except for a little annoying problem, since the end of October I have developed an allergic reaction to something, not sure what. Out of the blue I develop a hive that is accompanied with an itchy rash – either on my hands, wrist or arms, at times I won’t have a hive, but a red scratch- like mark, will show up, on my arm, torso, or legs.  I have taken Claritin during the day at the first sight of it, making it go away for days… then I would not take the Claritin and it still would go away but not for days….. A couple of nights last week I had to take Benadryl; which helps but makes me sleepy…

I spoke to my doctor who told me that I’m allergic to something and suggested I go see an allergist…..this is where I am sighing long and hard ….because I don’t have the time or energy to add another doctor in the pool of doctors…you know?  

However, I know that eventually I will.

So, this leads me to my fourth thankful…
Thank you all who visit Squaarekat and to everyone that leaves me comments. Please know that I do read them and publish them as soon as I get the comments….even though I have not replied to your comments I am truly grateful ….not replying to your comments means I have fallen asleep on the couch sometime between 8 pm and 9:30 pm, at any given night.

We hit the market on Friday night after six pm; and there was still enough milk and bread to buy. The egg situation was slim picking, but I did manage to get what I needed, two dozen extra-large eggs for $1.99 each. Now over at the shredded cheese department it was very clear shredded cheese was a very popular item, who knew?

So  this counts for five and six – five  is, the  shelves were not bare by the time I was able to get to the super market, and six being that we can go food shopping  fill up our cart with good ingredients and pay for it.

Next, the dryer is working …thanks Nick.

On Friday night hubby was able to fix the cable TV connection that stopped working on Friday morning; the thing is we are not really sure that he fixed it, or if it fixed itself.  After doing the same thing repeatedly, the cable feed connected to the TV, and started working again; whew, in the “Nick” of time….so we were able watch the weather channel and brace ourselves for what was coming.

Boy oh boy did it come….


These pictures were taken from the comfort of my warm home.  Warm house and all home safe and sound …is number nine!

Last, but not the least for sure; is our little $99.00 purchase that we bought many years ago.

 – Roku –

Because of this little gadget we  get  to watch  Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime  and Crackle -  all of us nice and cozy after a breakfast/brunch of scrambled  eggs, toast and turkey bacon; because we had nowhere else to go, we watched a couple of the X-Files episodes….

Today is clean-up and, I am certain that hubby and son are thankful for our snow blower…because these are the stats on Long Island. We live next to Commack.

Channel 12-Long Island

 Enjoy the week…can you come up with Ten Things of Thankful! They are there…pay attention!













Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Morning - My ten Thankfuls

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It is Sunday again… tomorrow is back to work; although some (family included) are celebrating a three-day weekend; I won’t be participating in such an activity. My next holiday will be in 20 weeks.

Yay me; not!

Therefore, even though I like the picture above, and I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Sunday….this is how I SHOULD be feeling about today!

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I do and I don’t - although everyone in my house has a day off tomorrow,   I know the crew will have fun;  the kids will be with their dad, not alone…or shuffled to a friend’s house.   That counts for my first Thankful.

This morning I woke up early and punched this out while everyone was asleep.

I love quiet Sunday mornings.

In a few minutes, we will all get our day started and we will have for breakfast, toasted raisin bread with some butter, honey, or jam….

Sunday Sauce with meatballs, (add raviolis equals Sunday dinner)

Fried breaded chicken cutlets – which I will prepare for dinner this week.

My mom is coming over this afternoon.

A new phone…. My old phone was not working – overnight it just crashed and burned; last Thursday during my lunch hour I went and picked up a new phone… I was due for an upgrade, so it didn’t cost me anything upfront.

I was glad that I did, because that afternoon, my doctor’s office called  me about blood-work, and it’s  determined why I have been feeling  tired  and blah; it is because of a sluggish thyroid.  Yup,  I have hypothyroidism - with the medication, I’ll be fine.

Last thankful- I have a good 12 hours to enjoy this day (I wrote this post this morning) before I feel the ever so ominous Monday creeping up!

Enjoy your day …enjoy your week…
















Sunday, January 10, 2016

Ten things of Thankful – The Guilty Pleasure Version….


I decided that... in order for me to be who I am, I need to continue to write and stay on this journey. Who knows where it will lead me.  

I join you this week, and must express my gratitude to all of you, for continuing to share with everyone your thankfulness; you are all an inspiration to me. Therefore, I join you – it’s been too long.

….Ahhhh it is Sunday lined up to hit the air tonight are two series both so different from the other that one cannot believe that I enjoy both shows. First up is the prestigious Downton Abbey, the second is the brazen Showtime series Shameful… basically their difference is evident, yet their opposites attract this viewer, it is my guilty pleasure and my first Thankful….  

One - A Simple guilty pleasure

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Instead of watching either show tonight I will watch the Golden Globes, and truthfully I will stay up as long as I can; if I am falling asleep I will go to bed …I promise.  I am exhausted; blame that on having too much fun last night.

Two -  A day of taking it easy…..( oops another guilty pleasure)

We had an impromptu cousins reunion here on the Island,  with the exception of two families living in different states- all my first cousins live here on Long Island.  With our busy lives it is so hard to  get together more often … it was fun hanging with the family; it was touching watching our children come together reacquaint with each other and start playing, laughing and having fun…

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Three –
Sisters
Claudia and Silvana 
we are who we are, because of each other…..

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Four –
Cousins –
No names needed but here is the true low-down about my family.

Women, ladies, girls---- out of  twelve cousins there are 8 lovely ladies (including me and my sisters)…….Girls rule in our family lineage.

These girls….ahem women, have influenced me beyond any words can describe,  it’s because of our close family ties that we are all confident, strong, sensitive and strive to do better every day!

That should make 10 – but I will continue because, well; I hate to  come up short.  Then again, I am short, yet  I stand tall with my lovely ladies knowing that we are who we are because of one another….

Five –

I must add the 4 boys/men  cousins, all married to strong, confident women –  so ladies I salute you…

Six –

Our husbands, who oddly enough get along – respect each other, enjoy getting together indulging on a cigar, a beer, a cup of coffee – they talk, listen, laugh and they complete my family.

Seven  -

The second generation – all precious in their own way – truly get along – last night they entertained each other playing soccer and football – on occasion they came to check in and I enjoyed dancing, laughing and even talking with them….they are such loves… pssst you know that the the girls out number the boys by 10  in the second generation too– is it any wonder.

Eight  -  

I didn’t win powerball …whew!  Can you imagine how different my life would be  if I had - poof in an instance, my life would not be the same…yeah I know this is not something one should be thankful…however I am thankful that I was able to play  - I had the $2.00 to spare – something I should not take for granted.

Nine  - another week past and we are all right! 

Ten   - last one it’s Sunday, a day of rest, that is what I am doing…taking it easy.

And here is something to think about tomorrow when you need to be at a desk working and all you want to do is hide because it is Monday…..

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What are your thankfuls this week can you come up with ten  - I did they are there every time.










Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The “Everyone can hear you, what do you want to say?” Series Handle With Care Edition…



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A few months ago, on a phone call with my husband- I was lamenting about the rudeness that I encountered.

I was angry because sometimes in so many tiny moments, all my efforts feel crushed.

When hubby and I connected on that phone call, I can hear in his voice that he also was having a stressful morning, yet I heard in his voice, a calm that annoyed me.  Because calm gets you, no way…well calm gets you everywhere, but in your own private bubble, I think you can scream, punch only the air, and cry if you want to.  Don’t you think so?  In addition, wouldn’t that mean that one doesn’t need to put on a calm voice when speaking to your own person, the person that has your back no matter what it is.  

So continuing with our call, at this point hubby was trying to calm me down – which hardly works, he doesn’t know how. Frustrated he said to me, well everyone can hear you what do you want to say; ( I was a bit loud) I panicked and hung up the phone, went to Starbucks, got myself an Iced Green Tea and went back to my daily life.

The rest of the day, I was thinking about this line…

“Everyone can hear you, what do you want to say?”

I realized; Yes, I have a lot to say… and hence, my new series called, you guessed it:

“Everyone can hear you, what do you want to say?”

Today’s edition is called Handle with care!

What I want to tell *everyone* is this:

*everyone meaning,  co-workers, spouses, employers, barista at Starbucks, the kid at 7-11, the man at the pizzeria and the knucklehead who needs to blow their horn the minute the light changes green.*

To all parties concerned I woke up this morning happy; made myself a cup of coffee at 5:30 am; I used my favorite cup an orange cup, the coffee was delicious…

The kids weren’t getting up when they should, put me in a slight panic that I might be late for work. My  son, although I reminded him to get ready for school last night,  forgot to get his soccer gear in order  and was not able to  find his shin guards;  telling me this as he was carrying his  back pack. 

Seeing the backpack only reminded me that his backpack looked heavy; and why is he carrying a ton of his supplies when he should use his locker?  We don’t want a repeat of last year I thought ,  he didn’t use his locker in the 7th grade at all, he was so disorganized, his assignments were handed in late or lost,  which led to  lower grades or making up assignments. 

At the same time, when my daughter took out her water bottle and lunch from the fridge, I realized that James needed money for the vending machine at school. This reminded me that my daughter has no idea how to count money, I suspect my son doesn’t know either, but he assures me that he does…I sort of, kind of believe him.

So cleverly, I gave my son 1.45 in change - and cleverly, I will do the same for my daughter, instead of bills I think giving them change will only help them learn; this boggles my mind…how certain things are not really taught…but need to be experienced.

In true tornado fashion we were all able to leave the house and proceed to our destination, on my way to work I almost rear-ended someone in front of me… all I could think of was thank God; it would have been a bad collision and I don’t want to think about my fate.  I arrived to work shaken up but I shook it off because I have no choice. I delved into the daily tasks …

Now after that lengthy introduction, here is what I really want to say…

I believe that most of us care, as for myself not only do I care to do a good job, I am also driven to be a good worker, and really hate to make mistakes…or not give my employer 110% …I think that most employed people feel the same. Especially in today’s workforce, I know that when I sit at my desk I am doing that sitting at a desk working…. I did not obsess over the near death experience that could have been my fate.  I did not sit there worrying that my kids don’t know how to count money, and I didn’t fret about a very heavy backpack …I do my job.

Occasionally, throughout the day, I wonder if my kids are okay, if they are safe and if after school pick up will go smoothly.  I also plan some sort of dinner in my head and today I did decide perhaps having them use coins, instead of dollar bills would help them learn how to count money.

My point is, once on the clock we are there for the employers, everything else is left at the door, in the car or tucked away to think about at lunch or during a break.  We have pride and all workers like me also have something else, we don’t want to fail, but what we want is to put in our hours and feel accomplished at the end of the day.  

Today’s workforce is filled with bottom-lines…spreading everyone thin; it’s OK we are all doing it. I don’t mind, it beats the alternative; please understand I am not arguing that point, truthfully I am not arguing anything. 

What I am trying to express is this, there are days that I feel like nothing can stop me, then there are days that one stupid, insignificant remark makes me feel like those “can’t stop me days” did not really happen.

…on so many levels we are all in the same boat!  We all have a job to do; some are better at their jobs than others are, some just want you think they are wonderful, others use undermining words to feel powerful. Some are getting paid well and there are many out there trying to make ends meet and living from paycheck to paycheck yet no matter what group we are in, we all have concerns.

Hear me now – regardless of these concerns, or worries we all show up – we all do our best, I have to believe that!  Heck, I’d admit that even the competitive ones are good workers; but I wish to God that the ones that push themselves up the ladder realizes that they did not get up there on their own. 

Everyone needs to know that more than few are willing to work side by side, than compete. Being treated menially is binding and cruel too.  It leads to self-doubt and questions all of the 101 things we do daily, which leads to feeling so unaccomplished and yes inferior….

I know the saying, this one:

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It shows up on the slideshow on my desktop, but no matter how many times I read it, sometimes, it does not matter when hostile environments are everywhere.

Let’s remind ourselves that we are not alone. If there is one thing, you can gain from this post; please take this …

We all have a job to do. We all have to answer to someone; you, me… even my boss is no different…

The people from UPS, FedEx, and even your mail carrier are being monitored by a machine to get the package delivered by a certain time, if they seem annoyed, that is why. The kid at 7-11 probably has to go home after his shift and has to pull an all-nighter for a test on some ridiculous subject that needs to be taken to earn his degree.  Moreover, the woman buying a stupid scratch-off and a chocolate macaroon needs some hope and chocolate for a moment to escape – what I ask is this, can we learn to handle each other with care?

Can we all learn to live on the same common ground knowing that our problems, concerns, and maybe fears each hold the same value as one another?

Can we get that…imagine if we all wore something like a news crawler – displaying all of our uncensored thoughts, can you imagine how we would see each other so differently.  I sometimes think if everyone can see my thoughts each day, that maybe everyone I meet would be nicer.  Maybe I’d even get hugs…maybe if I can see the same worries and fears in others,  I can forget my own and I will comfort who needs it more than I do…..

However, lately we don’t think that way, do we? Kindness or being courteous is not on the forefront. I guess it’s OK to honk your horn when the light turns green; after all, you need to be somewhere and me well I’m in your way.  It makes a lot of sense not to smile at your customers, especially the woman that is buying a macaroon; she really just thinks you’re shy.  Truly, I insist tell your co-worker she doesn’t know how to staple …she shouldn’t get away with that kind of crap…no one should get away with their crap anymore…

Why should we care? 
             
Because it is common decency….because even though you think everything is either a race, competition, or a right…… it is not…

Lastly, what I want to say when rude people are everywhere, it’s quite all right to join in; it’s so easy to cross that line, isn’t it?  We all become jaded way too easily…

Instead of handling each of us with care….

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Fair-Weathered Writer





Hello… yes it’s me; I was wondering…. (Do you remember me?)

No, I cannot pull an Adele on this sight, laughing with my inside voice…

So did you hear; its 2016…was 2015 a blur?  Did all your wishes come true in 2015?

Did you make any resolutions? Moreover, were they kept?

I didn’t make any resolutions…I didn’t have any goals, but I did wish for some things in 2015 –
My wishes were typical, Health, happiness and joy …I am wishing the same this year, with some additional wants , goals or reminders such as; being gracious, remembering to be thankful always, have more fun, laugh often, smile…be kind, love with passion, understand more….  

On December 31, I sat in the same spot that I sit now, thinking I will finally write and post on this blog.

My intention on Thursday was to commemorate 2015 … I thought, humorously, I can write bits and pieces of my year; my very own 2015 from my various social network sights, you know which ones; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, maybe Pinterest, and definitely Bitstrip. However, I did not write anything on New Year’s Eve nor did I commemorate 2015, because by the time my sorry ass started to write or brainstorm the idea, I realized that I really needed to leave the house to do some shopping.  And above all else, I had to make sure that all of my errands were completed so that me and my family were ready to leave the house by  6:30, to make the 7:00pm dinner reservations that my sister made at a Hibachi/Japanese Restaurant, then called me with strict instructions not to be late…….

It’s funny and strange, and yet so accepting that these days, at any given time, we can refer to recent past events in our lives so easily.  Almost everything is documented, and if it is not noted publicly – your events can be referred to from a private platform as well. Just open your pictures on your phone, or your text messages at the end of any week, I bet you can come up with at least 10 recollections or memories that occurred.

So I won’t bore you all, with  my 2015 Facebook commentaries, because we all have these morsels of history…. But know that in 2015,I did my best, strived each day, went to work, sent my kids to school, and at the end of the day we all came home…a true blessing in itself.

For many months I have been quiet – still reading posts from blogs that I follow- sometimes commenting – sometimes keeping my thoughts to myself, yet not letting this go at all.  I love to write I actually have 3  or 4 posts in Word that are not published yet– this one will make 5 if I don’t get my head in the game.

I am not sure what is going on…nothing changed physically – I still get up each day and go to work, come home, make dinner and take pictures of what we are having for dinner.  I still write in my journal, and on scraps of papers I write down a thought, or a quote or I jot down my recipes of any new meals that I attempt or my regular dishes that I cook, as I said before I have 4 compositions in Word for SquaareKat, that are good topics, and informative as well.  Yet I am not sure what’s really going on – maybe I’m in a rut, maybe I have a “brain cloud”…. (Smirk…referencing one of my favorite movies.)

Regardless what is going on …it’s happening – maybe its deflation, maybe I’m jaded.  On the other hand, it could be my whole being; mind, body and soul, “saying enough, either you jump in, or you can sit there on the fence and do nothing for the rest of your life….you decide. In the meantime know this; while you sit there your brain will turn to mush ….”

That’s me, sitting on the fence; I have been here for so long it’s becoming comfortable. I can make that decision to jump fully into blogging, however, I said this before, and I have done this too often- taking time off.  If I jump in now, what is to say that at another point in the future, near or far, I allow myself to take a break? Wow I know what that sounds like, I’m tough on me …but let me explain, taking time off to relax or  vacation  is definitely a need and acceptable – what is not acceptable for me anymore is to stop doing what I love to do because something went wrong, because I felt defeated…because, because,  because…..

So many reasons right – and I tell myself it’s okay tomorrow you’ll write again….but I don’t. The truth is when something goes wrong, or I have a bad day, I take it personally – I was ready to post on New  Year’s eve  after midnight but after dinner at my sister’s house I was in the firing line of a family member….and I became this person’s target to try to ridicule and belittle me… I was deflated.   My holiday was shot…and I thought the New Year would be ruined now with this negativity…

On Friday morning, I woke up feeling crushed – yet I was not going to let this person ruin everything.  I continued with our New Year tradition, making our yearly eggs Benedict and French toast brunch. The kids gather our wish stones, we ate, wished each other a happy new year, and cast our stones at our beach with our New Year wishes written on them …my Aunt in Italy passed away that morning and it saddened me truly, that too could have stopped me, but I continued our ritual.  For the sake of realizing that with every roadblock I encounter, yes I can acknowledge it …yes, I can grieve it, process it – but life will not end if I continue to enjoy what I enjoy at these sad or adverse times it just might look a little different.


Last night I was lied to.  - Last year I was lied to also -  (different lies of course and at different times too); lies is a defensive reaction- thinking that I can be fooled, and maybe I was a few times , but when it counts they get caught. It breaks my heart every single time; even when information is being withheld that is a lie too, nevertheless, promises were made and all was forgiven. However, when stuff like this happen, I get quiet, I don’t speak and they know how hurt I am, yet I go in a sort of a martyr like persona… that nothing makes me happy and how can I do something I enjoy when everything around me is a mess….

So I repeat, last night I was lied to. On Thursday evening I became the target of someone else’s conflict on a holiday, in my sister’s home, (I am so sorry about that.) – sadly, my aunt passed away she was my mom’s sister, she was funny, lived a long life, lived through some tragedies, but she carried on raising her children to be fine adults….

All of these things in the past would have sent me to bed to hide…but I didn’t hide and I am writing this piece to finish it ….because I cannot stop doing what I love when I’m conflicted, sad, and concerned. Being a fair weather writer is not beneficial - I need to write about the messes too… so that is my promise, not to you, but to me that I will still enjoy life even with the metaphoric piles of crap that are everywhere. I will continue to write when bad and, and of course, good things are being hurled at me, and lastly but more importantly, when an outside force has let me down, and everything in me feels like an open wound I will look in the mirror and whisper kind words to the fair weather writer.

Happy New Year, everyone; wishing you all a fine good year in 2016!















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