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A new start!

It has been a long time since family health issues caused me to neglect and ultimately discontinue my site and blog.  I am rebuilding my site and will write a blog entry every Friday.  My first entry on Tuesday May 14, 2019 was a personal essay written in response to current news stories.  Hope you will join me to share my thoughts and ideas about life, writing, publishing  and whatever moves me.



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July 19, 2019

        It's hot out there!  That's why I am in here.  My Grandchildren are amazed at my stories about living without Air Conditioning.  I remember second floor bedrooms during August "dog days" when it was impossible to sleep.  An open window was no help at all. 


      Mom and Dad and I would sit on the lawn chairs in the front yard under the cherry tree.  When we still could not sleep, Daddy would put a pillow in the back seat of the car, so I could lie down there.  He put the lawn chairs in the trunk and we headed for Lake Erie.  When we got there we slept in the lawn chairs or we put a blanket on the sand and slept there for a few hours.  

     Mom and Dad could not sleep very long because we had to drive home so they could go to work  at the overcoat factory.  Daddy pressed coats on a big steam press in the sweltering heat.  Mama was a hand finisher.  She worked with a heavy overcoat on her lap to apply the finishing stitches needed to complete the coat.  Hugh ceiling Fans circulated the hot sticky air loaded with lint from the coats.  Every summer Mother suffered with lint poisoning on her fair skin.  There was no way we could even dream of a cool room to sleep in. 

      Every generation has enjoyed discoveries that made life in some way better.  My world was blessed with air conditioning, television, dish washers, microwaves, computers and space travel.  My mother was amazed when she saw cars, planes, radios, telephones and actually getting water piped into the house.

       I am sure the generations after me will see fabulous additions I can't even imagine. 

       Life is good!

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July 12, 2019

     I sent My daughter Cindy, in Florida, a copy of my latest book, "PATHENA, The Fairy Who Lost Her Wings".  Cindy, teaches in a daycare center and read the book to the children to get their reaction for me.  The children loved the book but asked where the book was where Pathena plays with a lot of other fairies. 

    I know an order for a new book when I hear it.  "Pathena Visits Fairyland" is being written.  It will have enough fairies playing with Pathena to please my audience.    Writing for children is such a delight.  They never hold back on critiques and they are always honest.


Life is good!

 

 


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July 5, 2019

     Every year, the family of my husband's first wife, has a reunion.  After her passing, Paul and the children remained a special part of the family. 

     The first time Paul took me to a reunion I was surprised to find such a large family that was so close and really cared for one another.  It's so rare in today's world.  

     Everyone brings a dish to share.  Food is love and each dish is special.  You quickly identify the one who brings that special cucumber salad or that fabulous roast beef.  There is such a variety, it's impossible not to eat too much.  

     The afternoon is spent bringing everyone up to date on the past years events, drawing for choices from the annual gift table and cleaning the hall before going home..

     Life is good

 

 


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June 28, 2019e

     Planting shrubs and mulching the area along the back fence will soon be complete.  My faithful Shitzu, Pumpkin cries to come outside with me.  She has been by my side since I rescued her at 18 months.  She is now 13, blind, deaf and a bit confused about life in general.  If I move, she moves to be with me.  She eats well but is losing weight which is a concern to me and the vet.  She also has a skin infection which doesn't respond to anything we have tried so far.  In spite of all her ailments and medications she is a sweet loving companion.  I know our time together is limited so each day is special and preparing for that "goodbye" is the heartbreak of owning a pet.  It's painful but the blessing of the  years of devotion, given and received make is all part of life and life is good.

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May 14, 2019

Every day there are new stories about people trying to illegally enter our country on our southern border. As a first generation American, I am so proud of the way my family came to America.

Around 1907 my grandfather and his oldest son left the family in the hands of the older children and headed for America to work on the railroad. They worked and saved to send for the next oldest son. The three, saved and sent for the next. Grandpa and his four oldest sons made their way to Cleveland. Ohio. They bought land to build two duplex houses. Each house had two six room apartments. one apartment was for Grandma and the younger children. The other apartments would provide homes for the boys as they married and started families. The houses were ready by 1913 and Grandma, Aunt Mary, a teenager, my Daddy, Frank age 7 and my uncle Tony age 5 left Sicily for America. No one was concerned that Daddy spoke no English. He simply could not go to school until he spent a year in English classes learning the language. I have no way of knowing what grandpa had to do to have the railroad job when he arrived. I only know he didn't just push his way in. He didn't demand anything from America. He simply asked according to the laws of the time for a chance to come here and work to take care of his family. Caring for his family with food, shelter and whatever was needed was Grandpa's responsibility. He expected and got nothing from America. He followed whatever the laws were at the time to get the right to be here,, the right to work for his living and the right for his children to be part of the American dream. He also gave me the right, 106 years later, to be a proud first generation American.


Life is good! 




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May 17, 2019

I would like to require all politicians to pick a switch for the public to give each one a well deserved switching. Remember, if the switch is too small, you will be required to pick another one. This is the way uncivilized speech and behavior problems were settled for many of us when we were children. Since our politicians are behaving like children I think it would be an appropriate correction. I have a nasty chunk of soap for filthy mouths too!.


I am an older generation mother. I require my family speak politely to one another. They knew by the time they were two, not to use filthy language. I don't allow this disgusting behavior in my own family. Why would I allow it in my government.?


I am so disgusted by the political language of today as are most of the people I know. Oh yes, I hear the "'yes buts" trying to show the other side is the problem. There are no "yes buts" allowed. We are all guilty and the only way it will end is if "YOU" and "I" decide to end it by being considerate of the feelings of those who don't agree with us. Stop the nasty conversation and by all means, put the "f" word and similar speech in the trash can. I expect no less of my government than I do of my family. Together we can make America civil again.


God Bless you. God Bless me and God Bless American!

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May 24, 2019

We are finally getting some relief from a very wet spring that made spring garden clean up impossible.  I am never happy in the spring until I have dirt under my nails and the dandy lions and weeds that have invaded my flower beds are gone.  I have waited impatiently for warm dry days to work outside. 


Since the cleanup is late, there are already flowers blooming.    The echinaceas are rewarding me for finally extracting the weeds that compete for their nourishment with glorious pink, gold and red blooms.  The Coreopsis and shasta daisies are not ready to bloom but they are full of buds promising a supply of flowers for the house this summer.


Last year we downsized to a one floor home and a small yard.  I am still having  problems adjusting to less space  and smaller gardens, but I must admit my 84 year old body appreciates it.  In time I will have flowering shrubs  and flower beds surrounding  my tiny patio and back yard to enjoy a riot of color and the sweet scent of flowers in the breeze.  A rocking chair on the patio is ready for my 5 am teas to watch the sun rise and my frequent breaks to rock and enjoy my flowers. 


Life is good!   

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June 3 for May 31, 2019

Sorry I didn't plan to post my blog before we left. On the 31st, we drove to Bloomington, IN for Grandson Eliyah's graduation from The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship. What a fabulous school and what a great class of young people who will be successful in whatever they choose.


After watching Eliyah grow through the years of childhood we were so proud to see him in cap and gown, a young adult, headed for Purdue. Seeing the honors he has earned and the attitude of his teachers we know he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to.

Live is good!  


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June 7, 2019

The garden is still my priority today. I am planting shrubs along the fence at the back of my property. The area is lawn so I am trying to remove all the sod from a path about 3 feet wide. I really hate to admit this but my age is making this task almost impossible. I shovel or pick ax a patch of grass and have to rest until I can breath properly again. There must be an easier way to do this.

We have wide wood versions of split rail fencing that is really ugly. I want it hidden behind beautiful shrubs and flowers. I can see it in my minds eye and know it will make the backyard a place to relax and enjoy. I plan a small pond too. Hearing the water and seeing the flowers will be relaxing.

Life is good. I look forward to moving more grass tomorrow!   


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June 21, 2019

     My yard saga continues. My pond is a bit unusual. The preshaped pond I liked was just too expensive so. I went to a farm supply store and found a resin trough designed to feed animals for about a one-fourth of the cost. Perfect! I had planned to dig out the area and set the trough in the ground, but my age and size changed my plan. The pond is all above ground but I piled soil around it so it appears to be partly buried in a small hill. Rocks and small flowers create a rock garden. . A huge fern is at one end of the pond arching into it and a small fountain adds the sound of water.

     At 5AM today I took my tea to the patio to hear the tinkling water of my fountain.  I watched the sunrise while the birds sang along with the fountain to greet a new day. Maybe it won't rain today and I can finish planting my shrubs along the fence.

     Life is good!.   


MY BLOG

My thoughts and stories of the day

My Latest Blog Entry

May 17, 2019

I would like to require all politicians to pick a switch for the public to give each one a well deserved switching. Remember, if the switch is too small, you will be required to pick another one. This is the way uncivilized speech and behavior problems were settled for many of us when we were children. Since our politicians are behaving like children I think it would be an appropriate correction. I have a nasty chunk of soap for filthy mouths too!.


I am an older generation mother. I require my family speak politely to one another. They knew by the time they were two, not to use filthy language. I don't allow this disgusting behavior in my own family. Why would I allow it in my government.?


I am so disgusted by the political language of today as are most of the people I know. Oh yes, I hear the "'yes buts" trying to show the other side is the problem. There are no "yes buts" allowed. We are all guilty and the only way it will end is if "YOU" and "I" decide to end it by being considerate of the feelings of those who don't agree with us. Stop the nasty conversation and by all means, put the "f" word and similar speech in the trash can. I expect no less of my government than I do of my family. Together we can make America civil again.


God Bless you. God Bless me and God Bless American!

Our Latest Blog Entry

May 24, 2019

We are finally getting some relief from a very wet spring that made spring garden clean up impossible.  I am never happy in the spring until I have dirt under my nails and the dandy lions and weeds that have invaded my flower beds are gone.  I have waited impatiently for warm dry days to work outside. 


Since the cleanup is late, there are already flowers blooming.    The echinaceas are rewarding me for finally extracting the weeds that compete for their nourishment with glorious pink, gold and red blooms.  The Coreopsis and shasta daisies are not ready to bloom but they are full of buds promising a supply of flowers for the house this summer.


Last year we downsized to a one floor home and a small yard.  I am still having  problems adjusting to less space  and smaller gardens, but I must admit my 84 year old body appreciates it.  In time I will have flowering shrubs  and flower beds surrounding  my tiny patio and back yard to enjoy a riot of color and the sweet scent of flowers in the breeze.  A rocking chair on the patio is ready for my 5 am teas to watch the sun rise and my frequent breaks to rock and enjoy my flowers. 


Life is good!   

My Latest Blog Entry

June 3 for May 31, 2019

Sorry I didn't plan to post my blog before we left. On the 31st, we drove to Bloomington, IN for Grandson Eliyah's graduation from The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship. What a fabulous school and what a great class of young people who will be successful in whatever they choose.


After watching Eliyah grow through the years of childhood we were so proud to see him in cap and gown, a young adult, headed for Purdue. Seeing the honors he has earned and the attitude of his teachers we know he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to.

Live is good!  


My Latest Blog Entry

June 3 for May 31, 2019

Sorry I didn't plan to post my blog before we left. On the 31st, we drove to Bloomington, IN for Grandson Eliyah's graduation from The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship. What a fabulous school and what a great class of young people who will be successful in whatever they choose.


After watching Eliyah grow through the years of childhood we were so proud to see him in cap and gown, a young adult, headed for Purdue. Seeing the honors he has earned and the attitude of his teachers we know he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to.

Live is good!  


My Latest Blog Entry



My Latest Blog Entry

June 3 for May 31, 2019

Sorry I didn't plan to post my blog before we left. On the 31st, we drove to Bloomington, IN for Grandson Eliyah's graduation from The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship. What a fabulous school and what a great class of young people who will be successful in whatever they choose.


After watching Eliyah grow through the years of childhood we were so proud to see him in cap and gown, a young adult, headed for Purdue. Seeing the honors he has earned and the attitude of his teachers we know he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to.

Live is good!  


MY BLOG

My thoughts and stories of the day

Our Latest Blog Entry

May 14, 2019

Every day there are new stories about people trying to illegally enter our country on our southern border. As a first generation American, I am so proud of the way my family came to America.

Around 1907 my grandfather and his oldest son left the family in the hands of the older children and headed for America to work on the railroad. They worked and saved to send for the next oldest son. The three, saved and sent for the next. Grandpa and his four oldest sons made their way to Cleveland. Ohio. They bought land to build two duplex houses. Each house had two six room apartments. one apartment was for Grandma and the younger children. The other apartments would provide homes for the boys as they married and started families. The houses were ready by 1913 and Grandma, Aunt Mary, a teenager, my Daddy, Frank age 7 and my uncle Tony age 5 left Sicily for America. No one was concerned that Daddy spoke no English. He simply could not go to school until he spent a year in English classes learning the language. I have no way of knowing what grandpa had to do to have the railroad job when he arrived. I only know he didn't just push his way in. He didn't demand anything from America. He simply asked according to the laws of the time for a chance to come here and work to take care of his family. Caring for his family with food, shelter and whatever was needed was Grandpa's responsibility. He expected and got nothing from America. He followed whatever the laws were at the time to get the right to be here,, the right to work for his living and the right for his children to be part of the American dream. He also gave me the right, 106 years later, to be a proud first generation American.


Life is good! 




My Latest Blog Entry

May 17, 2019

I would like to require all politicians to pick a switch for the public to give each one a well deserved switching. Remember, if the switch is too small, you will be required to pick another one. This is the way uncivilized speech and behavior problems were settled for many of us when we were children. Since our politicians are behaving like children I think it would be an appropriate correction. I have a nasty chunk of soap for filthy mouths too!.


I am an older generation mother. I require my family speak politely to one another. They knew by the time they were two, not to use filthy language. I don't allow this disgusting behavior in my own family. Why would I allow it in my government.?


I am so disgusted by the political language of today as are most of the people I know. Oh yes, I hear the "'yes buts" trying to show the other side is the problem. There are no "yes buts" allowed. We are all guilty and the only way it will end is if "YOU" and "I" decide to end it by being considerate of the feelings of those who don't agree with us. Stop the nasty conversation and by all means, put the "f" word and similar speech in the trash can. I expect no less of my government than I do of my family. Together we can make America civil again.


God Bless you. God Bless me and God Bless American!

Our Latest Blog Entry

May 24, 2019

We are finally getting some relief from a very wet spring that made spring garden clean up impossible.  I am never happy in the spring until I have dirt under my nails and the dandy lions and weeds that have invaded my flower beds are gone.  I have waited impatiently for warm dry days to work outside. 


Since the cleanup is late, there are already flowers blooming.    The echinaceas are rewarding me for finally extracting the weeds that compete for their nourishment with glorious pink, gold and red blooms.  The Coreopsis and shasta daisies are not ready to bloom but they are full of buds promising a supply of flowers for the house this summer.


Last year we downsized to a one floor home and a small yard.  I am still having  problems adjusting to less space  and smaller gardens, but I must admit my 84 year old body appreciates it.  In time I will have flowering shrubs  and flower beds surrounding  my tiny patio and back yard to enjoy a riot of color and the sweet scent of flowers in the breeze.  A rocking chair on the patio is ready for my 5 am teas to watch the sun rise and my frequent breaks to rock and enjoy my flowers. 


Life is good!   

My Latest Blog Entry

June 3 for May 31, 2019

Sorry I didn't plan to post my blog before we left. On the 31st, we drove to Bloomington, IN for Grandson Eliyah's graduation from The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship. What a fabulous school and what a great class of young people who will be successful in whatever they choose.


After watching Eliyah grow through the years of childhood we were so proud to see him in cap and gown, a young adult, headed for Purdue. Seeing the honors he has earned and the attitude of his teachers we know he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to.

Live is good!  


Our Latest Blog Entry

June 7, 2019

The garden is still my priority today. I am planting shrubs along the fence at the back of my property. The area is lawn so I am trying to remove all the sod from a path about 3 feet wide. I really hate to admit this but my age is making this task almost impossible. I shovel or pick ax a patch of grass and have to rest until I can breath properly again. There must be an easier way to do this.

We have wide wood versions of split rail fencing that is really ugly. I want it hidden behind beautiful shrubs and flowers. I can see it in my minds eye and know it will make the backyard a place to relax and enjoy. I plan a small pond too. Hearing the water and seeing the flowers will be relaxing.

Life is good. I look forward to moving more grass tomorrow!   


Our Latest Blog Entry

June 21, 2019

     My yard saga continues. My pond is a bit unusual. The preshaped pond I liked was just too expensive so. I went to a farm supply store and found a resin trough designed to feed animals for about a one-fourth of the cost. Perfect! I had planned to dig out the area and set the trough in the ground but age and size changed my plan. The pond is all above ground but I piled soil around it so it appears to be partly buried in a small hill. Rocks and small flowers create a rock garden. . A huge fern is at one end of the pond arching into it and a small fountain adds the sound of water.

     At 5AM today I took my tea to the patio and watched the sunrise while the birds sang to greet a new day. Maybe it won't rain today and I can finish planting my shrubs along the fence.

     Life is good!.   


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