Monthly Archives: December 2016


Burden or Blessing… if you don’t get a miracle, be one…

I’m not sure if, back when I got the phone call from my primary care physician telling me that I had/have very active RA, I would have ever been sitting around trying to decide if I actually view what my … Continue reading


Making the Most of the Year End

Year End… the time of reflection… of new promises to ourselves that are quickly broken, of preparing for festivities (or for planning on quiet nights spent at home). The end of the year can mean so many different things.  If … Continue reading

On Christmas 2016


Good Christmas fair reader.  I hope that this morning finds everyone filled with love and peace and as reasonably pain free as possible, regardless of what ills may befall.

It’s been a busy few days in our house, what with surgery and healing, a brand shiny new Sleep Number bed that seems to be really good for the most part but IS taking some getting used to, preparations for Christmas and just basically getting by.

This morning, much to Peanut’s dismay, I slept in thirty minutes and woke to the normal morning ritual.  I found myself with a little extra time because everyone else is doing the needful (sleeping, organizing, what have you) around the house and the turkey doesn’t go in for another couple hours (again on the pellet grill).  So here I am, taking the time to sit and relax with coffee and “conversation”.

I read a blog post (which I can totally not find how and I am kicking myself for not saving it to Evernote like I save nearly everything else) about someone who was going through her long hand journals and writings and converting to digital.  I thought it was a smashing idea, so decided to make even MORE use of my Evernote account and transcribe poems and other writings I’ve done over the past thirty three years.  I deeply regret the loss of some of the work I did in high school, because, while it was really rather juvenile in retrospect, I  really liked some of what I did.  I regret not having the red hard bound book that Sister Sue gave me as a gift.  And I know that all of the words that poured from my tortured teenage soul are so much rat nest linings, wet and warped and beyond ever repair.

I’ve run across Christmas memories in my writing and it has me thinking of my past and how things in life have changed.  I’ve realized that I’m more than just the sum of my parts.  I am more than where I came from and who I was, more than even just the experiences that have gone into cramming my mind full of thoughts that scream at each other for attention.

I am unique in so many ways.

I’ve embraced my incredible weirdness and I have chosen to give way less of a shit what anyone thinks about that.  I enjoy having an open mind and an open heart and I enjoy knowing that the lives I’ve touched recognize my weirdness for what it is.  Like me or not, my spirit will not accept less than it is.

So, on this chilly (and if I look REALLY hard I can still see some snow) white Northern Ohio Christmas morning I wish you Joyous Kwanzaa,  Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas , Season’s Greetings, Happy Sunday or whatever today brings to you and yours.

Love and Light


Ice is not always your friend.

So, Monday we had the residue of snow then rain then freezing rain then freaking cold.  And… I fell on my butt and caught myself on my right arm… my right arm… my problem child… Monday it HURT when I … Continue reading


On Falling… WHO is responsible???

It has been pointed out to me that I fall an awful lot in the winter time.  It has also been pointed out that it’s probably because I’m trying to go too quickly. or… Maybe not…. I’ll admit, the first … Continue reading


Darn Good Yarn

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Okay, so… I have RA but it doesn’t have me.  As long as I can keep going, I’m darn sure going to keep going.  And to that end, as long as my fingers hold out I’m going to crochet. I … Continue reading


Cataract Surgery… Eye 1… Day 2

Well, it’s official.  Surgery went well.  The protective eye gear looks like a clear helmet for your eye… with ventilation holes drilled through it. It’s an interesting look. Now the healing begins… and it apparently feels like an eyelash got … Continue reading

Cataract Surgery… part 1

It’s freaking cold this morning but the full moon is stunning and, all in all, it could be worse.  We could live 20 miles north east of where we live and we could be getting another foot of snow on top of the two that already fell in the last week.  I think that today that would not be good.

Today Bear goes for his first eye’s cataract surgery.  That means I ‘get’ to drive him home from the surgery center today and to the eye doctor tomorrow.  He’s not a happy camper.  He is totally not a passenger and I think he will be a nervous wreck more after the surgery because I’m driving him home that he is before the surgery.

The saving grace is, we are only supposed to get 0 – 2 inches of snow today and that means I can drive his car and he doesn’t have to tolerate driving my truck.

He hates my Subaru and it really doesn’t like him much either.

I’ve already got MY bag packed for the surgery center (iPad, chargers, crochet project) so I can stay busy while I’m in the waiting room.  Depending on how long they say the surgery will take, I may venture out to find the fixings for the Dog Paw Wax I saw in a “share” from someone at work on Facebook yesterday.

3 oz bees wax
3 T coconut oil
3 T avacodo oil
3 t calendula oil

melt in a double boiler (or a canning jar in a pan of water) and pour into tins or molds.  Rub the solidified (after cooled) wax on the puppy-doodle’s paws before winter adventures.

It’s supposed to protect the feet from salt and snow and ice.

I think Peanut will be much happier if we do that when we go for walkies.  She really doesn’t like the snow and salt and she hates booties even worse.

I’m hoping that the cataract surgery helps.  I can only imagine how he’s been seeing the world the last few years.  It will be good for him to be able to really see again.

Good thoughts, healing thoughts, prayers are all most welcome today.

love and light



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=) And… now that I have your attention… Post Santa Hustle recap. Three years ago I had my first Did Not Finish and it was the Santa Hustle and I beat myself pretty badly because I could not finish the … Continue reading


A Different Holiday Book

Okay, so I rarely get the chance to do this kind of thing… review something that I use, have used, or would like to use. Today is different!  I get to review something that I’m absolutely loving. Yesterday, on Facebook, … Continue reading