Wednesday, July 4, 2018


Happy 4th of July. Spend the day celebrating our freedoms and thanking all those who have given their lives, and who continue to serve this country to keep us free.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Our weather is definitely Summertime weather–warm to hot is the prediction for the day. I think I’ll stay indoors and sew, read or nap.

Yesterday I didn’t turn on the a/c until late in the day. By the time I did turn it on, it was 87 degrees inside the house. We keep the thermostat at 77-78 degrees, so it took a bit for the house to cool down. I went out about 7 p.m. and watered the plants on the layout. Poor things looked beat from the heat!

I’ve spent more time on the computer this past week than I have in some time. I’ve created an online group and it’s taking a bit of my time to get it set up and the bugs worked out of it. But the Universe knew I needed help, so they sent me an experienced Facebook Moderator who happened to be a member of the group. I snagged her as soon as I realized she knew what she was talking about and so now my work is cut in half. Happiness is. We make a good team and it gives me time to breathe, much less to do some crafting. That said, I’ll close with blessings to all. Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Life is unpredictable and always shorter than we’d like it to be. Be grateful for every moment you have.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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This is an example of 3-D or 3-Dimensional card crafting. I created the card on April 7, 2013. I’ve belonged to the Yahoo Group, 3-D Sheets4All card crafting group for several years. The group was started in 2005. I couldn’t find my beginning date, but it was probably about 8 years ago.

Apparently, Yahoo has decided to close down all of its groups. Our 3-D group has been relatively quiet for the past several months, but recently, one of the more active members posted that she was having trouble getting into the group’s site. Well, being the kind of person I am, I took it upon myself to try to help her out. I knew that Yahoo had forced groups to start using a different base for their groups, but never really thought about the Yahoo groups I belonged to.

Someone suggested that we start up a Facebook page, but said they didn’t know how to do that. I volunteered to set one up, and then that progressed to the development of a Facebook Group, so our posts would be private. We have several artists in the group who create really beautiful sheets that are shared with other members and we don’t want the sheets being shared across the Internet and possibly sold without any credit or payment to the original artist.

So, I’ve spent most of the evening here at the computer, trying to figure out how to work up a Facebook group. I have finally succeeded and am getting notices that members are adding other members. Happiness is… I’ve also been downloading all of the files from the Yahoo site. I have access to the membership list — all 1198 of them — but most don’t have an e-mail address. So, wherever I can find an e-mail address, I will write to them and ask if they are interested in joining the new group on Facebook.

On top of this, I’m quilting a baby quilt for a friend. Wondering how many more irons I can tuck into that fire of mine before I do a total melt down.

So I will bid everyone a good night — be safe, be well, and please be happy. Take care of yourself and be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Our youngest son and his family will be here for a very short visit tomorrow so I’ll get a grandkid fix. Happiness is…

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Last night I decided that I’d had enough of the negativity and the battlecries of people complaining about Trump and the dilemma of undocumented people. I posted one final note on Facebook, telling people I was going away for a while to give my mind and heart a bit of a rest. I’m a bit of an empath, and I tend to absorb other people’s emotions. Sadly, there’s been more negative posted than happyness. I quit reading the newspaper years ago because I couldn’t handle the violence and political negativity. I have quit Facebook for the same reason.

I’ll give myself a couple of weeks to clear my heart and mind and perhaps I’ll consider returning to Facebook. I’ll keep my garden railroad page, but the other page can just drift away for all I care at the moment.

I’m always saying that life is precious and it’s always shorter than you think it will be. So why waste it reading trash or other people’s rants about things they have no control over. I have better uses for my precious time…

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Know that you are loved, and that you can take control of your own life. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dad WestoverMy father-in-law for 50+ years–today would have been his 101st birthday. His birthday was one month from my father’s birthday. I don’t know where I was on this day last year, but his birthday passed me by, as did my own father’s birthday.

As I sat here reading entries on WordPress, I realized that today was Dad W’s birthday and knew I needed to write about it.

So many memories … it’s hard to pick out just one or two. He’s the one responsible for our winter home in Arizona. He continues to be a hallmark of living as well as you can, for as long as you can. He’s the only person I’ve ever known who weaned himself off bottled oxygen. He was full of life and determination. He died at the age of 98, on the 8th anniversary of his third marriage — he’d outlived the first two wives. He had proposed at the age of 90, promising to give his love 10 years of happiness. He almost made it. It wasn’t for lack of willpower, but rather a body that had aged beyond repair. Happy Birthday, dad. Miss you…

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Life is so precious and so very fragile. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them. Our love for one another remains when all else is gone.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018


We both had dr’s appointments yesterday in Bakersfield. Ask me if it was hot in Bakersfield. Oh, my yes it was hot–104 deg. or higher. It matched the projections and then some. But we survived, and returned home to a home with a/c.

A bit later in the afternoon, Robert fired up his diesel locomotive which has been sitting on the dining room table for the past few weeks. He ran it a bit longer than he usually did and I turned around to see him turning it off and picking it up. I knew where he was going with it — I called out, “Are you teasing me??” Nope, he was actually going to run the locomotive on the layout. Whoo hoo! Long awaited time. I quickly changed my glasses, grabbed my camera and was down the stairs after him in a heartbeat.

We had a great time running trains, and I called our neighbor to the west, who has started a new Lionel layout to come over and watch the train run. He gave us a suggestion for adding a switch to enable use of the upper level of the layout. I don’t know if we have another switch, but if we don’t, I know where to order one.

We’re not through putting plants in, but there was enough to make it a very lovely run.

Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Know that you are loved and be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018


Graduation Day for our eldest grandson (back row, third from the left with his hand over his heart) was this past Thursday, June 7, 2018.  We are so very proud of him and his younger brother, who promoted from 6th grade to 7th grade the next day, June 8, 2018.


For both ceremonies, Robert and I sat with our younger son, Richard, his wife Diane, and Diane’s parents. I knew Diane’s mother when we were in high school and we graduated together, so it was almost surreal to be sitting there with her watching our mutual grandsons graduation and promotion ceremonies. Where have all the years gone?? Life does go in circles.


This morning, Robert and I had breakfast with our friends, Mage and George. I met Mage at a writing class years ago, and have been friends with her ever since. I have learned so much from her, and her husband George told me just this morning how to retrieve photos from my phone!! Whoo hoo! Thank you!

We had a wonderful trip and are very happy to be back home once again. Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Appreciate each and every moment in your life. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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