Thursday, December 15, 2016

Where I've been

Well, busy living life mostly.

Don't think for a minute that I didn't miss all of you (I did!), but I really needed to step away and just 'be'.

I'm sure you've all been there at some point.

Anyway, I didn't mean to be gone so long, but time got away from me and I neglected this poor blog and all of you, so for that I apologize.

I truly do.

So, what exactly has been going on here?

Well, we watched the leaves change....

then fall...

had our first snow...

and I lit the first fire of the season.

Annie and I celebrated our birthdays in November.
I can't believe she's 21!

For the occasion, my mom, my brother, his wife, Annie and I all went to Las Vegas.

We were so busy that all I managed to take were these awful pictures of the views from our rooms...
and the two outfits I wore to dinner.

Thank goodness for my sister-in-law that managed to take quite a few photos of our adventures while we were there:

We also carved pumpkins.
I spent time with friends...
and met someone new.

What about Bubba?

 Well, he did a lot of sleeping...
and begging ;)
And these days Mini mostly sleeps.

Poor old girl.

There were beautiful sunrises...

and lovely full moons.

We've trimmed the tree...

and now we're waiting for Santa.

And I'm ready to ring in the New Year with a new hairdo ;)

So that's what I've been up to :)

How about all of you?

I'll be checking in on you very soon.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

A little lamp went out


My friends are little lamps to me,
Their radiance warms and cheers my ways.
And all my pathway dark and lone
Is brightened by their rays.

I try to keep them bright by faith,
And never let them dim with doubt,
For every time I lose a friend
A little lamp goes out.

Elizabeth Whittemore


Rest in Peace, my dear friend. I'm glad I had the privilege of knowing you for almost 10 years. 
You will be missed, Pat.
Very much.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Where to begin....

Well, I guess I should start out with...

I'm sorry.

I truly am.

I know many of you were worried.

I kept meaning to sit down and start blogging again, but for some reason, I couldn't find the words.

I'm still struggling actually.


I honestly didn't mean to be gone so long.

It's odd how fast time passes while you're trying to get your life back in order.

And that's what I've been doing.

When something in my life doesn't go the way it should or the way I had hoped, I tend to shut down. Last time I erased my blog, because I couldn't stand to look at all the happiness that was no longer there.

I promise I won't do that this time.

It's one of the reasons I didn't share much of my private life on here.

I didn't want to have it out there, in case it didn't work out.

I suppose that was a sign that I knew it wouldn't, somewhere in the recesses of my mind.

And I was right.

I'm no longer with him.

I won't go into the details, but let's just say that you can't help someone that doesn't want to help themselves.

No matter how hard you try.

So once again, I'm starting over.

Liz has some great advice about that...

She's right, you know.

And you know what?

I'm happier now.



Happier :)

But, it's going to take me a bit to get back into the swing of things, so please have patience.

I have a lot to catch up on and many emails to get to.

Thank you for caring so much.


Please forgive me for disappearing.

I didn't mean to.


Friday, April 8, 2016


When I selected the word 'restore' for the New Year, I had no idea the changes it would bring.

I had to make some very hard decisions about my life recently and it's excluded someone I care about, but can no longer have in my life.

Then there is the election.

The terrorism.

The anger.

I'm trying hard to sort it all out at the moment, but it's been a struggle.

I just never would have guessed I would be where I am at this stage in my life.

But things happen, 

life goes on,


so must we all.

I just need to take a deep breath.

So, I'm sorry I haven't been around, but I promise that I'll be back.

I hope you understand.