We had a little earthquake last night.  i was lying in bed, reading, at 11:20 when my bed moved.  Not a lot, just a gentle wave motion. But it brought back memories of the BIG one several years ago.  I don’t remember the exact year or the size of that one.  I just remember the result.  I remember being bounced up and down in bed. And not having power, as well as having to clean up the mess and assess the damage.

My townhouse was mostly OK, but the items inside were moved around.  One vase, especially comes to mind.  It flew all the way across the room. The fireplace bricks were loosened and had to be replaced, the contents of the refrigerator were on the floor, but all these were minor.  I was not hurt.  But I am very concerned about what might happen in the next one.  I live in Earthquake territory and expect another one any day now.



Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the first time this year which prompted CBS presenter, Steven Levy, to present this piece which I would like to share with you. I think it applies just as much to many countries as it does to America.
A little sanity please…

Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late!!

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.
In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc… I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school… The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Steven Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about… And we said okay…

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Makes you think — How did we get to this point????

And Then it is Winter

AND THEN IT IS WINTER You know … time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But, here it is… the “back nine” of my life and it catches me by surprise…How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that “I was only on the first hole” and the “back nine”was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting gray…they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me…but, I see the great change…Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d become. Many have already gone to a better place. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit! And so…now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though I’m on the “back nine”, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…it’s over. A new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime. So, if you’re not on the “back nine” yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the “back nine” or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!! “Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY ! HAVE A GREAT DAY Remember “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. LIVE HAPPY IN 2013! LASTLY, CONSIDER THIS: Your kids are becoming you……but your grandchildren are perfect! ~Going out is good.. Coming home is better! ~You forget names…. But it’s OK because other people forgot they even knew you! ~You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything…. especially golf. ~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore. ~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called “pre-sleep”. ~You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch.. ~You tend to use more 4 letter words …”what?”…”when?”…” ??? ~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere. ~You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless”?!!! ~What used to be freckles are now liver spots. ~Everybody whispers. ~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…. 2 of which you will never wear. ~~~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!! Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!” Send this on to other “Old Friends!” and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!! It’s Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived. TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU’LL EVER BE, SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.

It Just Takes Me

Like me? Great if you do, not a worry if you don’t. I found that the most important voice is inside of me. I decide if I am worthy, acceptable and OK. The others outside of me decide only for themselves. There may be a time when the urge inside of them prompts them to tell me a word of advice. That’s ok. But, I decide what is the significance of those words.

Many of us have significant others in our lives. We all had parents and they were significant others first. Not to rag on parents, but, they were learning when they raised us. We were learning when we raised our kids too. As they were learning, they made mistakes. We got sidetracked by some of those mistakes.

Here is what I found. I know myself well. I know what the good parts are and I have notions about what isn’t great. Some of the things I have thought about myself that I deemed not so good, I have discovered are just unique things. Special things. Different things than others around me.  I discovered everybody has these too. Unique is good. Different is good. We can enjoy each other’s differences and allow theirs to enhance ours.

If that is happening to me, it is happening to you too. Maybe what you see as a flaw, is really a blessing to someone else. Maybe there is someone who sees you as unique and as a special person. I am pretty sure that is true. If it is not the person you want to see that, accept that it is still true about you.

It just takes me. Myself, accepting me for who I am, how I look, what I know, what I do and how I sound when I speak.

By Circe


My Daughter’s Latest Endeavor

Today I’ve added to my Etsy shop 6 pieces of jewelry that were made by my daughter, Circe. This is the daughter who is a computer guru and writer and my helper, advisor and support.  She can log into my computer to see that I am up and active, or out doing chores.  This way she knows that I am OK.   If my computer is on, but I am not using it she watches and if she is concerned she will call me.  This is like having a paid support system hanging around my neck that would cost several $$$ a month.

A few months ago she surprised me by getting involved with making jewelry.  Her style is completely different than mine so that when I post her pieces on my Etsy site they are directed toward people who want something totally different.  If you take a look at my Etsy site you will immediately see which ones are her pieces because they are so different.  My etsy shop is at  Right now the first 6 items on my list are hers.  That will change as I add items of my own.

You just might find something you like.


My heart

On my last Doctor’s regular visit he detected a ”change” in my heart rhythm and recommended I see a Cardiologist.   I made the appointment and went as advised.  On that visit he did an examination and noted that there seemed to be a blockage in my left ventricle and scheduled a stress test for me.


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I had that done earlier this week.  I cannot do a stress test on a treadmill because with all the wires hooked up it is difficult for me to get from the treadmill to the examining table fast enough to get a proper reading, so I had a chemical stress.  This requires an injection that increases the heart beat and causes stress.  It only lasted about 5 minutes but was very strange to say the least.  My heart beat very fast, my breath was rapid and my head became rather warm and felt as if it was full of air.  I thought I was going to get a headache, but didn’t.  During the visit there were 5 examinations of my heart, 3 by machine and 2 with a stethoscope.


I saw the Doctor 2 days later and he told me that considering my age, 84, I passed with flying colors.  There was no significant blockage, my heart murmur, which I have had all my life, did not show up, and everything was fine.  I feel relieved that I am OK, but I have to start exercising which I hate.

Lost my contact with the world

I had an emergency yesterday.  My land line phone went dead.  No dial tone.  I tried to use my cell phone but it wasn’t working either.  So I went to my neighbor who called the phone company for me.  However they couldn’t come until today.  I came home and tried the cell phone again, but realized I hadn’t topped it up and it was unusable.  So I was left with no way to reach my daughter who watches over me, or get online to reach her.


It was creepy.  I wasn’t frightened, but I felt literally disconnected to the world.  I live in a mobile home park so I am not without help if I need it, but the fact that I couldn’t communicate as I normally do was very strange.  I couldn’t get or send e-mail, pay bills, check my bank balance or any of the things I deal with every day.


After some time one of my neighbors came over to see if I was OK.  My daughter, who knows several people here in the park, reached someone.  This wonderful lady said she would walk over even though she had just come home from the hospital the day before.  She then called my daughter to let her know my situation.


For the rest of the day I spent my time doing things that didn’t require my computer or communication with the outside world.


Finally about 9pm my daughter showed up after work and got my cell phone working.  But she couldn’t fix the land line phone.  So I was still unable to conduct my normal business.  It is now the next day and I am waiting for the repairman as I write this.  He is scheduled to be here by 8pm.