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Anticipation of things to come!
The holidays are over and we’ve settled into a dreary January – at least here in the midwest.  Need a pick me up (or as my daughter and I call it “a tiramisu”)? You may be able to get out of the winter blues by gifting yourself (or someone else) a little something from #CatholicChic (Hashtag... Read more »

The 16 books I read in 2016

After watching the second episode of her A&E series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, I downloaded her book and began reading in tears.  This is a fascinating and painful read as Leah discovers what happens behind the scenes of her church of 35 years and that everything she's ever believed was a lie.
I love to read whether it’s fiction, history, religion or memoir and since I quit my job, I have the time to indulge in one of my favorite activities. Reading spiritual books like The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion and Letita Suk’s Getaway with God is always something I look forward to and plan on as part... Read more »

The day I unintentionally did the smartphone detox

The day I unintentionally did the smartphone detox
The other day I ran out of the house to catch the bus with my oldest son when I realized I left my phone at home.  The bus was coming!  What should I do?  I was so tempted to turn around, go home and get the phone.  They’ll be another bus, right?  The feeling I... Read more »

2016 was a very good year

Our daughter graduated college and my husband and I could not have been prouder!
2016 was a very good year … for me.  I know a lot of people who would disagree with that.  We lost so many celebrities (especially in the beginning of the year), and a lot of people lost loved ones.  Some would say the political climate is a disaster. The only celebrities I care about... Read more »

A Christmas Tradition with my fellow blogger

This is a photo from across the street.  It's hard to get the whole house in because it's very large.
Last year my fellow blogger, Howard Moore and I went to the Logan Square area to see the famous Christmas house decorated for the holidays.  This year, in Facebook Memories, the pictures came up and we were reminded of what a great time we had!  We immediately planned our next visit for that evening. I... Read more »

What does unconditional love look like?

I was having one of those mornings where the little irritations were getting blown way out of proportion. I had taken the dog for a walk and she was pulling more than usual (despite the harness that used to curb that behavior).  She was “pulling” even as we stopped to wait for the traffic light... Read more »

My seven favorite Christmas songs

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br><br> The first time I heard James Taylor do this song, it became my favorite rendition.  Maybe it's his voice or the arrangement that draws me in, but I instantly feel all warm and fuzzy when I hear it.
We all have our favorite Christmas songs.  Some may be of a traditional nature and some may be original compositions with a more modern flair. While thinking about putting this gallery of my favorites together, I came across the Tommy Emmanuel piece.  I hadn’t heard of it before, but the minute I heard the opening,... Read more »

Will we still be friends after the election?

Will we still be friends after the election?
As the long presidential election finally comes to a close, I noticed that some people on Facebook are hoping the contentious posts subside.  I think it’s going to get worse.  The supporters of the candidate that lost will have sour grapes and conspiracy theories for the next four years. One of the things I think... Read more »

I went to the Cubs World Championship Parade

Howard Moore, a fellow blogger, reluctantly agreed to go to the parade with me.  ;-)
I did something that was never on my non-existent bucket list.  I went to the Cubs World Championship Parade.  I’ve lived in Chicago all my life and I’m really not a Cubs fan (I’ve only been to one game), but I felt maybe I should make the effort for all my friends and family who... Read more »

Are you ready for 2017?

I found this clear bin on Amazon and thought it would be perfect to store my coloring books, colored pencils, markers, gel pens and drawings
I know it seems a bit early, but are you ready for 2017? Since I quit my job, I’ve had the opportunity to go through my house and clean out a closet, organize my clothes, purses, shoes and some other things that needed tending to.  I was able to donate many large garbage bags of... Read more »