Archive for March 2014

Trichotillomania: the NEW new therapist

Trichotillomania: the NEW new therapist
If you had noticed, I haven’t posted anything about my oldest’s journey in dealing with trichotillomania lately. That’s because there just wasn’t anything to report. Last January, we were blessed (so we thought) to get Saturday appointments with her therapist. With the counseling office being an hour drive one way and the therapist not having... Read more »

Reunions get better with age

Reunions get better with age
It wasn’t a full-on reunion, but more a gathering of life-long friends. I have found that these reunions get better with age. Monica came in from New Jersey to see her family that is still here in Illinois. Beth flew in from her scheduled trip to Germany – she’s a flight attendant for a major... Read more »

Macaroni and cheese is my guilty pleasure

Macaroni and cheese is my guilty pleasure
Yes, it’s there in the title – Macaroni and cheese is my guilty pleasure. However, not just any macaroni and cheese will do. I like the stuff you find in restaurants….and….cafeterias. I know. Don’t judge. I really, really like the overcooked, jumbo elbow noodles dripping in melted cheese with bread crumbs baked to crispy on... Read more »
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How I achieve inner peace when my life is in turmoil

How I achieve inner peace when my life is in turmoil
People that know me personally know that I am a genuinely joyful spirit. I smile all the time. I find joy in the simplest moments in life. I try to view every circumstance from a positive viewpoint. That does not mean my life is without struggles and trials. It just means that I’ve found how... Read more »

Top 10 pros and cons of shopping at Walmart

I have to go shopping at Walmart today. Well, “have to” is a bit strong. I’m making the practical choice to do so, because this time, everything I need is there. I’m procrastinating, though, because I am not terribly fond of shopping at Walmart. Here are my top 10 pros and cons of shopping at... Read more »

8 hour shifts to 12 hour shifts - I'm NOT a happy camper

Last August, I wrote a piece called Living well when your spouse works weird shifts. My opinions and view points in that piece were based on our experiences with 8 hours shifts, with set, and/or rotating days off. We had lived with and worked around those 8 hours shifts for years, and finally, about 5 years... Read more »
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Homemade crocheted gifts are NOT cheap

I saw a great meme on Facebook a few days ago, and it got me thinking about all the crocheted gifts I’ve given away over the years. There are too many to remember. I started making crocheted gifts in my late teens, or early twenties. Since that was literally decades ago, there were no digital cameras,... Read more »

Girl Scout cookies and my big mouse

It’s that time of year again. Every little girl in my neighborhood is selling Girl Scout cookies, and every year at this time, the “big mouse” visits our house. To say that my house is estrogen-laden is an understatement. I am a woman, my girls are girls (obviously) and even the dogs are both females.... Read more »

Concealed carry is an enormous responsibility

Carrying a concealed weapon is an enormous responsibility. I knew this; deep inside, I really knew this. However, after taking the concealed carry class required by the Illinois State Police in order to obtain a license to carry, the enormity has truly sunk in. Last weekend, I spent 16 hours in class and on the... Read more »
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