Posts tagged "Sammy and Zoey"

Sammy Gardner: February 24, 2012 - July 4, 2017

Sammy Gardner: February 24, 2012 - July 4, 2017
Sammy Gardner was born in Chicago on February 24, 2012. He was one of three kittens, two boys and a girl, born that day to a mom I’ve never known anything about. When he and his siblings were found by volunteers from the Illinois Animal Rescue within a few days of their birth, their mom... Read more »

Seven things I know about writing

Seven things I know about writing
Two of my ChicagoNow buddies, Nina writer of You Know Neen, and Michael writer of Mysteries of Life, recently tagged me in a meme going around the ChicagoNow writers on Facebook. I decided that rather than share my pearls of wisdom with just my Facebook friends, the entire world could benefit from my knowledge about... Read more »

Ask Little Merry Sunshine: Are you always happy or are you too stupid to realize life sucks?

Ask Little Merry Sunshine: Are you always happy or are you too stupid to realize life sucks?
Dear Little Merry Sunshine, I am a regular reader and big fan of your blog. In fact, I’ve been reading since the early days when you were writing on Blogspot. As I’ve read and re-read your posts over the past 7 1/2 years, I’ve noticed one overarching theme: far more often than not, you are... Read more »
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Celebrate Thanksgiving with The West Wing

Celebrate Thanksgiving with The West Wing
Today is Thanksgiving and one of the things I’m most grateful for is the seven season documentary* The West Wing. I know this show backwards and forward, sort of like some people know Caddyshack or Star Wars or the Blues Brothers I. Love. The. West. Wing. Don’t bother to argue with me about Aaron Sorkin. I... Read more »

Happy Birthday America . . . and Betsey and Ross!

Happy Birthday America . . . and Betsey and Ross!
Like many of you, I will be celebrating all of the freedoms our ancestors fought for some 238 years ago. This post isn’t about America because High Gloss and Sauce has that covered. Go read her post. I’ll be right here. Seriously, she’s awesome and her blog is super witty. I’ve got a big girl... Read more »

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day Weekend
I love Memorial Day Weekend. It’s a three-day weekend and the first work holiday since New Year’s for many adults. It’s the unofficial kickoff to Summer, although in Chicago this year no one knows for sure. It marks about three weeks to my favorite holiday of the year – my birthday. And, of course, it’s... Read more »
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National Day of Unplugging, Oil Pulling, Pinterest, & Spaghetti Squash

Last Friday I wrote a post about my plans to participate in the National Day of Unplugging from sundown on Friday through sundown on Saturday. I was going to give up my electronic devices – iPhone, iPod, and laptop – for 24 hours. At exactly 5:48 p.m, as the sun went down, I shut down... Read more »

Could You Unplug for 24 Hours?

Could You Unplug for 24 Hours?
Could you unplug for 24 hours? No, this is not a rhetorical question. I’m completely serious. A few days ago, my friend Anthony posted a story from Fox Chicago about something called the National Day of Unplugging. Without knowing anymore than it meant taking a pledge to turn off all electronic devices for 24-hours from sundown... Read more »

Happy Birthday Sammy and Zoey

Sammy and Zoey are my kittens and they turn two today. The following conversation may or may not have actually happened. Zoey: Mommy, because it’s our birthday will you tell us the story about when we became a Forever Family? Me: Of course, Zoey. I’d be happy to tell you that story. Why don’t you... Read more »
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Thanksgiving Week Gratitude List

Over the course of this month, I’ve noticed that my Facebook wall has been filled with daily expressions of gratitude from my friends and family, sort of Advent Calendar like, but for Thanksgiving. If you’re not familiar with this Thanksgiving month tradition on Facebook (I can’t believe I’m saying there are “traditions” on Facebook), each... Read more »
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