Over 50 – Over Weight – Under Motivated

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As I get older I have become more and more, what’s a good word for it, oh yes – LAZY.  I haven’t been what I consider thin for over 20 years.  Even 10 years ago I was comfortable with my weight.  When I was in my 30s I discovered Jazzercise and I loved it.  I loved it so much that in my enthusiasm I jazz-squared instead of chasse’d  and twisted my ankle pretty bad.  That was the end of that.

That was probably the last time I did any type of cardio exercise.  I used to take my dogs for daily walks and that gave me a little workout.

Within the last 4 years I’ve put on an additional 40 pounds.  That’s a little embarrassing to say, but it is what it is.  Several factors played a part in that. Read More


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I’m one of the 800,000 plus federal workers affected by the government shutdown.  I’m not going to make this a political post.  I’m not going to whine about what me and my family are going through.  I want to take a moment and jot down what I am thankful for.

I’m thankful for my husband who has kept my spirits up by making me laugh every single day that we’ve been together.  18 years and counting.  He shows me he loves me every day in so many different ways.

My children for the wonderful adults they have become and am amazed at how thoughtful and generous and loving they are.

My sisters for always being there.  Loving, laughing and commiserating with me.

I have a roof over my head and food in my fridge.

We are all healthy, happy, and warm.

I am truly blessed.



Salt Spring Island, Canada. Travel Wish List

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Salt Spring Island is one of the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia between mainland British Columbia, Canada and Vancouver Island. The island was initially inhabited by various Salishan peoples before being settled by pioneers in 1859, at which time it was officially called Admiral Island. ~Wikipedia

My laptop show different landscapes when I open it every morning.  It might be a Windows 10 feature, I don’t know, but when one catches my eye I “like” it.  This morning there was a picture of Salt Spring Island, Canada. Read More

Bottle Of Red

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My son and I went out for dinner tonight to an Italian restaurant that serves pretty good pasta. Once we sat down with our menus, the server came up and gave us the usual spiel.

“Hello, I’m Tanya and I’ll be your server this evening. Would you like a complimentary taste of our wine-of-the-day?”

I decided to try some. When I took a sip, my eyes closed as my taste buds did a happy dance. It was a sweet red and I’m a sucker for a sweet red, so I asked if they sell by the bottle. Read More

January 11, 2019 – Reflections

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Day 21 of the shutdown.  One of the few (very few) upsides is that I’ve been able to spend a lot of time on this blog.  Although it’s been a lot of fun, I’m so ready to go back to work.  Even more ready for a paycheck!  Also, I haven’t been able to whip up some enthusiasm to get into my craft room and create something.  I thought I would spend a lot of time in there finishing some quilts, creating some greeting cards, making a pillow or two.  Every time I go in there I walk right back out.  Depression?  Maybe. I don’t know, but I need to snap out of it!  A co-worker of mine going through the same thing said the song Reflections Of My Life is helping her get through it.  I had forgotten what a beautiful song this is.  I’ve decided it was worth uploading the video here:
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When I Became A Texan

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of my husband and I becoming Texans.  Now some of y’all may argue that if you’re not born in Texas you’re not really a Texan.  I respectively disagree.

I became a Texan the first time I gazed up at a clear blue sky that went on forever.

I became  a Texan when I first saw a field of bluebonnets.  Come April this beautiful Read More

My Top Three Sewing Machines for Quilting/Embroidery

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I’ve been quilting since 2010 and have struggled with the small machine I have.  It’s doable, but there is a lot of pulling and tugging involved.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my Brother cs6000i machine.  It sews like a dream and I’ve never had a problem with it. at a cost of around $150 I think it is the perfect machine for a beginner.

The trouble is, the throat is too small.  The photo above show a lap quilt I’m quilting.  Since it’s a smaller quilt, It’s not too much of a problem.  If I were to try a larger quilt, like a queen or king size, there would be no way!

Here are a few of the machines that are on my wish list: Read More

January 4, 2019

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I’ve heard of writer’s block but this is ridiculous. I’m not a writer, I’m a story prompter. I am really great at thinking of story ideas. I can plot a story line, set the scene and name my characters. I’ve even gotten so far as writing a few paragraphs. After that, nothing.

I have an entire folder with nothing but story prompts and first liners. Can you make a living being a story prompter? Read More

January 3, 2019

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A nice warm fire is taking the chill out of the room. One of the nice things about Texas is that it’s only cold for a couple of months each year.

Now that I have the website up and running I think I’ll spend time in the craft room tomorrow. I need to get the quilts for the grand daughters completed! Time to stop procrastinating. I’ve been in a quilting funk the last year or so. I have so many projects that I want to get started on. But I need to finish the two quilts I have in progress first.

Weather today, cold drizzle. 37 degrees

January 2, 2019

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I’ve been off work for 13 days. What was supposed to be a nice stay at home vacation has turned into a 12 day (so far) furlough due to the government shutdown.

Needless to say I’m not happy, but, I have to make the best of it. My husband and I have caught up on a lot of shows and movies. We have watched two versions on Wyatt Earp. Read More