Monday, March 18, 2019

Unexpected Inspiration

An old friend inspired me this past week. He reminded me how important it is to be there for each other. Forget old wounds as quickly as you can. Life is too short.

I'm so grateful for quality time with friends. Remembering the good ol' days was the unexpected highlight this week. Love and the warmth of smiles and laughter transcend all challenges, obstacles and divisions. Love remains.

Blessed week everyone...


Monday, March 11, 2019

Digging Deep

Note to Self:
Give yourself some credit. Only you can do things exactly the way you do! #DigDeep. Shine on! 

I did NOT feel like doing anything. I had to dig deep to summon up the energy to keep going. Despite feeling exhausted, stressed out and feverish, I pushed through and made it to rehearsal. It probably would’ve been ok to postpone, but I had already assured them I'd be there and it was important to me. I’m glad I went. It was fantastic to meet a new and wonderful team of musicians, and it filled me with gratitude to be able to do what I love!

There are times when it’s best to rest, but I needed to conquer my mental objections this week. It turned out to be a real, positive boost knowing that I was able to get through. I was far from perfect, but I stopped being self-critical and gave myself a little pat on the back. Sometimes, we earn that. Sometimes we can just give ourselves a little credit and feel good about it. :) 

It was a busy week with some tough circumstances, but with help and support from a few good friends, I was able to smile. Gratitude went a long way toward strengthening my mind, body and spirit. 

Have a Blessed week of health and happiness!


Monday, March 4, 2019

Winter Wonderland

Sorry so late. I have to sing tomorrow and I'm all stuffed up. There's no time to rest when the driveway needs to be shoveled. After two times, I finally gave up and called a guy with a plow. My body will not allow me to lift a shovel again any time soon. #Ouch. Before everything got crazy today, I thought of you though.

It was after midnight last night when I took the dogs out. The snow was falling so fast! It filled the sky and air with silvery light. For a few brief moments, it was quiet, peaceful and serene. It was one of those times when you just have to pause and take in the beauty of it all.

I'm holding onto THAT this week.

Blessings of peace and beauty to us all...


Monday, February 25, 2019

Drifting Away

As I sat down to reflect on the past week, I realized it doesn't matter. I'm not going to think about it. I'm looking forward to a fresh start this week! I'm going to focus on that. #yes

Have a bright new week everyone! xoxo


Monday, February 18, 2019

Coal Diamonds

It's 5:30am. I've been up since 4:30am and didn't even start sleeping until after midnight. I just finished cleaning the tub and the floors for the sixth time in the last 16 hours... Hey! Just for kicks, let's see how many times I do it before the 24 hour mark! (It was nine - nine times in 24 hours.) It had been once every 2-3 hours for a while there. By the time I would finish, the dog would have diarrhea again and the vicious cycle would start all over.


If this wasn't all so time consuming, I'd tell you about the bizzarro course of events that constituted my week. It's as if God is playing a game of cat-and-mouse with me and I just keep running. Is there something weird going on with the alignment of planets? Any astrology experts out there??

Twists, turns and redirects have been beyond the absurd, well past comical, and into the "oh nooooo" realm. People who have made the mistake of asking me, "How's it going?" have probably been very sorry that they did. LOL - I really could just say, "I'm fine. How are you?" and bypass the need to have to follow up my long-winded answer with something like, "Oh. You meant like, did I find everything ok in the store?"

Actually, the weird happenings have been giving me hope. As strange as it sounds, running around in circles for hours in order to accomplish absolutely nothing has been adventurous. :) I had out-of-town company waiting for me, and left my purse someplace where they locked the building up and wouldn't be back. I hit construction on my way to return something to a store and the navigator sent send me back to the road closure. By the time I finally arrived, I realized that I had forgotten the card it was charged on. At another store, I didn't have the receipt, which would've been fine, but that item wasn't in stock. After a search through the back room and a flip through a big binder, the exchange transaction still wouldn't go through because of a typo by the sales clerk. Russell's two-month-long stay at home turned into a 24 hour scramble and it MIGHT have occurred to me that two-year-olds actually exchange Valentines at school if the water main break hadn't sent me into a tizzy. (Getting the picture?) That's just a few examples.

I could really do without this crazy dog illness though. (She'll be fine.) The first time, she actually had the good sense to go in the tub while Zach and I were out! (I'll spare you that picture.) I thought she was so smart! I swear that dog would've gone in the toilet if she had a stool or a platform to get up there. Anyway, after cleaning and sanitizing four or five times, I ordered Chinese food, mainly to start her "chicken and rice" diet. This was my fortune:

Sigh... They say, "Enjoy the ride!" So,

WHHHEEEEEEEEE! (Who is "they" anyway?)

It's like I'm on a sled. OK, God! Where are we gonna land?

Here's to the roller-coaster and to clean floors!


You can't make a diamond out of coal.

Or can you???

No. You can't.

Or can you? #StopThat #LOL #TakeANap #NapsFixEverything #GoTakeTheDogOutAgain #IDontWanna #DoItAnyway #NowImTalkingToMyself #InHashtags #CoalDiamonds #IThinkICan

Sadie Update: She has taken some medicine prescribed by the vet, and is resting comfortably.

Monday, February 11, 2019


Well, so much for that "diving in" idea. You know when you're cruising along, making your grand plans...

and then...

they fall completely apart? #Kaboom

Zachary fell ill (he's getting better now) and mommy had to cancel everything. Suddenly my most amazing accomplishment of the week was getting that kid to take a sip of water. He would do it only by squirting the water into his mouth with the measuring syringe that came with his baby Motrin. I had to do a "happy dance" (jumping jacks accompanied by a song), then advance to handstands (that looked more like downward dog with kicks) to get him to take bites of oatmeal!

#CreativeSolutions #CleverMommy #TiredMommy #DidIJustComplimentMyself ? #Yes #YesIDid #YouTryToGetAKidToEatAndDrinkWithASoreThroat #ToddlerProblems #MommySolutions

#ChickenAndFrootloops #OhYea #ThatHappened

Am I speaking in hashtags? Yes. I am too tired to think straight and I'm not even going to check this blog for spelling. I have to take him back to the doctor in the morning, it's after 11pm, and I am sitting on the floor in his room with him on the chair behind me, looking over my shoulder. Every time I turn around to see if his eyes are closed yet, he laughs at me. (Smile.) Laughing is way better than crying.

So anyway, this week I'm reflecting on the fact that things don't always (or ever) go the way you might expect. I'm just going to keep the music playing and get through it.

Blessed week of good health to us all!

Here's hoping...


Monday, February 4, 2019

Full Steam Ahead

I'm diving in.

Full steam ahead.

I've resumed the workout and by the time this gets posted, a professional assembly person will have arrived to put together my new exercise bike. #notfoolinaround. Swimming laps was fantastic exercise AND I started Zachary taking lessons! It feels like I'm finally getting it together.

Sometimes it's a long, slow climb just to get to the other side of the room.

But I know at the end of that long tunnel is...

four monster trucks, a dog's butt, a blue bouncey horse and a kid that refuses to say "cheese" LIGHT. So this week is all about "KEEP GOING!" One of my favorite authors reminded me that our true power has to come from within. #ThanksElla

"It never occurred to me to ask advice or assistance of others. 
I am glad I did not, for the moment we lean upon any one 
but the Divine Power and the divinity within us, 
we lessen our chances of success."

- Ella Wheeler Wilcox (The Worlds and I)

OK. I'm on it.