doesn’t everyone keep a rolling anti-bucket list?

I’ve reached a peculiar stage in life.  One where I know the famous people who die instead of simply being familiar with names in the headlines.  Almost all of my friends are either married or divorced, and many have kids who are middle school aged or older.  More girlfriends than not are dealing with gray hair, and discussing aches and pains isn’t exactly an unusual topic of conversation.

I find as I tilt toward the second half of my life that there are certain experiences I most decidedly want to miss.

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Share Your World 4/17/17

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

Pen.  Which is weird because I’m absolutely positively nutty about mistakes.  I can handle a scratch out or two, but much more than that and I’m fighting an itchy hand longing to throw the whole thing out and start again.  Still, I prefer the feel of a pen gliding across the paper to pencil scratches.

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer?

I’d choose singer.  Let’s put aside the fact that this simply is a lot more likely (hello, two left feet) and look at the other reasons: singing brings me joy, I’ve always wanted to have one of those incredible voices that stops people in their tracks, and there are powerhouse singers who are able to share their talent for many years.

If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating?

Shoot, you’d think this would be an easy question considering I have an opinion on most everything except sports teams, but I’m drawing a blank.  I suppose I’d say basically any human rights issue.

What are you a “natural” at doing?

Sprints.  I’ve always been fast, then I ran track my senior year and got my form tweaked a little so I improved even more.  I took off running at the dog park last week – I’d forgotten how good it feels to hit that moment when your stride is long and you feel like you’re flying.  Unfortunately I’m (ahem) older so something usually ends up aching these days.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

We spent some time at the lake last week, which is always a good way to decompress.  I saw herons, hawks, turtles, geese, butterflies, and a really cool blue-tailed skink.  Plus I got to watch a dog leap into the lake to swim after a couple of Canadian geese.

Can you believe I had to look at my calendar to see what’s going on this week?!  I’ve been two steps behind for a few days now.  This week I’m looking forward to having some time just for myself.

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What’s going on in your world?

SoCS – cows, potties, and projects

So this week’s SOC prompt is “moo” which makes me all dammit, why’d I just write that post about announcing cows when we pass them, that would have been perfect.


Let us unleash the free form creativity and see where it leads us.

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Share Your World: 4/10/17

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

No, I’m not a distance, well, anything.  I’ve always loved the sprints.  I used to run the 50- and 100-yard dash for my high school track team.  I handled social media for our church’s triathlon last summer.  That’s the closest I’ve ever come to participating in a distance event.

Name one thing not many people know about you.

Shoot, that’s hard since I’ve basically spread my life out on this blog & anything truly significant deserves more than a throwaway mention. So let’s go with this…my mom, bless her heart, never cooked a whole lot of veggies. Her go to was the bag of frozen mixed vegetables from the grocery store, and we were each allowed to pick two we didn’t want. I always sent lima beans and carrots down the disposal.

What is your favorite flower?

Daisies.  Simple, I know.  Some might even say boring, but they’ve always made me smile.

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc)

Bookcases, in every room, with great books on all of them.  Plenty of art.  Some photography, some prints, some original paintings – as long as it’s captivating, I’d love to have it in my home.  And a beautiful sun room.  One that stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, with comfortable chairs that are perfect for reading or writing.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week BrightSide and I had our monthly lunch date, including hot fudge sundae (for me, because he’s being good and I love hot fudge too much for words). On Friday I was able to visit the Conservator Center, a local rescue (for lack of a better word) for remarkable creatures like lions, wolves, foxes, and servals. It was so cool.  We’re definitely going back soon.

This week the kids are on spring break. We plan to do some relaxing at home & at the lake.  At least I plan to do some relaxing.  R-e-l-a-x-i-n-g.  Hallelujah.

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odds and ends #2

1.  Are my dogs the only ones who talk?  Phoebe has an assortment of rumbles, everything from “I’m sleepy” to “rub my tummy, rub my tummy, rub my tummy.

2.  I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve even heard the hint of a growl from Gracie, which was why I was so shocked to hear T-man say she’d growled at him.  Apparently she really didn’t want him to take away BrightSide’s sock while she was happily gnawing it.

3.  It’s April and decidedly past time to put away the snowman decorations.  I wonder how many days it’ll take to make that a reality.

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Forever Family: odds and ends #1

Ever had one of those weeks when your brain’s all jumbled?  When thoughts are bouncing around like a box of ping pong balls dropped down a flight of stairs?  Yeah,  it’s been like that around here.  For me, anyway.

Which makes writing for Fridays a little difficult since, by their nature, Forever Family posts require focus.  After two failed attempts I’ve realized I’m trying to shove a square peg in a round hole, and I’ve given that up for Lent.

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