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Belated Christmas Poem

I was going through some of Mom ‘s things and found this poem.  It brought tears to my eyes. I still send a few Christmas cards for these very reasons! This is for all my Facebook friends. I am going to try to post once a week in the new year. I would appreciate it [...]

Nothing Changes Unless You Do

I listened to the discussion and thought I’ve heard it all before. Nothing new. He doesn’t listen. Never helps. So this has been going on for over 50 years. If things haven’t changed in that long, what makes you think by complaining it will make a difference? Instead of complaining, why not change the way [...]

Easy Beef Stroganoff Crockpot

Looking for great comfort food? Throw in crockpot and enjoy the rest of your day. I have a small crock pot but you can easily double this. Cans of soup aren’t the best, just use this once in a while when you are rushed or need a break. it is also economical because you use [...]

Communicating without Aggravating

My 90 year old dad called at 5:30 p.m.Wednesday night saying “Bob (my husband), Marion (his 89 year old wife) isn’t good. She wants Joan. Get her up here now!” On July 28th they moved into a new Supportive Living Facility in a town about 50 minutes from our home. The staff don’t know them [...]

#43 House Selling and Cleaning

So I’ve never been a neat person. I like clean but as far as things on the counter, beds unmade,  clothes unfolded, that’s okay with me. I have always had better things to do. I know it’s all in our priorities, and mine were never on an immaculate house. Well now we are selling our [...]

#42 Communication Self Talk Personal Motto

When things go wrong, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Is it “I don’t get paid enough to put up with this?” Or “Why me?” We all have a personal motto, just that most of us haven’t said it aloud. Does it serve you or sabotage you? It might be something hanging [...]

#41The Sandwich Generation – Egg Salad Squashed!

Caregiving for aging parents, babysitting grandchildren, getting a house we’ve lived in for over 36 years ready to sell and buying a condo apartment had me feeling rather squashed last week. I understood I was a prime candidate for a sandwich generation photo option. I loved every minute of each adventure it’s just that as [...]

#40 Stress Buster – Learn from Babe Ruth

I’ve always found the month of October to be a time when things change. Perhaps it is the feeling that cold weather will be arriving soon, first colds     hit us and it becomes a time to think about what next? As I went for a walk with a friend today we were chatting about changing [...]

#39 Reframe, Change How You Think, Confront Problems

Sometimes we wonder why we are doing so many things. Does anyone notice or care? Often this happens as we become more and more tired. Has anything I’ve done today made life better for another human being? These are questions we might ask ourselves as we are trying to fall alseep. Falling asleep? Who can [...]

# 38 Lower Expectations Forgive Yourself

Are we as kind to ourselves as we are to our friends? That’s often a question I ask. If we aren’t kind to ourselves how can we expect others to be kind? Can we forgive ourselves for our mistakes? We all make them. Can we sometimes complete taks that aren’t perfect? Remember that good enough [...]