Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas hi-jinks

I asked for basically two things for Christmas this year.  A new iPad (the one I have now was my mother's and was only 8GB so kept crashing and I couldn't put much on it), and a newer Fitbit (one of the watch styles).

So, what I found under the tree was a box, too big to be either one.  Since my family has been known to get me gifts that I asked for in previous years, I was excited to find out what was in the box.  My husband had my daughter bring the box over and told me it was very fragile, and to be careful how I opened it...not to put it upside down or on its side.  That got me curious.  So, I unwrapped it, and opened the box.  I saw two pairs of socks.  Not even women's socks.  Two pairs of his boot socks.

Hmm.  I laughed and pulled the socks out, and I saw a book.  Interestingly enough, it was a book I had on my bookshelf.  Seriously, did my husband buy me a book I already had.  I laughed and said "I already had this" which had everyone else laughing.  I then pulled out two more books "hey, I have these books too" i giggled and laid them on the floor.  Finally, after pulling out 6 books (that came off my bookshelf) I find the real gift.  A new iPad mini in Rose Gold and with 64GB of memory! Yes.

I love it when my family listens to me.  We wish they had thought to videotape it, because it was so funny.  I was laughing so hard, tears were falling.  Priceless and definitely a Christmas to remember. I only wish my son had been here with us to celebrate.

Maybe next year!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Unilever Dry Spray VoxBox

As a member of Influenster, on occasion I get a VoxBox which is a box of products to try.  Yesterday I received a bottle of Unilever Dry Spray Deodorant to try,  I am looking forward to trying it out.

I did note that the "Fresh Energy" scent was very pleasant. I don't like really strong scented deodorants, so that was a big plus!

I posted an unboxing video this morning on youtube.  Forgive the quality. I m rather new on making these videos.

If you would like to become a member of Influenster and receive products like this for yourself, please follow this link to join.

I receive  these products complimentary for testing purposes.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

50...the fresh start

I'm 50 the hell did that happen? I had a mini meltdown at one point because I was really missing my mom. The realization that she wouldn't be calling to wish me a happy birthday or share some story from my childhood overwhelmed me and I had a good long cry in the shower.

The day improved of course, but she was on my mind heavily.  

I have had a crazy year....I had a hard time earlier in the year and handled things wrong. I wasn't myself and I made some bad choices which, unfortunately cost me some people I cared about who are no longer in my life.  Our actions have  consequences and while I cannot change the things that happened,  I can move forward and learn from those choices.  I may never again have contact with the people I hurt and pushed away but I can hope they in time will forgive me.  Grief affects us in many ways and sometimes it's just there...a shadow in an otherwise beautiful day and sometimes it's like a fog that consumes you and makes it impossible to see clearly.

Having someone to talk to has really helped.  Maybe I should have done it sooner.  That is something I will never know but at least I started talking and then listening....not just to others but to myself  and I feel like I am on the right path.

I know they will probably never see this but if they do, I just want to say I am sorry.  I truly am.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Happy Veteran's Day

What is a Veteran?

A "Veteran" = whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve, is someone who once wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including his life".


To all my fellow veterans, to my husband, all my friends and family who served, I salute you.  Thank you for your sacrifices..thank you for signing that "blank check" and being the special someone that you are.  God bless you all, and God Bless America.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A new place for you to check out

Are you into the simplicity of a social networking site?  Some place where you can comment posts; make new friends and just basically be able to see the posts you want without a hassle?

Then I encourage you to check out

  • Posts use markdown syntax (easy, even on mobile)
  • You can post some posts friends only
  • You can comment, and reply to comments!
  • You can private message each other - and read the thread of messages
  • You can chat in real time with one another
  • You can add yourself to a directory of users to make yourself discoverable
  • You can browse the firehose of everybody's content really easily
  • The mobile interface is beautiful and minimalist on phones and tablets
  • You can choose to have as many, or as few events wired up to send email notifications as you want - and still not miss notifications even if you switch email notifications off - the site records them for you anyway!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

What is your favorite way to spend a lazy day?

Let me start this by saying this is the first page in the book "300 writing prompts" that I picked up recently at the book store.  I thought, since I sometimes struggle with actually sitting down and writing my thoughts, that this could help me.  I don't want it to be something I use every time.

My favorite way to spend a lazy day is with my family, if they are around.  Whether we are just watching movies on TV or playing a board long as we are together, it's the best day.

However, with both my children now grown and on their own, a lazy day for me is spent doing a number of things.  I love to curl up on the couch and spend an hour or two reading. I will catch up on my email; maybe play some games online, and if it is football season, there will definitely be a lot of game watching.

Today has been just that kind of day and while I do have some laundry to finish, it's nice to sit back and relax and get ready for the week ahead.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

What kind of reader are you?

Hardback, paperback, or e-books?  Do you have a preference?  Is one better than another?

Personally, I really don't care about the format.  I got a Kindle a few years ago from my family for Christmas (the original Kindle that doesn't have a web browser or anything on it) and I have approximately 100 books on it.  But, my reading isn't confined to just that format.

I have bookshelves with paperbacks and hardbacks alike.  Sometimes, I am too impatient to wait for a book to come out in paperback, so I will buy it in hardback.  It really just depends on the book.

I am a member of paperbackswap and I will offer up books that I am finished with, and also order books from another reader who has finished with it. This really saves on my expenses, AND most of the books i have gotten were in excellent condition.  It's a great resource for book lovers, and since you mail out most books at the "book rate", it's not too expensive.

I worked in a library for a couple of years, and I have to admit, I LOVE the smell of a brand new hardback.  Especially art books.  With an ereader you don't get that, but you do get easier portability.  Although I often, when going on vacation, have a paperback and my Kindle with me.  I like a little variety when I am reading and sometimes I may be reading a nonfiction book, but on my kindle, I am reading a romance or mystery.

Anyway, I know this is just a random post, but I thought it would make a good blog post today.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I will remember you...

Sometimes memories come crashing down on me.  They can be quite overwhelming at times but often they can be peaceful.  

The memories can hit me at random times throughout the day, or they come in my sleep.  A song can play on the radio, that makes me pause for a moment and reflect on who or what it reminds me of.

Maybe I'm Amazed; You are My Sunshine and The Climb (Miley Cyrus) are three songs that stir up memories.  The Climb was the favorite song of my late niece and it was played at her funeral.  It's been 4 years since her death and I still cannot listen to that song without crying.  It's not so bad anymore since the song isn't played on the radio as much.  Depending on where I am I may just turn it off when it comes on, but sometimes I listen all the way through.  While it makes me cry, it brings me comfort.  It makes me think of Carly and her beautiful smile and how she touched our lives.

I read a quote this morning, "Memories warm you up from the inside, but they also tear you apart" (Haruki Murakami) and I totally get it.  But, without memories, what do we have?  People come in and out of our lives.  Sometimes, they are meant to be in your life forever, but sometimes, they are meant to be there for only a short time.  When I remember these people, I smile, because they each brought something to my life that I needed at the time.  Sometimes, I admit, I didn't appreciate them the way I should have, and maybe pushed them away, but despite that, their mere presence in my life I will not forget.

It's something to think about anyway.

That's my thought for today.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Walk to End Alzheimer's.

This past Saturday, my daughter and I participated, for the 3rd time, in the Walk to End Alzheimers. Once again, we were moved to tears. The local event us growing in participants every year, and that either means Alzheimer's is affecting more and more people, or there are more people wanting to show their support, and work towards finding a cure.

At the event, walkers get to choose a flower to personalize and "plant in the ground" during the walk, and take home after the event.  There are different colors, that mean different things.  A yellow flower means you are a caregiver, purpler means you have lost someone, orange means you are a supporter, and blue means you have Alzheimers.  This year we noticed more orange and more purple, but less yellow than in past years.  Someday there will be less purple...someday there will be no more reason to walk at all, as there will be a cure!

I always want to thank those who support us every year, whether it be with a donation to our team "Memories Matter", or if you just supported us with your encouragement.  It means a lot to us.  I also want to thank my Avon customers who, through local orders, and online orders, donated over $60 to the Alzheimer's foundation!  Thank you so very much!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

This and that

I really need to start using this more.  Not just to write, but also to read. I have bookmarked so many great blogs, but I login less often than I should and then I spend what seems like forever, catching up on them.

I'm not the most prolific writer.  I know what I want to say but getting the words out so they don't seem boring, isn't always as easy as I think it should be.

As I mentioned previously, we visited mom at the cemetery on Mother's Day weekend.  My husband, daughter and I were there.  My mother and father in law and my sister in law and her husband.  Then two of my mom's friends from high school showed up.  I don't remember their names.  They had driven a few hours to be there, and it touched my heart immensely. I hope mom knew they were there.  This was my daughter's first chance to say goodbye to mom and emotional for both of us.  It is still so hard to believe she has been gone a year.  I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to pick up the phone and call her to tell her something.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Mother's Day weekend I will be finally having a graveside remembrance for my mother in Toledo.  It will either be Friday or Saturday, depending on my sister's availability. I am not sure how many people will come, as the only way for me to reach some of them is via my mom's facebook page.  Even if no one were to come, it will be my daughter's first chance to say goodbye "in person" so the trek is important to her as well as it is to me.

I am planning to order some flowers to be delivered the day before.  I am writing something, that I can say to those who do come...sort of a eulogy....and my daughter is writing something as well.  I hope it's a beautiful day.

I miss mom a lot. It's just been a year, and I am just starting to come to terms with some of my feelings.  It's hard to lose a parent, but I do know that she is in a better longer sick, and reunited with her parents and brother.  It is we who miss her.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

This quote really caught my attention today

"We are all a people in need. We are not perfect. We are not machines. We make mistakes. We need grace. We need compassion. We need help at times. We need other people. And that’s okay."~Jamie Tworkowski

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book 9 of my reading challenge

"An Invisible Thread:  The true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny"

It's quite a title.  It's quite a story.

I picked up this book thinking it would be a straight forward "feel-good" story.  I also liked the fact that a portion of the proceeds from the royalties of the book would go to  "".

What I didn't expect was the way I would feel when I finished the book.  Love.  Pride...pride in the fact that a human showed so much kindness and love to a stranger, and not just any stranger, a young, black child who had nothing, where the author had so much, and was white.  So much could have gone wrong after their meeting, but it didn't.  

Laura's influence on Maurice truly shows as you finish the book, and read the letter he wrote her about how she saved him.  But, this isn't a story about how she helped him, but also how he helped her.

I finished this a short time before I have to go to work, and there are tears in my eyes.  It is a beautiful story.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Book 7 of my goal to read 50 books in 2015

The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to RememberThe World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having grown up on "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" I remember he always had wise words for his viewers...advice...little nuggets of inspiration. This book has 4 "chapters". The Courage to Be Yourself; Understanding Love; The Challenges of Inner Discipline and We Are All Neighbors.

It is a great book to give as a gift, and one you will love to pick up time and time again.

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2015 Alzheimer's Walk

For the 3rd year, my daughter and I will be participating in the Alzheimer's Walk which will be held on September 12, 2015 in Champaign, IL.

My grandmother, Ruthanna King Ostrosky, suffered with this disease and it hurt so much to watch her go from being the warm, loving woman that she was to the woman who could no longer remember who we were. I walk in memory of her and I walk for her and for all others who are affected.

Please help, if you can, or share this with your friends/family and help us fund research to find a cure for this terrible disease. If you would like to know more about our walk, or join our team (if you are in the area) please click here. Your help, no matter the size, is greatly appreciated.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Book 3 of my goal to read 50 books in 2015

Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working DogSergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog by Mike Dowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great book. Not only does it give you a peek at what life in a warzone is for a Marine, but also gives you insight as to how well trained and intuitive military working dogs are.

I highly recommend this book to everyone!

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