Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 GONE...2017 ON IT'S WAY

SO miss me?? Seems I just have trouble coming and taking care of my tasks here on this blog. Big things happened for our family over Christmas. We found out my niece's baby is a GIRL. Something we all were thrilled about. She has a 5 yr old boy who will make a great big brother. They kept it a secret until Christmas morning. This is how they told us. A candy Bar!!They love their chocolate in this family!

 Now HERE is the back story.... When my mother was in her last days my niece was pregnant with her little boy. My mother looked her dead in the eye and said.."A boy and a GIRL for you" and that is exactly what has happened. I do believe in divine knowledge and I think she was told what was to come. They have had TWO tests so far just to make sure it REALLY is a GIRL!! Both came out the same.. 👼 
We all cannot wait until MAY when it is due and by surprise, MAY is when my mother's birthday was. We all are wondering.. 

YOU HAVE ANY IMPORTANT GOALS FOR 2017? These are some good ones..

 I have a goal for 2017 AGAIN to try and keep up at least ONE entry for each MONTH.. Let myself down this year but time to try try again. I sat down and made a list of goals that are easy and I should be able to do this year,nothing complicated.
I will keep adding them as I go

Throw it away if you have not used it in a year.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
Make numbers on scale keep going DOWN and not UP.
If you take it out,put it back where it came from.
Everything is better without so much salt on it.
A little caffeine will not hurt me, but don't get carried
Keep the food in my mouth and not on my clothes.
Vacuum the floors and dust ONCE a week.
Check for your keys BEFORE you leave and lock the door.

2017 is the year of the FIRE ROOSTER..
it comes every 60 years!! 
Good luck to us all.. 


Sunday, November 27, 2016


What I have been doing is not much. What else can I say? The neighbors upstairs moved out and new ones moved in. Getting used to new ones again takes a toll on my sleep pattern for sure. So days turn into evening and they pass pretty fast in the daze I call sleep deprivation. The new tenants work different hours and are awake walking about in the night. Sure is time for using my ear plugs again. 😉 Hope it works.

Thanksgiving came and went. I made my own dinner and enjoyed every bite of it. 
The rest of the family was out of town. The weather was gray and cold and rainy. It sure did not feel like any Thanksgiving I remembered. No snow either. Just blah..

I am very grateful though for my little apt and all that I have acquired over the years.
It has become my beachy home place this past year as I have added more and more items that call me to the ocean. 

Even my Christmas tree this year is decorated with shells and lights. I love it so much I may keep it up all year round. 😀 


Wednesday, November 9, 2016


The election is over and AGAIN..despite the popular vote in our country the candidate who won the electoral votes was the winner. The people of America have spoken. Many of us are in a shocked state today. We wonder what is going to happen next?
If you think about it.. where else in the world could a person with NO political background at all win a race to become the President of the most powerful country in the world? I just hope and PRAY he surrounds himself with very knowledgeable people who can guide him through this new administration. Time to step it up and answer to all the promises that he made. I hope dissension  in this country will die down and we can all work to bring the country together. In the meantime I hope you join me and pray for UNITY in our country.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Yes indeed...I am still ALIVE.. I just lost my password to this blog and took a little time off to find it again. Like everything else ...LIFE kept on moving day to day and all of the sudden TWO MONTHS went by .. SCANDALOUS!!! NO way.. I kept saying to myself.. NO WAY... but YES it did. 
                                                    SUNSET IN LUDINGTON

So what's been going on?? Ohh not to day grind doing what chores need to be done to get ready for winter. I finally got my air conditioner cover. Was a real job finding a real small one. Warm weather is still here so I will put off covering my  unit for awhile. Been watching critters around the property lately. Squirrels are gathering nuts off the walnut tree like crazy. Bad winter I guess, we will see.

Sad news that a neighbor of mine fell  twice in her apt. She is 86 and not too well.
Paramedics took her to the hospital and now she is in a rehab place. She has lived in this building for 25 years or more. Uncertain if she will return. 
                                                   Pumpkin patch

Good news that my niece is going to have her second child in the spring. We are all so surprised and excited. A part time job..two children under 6, 3 cats and a big german shepherd..I think my niece will need a vacation after the baby comes, I know I sure would.                
Well I sure will try to keep this blog updated, until then
                                                     TO YOU ALL

Thursday, August 25, 2016


There are really no words to describe the generosity of my friend ANITA.
In the past she has been beside me through thick and thin, bad and good times and started me on my way with a old desktop computer called RUPERT. Rupert was named after a man named RUPERT BONHAM. He was quite a guy and was a player on the game SURVIVOR.  RUPERT, the computer, was a survivor. He went through many changes and is how I learned computers and how to communicate through something called BLOGGING back over 10 years ago. I have had at least 5 computers of this kind and that since then. 


 In July I celebrated my entry into being a "senior citizen". Anita gifted me with a new laptop. I was overwhelmed with joy. I named it GRACE after her (the definition of her name is "full of grace".) Sounded great to me. 
WHY name it? Like cars and all my computers, I name them.. always have.
It become a part of your life so why not

So now I am learning all about the new WINDOWS 10 everyone is talking about. Something new almost every day. I cannot believe the speed and the ease of use. Big difference from Vista and Windows 7 for sure. It's a whole new world and it's full of GRACE...   

Saturday, July 2, 2016


 I have been so bad at blogging lately. Where did all that enthusiasm go that I had for writing? I can hardly believe I entered every day of the week or  even several times a week. Shocking to me. I have spent less time on line and more time in the real world I guess. I have been struggling with tons of paperwork for Social Security. I don't know how it all works yet but I am learning. 
 I have had major laptop troubles but they will fade soon when I get a most wonderful present from my angel best friend soon. A NEW ONE! I cannot wait. I have no idea how I will deal with the speed of it. (Doing the happy dance!) ;-)

Here it is the FOURTH OF JULY!! Hope you all have some great weather and some fun things scheduled. My Sis came over and we went to our annual "CRUISE-IN".. Old cars gather in town and they compete for prizes and run up and down the streets. It is quite a sight. Of course..I took some photos.. until the battery died..Isn't that the way it goes?  These old cars looked so neat ridin' along.I love the 50's cars. The thunder from some engines added to the excitement. Folks lined the streets last night to watch them.


It was followed after dark with lots of fireworks..It rained a little so they were not banned here in town. It will be a wonderful 4th here.. weather is great and lots of activities to see and do. 



Saturday, April 9, 2016


They said it was going to be an early spring.  The farmer's almanac, the groundhog, the woolly worm.. all wrong!!  We had 70 degrees and the birds and critters were happy and then.. it got rainy and then COLD.. really cold. We woke up to 29 degrees after a low of 17 and snow covering everything that had been bursting forth with buds and flowers. Nice for people with allergies, non existent right now. If we have a long hot summer then I am just fine with a colder spring. Bring it on..just not the snow. By the end of our week it will be back off the roller coaster and into warmer weather. Maybe this is the last blast.. (yeah I said that the last time.) It's weather in Michigan and it sure can change in a hurry. We have to deal with it. Next week they test the tornado sirens. Weird indeed..
At least 3 inches here overnight.
Yes, they put out the lawn chairs...
YES it  sure looks beautiful..

Yes they put out the hoses already and some planted flowers.    

Sunday, March 27, 2016


Good Grief...So shocking to see an article written about our OLD HOUSE in the 
local papers. WHY? 
That old home is now filled with a new family and a 2 year old who has a big problem
with levels of lead in her blood. Not from water, but from all the improvements they did 
with our old home. We had a family and raised 2 grandkids in that home and no one had high 
lead levels. The new owners, removed wall paper, sanded and painted the walls and removed
all the old windows (all 10) which had been painted shut. They spread the dust all over the
house. They cleaned the furnace and the pipes and the levels are better but not gone. The couple are now expecting their second child and have taken a second mortgage out to make more improvements. They cannot afford to move.
Our old living room..I like how they repainted it. Sorry there is so much trouble.
Her name is Alexsis.

 This is the backyard now.  The new owner says that lead is in the ground and grass will not grow
there. She failed to mention that they kept old cars and trash and a large dog back there. I will have to see it in document form to believe that the ground is that contaminated. The neighbors KNOW the real story.  They were not asked to give their comments about the situation. Lead is very much in the news in Michigan and I sure hope they find some kind of state help to solve their problem. Selling the old 
place will be really hard to do now that all this is public knowledge.  

(Sorry I tried to fix the font.. it won't enlarge.) 


Sunday, February 7, 2016


The month of February is sure going by fast.  The groundhog predicts spring will be here very soon. I saw the winter geese flying the other morning and saw a pair of doves a couple of weeks ago. The ground outside is green and what snow we had is gone for now. I have the door open and the temps will be in the 40's today. I would say that is about all I need to convince me. We may have one more storm coming in the future but it won't be a bad one. This week I made a batch of cookies to give away. I enjoyed making them but flashed back to the good times I had baking them for Mom and how she loved them. Has it truly been 5 years since she passed. SO much has happened since then.
I have to focus on the good things because all those days that she was sick are just too painful. I moved away from that town as soon as I could.  A fresh start sure did help. A change of scenery always improves your life. Sure is strange how the smell and the taste or sound of something can bring your memories flooding back. I miss mom every day but know she is with me all the time. Hope your Valentine's Day is a great one.. 


Friday, January 1, 2016

~~~HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016~~

I have written on this blog site since 2009. A lot of New Year's have passed since then. Some good and some very bad. Last winter was horrible it was so cold and snowy it seemed like it would take forever to get to spring. New Year's day signifies to me the day my dad passed away back in 1994. It also reminds me to be grateful for every year I am here on this old planet. 

 Putting the Christmas things away helps me know it is time to clean up the closets.This past week I have been re-organizing my tiny closet and getting rid of things that I no longer have any use for. I have such limited space now..why keep things you don't use? Makes sense to me..I'll do it again in Spring. Speaking of's only 78 days until official Spring. I think it will come early this year, we can only hope.
Whatever your plans are for 2016, I do hope you have a happy, healthy,successful year. Thanks for visiting and reading my blog.