Crying Tears of Joy, In the Garage

Ever find yourself sitting in the garage after you’ve pulled in, unwilling to get out of the car because the song that’s playing is making you feel something? That was me just now, and damn, it is great to be alive. Every once in awhile I find myself, because of a song, or a video,Continue reading “Crying Tears of Joy, In the Garage”

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Missing People Just Plain Sucks

Missing people just plain sucks. I’m sad.  I just finished watching a video about the School of Piano Technology in Vancouver, Washington.  And no, pianos themselves don’t make me sad, just in case you were wondering.  What just made me sad was missing my dad. My relationship with my dad was… complicated.  My parents divorcedContinue reading “Missing People Just Plain Sucks”

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Keyser Soze Has Nothing On Us

Wow.  And wow again.  I think I may have started more than one blog entry with that word and here I am using it once again.  Oh well, I’m getting older and that means repeating myself repeatedly.  I’m OK with that. I digress… Wow.  It’s been a whirlwind of activity and adventure since we leftContinue reading “Keyser Soze Has Nothing On Us”

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Honor Thy Mother and Thy Father

; See these people? They are the epitome of class, love, honor, good humor, integrity, fellowship, and nice. They are just plain nice people. I am proud to know them. This last weekend these people, my mom and aunts and uncles, had a gathering up at Marble Creek Campground near Marblemount, Washington to spread myContinue reading “Honor Thy Mother and Thy Father”

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Living The Legacy

I’m so fortunate.  I have always known this somehow, even though I’m no stranger to trouble and obstacle and death and sickness.  I’ve known it.  I’ve also been lucky to somehow always have known the things that are most important in life.  Which again I will say are the people you love and who loveContinue reading “Living The Legacy”

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William R. Atwood

A couple of days ago Mom called as we were driving home from Oklahoma City.  Karen answered and I could tell by her response that it wasn’t good news.  Not entirely unexpected, but not good news just the same.  My grandpa, William R Atwood, had passed away. What to say about Grandpa.  First and foremostContinue reading “William R. Atwood”

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Pronunciamento

I love words and this is a great one. Pronunciamento. Meaning… pro·nun·ci·a·men·to   [pruh-nuhn-see-uh-men-toh, -shee-uh-] noun, plural pro·nun·ci·a·men·tos. a proclamation; manifesto; edict. I came across this one today as I was looking around the dictionary.  Or more precisely, in this new age, dictionary.com. It’s a wonderful word found in a wonderful place.  Dictionaries are exciting, toContinue reading “Pronunciamento”

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Love and Understanding

I’m going to ramble a bit now… I’m sitting here in the office this morning listening to Karen work and I have that feeling, but I’ll get to that later.  Earlier I was perusing Facebook… reading news, seeing what my peeps are up to, checking in.  I know a lot of people are sort ofContinue reading “Love and Understanding”

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Brotherly Love

I secure.  I ground.  I provide a safe place to land.  These are some of my attributes.  They have been all my life. When I was a girl we lived on a piece of property.  It wasn’t major acreage or anything, just a big lot in town.  Small town.  We had a huge garden, aContinue reading “Brotherly Love”

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Christmas 2011, Two Days That Will Live in Infamy

or not…. We had such a great two days over at the kid’s house.  A really lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Pierogi making and toy building and a walk and elf set up on Christmas Eve.  Such a nice day.  Karen makes a mean pierogi… or several of them.  So good.  A new ChristmasContinue reading “Christmas 2011, Two Days That Will Live in Infamy”

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Thanksgiving Come… But Not Gone

I have been mulling over what to write for my Thanksgiving blog this year. So much mulling that Thanksgiving came and went without so much as a peep from this girl. But today, sitting here with the rain coming down and the weather turned cold I thought I might just dive in. Thanksgiving. A holidayContinue reading “Thanksgiving Come… But Not Gone”

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How To Sum Up

It’s been such a busy time.  We went to San Jose for Don’s 80th birthday weekend before last.  We spent time with family and had an excellent time.  So nice to be a part of that clan.  I’m lucky.  I have my side of the family, but I also have Karen’s.  Lucky.  They love me,Continue reading “How To Sum Up”

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On Toward San Jose

We are on the train, the Saluki Northbound, making our way toward Chicago. The first leg of our journey to San Jose. Train travel rocks. I’m a fan. The weather turned cold and wet in Illinois today. A 25 degree drop in temperature from where we were at yesterday. That’s Illinois. T-shirts yesterday, fleece jacketsContinue reading “On Toward San Jose”

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What a Weekend… I’m Exhausted!

We had such a fantastic weekend.  So great that I’m tired today.  OK, maybe to be more accurate I should say that I’m partially tired from having to get up in the middle of the night to the let the dogs out.  For some reason, and this is a rare event, they both had toContinue reading “What a Weekend… I’m Exhausted!”

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Falling For Illinois

It’s a rainy, windy, blustery, wet day here in Illinois.  It started yesterday, the blue sky fading as the clouds came in and the rain and wind started up.  It reminds me of an Oregon Fall.  Loads of rain, gray skies, everything just getting soaked. It’s a cup of coffee read a book kind ofContinue reading “Falling For Illinois”

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Whirlwind

Wow… I’m tired.  We arrived back home at 11:00 PM last night after spending much of the last five days back in Oregon.  What a time we had… I’m sitting here looking back on it all and I’m overwhelmed with a feeling of love, laughter, and community.  We have a big life there.  So manyContinue reading “Whirlwind”

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An Open Letter to My Honey

I had the great idea to write this lovely post all about how much you mean to me, have meant to me, and all the ways you continue to be amazing, but now that I’m sitting here at the keyboard I’m a bit lost. Let’s just start with how much you make me smile… andContinue reading “An Open Letter to My Honey”

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Better Late Than Not At All

What follows are some shots, mostly taken by Karen, during our road trip east.  It was a tiring four days, but we got er done… as they say.  We were so lucky to have Mom and Sandy along to help out.  They were amazing and true champs!  People say this all the time, but inContinue reading “Better Late Than Not At All”

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17 Days in Urbana… and Counting

Life in the Midwest is pretty much everything we expected it to be… yet… more.  And less.  So philosphical. Karen and I were making a list the other day of some of those differences and I thought, given the fact that I’m sitting here in the office while Karen works and it’s getting hot hotContinue reading “17 Days in Urbana… and Counting”

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Denial

There are many exciting things about our upcoming move…. new place, new things to explore, jumping off point for many other locales, new house to decorate and organize and live in, and most of all… a grandson and kids to hang out with and love.  All so great. Then there are the people here thatContinue reading “Denial”

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Wow… We Have A Lot of Crap

Just sayin’…. We have been packing, and packing, and packing… seems like a never ending task as times.  The house is starting to look pretty empty, but then we open a closet door or step into the kitchen or office (both partially packed already mind you) and they seem like they haven’t been touched.  AlmostContinue reading “Wow… We Have A Lot of Crap”

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Massages, Food, Movies, and More… Anniversary Weekend 2011

It was a lovely lovely weekend, this year’s anniversary weekend was.  Sounds a little Dr. Seuss there, but what can I say… it was.  We started the fun on Friday with our usual Fun Friday adventure.  This particular Friday we decided on miniature golf and burgers at Steakburger and Golf-O-Rama in Vancouver.  I’d never beenContinue reading “Massages, Food, Movies, and More… Anniversary Weekend 2011”

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Happy Birthday Nick

Today is Nick’s birthday.  He’s my nephew, and a fantastic guy.  He’s had quite the life already.  Finding himself in not always the easiest of circumstances, he always manages to keep plugging along, trying to move forward, and work toward the greater good of himself.  I admire this in him.  He’s still young, still tryingContinue reading “Happy Birthday Nick”

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A Love Letter to My In-laws

We just landed in Portland after a quick but lovely trip down to see Karen’s family in San Jose. The whole in-law situation can be tricky sometimes. When you get together with someone you never really know what you’re going to get in regards to your love’s people. You can’t be sure if they areContinue reading “A Love Letter to My In-laws”

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