Where Has This Year Gone?

Can you believe we are literally one month away from the new year? I’m not sure where the time has gone.  It seems like only last month, I was watching 4th of July fireworks…  And the past couple of days?  Decorating for Christmas.  I think the only thing left to do on the inside is to trim the banister with garland.  (Sigh of relief)

A lot has been going on the last couple of months.  We’ve been remodeling our home and it has thrown my whole life out of wack!  Writing on my WIP has come to a stop and I haven’t had a lot of time to stop by and visit your blogs.  The struggle has been real…

On the bright side:


MP GradLast week, we drove to Fort Lost in the Woods, Misery (Fort Leonard Wood, MO) to pick up our youngest son.  He graduated from MP school and is now a NC National Guard Reservist.  After driving 2,300 miles in three days – all I can say is -I’m not as young as I once was!  That trip kicked my butt.


InstagramCapture_bcdbf73c-8a3d-48ea-9d5b-05b9a6aa58c6We became grandparents!  I’m Lolli and my hubby is Pops.  Yes, I know – it’s the cheesiest grandparent names ever!  But, we don’t care.  Not every kid gets the chance to go to Lolli-Pops for a visit!  But, if my son has his way, Pops will be called the Dread Pirate LeRoy.  (For those who don’t get the reference, you gotta watch The Princess Bride!)

So – that’s what been going on in my life.

How’s things been with you?




Picture This #13: To Be Young

Just in case you didn’t know, I confess – I’m a Harry Potter Freak!  Absolutely loved the series.  To be honest, I’m not sure who was more excited with the release of each book – my children or me!  So, when I saw that J.K. Rowling had confirmed that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was going to be on stage AND then I saw the promo pics for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – you could say I was in Potter Heaven!

I thought I’d share my favorite HP quote (along with a photo of course):

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Just me thinking my thoughts

I thought there’d be a time in my life when things would slow down, that I’d finally be able to have some substantial time for writing.  Alas, I’ve come to realize that time is not now.  It seems that each day brings something new to suck away what little spare time I have.  And it’s not just the writing – it’s the visiting.  I’ve not been able to stop by and visit your blogs.  For that I apologize.  I’ve missed catching up on your thoughts and what’s been happening in your life.

Just because I haven’t been able to sit down in front of my computer, I have been thinking.  So, I thought I’d share what’s been going on inside my head:

There are times I have to take a break from the news. With so many bad things happening, it’s too easy to become cynical, to lose hope.  Because, let’s face it – we are bombarded – on a daily basis – with the worst humanity has to offer.  It’s not that I don’t want to know what’s going on around me.  No.  It’s more that I need some distance from the negativity.  I remind myself that the world is still beautiful, that people have the potential to do good things, and that I have the power to make a difference.

Make a difference.

It doesn’t have to be much –  a smile, a helpful hand, a kind word.  It is the little things in life that make huge impacts – maybe not on their own – but collectively they can change people’s lives.


Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.   -Dalai Lama

So – that’s where my thoughts have been.

Gotta run or I’ll be late for work.

Remember the pebble.

The world needs our good ripples.