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Choose to Live Your Life in Abundance in the after--- after the spouse dies, after the marriage ends, after the kids leave. Join me on my journey of CHOOSING LIFE in my after. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live- Deut 30:19

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June 03, 2020

Peak of the Week 6-3-20



What a week it has been. I know you are all exhausted with the sadness that we see in our country right now!! I'm trying to stay off social media as much as possible, but it is a way of life for me to connect with others and so I can't completely look away!! 

It is Wednesday, the Peak of the Week, so that means I'm sharing things piquing my interest right now! I hope you find them intriguing as well!!

BSF Kids- Bible Study Fellowship has a Youtube channel now!! If you have grandkids visiting or staying with you, you may want to subscribe to this channel. There are very many videos up yet, but keep checking back!!

I saw this on Facebook and thought it would be great to hang in a classroom. If you struggle with remembering the difference maybe print this out and put it near your screen. I don't like to critique peoples' grammar online. I have made so many mistakes over the years whether they be verbal typos, typos, or just not really thinking at the time. I think this is a great reminder!!!


21 Vinaigrette Recipes- It's salad season! Try one of these vinaigrettes and let me know what you think!!

Anti-Racism Resources- This is a great resource!! We all need to educate ourselves on this matter. Hopefully, you can find a starting place here!!


Segregation Along Highway Lines- I pledged on my Instagram and Facebook accounts on Sunday that I am going to educate myself about systemic racism in this country. I had no idea that our highway system was sometimes used in segregation. If you google this topic many articles come up. I liked this one because it is an educational thesis from a graduate program. It is factual without dispute. 

Light and Tripod
It can be ordered HERE.
Someone asked me yesterday about my tripod that I use for blogging and to get family pictures when we all want to be in the shot. This is a good price at just over $100.00, and it has held up well.

Iron Fish- I am still suffering from low iron. I heard about these iron fish on a podcast recently. I'm trying to be creative with different ways to get iron back into my body. Besides cooking in a cast-iron skillet, I've been boiling my water with these fish to give myself a little extra!!

It can be purchased HERE.

How to snooze someone on Facebook. I've SNOOZED some people on Facebook this week. I love these people, but don't love what they are sharing right now. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but some people are sharing articles and are not reading them. They are simply sharing a Headline that fits their narrative. Those kinds of actions really bother me!!! Click HERE to learn how to SNOOZE someone. Their posts will not appear on your feed for 30 days. It might save a friendship!!


What I'm Reading- The Matchmaker by Elin Hildebrand 
                                You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado

What I'm Watching- Waco on Netflix
                                  Pandemic on Amazon- We just finished this. 
                                  Lot's of trash TV!!

What I'm focusing on- Just finished organizing our closet. It is a fairly small closet so I think I have 
                                     some solutions. I'm working on a post about it!!

What's piquing your interest today? I'd love to hear!!

**** As an Amazon Affiliate, I make a small amount of money off of some of the things I've shared if you purchase from my links.


May 13, 2020

Peak of the Week- 5-13-20


Well, there really isn't anything new in my life. I feel like I'm slowly coming back into life though. It was such a weird time right at the beginning of quarantine. I had to have my routine bloodwork done this morning. It had to be fasting bloodwork so afterward, I stopped by Starbucks for a coffee. It made me feel so normal to get that coffee in my hand!! What have you done for the first time since quarantine that made you feel a little bit normal again!!



It is Happy Wednesday- The Peak of the Week!! Here are some things Piquing my interest this week!

The Loft- Big Sale- 80% off of some of their clothes in a Warehouse sale. Check it out!!

Hamilton to be streamed- Hallelujah!! I love Hamilton. It will be streamed on Disney+ on July 3rd.




Father and son charged in the killing of black Georgia jogger, Ahmaud Arbery. I'm keeping my eye on this outrageous case. I just don't understand!! I ran earlier in the week and posted pictures with the #irunwithmaud and #irunwithahmaud.  If you do anything in the awareness of this case be sure to use the hashtags. We all need to keep this case in the spotlight.



Back to the Future- Reunited- Josh Gad is bringing a smile to our faces in his Reunited Apart series on Youtube. Episode 2 brings together Back to the Future!!  So Good!!

Best Banana Bread- I have made more Banana Nut Bread in the past 2 months than I have in the past 10 years!! I love this recipe. It is delicious and so moist!!



What I'm Reading- Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen
                                You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado
                                 Me by Elton John
These are my most read right now. I've just started each of them. I guess it's a good thing I have a lot of time on my hands!!

What I'm Watching- We always watch The Voice so We have been watching how creative everyone has to be to sing their songs from home!!

What I'm focusing on- Our closet has been emptied of all of its content!! And, that said content is all over the house. Dr. T has installed shelving at the top of the closet which was just lost space. He is now adding a shoe shelving unit that he has created for me. Hopefully, the project will be completed this weekend. I can't wait to show you what I've found to help with organization.

Not much going on here!! I'd love to hear what's piquing your interest!

May 08, 2020

Happy Mother's Day- Give Yourself The Best Gift You'll Ever Receive




Happy Mother's Day! I've been a mom for 31 years now!! Wow. It really is true that The Days Are Long, But The Years Are Short!!

I would love to go back to relive just one day in our little house when my kids were young. Watching them play in the little kiddie pool or swing on our porch swing singing the song we made up about our cat, Luther. "Luther Kittie" was a big hit in those days!!

I just finished being part of a panel of moms- that interview with my pastor will be played during our church service on Mother's Day.

He asked some interesting questions, and I've sat here thinking about my years being a mom. It truly is still my greatest job. It's my greatest relationship. It's the biggest blessing in my life.

If you are a mom of adult children, I know you have probably had the struggle with cutting the apron strings. According to Merriam-Webster, "cutting the apron strings" is defined as "to stop providing support." I've always heard it used toward the child. Saying that I've got to cut the apron strings so they will go on and be adults, make their own money, make their own decisions is something we hear a lot in our society. Remember the movie Failure To Launch?



I've laughed with my friends that in my little family the cutting of the apron strings was for me not my kids. I've proudly raised two successful, independent young adults. It took some missteps on my part to figure out my role as a mom to adult children. I had to cut those apron strings that I was hanging on to- not them. The real failure to launch was me! Can any of you relate?

This new role came to me over time, and it was two-fold.

First, I had to learn that their lives are their lives. Their stories are for them to tell, not me. That is a little hard since I write a blog, but I know to ask them before I write about anything to do with their lives. I do that out of respect for them and their privacy, and also because they have made it clear to me that I need to ask before writing about them. But, the waters were murkier when it came to family.

I had to learn from mistakes I made, that I'm not the go-between for them and extended family. As adults, their relationships with aunts, uncles, grandparents, and other family members are theirs alone. It isn't my job to help foster those relationships anymore. Those were established while they were growing up. It also isn't my job any longer to share news about their lives with family members. They are adults who share what they wish to share.

And, the hardest role to ease into is that I'm no longer their supervisor in life. I'm not here any longer to "teach" them how to live. That (hopefully) was done successfully while they were still under my roof. If I did a good job, I stressed what is truly important in life by how their dad and I lived and how we maneuvered through our daily lives.

There have been times when the fact that I am their only parent is overwhelming. I better get things right with my relationship with them. I want to be the best mom, and now mother-in-law, that I can possibly be.

I remember one conversation with my daughter when she was making several life decisions. I'm sure the conversation got a little heated, and she stopped me, and said,

"Mom, I feel like you are judging me."

Wow! And, if I'm honest, I probably was. At the very least, I know it came across as me judging her.

It was about this same time that I saw Beth Moore interviewed on TV. One person asked the question, "What do I do about my adult children." Her answer has stayed with me. She answered that you take all issues with adult children to the "heavenly realms" --- You pray about it.

All of these things came together for me in one great epiphany--- I am not my adult children's judge. I am no longer the Sage on the Stage. I'm the guide on the side.  I'm their biggest cheerleader. I am their confidant. I'm the prayer warrior.

You know that greatest thing about being a mom to adult children, I just get to be Mom, Mommy (or as I know they sometimes think-- that crazy lady.)

You see, the pressure is off. My job is complete. I just get to sit back and enjoy them and love them through all of the decisions that they make.


 IT IS NOT MY JOB TO JUDGE!!!

IT IS MY JOB TO LOVE!!! And Love Unconditionally!



I love being their prayer warrior. Nothing brings me greater joy than when they call or text and ask me to pray for them--- see that's really all they want. They want the freedom to live their own lives and have me there in my support position, not my supervisory role!!!

Have you made that transition with your kids? Have you given yourself the freedom to just LOVE your kids? A weight is lifted when you do!!!

Give yourself the best Mother's Day gift you'll ever receive!! Take  off your judge's robe and put on
the wardrobe you need to wear for your adult children-- The Armor of God.

I love that no matter how many times I read any scripture, it always feels new. I believe that freshness of scripture is not only because it is God-breathed, but because our lives are different every time we read it. Depending on what our minds are focused on when we read, determines the meaning that it has for our lives on that given day. Read these scriptures with your role as a mom of adult children in mind.

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Happy Mother's Day to all you fab moms out there!! We've done our best. Now it's time to enjoy our hard work!!


April 26, 2020

My Sweet Dad


This verse is how my dad lived his life.


My dad passed away on April 5th. It was a surprise and a shock all wrapped up in one terrible package. He had suffered from Dementia for many years, and we knew there was no cure- no chance of him getting better. The shock came after. With this terrible virus invading our land, we couldn't have a proper service to celebrate his life. In fact, we felt that we needed to rush and have our small family service so that we could each get back home to "hunker down" as our states are requesting.

Grandkids didn't get to come. Family and friends didn't get to hug us and tell us stories. We didn't get to celebrate his life in a way that was worthy of the great man he was. It makes it very sad and very hard to cope with it all.

This post is my way of honoring him! He was such a good man and a wonderful influence on my life!

I spoke a few words at his service, and this is what I said.

They loved taking us on fun trips!!


Our worlds are all smaller today because someone we loved and cared for very much is no
longer on this earth with us. I will be as bold as to say that the state of Texas is a bit smaller
today because a true Texas character is gone. 


Daddy always said that someday he would write a book about his business dealings and he
would title it, Characters I Have Known. Well, he was the character of all characters!! A
shrewd businessman, a faithful servant of Jesus Christ, a wonderful husband, a caring
grandfather, and most importantly to me, a loving father-- among many other wonderful
things. 


Daddy loved to tell stories. If you talked to him about anything, he had a story to tell you on
the subject. He just plain loved to talk. It was probably the thing that drove my mother the
most crazy- opposites truly do attract because she is a woman of very few words!! He was
a man of many words and many stories. 


It’s funny though, I sadly couldn’t tell you very many stories verbatim that I’ve heard over the
years. I had heard some of the same ones over and over… it wasn’t his stories that taught
me the most lessons. It was through his actions that I learned the most about living a good
life. 


Daddy lived out what he talked about. He lived out what he said he believed. He was a good
man. And, I’m so thankful that he was my dad.


So what did he teach me? I think the most valuable lesson was to live out my faith. He was
a Christian. He lived a Christian life. It’s as simple as that.


Daddy had a servant’s heart. He openly served his Lord. He loved to sing hymns. He served
as a deacon of First Baptist Church, Hereford, Texas and First Baptist Church of Gorman.
I remember specifically him going and sitting with people dying in the hospital so their families
could go home for rest. I remember once him going and sitting with a deceased man from our
church because the widow was worried about the body being alone. 


Daddy served his employees. He loved and cared for them all. He once employed a young
man fresh out of high school in whom he saw a lot of potential. The boy was somewhat lazy
and would sleep instead of showing up for work. Daddy would go to the boy's house and
drag him out of bed to come to work!!! He believed in him. That boy grew up and called him
several years ago to let him know that he is successful in his life. He thanked Daddy for
believing in him!!!-- what a legacy. 


I also remember once when an employee tragically took his own life. It was a terrible time,
and both of my parents were so upset by it. When my dad wasn’t home when he should be,
I asked my mom where he was. She said he had gone to that man’s house to clean up where
he had taken his life so his family wouldn’t have to do it. I will never forget that. 


Daddy served his family. I never doubted his love for me, my sister, Susan or my mom. And,
don’t get me started on his love for his grandkids!! There are no words to describe the joy,
pride, and love that he had for those four kids. 


He loved his grandkids!



There are endless stories that can be told about how he served us all. I remember calling
him on 9-11. I asked him how he was and what he was doing. He told me he was fine that
he was sitting at his desk praying!! That, in a nutshell, sums up my dad. 


I always felt safe knowing that I could turn to my mom and dad for anything no matter how
old I was. When my first husband passed away, my dad was one of the first people I called.
And, I have no doubt that when he hung up that phone he was praying. My parents came
immediately. They helped me physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. I will be
eternally grateful to them both. 


As much as we will all miss him, I hope we never forget hearing his voice reminding me to
“Pull yourself up by your bootstraps”
And
“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a know in it and hang on.”

I’m hearing him say both these days!!






April 22, 2020

Peak of the Week- 4-22-20


This may or may not have been me last night.
Have you reached a Rock Bottom yet? I'd love to know!

Boy, it has been quite some time since I did a Peak of the Week!! Life has just been life. None of us are immune to hardships, but it does seem like sometimes those hardships come well HARD!!

I had such plans for blogging, writing, organizing my life in this new year, but that hasn't happened!! If I remember correctly, I had this great idea for my 2020 vision for the rest of my life! Each month of this year I was going to concentrate on a particular element on my life that I wanted to foster for this second half of my life- Yes, I plan on living to 112 years of age.

I did get off to a good start. January's focus was Health. I made my appointment with a functional medicine doctor and feel that I've had good results. I just need to write about it.

February's focus was Skincare. I had an appointment to get a Hydrafacial. I have plans to interview a friend who sells a great line of skincare products plus share some of my favorite Skincare finds. I've done some of this. I just need to write about it.

March's focus was supposed to be prayer. I have a great prayer practice that I'm trying to stick to... I just need to write about it.

 Do you notice a pattern here?

"I just need to write about it" is a constant theme in my life!!! I promise I will do better.

But, you are here for the Peak of the Week, I hope. So here is my list of things piquing my interest this week:



Kristin Allen Yoga-
I was able to do a Zoom yoga class with a yoga instructor that I loved to practice with here in New Mexico. She moved last year, and my life is just not the same without her in it. She truly changed my life here. She has a Facebook Page and is doing Zoom classes a few days a week. Like her page and be sure you understand how to use Zoom, Venmo, and Spotify to get the most out of the class. I loved it on Monday when I joined in!!!



Rodan and Fields Lash Serum-
I finally started using the serum that I bought over a year ago religiously right after Christmas. My lashes have doubled in length!! I love them!!!


Facial Self Tanning Serum- I tried this for the first time this morning, so I'll let you know how it goes! This self-tanner contains hyaluronic acid as well as organic oils for your skin. My favorite thing about this product is that it is sold from a small business owner. After my order, I received an email from the owner!! She attached two ebooks about using a self-tanner. Proof that you can order from Amazon and support small businesses!!

Jergens Natural Glow- I also just ordered Jergens Natural Glow. I have used this product for several years. It is a great lotion that allows your skin to tan slowly over time. I've never gotten that orange shade on my skin from this product either!

What I'm Reading--


Team of Vipers - I have started several tell-all books about the Trump Whitehouse, but I've never finished any of them. Each one I've started seems to have an agenda that I just wasn't going to buy into. This book is different. First, he admits that it is him who is writing! He adds fun, interesting facts about the White House in general to his anecdotes, which I'm loving. Did you know that the president's chair sits a few inches taller than the other chairs at the large conference room table that we always see in pictures of meetings with top officials?


Of Mess and Moxie- I love Jen Hatmaker!! I read Of Mess and Moxie while I was back in Texas, helping plan the small memorial service for my dad. It was just what I needed at night to be uplifted and settled before a (hopefully) good night's sleep!

She also has a new book out this week:


Fierce Free and Full of Fire will be my next read. If you aren't familiar with Jen, try a book. I promise you won't be disappointed!!

What I'm Listening to:

For The Love Podcast- Anne Bogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy)-  In keeping with this Jen Hatmaker theme I've got going on here-- Jen's For The Love podcast is my favorite! This podcast is her interview with another one of my favorite people to follow- Anne Bogel. Anne is all about books, so what's not to love? This interview centers around what we can be reading right now during this quarantine time. She talks about good books for the entire family. She also shares some great ideas about where to buy your books to help Indy booksellers!!

Not Your Mothers Menopause with Dr. Fiona Lovely - Because of some health issues, I've been doing quite a bit of research on Health for women my age- Going Through The Change!! I found Dr. Lovely and enjoy what she shares in this podcast. She is a functional medicine Dr. I have been seeing a functional medicine doctor to get myself and my Health lined out. In this podcast, she shares ways for us to stay healthy. She lists 5 supplements that she recommends we take! I love this. You better believe I'll be asking my Dr. about them at my next check-in appointment.

What I'm Focusing On:
I'm still organizing, but yesterday I used my Murphy's Oil Soap and cleaned all of my kitchen cabinets.

Murphy Oil Soap 

I then went over all the cabinets and doors with Orange Glo. It made my kitchen feel so clean and smell so good.

Orange Glo
So, this is how I'm Choosing Life right now. How about you? What are you doing during this strange time? What's piquing your interest today?
March 13, 2020

An Average Joe's (Jane's) take on Novel Covid 19


My daughter has told me that I need to get off of Facebook. Peoples' posts are making me a crazy woman!!! Rather than "go off" on someone on FB, I'll just post my thoughts here!! It's my blog so I can do and say what I want to- Right?

Dr. T and I had a trip planned to go to Texas all next week to visit family. My sister and her husband have gone to Astro's Spring Training every year for over 20 years. I was going so that my parents wouldn't be alone for 2 weeks. We were going to also stop by the Dallas area and visit Dr. T's family.

My sister and her husband knew at the beginning of this week, Monday, March 9 that they needed to make a decision on their trip. She and I talked... what are the knowns... but it was the unknown that was the most troubling. Luckily, she once again listened to that Still Small Voice (which I 100% believe is the Holy Spirit in our lives). They canceled their trip. It just wasn't worth it to them to get to Florida and not know how things would be.

She called me the day that MLB canceled everything. They would have been in the air the moment the decision was announced. She was so thankful they made the call to cancel.

We were to leave today (Friday, March 13) for Texas. We were driving so the chance of being around someone with the virus was even less. However, one day this week, a woman approached me and a couple of friends. After she had been around us a while, she said, "Well, I'm under self-quarantine because I was in Seatle a while ago." Really?- you're under self-quarantine until you need to run an errand? I don't think that is how it works.

It was then that I made the decision to not go see my family. I would leave it up to Dr. T as to whether or not we went to see his. I couldn't risk other people having the same attitude as my self-quarantine encounter. And, my Still Small Voice was saying, "Don't go."

Dr. T and I were on the same page when he got home from work. The situation was changing every few hours. It wasn't worth it for us to go to Texas. We canceled our plans.

Since that decision, our Govoner in New Mexico has gone from requesting people to not travel outside of the state of NM, to also requesting that if people do travel, they self-quarantine for 2 weeks when they return to the state. Again, I know that many people will not adhere to her requests, but Dr. T and I have made a commitment to do what is asked of us.

There are too many people like the man flying from NY to West Palm Beach who hadn't gotten his test results back until he was on his flight. What was he thinking? You can read about it HERE.

This is a serious matter, Folks!!!

Here is my Rant:

1- I'm tired of people not understanding what Novel means- "new and not resembling something formerly known or used" from Mirriam Webster. So, please stop saying that the Corona Virus has been around for a long time. This is a NEW one. There are and have been many uncertainties surrounding it. 

2- I'm tired of hearing that the response to this virus is "Ridiculous" and you are "over it." Get a grip!!! Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has repeated over and over that this virus is 10 times more deadly than the seasonal flu. Where did you get your specialization in Infectious Diseases? Is it because it is the elderly who are the most adversely affected that you don't want to disrupt your life for a few weeks? I know that if it were affecting children more, there wouldn't be moms planning pizza parties now that schools have been closed. One resource-HERE

3- STOP comparing this to past epidemics like H1N1. It is not the same. I lived with a child in high school in Texas during H1N1. Some schools did close to stop the spread. SOURCE. According to this source, "In the fall of 2009, 108 campuses with an estimated total enrollment of over 29,000 students reported closures." These Texas closures were even mentioned as a positive example in stopping the spread during a press conference in New Mexico this morning. Also, for some reason, testing for H1N1 was readily available. I don't know why I just know that was the case because I had a family member get tested at a clinic in the small town we lived in. We had the results within a few minutes that she was positive. Novel Covid-19 has been a "silent spread" in our country for weeks. We just got the test available in New Mexico this week. We have no idea how many people have it because the guidelines for testing have been so strict. SOURCE

4- How is the media hyping this when they are reporting what the CDC and other agencies are sending out to the American public? We have 24/7 access to news and information. That isn't NBC, CBS, ABC or Fox et al fault. It is the nature of our society today. 

5- I'm really sorry that your life has been disrupted.  I truly am. Can you please for a few weeks stop thinking about yourself and think about the total good of our country? We do not have the medical facilities to handle this outbreak if we do not "flatten the curve." SOURCE  
I so wish I could find the article that I read late one night this week that talked about this. I know this may seem a bit dramatic, but one of the lines of the article said something to this effect...
Your grandfather was asked to go to war. 
You are being asked to stay home.

I love this country!!! I want to do what I can to keep families from losing loved ones. I want to do what I can to keep people from getting sick. I WILL do what I can... 

I Will Stay Home

This Novel Covid 19 situation is so fluid. It seems that hard decisions are having to be made by our political figures every few hours. Pray for them. Don't disparage them on social media. They are not making these decisions to make your life miserable. They are looking at the greater good of your town, state, and country!! Let's all give each other some GRACE.

On a much lighter note. As you know, I love following Design Mom who is now living in Normandy, France. She shared her grocery store experience yesterday. There was no shortage of toilet paper or other items, except, she noticed that vinegar was very low. After she got home, she realized, that most people in France prefer to use vinegar to clean their homes. So, let's not lose our wits (or any word you can think of that rhymes with wits). We are Americans. We will get through this. And, if we are patient, kind, caring, we might just come out on the other side better people in the process.

I am controlling what I can control. I'm praying. I'm staying at home. I'm doing anything else my elected officials ask of me.  After I post this, I'm getting off of Facebook.
 Will you join me?



February 12, 2020

Peak of the Week 2-12-2020

It's the Peak of the Week!!




It was a beautiful morning in my New Mexico mountains today. Not one bit of snow melted yesterday so we woke up to a beautifully flocked town. I stopped to take some pictures on my way home from my exercise class this morning. I'm sharing these on this Peak of the Week!!

Here is a list of things piquing my interest today!!



A mysterious deep space radio burst is sending is sending signals to earth every 16 days- Forget about the broom balancing by itself. This is REAL!!! I think it's fascinating too!!


In Defense of Rene Zellweger's Drawl- Texas Monthly is one of my favorite magazines!! I thought this article was interesting! Most of the time when I travel, people ask where I'm from and don't notice an accent. Living in New Mexico now, I have people comment on my accent quite often. I always laugh at my husband who has a strong accent. He always says, "I can turn it up. I can turn it down, but I can't turn it off." You can take the girl out of Texas, but...

12 Documents to Organize Now- Before It's Too Late- I've never thought it was morbid to think about death. I don't have a problem with death or the thought of me dying. Don't get me wrong- I'm not ready to die. I have a lot of plans!!! But, I have a strong faith, and I'm not the least bit scared of death. This list of documents to have for my kids in the event of my death makes me realize that I have some work to do!! I hope it helps you get your affairs in order.


One last thing--- Readers/ Cheaters whatever you want to call them. I can't see to read without mine. I've been buying them from TJ Maxx for quite a while because I keep them in every nook and cranny of my life. However, I noticed this last year that my sight at a distance is getting blurry.

I went to the eye doctor last fall. I do need help seeing at a distance. When I went out to look at glasses, the young man helping told me that I can save a lot of money by buying Progressive Glasses. They are glasses that you buy based on your Reader number. The cheater is in the bottom, then they progressively get so that you can see at a distance midway up the lense. I had no idea that these were even an option.

I found these on Amazon.

You can go HERE to see them.

I need them for driving so I also found these sunglasses.


I was telling a friend about these glasses the other day, and she said, "That needs to be on your Peak of the Week." So, there you have it!!

These final pictures are from some of the historic homes in my town. During the Manhattan Project, the top scientist lived in these homes. 

The town I live in wasn't a town before WWII. During the war, as far as the average American was concerned, it still wasn't a town. Los Alamos was a secret. Everyone who lived here got their mail delivered to  P.O. Box in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Bathtub Row is a famous street in town. These houses were the only houses in town with bathtubs during the Manhattan Project. 

What I'm Reading: I'm almost finished with A Woman Is No Man.
                                  My friend and I finished our book study on The Screwtape Letters by
                                  C. S. Lewis. It gave us so much to think about.
                                  Our next book study will be A Layman Looks At The Lord's Prayer . She
                                  has agreed to read it with me to keep me accountable. I'm reading it as
                                  research for an idea I have for a book!!!
                                 

What I'm Watching: We still love to watch This Is Us. It hits so close to home for our family! I didn't watch it last night, and I can't wait to watch it tonight!!

                                   Last night we finished watching The Irishman on Netflix. We both loved it. I had no idea that someone had confessed to Jimmy Hoffa's murder. It connected some dots for me historically too.

What I'm Listening to: My instructor at the YMCA is playing Blake Shelton and Pitbull's version of Black Betty, Get Ready. I'll definitely be downloading it for my Running playlist!! I loved Black Betty . Blake Shelton's song can't beat the original, but it's still good!!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! 
February 11, 2020

Galentine's Gifts for Valentine's Day!

 When I was growing up, my father was so sweet. He always bought my mother a big box of chocolates and my sister and me two little boxes of chocolates. (He also bought us all corsages to wear to church on Mother's Day, but I'll save that for another post!!)

I've never really cared that much about Valentine's Day. I will admit that after my first husband passed away, it was really hard to see all the hype around Valentine's Day. It was a BIG reminder of all that I lost when I lost him. But, really, I was reminded of that almost every day.

I love this picture because it shows some of my friends who have supported me over the years.
I honestly don't know how I am so blessed with the friends that God has placed in my life. These women are the best!! This picture, taken at my son's wedding, only shows a few- some didn't get to come, and some I couldn't invite because of the size of the venue!! I have so much love and respect for all of these women!!


Enter in my great friends!! They always seemed to have something planned whether it was a Saturday morning run, a dinner out or a trip to the beach!! I always felt loved and special because of my friends. That's why I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite things. If you have a special friend (especially one who is alone for Valentine's Day), you might want to send them a gift! All of these gifts can be found on Amazon so it isn't too late to order!!

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First, my all-time favorite... laundry soap. This laundry soap is like no other!! If you love Tyler candles, you will love this. I usually just use it on my sheets and towels. If I'm sure I don't have any of Dr. T's laundry in with mine, I'll even wash my workout clothes in it!! It smells so good!!

This soap can be purchased HERE or most places that sell Tyler Candles.

This Magnolia lotion is my favorite scent right now. It is clean and crisp!!

It can be found HERE
I also love flowers!! I found these peonies last year and bought them. I'm surprised at how real they look!!

I love these because these are 2 bouquets for about $16.00. They are tied at the stems- ready to use!!
They can be found HERE.
I can't let Valentine's Day go by without reminding you of this precious book!! I met Matt when he came to my school district for a school visit when I was a librarian. We met up with him when I took my daughter to NYC that summer. He met us for dinner. Matt is the kind of person that makes you feel like you are a dear friend even though you've just met. It has been a joy to see him be acknowledged for his achievements (His book Last Stop On Market Street won the Newbery in 2016- WON, not an honor book, but the winner) Plus, I just think he is a really great guy. This little book is BIG with meaning!! I just love it!!

It can be purchased HERE.
These are just a few of my favorite things. How about you, do you get a special friend, one of your Tribe, a special gift? I usually don't, but I think the least I can do is let them know that I love them on that special day!!! Boy, do I love them!!!
February 07, 2020

Camouflage-- How to Hide the Tummy



Camouflage- n- a device or stratagem used for concealment

I'm talking about my strategy for concealing my midsection which unfortunately has grown dramatically in the past couple of years!!

I've shared before that I've gained quite a bit of weight in the last few years. My body has been going through some major changes. I'm working on getting things to even out, and I hope that my weight follows suit!! Until then, I plan on continuing to live my life to the fullest. I'll still go to workout in my tights!! I 'll still wear a swimsuit to the beach!! I'm Fat, not DEAD!!! (OK, I'm joking, sort of!!)

So in the meantime, I try to hide the bulge that I despise!!! I went to brunch with Dr. T the other day and wore a "uniform" that seems to be my go-to way of dressing!! BLACK.

I LOVE to wear black! I have more black in my closet than all the other colors put together. Black is a staple in my wardrobe. I guess it's because my favorite all-time look is...

This is a perfect, classic look. It will never go out of style!
Here are some ways that I recreate this look and camouflage my middle at the same time.



I have had these leggings from Eddy Bauer for years. I found a similar pair on their website HERE.



The black silhouette hides pretty much everything under this cute vest from Old Navy.  I bought several vests from Old Navy this year. I love this look, but I also love layering. These vests are warm.

Another way I like to wear this look is to add a denim jacket.



I have owned several denim jackets over the years. This one is one of my favorites. I love that it has a vintage look to it. I bought it at Zara. (Remember that time the credit card machine wasn't working at Zara, and I had to ask my husband to pay cash for all my clothes?? YIKES!!! If you don't know that story, you can read it HERE.)

And finally, I love this black on black on black look too!!



I love this coat from Zara so much, I also bought the camel color. It is a perfect weight for those not too cold days!

So, there you have it. My favorite look. Black leggings, a black top and some sort of vest or jacket to hide my middle is pretty much how I dress most days, these days!!

I have to give a huge Shout Out to my husband, Dr. T!! He always makes me laugh when I ask him to take my pictures. I reminded him after this that he can now add "photographer" to his resume'. Who knows-- someone out there might need a physicist/photographer someday, Right??