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Shovelling a path to the bird feeder reminds me of a story about a father who loved birds

In the middle of winter when I have to shovel a path to fill the bird feeder I remember a story by a Canadian writer about her father clearing a path through the snow to fill his bird feeders.     Even in the middle of a bitter winter, he never forgot to feed his […]

There were a dozen broken eggs in Aisle 22, whose mess was it?

Tonight I went shopping for groceries. There were a dozen broken brown eggs in Aisle 22, whose mess was it?

Why it is hard to take a nap when you have a cat

This afternoon I wanted to take a nap. A quiet nap, all my myself. But I was denied. It is hard to take a nap by yourself when you have a cat.

My ponytail is on my desk in a ziplock bag, or why being impulsive is a good thing

My ponytail is sitting on my desk in a ziplock bag. It is no longer attached to my head. Soon I will put it in a padded envelope and mail it to Locks of Love, or some other place that makes wigs for children. And wigs for seniors. There are a few gray hairs in the ponytail.

A puppy named Annie to comfort and reduce anxiety

Our puppy was born on January 2nd, 2015. We named her Annie. When she is old enough, she will be trained to be a therapy dog. She will visit children in hospitals and the elderly in retirement homes.   I thought she would only help others; I didn’t realize how much she would help me. […]

6 steps to clean out your closet and live with only what is essential

Deciding what to wear and trying to find your socks in a messy closet wastes time, literally years of your life. All those hours spend standing in your closet in your underwear searching for your socks, or trying to make up your mind about what to wear, could be spent doing something you love.

If you live with only what is essential you will have more time to draw, write, play, sleep, think, read a book, and clean out litter boxes. I need more time, I have seven litter boxes.

How I almost got scammed out of $6,846.48 by a fake IRS agent

I asked my daughter if I should call my story “How I almost got scammed out of $6,846.48 by a fake IRS agent.” She said, “That title is too long. How about, “I am an idiot.”

The only place to start is at the beginning

When I start a painting. I want to know how it will end. Before I begin the painting I want to see the finished piece. But I can’t begin with the ending. The only place to start is at the beginning. I want to know how the story ends before I read the whole book. […]

Will you be nice to yourself today?

dishwasher

Will you be nice to yourself today?

When you come downstairs and see the dishwasher door open will you laugh and say to yourself. You sure were tired last night weren’t you? You forgot to run the dishwasher. That’s okay, I’ll start the dishwasher for you. Or will you be mad at yourself and think with a mean voice? You can’t do anything right. You can’t even remember to run the dishwasher. You are such a loser.

How my stuck Christmas tree showed me we have to let go of our past to move forward

The fully decorated Christmas Tree was stuck in the hallway between the front door and the kitchen. I was dragging it by the branches from the front room to the family room in the back of the house. The tree was easy to move until it got stuck.

My stuck Christmas tree showed me we have to let go of our past to move forward.