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Making the Most of Winter

6 Dec

I love every one of these!

Merry, Merry!




12 Steps Towards Happiness

1 Dec

Thank – To the people who tolerate me every day.  I Thank you. 🙂


Experience – I’m not a fan of change, per se… But I am open to trying or doing new things.  #NewBeginnings

Give – It truly is better to give than receive.  This Holiday season, we have already donated to a Food Pantry; Animal Shelter; Team Gleason; Goodwill; Amvets and American Cancer Society.  Toys for Toys and Warm Coats for the Needy will happen in the next week.  Even small bits help a lot.  Be thankful for what you have and give what you can.


Hike – Maxie and I do this daily, but we will be amping this up!

Help – I just signed up to be a Mentor and do try, as often as possible, to help others.  Warms my heart.

Meditate – Mindfulness is a work in progress.  But I’m working on it.

Eat Well – We have just about turned into a carb-free house.  Focusing more on protein, vegetables and fruits.  Of course with some wine, champagne and vodka peppered in along the way.

Socialize – While I am truly a home-body…I’ve accepted every invitation thrown my way this holiday season.

Exercise – Walking a dog, even though it’s a large dog, does not an exercise program make.  #JustSaying

Aim – I love goals and I love lists.

Rest – I’ve mastered this.  Zzzzzzzzz

Smile – I like smiling.  Smiling’s my favorite.


Speaking of Happiness… What a difference four years makes:


Missing two in the bottom picture, but all these kids bring me much Happiness!

What else makes me happy?  How about a wedding on a beach?  Best. Weekend. Ever.


My goodness, it’s already December?  What?  How did that happen?  Make it a great weekend!  Make it the best weekend, ever, because we only have a few more left this year.



Time to Move on

13 Oct

It’s time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It’s time to move on, it’s time to get going

Broken skyline, movin’ through the airport
She’s an honest defector
Conscientious objector
Now her own protector
Broken skyline, which way to love land
Which way to something better
Which way to forgiveness
Which way do I go

It’s time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It’s time to move on, it’s time to get going

Sometime later, getting the words wrong
Wasting the meaning and losing the rhyme
Nauseous adrenalin
Like breakin’ up a dogfight
Like a deer in the headlights
Frozen in real time
I’m losing my mind

It’s time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It’s time to move on, it’s time to get going

Thank you, Tom Petty.  Wise words.  Wise words, indeed.  I last saw Tom Petty, in concert, in 2008.  I remember that concert, quite fondly.  The kids were with us, though in a different section. 🙂 They are also Tom Petty fans.  Everyone loves Tom Petty. I’m still in disbelief at his passing.

The Bears may be 1-4, however, we could be 3-1.  Two of our losses could have been a W.  I’m okay with that.  And I’m okay with getting home at midnight on a school night, because it was a Great night!!

Sleepless in Chicago, 3.0.  The Cubs… I’m penning this before a crack of dawn flight, so that’s gonna be another blog.  Because my heart can’t take much more of this.  By the time this blog is published, I will have enjoyed 2 coffees in the American Airlines Admiral’s Club…I mean, what a game.  Great win!  Go Cubs Go!!  Bring on the Dodgers!  And a cardiologist for me, please. 💙💙💙

Happiest of Birthdays Carolyn!



Summer Hours

9 Jun

I’m on summer blogging hours, hence why no blog today.  Received 7 inquiries about that.  No, I am not trapped under something heavy, nor am I sick.  Just plotting to make this the Best. Summer. Ever.  First on deck, the race track with my favorite guy!

I’m guessing he will not be wearing his cap and gown to the track.  But you never know!  Speaking of my Sonny Bunny, nothing brought me more delight this morning, than coming home to him watching You’ve Got Mail.

152 people who thinks he looks like Clark Gable

152 people who thinks he looks like a Clark bar

Next week’s blog:  My summer reading list!

Best. Summer. Ever.



The Daily Happiness Checklist

2 Jun

Because you can never have too much happy…Even when you want to punch someone in the face.  Twice. 🙂

Happy Graduation, Barrington High School…and my pals Alexandra, Sarika, Clare and Nick.  Go out and conquer the world.  I will be here watching! ❤

Have a Fabulous Friday!!



Rain Rain, Go Away…

24 May

When you pull up the Weather App, and knowing you’re looking at the start of the Best. Summer. Ever. and you see this.


It’s all about your perspective!  If you don’t like what you see, change the way you see it.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!



Rules for a Tuesday

23 May

Rules for a Tuesday.  Or any day, really.  You may also wear pink lipstick. 😉

Have a happy day!