may 22, 2019

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“Some days you eat salads and go to the gym. Some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants. It’s called balance.” ~ TinyBuddha


Iris (snapseed)


Danielle, being one of the most thoughtful people I know, gave me my first orchid. It was one of the most awesome gifts she could have given me. Secretly I have wanted an orchid for a very long time, but with cats and a fear of killing it, I abstained. I love this orchid so much I had to name her. I call her…..wait for it….Iris. Probably only the truly weird will see the humor in that. Everybody else will roll their eyes. But you know what they say, “You’re not going to be everybody’s cup of tea.” I’m totally good with that. Sadly, I can’t bring her home because the cats would have a field day and Iris would be no more. Instead she brightens my office and greets me every morning. I love my orchid, Iris. Thank you for being so kind to me, Danielle!

december 21, 2017

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“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” ~ Ralph Marston

BFF socks (Snapseed)


Crystal and me, we’ve been through some stuff together this year that caused her to term said stuff the ‘shit show.’ When I pulled these socks from the Christmas bag she gave me, I howled with laughter. She gave me some other hilarious gifts as well, but the socks took the cake. Crystal knows me really, really well. She might just win the month of December over this gift.

august 24, 2017

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“We have to make a sustained effort, again and again, to cultivate the positive aspects within us.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV


awesomeness (snapseed)


Earlier this week I came home from work to find a box on my porch. I hadn’t ordered anything. I brought it inside, opened it, and found ColorKu. It’s Sukoku with colors. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was happening. I checked the box again thinking it had been delivered to the wrong address. Nope. It was addressed to me. Then I saw the card from Jane Somers, my friend in Milwaukee whom I met through Stacy years ago. “Thinking of you and your family…” She left me speechless. Three days later and I’m still pretty speechless at the kindness and generosity shown me and my family. I am so grateful to have met her. I hope someday I can return the kindness.

february 5, 2017

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“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.” ~ Bradley Whitford


sweet reminder (snapseed)


This little sunflower has remained stationed in my kitchen since I brought it home from Ohio’s RenFaire in 2012. Duane Adams bought it for me. The seller assumed we were together, and Duane obligingly bought the sweet little flower without letting on that we weren’t. Chivalry isn’t dead. And so, my little sunflower will remain in its port until it completely falls apart, or I manage to coerce Duane to take me back to RenFaire for another faux affair (if his wife can spare him for the day). I smile every time I look at this little thing. It holds such wonderful memories.

january 15, 2017

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“Life is like a camera
Focus on what’s important
Capture the good times
Develop from the negatives
And if things don’t work out, take another shot.”
~ Kopana’s new coffee mug


gifts (snapseed)


My rental sisters, Kelly Barnes and Pam Bick, always think of me at the holidays. Always. I couldn’t be with them this year at the gift exchange gathering, which has been the first week in January these last few years, so I only just opened my gifts. Have you seen a more perfect coffee mug for me? Kelly knows me so well. Plus, the hot chocolate and marshmallows are like manna from chocolate heaven. Crabtree & Evelyn is my favorite. Pam knows this of course, but she outdid herself with the beautiful decorative box the items came in. I love these women who have taken me in like one of their own. They bless me with their thoughtfulness. 

december 19, 2016

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“Give the best gift of all this season. Be good to one another…” ~ V.L. Cox


gifts for all seasons


When I chose today’s quote I had no idea I’d walk into work and be gifted twice before I ever got my office. Every gift I receive makes me feel loved, and when they come from colleagues and people I’ve helped throughout the year, I just feel bowled over with joy. Then, when one of those gifts is a Joe Molinaro original coffee mug with peppermint sticks? You can bet my coffee is gonna be good to the last drop in the morning! I am so truly blessed in this life.

november 26, 2016

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“Never deny or waste an opportunity to be kind to others, even if some people have been unkind to you.
The two are not related.” ~ Unknown


Tom's outhouse (snapseed)
Tom’s outhouse (snapseed)


This is no ordinary outhouse. This is a Tom Whitaker outhouse; one of the finest Appalachian artists ever. And it’s not just any old Tom Whitaker outhouse print, but a gift from my old friend Tony Adkins. I’ve known Tony my whole life. He was my Uncle Ralph Paul’s best friend. He lives just down the road from mom and dad. He has really been a blessing to them, and to me, over the years. Little did I know he’d been following the outhouse until one day this appeared at my house, matted and framed (hence the reflection on the print). I’ve wanted a Tom Whitaker print for years, and suddenly there it was: an outhouse from Tony. I must be living right.

may 4, 2016

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“Sometimes you face difficulties not because you’re doing something wrong,
but because you’re doing something right.” ~ Unknown


pronounced "Yo-nun" (snapseed)
pronounced “Yo-nun” (snapseed)


Okay, I’ll admit it. I had a darned near perfect day. Let me back up. On Monday, awesome boss Doug Boyd gave me a gift he’d found while going through some things at home. This morning, while he and I were having a nice chat, in walks Crystal Heis: show and tell time! Doug gave me a tiny light meter (above). It sits on a camera’s hot shoe and runs on a watch battery. Crys and I tried to find some history on it. The best we could come up with was a $75 bid for one on eBay, and a video voiced in Dutch (zero help). Exit Crystal and Doug, enter Jen Bartlett and Shawn Livingston (below). They mostly dropped in to say hi with a sweet thank you card. Jen had just come from the dentist still numb. I’m happy to report she didn’t drool. Soon, Crys and I found ourselves at Le Madeleine people watching and having a great talk over breakfast food. The afternoon eventually gave way to a presentation by our Diversity Students wherein Jo Staggs-Neel told me I had movie star hair and Beth Kramer said she couldn’t tell I’d gained any weight. I told them I was buying a lottery ticket on the way home after such reviews. I topped that off with a great talk with Shawn on my way out (I saw he and Jen twice today – I really should have bought that lottery ticket). Did I mention my day started by getting the parking space closest to the garage exit? (this is a big deal, trust me) I had a feeling it was gonna be a good day, and it sure was. Many of my co-workers aren’t just colleagues, they’re friends. Really great, irreplaceable life-long friends. I’m blessed beyond measure.


trouble (snapseed)
trouble (snapseed)

january 13, 2015

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It’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.
~Leo Tolstoy


from mom and dad (instagram)
from mom and dad (instagram)

I actually missed posting on this day after suffering a nasty cold, replete with swollen lymph nodes and massive headache. So, I slept most of the day. Let’s just move on, shall we?

december 26, 2013

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The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
~ Kahlil Gibran

this outhouse RULES! (instagram)
this outhouse RULES! (snapseed)

As if my Christmas blessings weren’t already overflowing, Stacy Yelton presented the ultimate in gift hilarity. Numbers three and six are vitally important to remember (seriously, if you’ve ever lived on a farm with an outhouse…need I say more?) Stacy helps me a lot, and not just with my funny bone. She helps me take the cats to see their yearly nemesis, Dr. Millicent Hardigree, a.k.a. Aunt Millie. Aunt Millie is hardly a nemesis to we humans. Why, just last month she saved Catherine Brereton and Susan Stewart’s 15 year old Tybalt that others had given up for dead. Half of the Special Collections’ staff are her clients, including Stacy. We all heart Aunt Millie. I heart her almost as much as I heart my outhouse rules. We should always be grateful for indoor plumbing (trust me on this one), and we should always be thankful for the Dr. Hardigrees of the world.

aunt millie (instagram)
aunt millie (instagram)
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