Yep. I’m back. I’m not making any promises, but I do want to come back.

During the past few months, I’ve been pulled in a few different directions and as usual my writing suffers the consequences. I’ve had so much to say, but many things that I can’t share in such a public way. I tried keeping a private journal to get those thoughts on paper, but I just don’t keep up. I’ve honestly had a hard time keeping up with many of my obligations.

And that’s something that I need to work on in the new year.

So what have I been up to?

Well, I continue to babysit my daughter’s three-year-old foster son. He goes to school for half a day now so I put ┬áhim on and get him off the bus. For real! I have to buckle him on and unbuckle him off. He will be going back to his family soon. For about four weeks, she also had a toddler baby girl. We were so very sad when she left to go stay with a family member. There’s so much I would love to share in this part of my life, but of course I can’t…

When I look back over the past year…

We lost a very good friend. It’s still hard to believe he’s gone. It seems at this age that we go to many more funerals than we do weddings.

We’ve gotten to experience grandparenthood, but have yet to have a grandchild officially join our family.

The business is still going and it’s keeping busy enough for us to pay our bills, keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. And we’ll be doing okay if it keeps on like this.

Our kids are both working and they both own their own homes. Life is sometimes a bumpy road and I’m hoping for a smoother 2014 for them both.

We (my family) are all relatively healthy.

We didn’t take any big trips this past year, but then we’re not very adventurous people.

Does my life sound boring? I guess to some it must. To us though? To us it’s just fine.

Wishes for this new year?

As always, to try to be a better me.

For my husband and kids to be happy and healthy. And for some of their wishes to come true!

For good health and happiness for my family and friends.

And the gift of life for a very special friend.

My wishes are grand yet simple. My life is simple yet happy. I hope to share more of it with you during 2014.

Happy New Year to you all.



St. Valentine’s Day

We don’t really do Valentine’s Day here in any big and fancy way. Especially since the kids are grown and gone. I always made sure everyone had a sweet treat for Valentine’s when the kids were growing up and of course they celebrated at school. I remember when Jim and I celebrated our first Valentine’s Day together. I was a poor single mom working a minimum wage job and struggling to get back out on our own. Jim and I had been dating for about four months. As one of my Christmas gifts, Jim had given me one of those big Hershey Kisses. Valentine’s Day came along and I was trying to come up with something to give Jim. Something that he would like and that I could afford. Apparently I had a lot more willpower back then because I still had that Hershey’s Kiss and I chopped it up and made chocolate chip cookies for Jim. And he was happy.

So every year I try to make cookies for Valentine’s Day. I’d love to be able to say that I’ve been successful every year…yet another regret. Ah well, can’t turn back time. Today I am making him cookies. His favorite cookies.

I would also like to take this opportunity to start a new tradition on my blog. I have started collecting antique advertising trade cards. Like I am doing with my antique photos, I will share one of my cards here every now and then.

So for today:

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