Put a Stamp on It

As a kid, I remember running to the mailbox just after we heard the mail truck drive by in the hope there would be a letter from a friend or the grandparents, maybe a magazine or clothing catalog.  Remember the JCPenney catalog?!
These days I don't even get the mail every day, let alone run to the mailbox. Okay, running to the box may be out mostly because of my age, but a lack of excitement certainly plays a part too!  I don't know about you, but my mailbox is filled with junk mail or bills or the dreaded political ads. 
Seriously, take a moment to ponder when was the last time you got fun mail?  I know the last time I did was this month, but that is only because it's my birthday month. Other than that?  I couldn't even tell you.  Maybe Christmas?

Here's the thing.   You have how many friends?  One, two? More?  Perfect!  Write them a note.  An actual note on paper with a pen.  It doesn't have to be long.  Just, "I thought of you today!"  Stash that …

The Art of Conversation and A Surprising Answer

I live in a house with five other humans who are all able to communicate with their mouths.  And yet, I find myself scratching my head sometimes over our lack of communication skills.  One of my children in particular has a hard time with conversation.  He likes to throw out fact upon fact, but the conversation isn't necessarily interactive.

I was discussing this with a friend of mine who also happens to be a communication arts teacher.  Yay for me!  We were brainstorming all sorts of ideas and solutions.  You know, we were having a conversation about my son's lack of conversation skills. (;  One of the ideas she came up with was TableTopics;  a set of cards filled with lots of engaging questions to inspire great conversation.  She graciously loaned me her version.

That night I pulled a card.  Our question was, "If you could master a musical instrument, what would it be?"  Silly me, I thought I would get answers that range from the guitar, to flute and maybe a kazoo…

Thankful Thursday

Welcome back my friends.  Can you believe it's Thursday already?  Sheesh.  Where does the time go?  I hope your week was filled with joy in the everyday, beautiful memories and gorgeous sunrises.  Today I'm thankful for:

4. The dishwasher!  That beautiful modern machine that works so I don't have to.

5.  The printing press.  I have a book addiction that would not be a thing if it were not for the printing press.

6.  The coffee maker.  There are just some things in life that put a pep in your step and our faithful coffee maker is one of them.  Always there waiting to brew the perfect cup.  Sometimes, the coffee maker is the first thing I think about when I wake. 

P.S. Yes, that's coffee in the mug.  It's how I like to drink my cream.  :)

It's A Big Boy!

Did you know that the Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy steam locomotive No. 4014 is touring the Union Pacific rails throughout 2019 to commemorate the transcontinental railroad's 150th anniversary?!

You can see if it will be near you by going to the Union Pacific link.  The kids and I took a road trip and were able to see it with a few hundred others. :)  I sure love when a common interest brings people together.  I was teary-eyed and thrilled.

Five Minute Friday :: Middle

Funny this word should be a prompt. I've been reading The Middle Matters: Why That (Extra)Ordinary Life Looks Really Good on You by Lisa-Jo Baker.  I've been reading it because I'm tired in the middle of my life.  Gone are the days I'm holding babies in my arms and being rewarded with cute little smiles.  Gone are the days I fall into bed exhausted after chasing toddlers and cleaning peanut butter fingers while giggling fills my ears.  All those easy field trips to the zoo or train museum or the playland at the fast food place are a thing of the past.
I'm in the middle.  Raising teens and almost teens.  They rarely giggle.  They are too big to hold (but not too big to hug!).  Mention playland at the fast food restaurant and they roll their eyes.  To get them to the zoo I have to ask God to send the absolute perfect weather because if it's too hot or too cold, the complaining is louder than the baboons.  The train museum is just that, a museum, and what teen, …

Make It Monday

We have been loosely sticking to our summer schedule!  Yay for us.  Today is Make it Monday.  Megan and Mason get the credit.  Today's medium is paint.

Thankful Thursday

Once upon a time before Ann Voskamp wrote and published One Thousand Gifts, she hosted a blog meme (?) of the same name, I believe.  The idea was that you were to write down three things that you were thankful for each day and simple math would say you would have about one thousand things you were thankful for at the end of the year.

I participated in that challenge and it was life changing!  That is no exaggeration.  My entire perspective shifted.  You see, being thankful for three things each day is quite simple at first.  I'm sure you can rattle off a dozen right now.  However, once you get through those top 12, it gets hard!  That is when I found myself going through the day looking for things I could be grateful for so that I could complete the challenge.  And that my friends, is when change begins.

I find that I need an attitude adjustment again.  Things around here haven't been so peachy and I haven't responded well.  I have let my dissatisfaction color the way I lo…