What inspires you? Not on the regular days. What inspires you on “those” days. You know ….those days. Do you have days…you know, just awful days? Most people don’t admit it, but we all do. Days where either something has happened, unexpected and possibly awful, or a memory, or a single or many items have just for some reason piled on. Something that has always stuck with me was a passage I read in a book once that called what we all carry in life…is our “sack of rocks”.

We all have them, some are smaller than others, some are bigger than others…but a sack …with rocks.BUT even through those things, those days, those times, those of  times of life, joy can be had. I have those times. You have had those times. We all have them. Do most people know we have them?….no. Usually, most of the time, we have no idea what other people are going through or carrying in their life.

What gives you inspiration? When you go through those times, what is the thing or things that carry you through. For those of us who are Christians, yes God is the ultimate strength-giver, joy giver and give us a foundation and the strength to go on,.  But that doesn’t change the valley you are walking through. I believe  you also need tangible, hold-in-your-hand type of things or people. Those things for me are music, just certain songs can give your day a lift. There are those spiritual songs that stir the soul  But also a good 50’s, 60’s or 70’s song can carry me away :), people are another, a message, a phone call, a hug, those are amazing. Books are another thing that help me. But laughter….laughter can change how you feel, how your body responds and can give you a kick-start to changing your attitude.

Which leads me to Chonda Pierce. I  LOVE Chonda Pierce. Her take on life, she is a comedian who is more than surviving much grief in her life….her life, her story, her sharing includes much laughter, even in the mist of a storm, terrible grief, and just plain heartache. She is real. She is down to earth. She can make you laugh, smile and cry. Right now she is my inspiration.

Read the following to get to know Chonda:

This is on my birthday list. I can’t wait to see it. Click HERE to go to her site and order it.

I just thought I would share Chonda and you can read her story and about her life. It helped me, thought I would pass it on.

The following quote is something I have read and kept in my heart.


Spring Has Sprung…in the house, yard, and even the Deck!


Spring always spurs my desire to clean out and organize closets, drawers and cupboards. I think the new life that is sprouting, the trees and shrubs that burst of color and the green grass after a drab winter makes me want to spruce up the house and the yard!!

My front blooming ground cover
Flowering Pear. We have 6 in the backyard and the blooms are just beginning to burst open. After the blooms they become thick with lots of leaves. A fast growing tree.

I can’t wait to throw open the windows, clean, organize. And those windows I throw open…yea, those too need to be cleaned after the winter! And that is what spring is looking like.  In between THOSE items I’m crossing off my list (why does list making seem to make me feel so much more accomplished????) Our newly built kitchen island is ALMOST done. I just have to finish the 2 doors and the new island top is on order, due to arrive in 3 weeks!!

Next on the list is our summer project! We ALWAYS have one! I shouldn’t check out Pinterest. First we are replacing all the deck boards on the floor of our deck. Our deck is over 20 years old and as Wayne was inspecting the deck and deciding which boards needed replacing, it became apparent it was easier to replace all to give a uniform look.   We have a big deck; it is 18 x 22 ft so that is a whole lot of boards! Did I also mention that at Menards Wayne and I loaded 86  10 ft. deck boards into the truck this past weekend? Yes we did, I thought it would never end, and because you just can’t take any board, we had to sort through them to get the best ones. My arms sure felt it when we were done!   But as we were planning our project, the project began to grow! Again that ALWAYS happens too (Give a Mouse a Cookie or the Crown Molding Effect as my co-workers named it!) We are going to move the deck stairs to another side of the deck (which will require rebuilding them of course J). The new steps will go down to a new brick patio and fire pit we will build. By moving the steps to the back it will make it a more private patio. I’m already planning for tiki torches, nighttime lighting, seating,  and when done, evenings around the fire pit, which will of course include roasting marshmallows!!  The removal of the deck stairs is beginning today, and as I type to the sounds of  Wayne removing the steps.

Oh and my new deck pillows, I love them. And our new deck table umbrella picks up the color in the pillows.


And lest you think it’s all work and no play…not true! We have spent time walking near the marina, out for ice cream, 2 or 3 time (oh okay!! Maybe 4 times!) Sitting on the deck, enjoying ice tea, enjoying the trees blooming, and the variety of birds that come to the 3 bird feeders that are out,  a Sunday drive on a beautiful sunny warm day.

Our Sunday drive to South Haven. A beautiful sunny and warm day!

We’ve found some great movies to rent or going to the theater. The last movie we rented was “Bridge of Spies” with Tom Hanks, a Stephen Spielberg movie. The movie is so good and based on a true story. Recommend it! LOL as I look over our fun times…we most certainly live the “high life”…yup not expensive and elaborate dates, but all lovely none the less. And our Saturday mornings are breakfast out and the week days we go to the “office” as we call it….(actually Panera) There are a group of regulars who come in. We usually just have a cup of  coffee, but we love it each morning.Our days are full and brimming over!

When the kitchen island is done, photos will be posted. So happy with how it has turned out!! A shout out to my hubby for a great job!

Wayne is coming up on a year of retirement in June. It has just flown by so quickly. He is loving each and every day, we both are. It’s easy having him home.


Grandchildren…the joy of life! Here are some new photos of all 6 of them. Four of our grandkiddo’s live in CO :(.  Kaytlynn 14 1/2, Carson 11, Severia 7, Sadie, 5). Sure miss living near them.


sad wm



Below is Klara (almost 6) and Adalyn 1.



Adalyn WM

I’m Back!



A flowering Pear Tree. Our backyard is lined with these and ours are now covered with buds, waiting to see them in bloom soon…spring is on it’s way!!






A long dry spell of not posting has ended! At least that is the plan. Since the Holiday’s much has happened, which I will get into in a later post.

I couldn’t decide how to start back into posting, what subject? what kind of post? So much to say, but yet, just not able to pin it down.

Soooo, I went the easy route, to just get past the “writers block”!!! Posting something that is circulating on Facebook. Some have said “three things”, some “four things”…I went with the latter. Something fun and lighthearted! 🙂

Four names I go by
1. Kathy
2. Mom
3. Grandma
4. Babe

Four places I lived
1. Grand Haven, MI
2. Lansing, MI
3. Kankakee, IL
4. Westerville, OH

Four places I have worked
1. Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
2. Lakeshore Floral
3. Michigan National Bank
4. Mervyn’s

Four things I love to watch on TV
1. The Blaze
2. Downton Abby
3. Alaska, the Last Frontier
4. Dr. Pol

Four places I have been
1. Disney World
2. Smokey Mountains
3. Yosemite Nat’l Park
4. Mammoth Caves

Four things I love to eat
1. Baked Potatoes with butter and sour cream!
2. BBQ Ribs
3. Chinese
4. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate (oh and I do love a good grilled Salmon with herbs, oh and corn on the cob, fries, I really love fries and on and on and on.:)

Four Favorite drinks
1. Coffee
2. Ice Tea with Lemon and lots of ice
3. A Tennessee Mountain Drink
4. Starbuck Peppermint Mocha Frappachino

Four things I’m looking forward to
1. Summer!
2. Seeing Colorado Grandkiddos!!!
3. Chicago!!!!
4. Working in my yard

Four places I like to dine out at:
1. Olive Garden
2. Red Lobster
3. Panera Bread
4. Salt and Pepper (local)

Four Things I would like to do:
1. Zip Lining
2. Kayaking
3. Own a horse
4. Move south for the winter (Tenn or Florida)

New look coming!

January is a month of change. Changing the hosting of my blog, the look of my blog,the purpose of the blog, and more postings coming in 2016! See you soon!

Favorite Bloggers

Some time ago I had posted some of my favorite blogs I follow. They are such a “mish mash” of blogs! I’m going to post the links to some of my favorites. They cover a myriad of subjects. I love the down-to-earth bloggers, with down-to-earth Faith, love of God, you know people who are finding their way in life like we all are, and ones that have a sense of humor along life’s road.

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Free Printables and a survey!

I’m determined…did I say “determined” to post more often. We have gotten so busy the last few months, I’m behind again.

First sharing free printable I have found. The first is Pantry Labels I have used last month when I re-organized my pantry and put most staples in glass or plastic containers. I LOVE the “chalkboard” look labels and they are the ones I used! There is also blank ones to create your own labels for what you need. Pantry Labels from World Labels
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