New page!

I created  a new page on Facebook where I can share about Young Living, their essential oils and their other products. Check it out and give it a like!

Oil Infused Goodness


Crafty Fun!

Last night I spent a few hours with some family members having a craft and cocktail night. We made adorable owl ornaments. But mostly, we had fun being together and, of course, we had a lot of laughs!


owl ornaments

Looking forward to another one of these super fun family times!

Fur baby crisis!

We had a fur baby crisis yesterday. Remember Zeke? He’s the chocolate lab/whippet mix we adopted over the summer. Well, Zeke and I were out in the backyard when, all of a sudden, he started acting crazy. He would put his head down by the ground, and paw at his wide-open mouth. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I couldn’t see that anything was in his mouth, so I wondered if he had gotten stung by a bee. We have an apple tree in the backyard, and bees are all over the apples on the ground.

I took him back in the house, and, for a little while, he seemed to settle down. Tried again to look in his mouth, but still could not see what was wrong. He still pawed at his mouth once in a while, but not crazily like when we were outside. He even slept for a bit. But, I was still convinced that something was wrong.

I called the vet. They said to bring him in, but, because I didn’t have an appointment, I might have to wait a while because they were booked. I took him in and we waited an hour before the vet actually came to check him out. She was concerned that he either had something jammed up in his mouth and/or possibly a broken tooth. The only way to check for sure was to put him under twilight anesthesia. So, I had to leave him there and she was going to put him under and see what was going on.

I went home without him. She had told me to come back about 5:30, which was only about an hour after I got home, but I couldn’t sit still that whole hour. I was worried about him being under anesthesia, and worried about what she would find. If you have pets, you know they become like one of your kids. I was just as worried about him as I would be about one of my boys!

The clock moved slowly for that hour, but finally it was time to head back. I had to knock on the door because the office was closed for the day. They let me in and led me downstairs where they had taken care of him. He was laying on the floor on a towel, all sprawled out. They had removed a small piece of stick from the roof of his mouth. It was wedged in up there! They saved it in a lunch baggie so I could see what they found.


I was so relieved that he was ok, and amazed at what they pulled out of his mouth. She said it was wedged in there so tight that he never would have been able to get it out on his own. He was still “drunk” from being under, but slowly awakened after I got there. They helped me get him upstairs and into the car. He was going home!!

He was fine after we got home, and it didn’t take long for the “drunkenness” to wear off. He was a little more drowsy than usual last night, but she said that would be normal.  Today, he seems to be just fine.

I’m so glad I took him in! And I’m so glad he’s ok!

Love your fur babies!

It’s happening!

It’s gonna happen. Two weeks from today we will be running our first 5k! I say we because Adam has decided to run with me. I’m so excited about that! I was thinking that I would be on my own doing this. But, before I registered he decided to run too. I am excited and nervous. But I also know what a great feeling it’s gonna be when we are done.

We got this!!

So pretty!

It’s a beautiful time of year here in Michigan! The leaves are changing and fall colors are everywhere. Everywhere you go, there is a spectacular color show going on. It’s gorgeous!

It’s also getting quite chilly. The weekend was cold, and the night time temps were below freezing. We still have days when it warms up nicely, but those will soon be gone. I’m not quite ready for the cold weather. But, I live in Michigan so, ready or not, the cold is coming.

If only the pretty leaves didn’t have to fall! Our yard is becoming covered in leaves and soon it will be time to start raking them up. It’s a huge, weeks long process. We have two huge maple trees in the front yard and that’s a lot of leaves! We can rake one day, and then a day or two later, the yard is covered again. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also good exercise!



I had my first fall today while running. Not sure what I tripped on, a stone, a stick, I don’t really know. I just know I hit the pavement quite hard!!

I’ve got some nasty scrapes. Scraped up my knee pretty good, and put a hole in a brand new pair of running pants. Also scraped up my wrist and really tore up my left thumb. I cut my run short, only because I was bleeding pretty good from three different spots. But, thankfully, nothing is broken. Oh, except my phone! When I was doing the c25k program, I started carrying the phone in my hand because when it was in my pocket, the program would pause. So when I fell today, of course, my phone fell too. It’s got a small scrape/crack on the bottom corner of the screen. Guess maybe I should reconsider carrying it in my hand.

Will this stop me from running? Hell no! I will carry on!

Still going!

So, running without a program to follow seems a little more challenging to me. I’ve been running 3 days a week just like with the c25k program. I’ve set a goal of running at least 30 minutes each time, which puts me just under 3 miles. I listen to music and do my best to think about things other than how long I’ve been running but still find myself hoping the 30 minutes are done! But, I will keep at it. I want to increase my time gradually, but I don’t want to over do it. Usually, by the time 30 minutes arrives, one or both of my knees are starting to hurt.

I’ve also been thinking about doing the 10k program. I want to build up my stamina so that, eventually, running 30 minutes is a piece of cake. If you are a graduate of the c25k program, like me, you can advance in the 10k program to week 9. Even at week 9, there are walk/run intervals. Not sure I want to go back to that. I’ll think about it.

All in all, this running thing has been good for me. I hope to continue for a very long time.

New reading material!

I love to read! When I’m reading a book, I like knowing I have another book waiting for me. Sometimes I panic a little when I know there is no book waiting, lol.

Two of my favorite authors have books coming out. I always like to buy the books as soon as they come out. So, I will have more than one book waiting for me when I finish what I’m reading now. This is awesome!

Nicholas Sparks has a new book coming out tomorrow. The title is See Me. I have enjoyed reading his books and look forward to another.

Elin Hilderbrand also has a book coming out. Winter Stroll is the sequel to Winter Street, which was awesome. I fell in love with her books a few years ago and now anxiously wait for each new one.

As the weather continues to cool down, there is nothing better than a cozy spot on the couch and a good book!

What are you reading?


On Monday, we surprised our youngest son with a car. He’s only 15, won’t turn 16 until May, but we found a car that we got a great deal on and could not pass it up.

Adam has been looking for a car for quite some time. Not unusual for a kid with a drivers permit. We, too, have been looking online and at used car dealers around town for a while. We were not planning on buying until next year, around the time he gets his license. But, like I said, we couldn’t pass this up.

My husband is looking at retirement in a few years. He wants to make sure that Adam has a dependable vehicle to drive that will last him many years. He didn’t want to start Adam out with an old car, which is what we did with Christopher, and then have to buy something new or newer a few years down the road. He wants to go into retirement knowing that both of these boys have dependable vehicles.

We found this car online at a dealer lot. It’s a 2014 Mustang!!! Yep, a mustang! It has low miles, and is in like-new condition. Tim went to look at it last week while I was working. He was impressed, and we decided to buy. We did not tell Adam, wanting to surprise him. It was a hard secret to keep!! I picked him up from school in my car. When we were almost home, I handed him the keys to the mustang. He was shocked, unbelieving, speechless! We pulled in the driveway, and he, of course, spent a ton of time checking it all out. Even took it for a ride. He loves it! Who wouldn’t? We went out for dinner that night, and, of course, we took the mustang, with Adam driving! He has plenty of time now to get used to driving the new car. He’s been driving my car up until now. Now, he wants to drive everywhere we go!


Blog at

Up ↑