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A Blog About Finding the Laughs in Life!

July 29, 2020

One good thing about the COVID-19 quarantine: A lot of us have been cleaning out closets. I’ve already made two trips to Goodwill and still have a growing stack of items ready for my next excursion. There are two wool “car” coats, a piece of art I won at an art fair, m...

June 2, 2020

We each have a personal history. A lot of mine has been tossed, over the years, into this trunk (or footlocker). In 1963, it was brand new and brought my teen-age belongings to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since then, it has bounced around in basements and closet...

March 30, 2020

I have been thinking about all of you and hope you are staying well. COVID-19 has been a unifying experience, as we are all experiencing limitations on our lives, no matter where we live.

My “social distancing” began March 14th, after I returned from visiting family in...

January 3, 2020

Happy New Year to all my blog friends. Twenty-twenty is a fun name for this new year. We used to say “Two Thousand and One,” etc., but now we are off and running with the Twenties.

I don’t make Resolutions, but I do “Remind” myself of things I already know I should be d...

September 15, 2019

I was never one to collect antiques. In fact, it was rare for me to buy furniture. Most of my furniture came as hand-me-downs from the older generation. Through grandmas and aunts, I received a dining room table and chairs along with various dressers and chests of draw...

July 14, 2019

As the title of my blog indicates, I like to find the laughs in life. Even when I had major surgery last month, there were things that made me laugh.

I got all my ducks in a row as I prepared to have my left knee replaced. I went through this a year ago on the other kne...

June 16, 2019

I have been bingeing on Madeleine L’Engle. Perhaps it began when my granddaughter and I went to see the movie “A Wrinkle in Time.”

        Anyway, since then I have re-read “Wrinkle,” as well as the other three books in the “Wrinkle” quartet. In the library, I found “A...

March 30, 2019

        My daughter and I were talking about “expectations.” I once heard “expectations breed resentment.” As a grandmother, I have learned not to put expectations upon my grown kids or their children. It causes resentments to say

        “...

February 10, 2019

The three-pound bag of Clementine oranges was a lot for one person. I’m fortunate to live in a 55+ apartment complex, so I asked my neighbor, Mary, if she wanted to share them.

“What’s a Clementine?” she asked. “Never heard of them.”

But she was brave enough to try them...

January 3, 2019

It’s January 2, 2019, so the YMCA parking lot was packed to the gills today ….all those New Year’s resolutions!

I try to get to the Y three times a week for the deep water exercise class. We have a great time doing the “flutter,” water “jogging” and “cross-country skiin...

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