Veteran’s Day 2014

In memory of my USAF Veteran Dad, and for all of the Veterans and active military who courageously put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and serve our citizenship in times of peace, disaster, and need: Thank you!


Note about the photo:
This was taken in a cemetery nearby. It is a statue that marks the grave of this family’s only son (only child!) who was killed in WWII – and it is his likeness. What a beautiful (and sad) tribute.

Remember to shake the hand of a Veteran or active-duty Military person and thank them for their service — not just today but feel free to do it on any day…

And, since it’s getting to be that time of year,  please remember service members when filling out your Christmas Card list:
Holiday Mail for Heroes Campaign (Christmas Letters)
Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world. The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day


Nine Eleven

We’ll always remember this day.


And where we were when it happened.

Thanks for stopping by – spread love!

It’s an inside kind of day

And the weather here changes again.

Today we’re getting lots of rain and thunderstorms.

Admittedly, I’m a big fan of thunderstorms – strange, perhaps, but true!

But they do put a damper (ahem, ‘damper’… get it?! haha!!) on any outdoor activities.

So this is how we’re passing the time today:


Ok, really it’s mostly this:


Best way to spend a rainy day!

Photowalk 32

I’m enjoying a beautiful snow day today.

Of course I realize it’s been a snowy winter…

so I also realize that I’m one of the few that would use the words “enjoy” or “beautiful” in reference to the white & fluffy stuff!

During the heavier snowfall, I grabbed the camera and took a few photos from around the yard and neighborhood.


Not the best place to sit unless you want a cold rear! That’s about 7 inches of snow on that swing, and it’s still coming down!


Snow sticking to some left-over fall foliage, the bird bath & snowfall in the background made for a nice shot.


Now that’s a Snow Angel!

Even though most people I know are tired of it, I’m having a good time with winter.

To me there’s something peaceful about fresh snowfall.

It makes the world seem quieter and brighter at the same time.

And it is, after all, one of my four favorite seasons! (hehehe!!)

Have a great week!

Faith not fear

Every tomorrow has two handles.

We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety,


or by the handle of faith.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Spending the day with the one who holds my heart…


We all knew I meant him!

Happy Valentine’s Day – have a great weekend!


I do my work at the same time every day – the last minute.

(Not really.)

I’m actually not much of a procrastinator… I’m more of a “work smart not hard” kind of gal.

Of course, it’s a little more difficult to work when this is going on around my computer & work station:

feeling around...

feeling around…

which led to this:

had to look at what he was playing around with...

had to get a better look at what he was playing around with…

So a little bit of playtime set me back a smidge today.

It happens.

How can it not when I’m dealing with a face like this?


focused playing — awwww!!

Yep. This is my daily life.

And I share with you a glimpse into my actual job…

as Louden’s staff!

Best. Job. Ever.