Blog Challenge, Family, Personal

If I Won the Lottery

It's week 11 of my personal blogging challenge, and this week's prompt is If I Won the Lottery. I skipped last week. I'm sure you all noticed. I'm sure you were all desperately disappointed. I blame Hurricane Nate. Or maybe I blame the fact that I wasn't overly enthusiastic about this topic. I mean, I'm never going… Continue reading If I Won the Lottery

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Blog Challenge, Deep-ish Thoughts, Family, Personal, Photos

Memories May be Beautiful…and Yet

Waving hello from the one little corner of Florida that wasn't blown apart by Hurricane Irma, and back with another entry in my 31-week blog challenge. This week's prompt is to share an old picture of me. My options are limited because most of the old picture of me aren't in digital format, and I… Continue reading Memories May be Beautiful…and Yet

Blog Challenge, Family, Personal, Thinking Out Loud

A Trip Down Memory Lane

It's week 4 of my personal blog challenge here on Waxing the Turtle, and this week's prompt is My earliest childhood memory, which is both fun and challenging. I had a great childhood for the most part. My parents created a great world for us to live in, took us on vacations every year and created… Continue reading A Trip Down Memory Lane

Family, Fun, Personal

The Value of Summer Traditions

This weekend, my grandkids are coming for a month-long visit. It's the second year in a row they've come in the summer to spend significant time with Older Daughter and me, and we're as excited as if we were heading for Christmas morning. When Older Daughter was quite young, and her two oldest cousins were… Continue reading The Value of Summer Traditions

Deep-ish Thoughts, Family, Personal, Thinking Out Loud

Thoughts on an Unremarkable Birthday

It's my birthday today, so I'm in a reflective mood. It's not a milestone birthday, and it doesn't look to be a remarkable day in any way. I'll spend most of the day alone, doing unremarkable things, like working and paying bills and running errands. I've already started getting good wishes for the day on… Continue reading Thoughts on an Unremarkable Birthday

Daily Life, Deep-ish Thoughts, Family

The Acorn and the Tree

I change blog backgrounds and layouts the way some people rearrange furniture. I'm never satisfied. I'd really like to find a look that's just . . . me . . . and stick with it. A brand, if you will. But I still haven't been able to find one that suits me for longer than… Continue reading The Acorn and the Tree

Family, Healthy Lifestyle, Struggles

The Month of Cake, Cake, Cake and Pie

In my family, September is known as the month of cake, cake, cake and pie. We have four birthdays in the month, and those are just the ones in our immediate family. If you count aunts, uncles, grandparents and anniversaries, the month is packed. We start out in grand style, with my birthday coming first.… Continue reading The Month of Cake, Cake, Cake and Pie

Deep-ish Thoughts, Family

The Confession

Yesterday I was talking to my oldest granddaughter (The Princess who is 7) on the phone. With Daddy is away on TDY, Mommy and the two girls are spending a week with friends who just had their third child. The Princess had a few questions and comments about how the older kids in a family… Continue reading The Confession

Family, Personal, Why I Believe

I’m a Survivor

I never think of myself as a cancer survivor. Never. For years I've heard people talking about cancer survivors, but I've never put myself on the roster. Since signing up for Facebook I've seen umpty-million posts about cancer and survivors scroll past on my screen and never once have I counted myself among the ranks… Continue reading I’m a Survivor

Family, Personal, Struggles, Trust

The Brightest Light

I've been in a slump lately -- and by lately, I mean since 2004. Or 2000. Or 1996, depending on which of my old journals you happen to be reading. I've known for a while that I've been in a slump. Everything has been so difficult. I have no physical energy. I have no creative… Continue reading The Brightest Light