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May 7, 2017

    The old barn on our farm was built in the late 1800s and was used for farming till about 2015. It still holds some machinery and other things. What I remember about this magnificent structure was the rope sheave chained to the roof. The sheave (pulley) was used with the old hay forks back when hay lofts were filled with loose hay. That practice would have been way before my time. All I remember about haymaking  was the hay bales that were are...

May 6, 2017

    If I prepared a mystery food and placed it in front of you, would you eat it without asking what it was? Would you trust my choice? Or, would you cordially decline and or ask several probing questions? Would you sniff the food? Fact is, unless you are starving to death and no other food is available, you would not eat the food; no questions needed. We like what we like and tend to seek our creature comforts and personal likes. Only occasional...

May 5, 2017

*Scratching and squeaking emanating from the pantry

*Foggy roads after dusk

*Roads covered with black ice

*Futures that are uncertain

*Unknown illnesses with no diagnoses

     These are just a few things that set my heart to race a bit faster and my mind to overthink. What will happen in the fog, on the ice, in the future, to my body, and tomorrow? So many questions and too few answers to suit me. Maybe you worry about such things; maybe you don't.  S...

May 4, 2017

    Investing money into a stock portfolio or in your local bank is never a bad thing. Somewhere down the road a dividend will be realized. Investing into a young life whether in a public school or the local church school is never wasted either.

    I was reintroduced to a large business envelope that contained a plethora of keepsakes. You know, those things that children color and paste, then give to mommies and daddies.  There were a number...

May 3, 2017

    Oops, (loud crash) I just spilled spaghetti all over the carpet?  Hmm, do I use a shop vac? Club soda? Maybe bleach will work?  What takes a stain out of a carpet?  Quick, I need help. When you need carpet cleaning help, who do you turn to?  HONEY, bring me the garden hose!!!

    Yesterday, we had a professional carpet and tile cleaning company come to work on our floors. In my head, I'm still using the 1980 renta...

May 2, 2017

Ever have the hair on the back of your neck feel like it is standing straight up? I have. There have been moments when I was near unseen danger and something internal activated the 'neck hair stand straight' button. Call it intuition, extrasensory perception, the Holy Spirit or anything you want, it is a bit freaky when it occurs. Especially after the fact when you realize a great tragedy was averted because you paid attention to the feeling. Wha...

May 1, 2017

    I remember the day over 25 years ago when I jumped in my truck, dropped it in reverse, and backed up -- right into the door of our other vehicle. I walked right past the SUV to get to my truck. I glanced in the mirror but failed to notice the bright blue and white thing sitting there. I remember uttering words. Some of which I am glad I don't use anymore. I had a song in my heart but it strained to come out that day. Happy songs are a great t...

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