We’re Not All That Different

Today is Five Minute Friday over at Lisa-Jo’s.  The writing prompt is…lonely.

Write for 5 minutes…..Get Ready, Get Set, Go!


There is a chasm of difference between being alone and being lonely.

One is a choice, the other is not.

One allows for rest and rejuvenation.

The other can become a burden.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28  NIV

Jesus understood. He still understands.

Sometimes just reaching out to others, can make all the difference.

The burden can be lifted.

A life changed.

When one realizes he/she is not the only one that ever feels lonely.

That we are all in this together…and that we are not really all that different at all.



OK, are you ready? Let’s see your best five minutes for the prompt:



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Beat The Heat…Again

It’s Still Summer…And It’s Still Hot

I thought I’d read back through my blog archives from last summer. To make a long story short…nothing much has changed. It’s still summer a year later…. and it’s still hot. I still can’t wait for Fall to arrive. I look so much cuter when I’m not sweating. Just sayin’.


Because laughter always makes things better……I hope you enjoy the “oldies but goodies” that I’ve picked out of my file:)






Beat The Heat




Ice cubes in a tray


It is a hot, humid, sticky, stifling Monday morning in west central Ohio. I know there are a lot of people dealing with temperatures much hotter than the 90′s, but it’s still hot, regardless. I could gripe about the heat (and I probably will, because I am not above whining), but I will begin today’s blog with being thankful that we have a working air conditioner in the house.


The last severe heat wave we had, the air conditioner was not working. We couldn’t catch a breeze and I was quickly melting in a pool of sweat. It was a gross and disgusting scene. Just trust me on that. Moist skin, hair plastered to my head, and a sweat mustache are not my most beautiful look. Needless to say, I was happy to see the temps eventually drop. Now, this week, I am looking at 95 degree temps again.


Have I mentioned that I enjoy the laid back spirit of summer? But, not so laid back that I drop over dead on the lawn from heat stroke. Just sayin’. Don’t waste your time telling me I am a heat wimp…because I won’t even fight you on that point. I will just agree with you and then request that you go and get me some more ice cubes for my tea…..or fan me……or spray me with the water hose. That’s just how I roll.


The dog days of summer are very real at my house. The outside dogs just lay around in the shade, and pant a lot. I make sure their water bowls are always full. I tell them to drink up. I’m seriously considering buying them a kiddy pool. They can lay around in it and I can bring them their water bowls with little umbrellas in them.


I’m already thinking ahead. Three months from now will be October 18th. Aaahhh….cool days and crisp nights. My perfect season…..Autumn, I miss you. Please hurry. Before I melt.


Well, it’s off to find something to wear today. Something cool…..but, still decent. And legal.

Those I Love…

Sunflower in bloom

Sunflower in bloom (Photo credit: Heliosphere)










I love the way the early morning sun streams in through the kitchen windows and makes the room glow.  The sunflowers on the dining room table look at home in the sunshine. It makes me smile.

The bright turquoise picture frame is a vibrant splash of color, and one of my favorite finds, from a local garage sale.

The deck furniture turns the deck into a welcoming oasis during the lazy, hazy days of summer.

Surrounding myself with things I enjoy.

Smiles and laughter at a joke shared.

Sitting on the deck together, sharing time while sharing space.

Holding hands and holding hearts.

Looking forward to seeing each face.

Surrounding myself with those I love.


For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving… I Timothy 4:4 NIV


Story Time

I usually write on Fridays but, my computer was acting wonky yesterday.  It wouldn’t let me write without freezing up. That is not unusual, as my laptop is probably in its final days. Sigh.


So anyway……


I am attempting to type up my blog entry from yesterday. Slowly but surely.


On Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday, the word was:  STORY



English: Picture of an open book, that does no...




Everyone has a story.  I love to listen to stories…finding out about people,


how they got to be where they are…


and how they got to be who they are.


Chapters of interesting and not so interesting dialogue.


All stories pretty much start out the same way.  A baby, new to this world. Starting out fresh.


The pages of the story clean and crisp.


Then life happens. Pages sometimes get torn. Soiled by the day to day. Bent and dog-earred.


Highlighted and underlined. Pages memorized and other parts scribbled through.


Stained from chocolate fingers and stained from falling tears.


Happy parts and silly parts and sad parts and terrible parts.


The story continues on.


The chapters grow.


Until that last moment when the book is closed.




Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.  Lamentations 3:22-23  NIV






o, now be brave, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on the word:::



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So, now be brave, set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

OK, are you ready? Please give us your best five minutes on the word:::



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