Monday, December 31, 2012

In Memoriam

Goodbye, 2012.  I can't say that I'm really sorry to see you go.  It's been one hell of a year.

I lost my marriage this year.  I lost my home.  Friends disappeared, making me realize just how many were there because they needed me...not the other way around.

I lost my trust.  From now on, I will have to see actions that prove words.  I lost my sense of stability and safety this year.  Fear is now a constant state.

I lost a parent.  I realize this is an event that comes to all eventually but I was unprepared and still don't think it's sunk all the way in.

I saw a friend go through the worst this world can offer...the loss of a child.  I still stand helpless, not knowing what to do to help.

There has also been pockets of joy this year.  Friends who stood by me when I couldn't stand on my own.  One who busted her butt ten hours a day to help me get packed.  Another who came after working all day and put in more time helping pack and load.  A friend so true, she came halfway across the country to help me leave.  A friend who flew to see me and surround me with love.

I fulfilled a lifelong dream this year.  I published, and for one short weekend...actually made it on to  an Amazon bestseller list.  My picture made it in a national magazine.  In January, I'll have a recipe in a nationally distributed cookbook.  This blog made a little bit of money and so did my articles on Examiner.  I'm getting there...slowly but surely.

They say that God doesn't give you more than you can handle.  Dear God...I'm at my limit!  I would love some recovery time before the next test!

May 2013 bring you joy and peace.  I know I'm praying for the same.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Homemade to Go

One of my favorite snacking treats is sweet and salty trail mix.  Unfortunately, most stores are incredibly proud of their variety!!  Out of desperation, I've re-created my own version and did it in bulk.  First thing you will need is a large jar with a tight cap.  You can find one here:  Large Jar


Two jars dry roasted peanuts
One jar sunflower seed kernels
One bag M&M's (regular)
One large canister raisins


Place all ingredients in jar and shake to mix.  Trail mix can be enjoyed straight out of the jar or split in to baggies to have on the go.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Something to Ponder

With the advent of everything digital, children no longer spend as much time learning to tell time by a traditional clock.  What was considered a basic lesson taught at a very early age for us is now barely mentioned if at all.

Ask a child between the ages of 6 and 12 what "a quarter after" means.  You'll more than likely get a blank stare.  The same will occur with "a quarter till" or "half past".  What were common terms of speech for us are rapidly becoming obsolete.

What crossed my mind yesterday were the directions "clockwise" and "counter-clockwise".  Are these terms also going the way of the dinosaurs?  How will someone know what direction that means if they've never learned to tell time on a traditional clock?

But then...I still call the remote "the clicker".

And those are my random thoughts this morning...

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Just Because

We've all heard the saying that just because it's online doesn't mean it's true.  But I saw a post on a friend's wall the other day and realized that just because it's on Facebook doesn't mean it's NOT true.

What did I see?  Something that really struck home for me.  It's posted below:

Sounds really simple, doesn't it?  After having gone through my divorce this year...I can personally tell you it's not as easy as it looks.

I can see a lot of women nodding in agreement with this one.  Too often, the work stops after a woman has been "gotten".

So very true.  But are they there to protect you?

This is what every woman deserves and should settle for no less.  This is what I wish for every woman I know.

Just because it's on Facebook doesn't mean it isn't true.  And the posts above prove that very point.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Morning After

It's the morning after Christmas.  Stop.  Breathe.  You've made it through another holiday.  Like most women, you've probably done too much for too many in too little time.  Take a few minutes today just to sit and breathe.

I know gift wrap and bows are on sale.  They'll still be on sale in a couple of day...for even less!  You've earned a few minutes of rest.  Take them.

I know you got that sweater that doesn't fit.  You don't want to be standing in those long lines today.  The customer service desk will still be open when you get there.  It doesn't have to be today.

Today is for you.  Enjoy a few moments' respite and breathe.  If anyone gives you grief about it...tell them I said so!!


Monday, December 24, 2012

This Christmas Eve

On this Christmas Eve, I wish a Merry Christmas to our troops around the world.  Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Soldiers Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give,
and to see just who in this little house lived.
As I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No Stockings by mantle, just boots filled with sand,
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.
With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,
A sobering thought came through my mind.
For this house was different, it was dark and dreary,
 The home of a soldier, I could now see clearly.
The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor in this one bedroom home.
The face was so gentle, the room in such disorder,
Not how I picture a United States Soldier.
Was this the hero of whom I'd just read?
Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?
I realized the families that I saw this night,
owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.
Soon round the world, the children would play,
and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,
because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.
I couldn't help wondering how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to one knee and started to cry.
The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
"Santa don't cry, for this life is my choice".
I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more,
My life is my God, my country, my corps."
The soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent and still,
as we both shivered from the cold night's chill.
I didn't want to leave, on that cold, dark night,
this guardian of honor, so willing to fight.
Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure,
whispered, "Carry on Santa...., It's Christmas Day...., All is secure.
One look at my watch, and I knew he was right,
Merry Christmas my friend.... and to all a Good Night.
                        ~ Author Unknown *~

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Rivers of Love

Today's post is a guest post from Patty G.  Other than editing and spelling corrections, all words are her own.  I hope you enjoy it!  Love, Jerri

Rules of deployment when your loved one leaves.  There are no written rules.  

No one tells you what you will feel.  The emotions you will go through.  The emotions your Soldier will shut down while he is away.

It hurts like hell.

How long did I wait to let the tears flow?

A smell, a sound, a song can trigger an emotion.  For me, it was Christmas shopping when I thought I smelled my man's cologne.  It triggered happy memories of being with him.  For a moment, my world was right.  

All of a sudden, the tears came and they would not stop.  I had to stop my Christmas shopping and go home.  I finally let the tears flow.  They came in wave after wave.  

Despite my best attempts of disciplining my emotions, my heart won!  We do not choose who we fall in love with, our heart does!

Deployment can make or break a relationship.  A good man is worth waiting for!  If you still love him without the luxury of being by his side, your love is REAL.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

You Deserve It!

It's the Saturday before Christmas.  You've been working yourself to the, cleaning, shopping, wrapping...

Today's recipe:

Call for delivery!!!

Let someone else bring the food to your door.  Use paper plates and throw it all in the trash when you're done!!


Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Solstice

To my Wiccan and Pagan readers and friends:  I wish you a Blessed Yule.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

UPS My Choice

I've mentioned this service before but I wanted to revisit it.  UPS offers a free service for you to get notifications of package deliveries.  It is called UPS My Choice.  This service will send you an email letting you know that you have a package on the way, the estimated delivery date, and a 4-hour window of when it should be delivered.

As I enter a lot of sweepstakes and giveaways, I don't always know that I have things coming.  This service gives me a heads up and lets me know to be on the lookout.  If you live in an apartment complex, the service will also let you know if they left your package at the office in case you weren't home.

Head on over to UPS My Choice and sign up for this convenient service.  It's free!!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Don't Forget!

An easy task for you to accomplish today...but a very necessary one!

Today, go to your local store, whether Walmart, Dollar General, Family Dollar, or Walgreens...and BUY BATTERIES!!

With most toys today having an electronic component, stocking up on batteries is a necessity in advance of Christmas morning!  Let's not forget the big kid toys that require them, also.

Most importantly, remember to get batteries for your camera or make sure the ones you have are fully charged.  You don't want to miss a single, precious moment!

That's it!  That's your assignment for today...You can do it!!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Why I'm Silent

Since the tragedy in Newtown, I've largely remained silent.  Why?  Because I refuse to be drawn in to minutiae.  I will only grieve for those lost.

I will not speculate on motive.  The gunman is dead.  Let the detectives conduct their investigation.

I will not blame Asperger's Syndrome.  Every child I have ever known who suffers with it has been a gentle soul.  The authorities have not determined the exact mental illness involved.  Let them do their job.

I will not speculate on the mother.  She is dead, a murder victim also.  Let her rest in peace.

I will not enter the gun control debate.  At the end of the day, you cannot legislate evil.  The same day of this tragedy, a similarly mentally ill man entered a Chinese school and stabbed twenty-two children.  No guns were involved but evil was surely present.

This is a time when our country should and for the most part has drawn together to support the victims' families and community.  Political arguments, debates, and angry speech have no place when murdered children haven't even been laid to rest.

I will still be silent...I am still grieving.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Free Shipping!!!

Have you finished your shopping yet?  If not, head online and shop away!

Today is National Free Shipping Day.  Thousands (and I do mean THOUSANDS) of websites are offering free shipping for Christmas delivery.

As shipping charges can routinely run from free to $20 or more...this can mean huge savings for your wallet.  Let's face this economy, any opportunity to save is a good one!

Just a few of the stores participating:

Best Buy

Now get online and shop!!!


Saturday, December 15, 2012


Twenty new angels in heaven.

Twenty parents with empty arms.

Twenty teddy bears with no one to hug them.

Twenty empty beds with no story to be read.

Twenty good night kisses with nowhere to be bestowed.

Twenty caskets to be chosen.

Twenty empty desks with no lessons to be learned.

Twenty empty stockings this Christmas morn.

Twenty futures stolen never to be lived.

With a broken heart, we send love and prayers to the victims and their families.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Girl Time

This week, I have a friend visiting from Austin.  It feels so good to have her here!!  We've known each other for years and literally look like sisters.

For the next few days, we'll have shopping, talking, sightseeing, talking, eating, talking, drinking, talking, playing...and did I mention talking?

Got to go now...I have girl time to enjoy!  Have a great day!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Candy Cane Martini


1 1/4 ounces vanilla vodka
1 1/4 ounces white crème de cacao
3/4 ounce peppermint schnapps
crushed candy canes
whole candy canes


Combine vanilla vodka, white creme de cacao, and peppermint schnapps over ice in a shaker.  Moisten the rims of martini glasses and dip in crushed candy canes.  Shake and strain in to martini glass.  Garnish with a candy cane.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Shopping

Hopefully by now, you've completed most of your Christmas shopping.  If not, you're in luck!!  Amazon is still running daily deals!

In addition to Amazon, don't forget to check ebay for your holiday gift needs.  Frequently, you can find new, still in the package items and for less than you would pay at the store.  With ebay, however, you're running out of time.  Make sure with any purchase on ebay that you allow more than ample time for shipping.  Some are overseas and even those stateside use the postal service to ship.

As far as handmade gifts go, you still have plenty of time to bake cookies, assemble gifts in a jar, or make personalized coupon books for those you love.

Now take a deep breath!  You can do this!  Now go get 'em!!


Thursday, December 6, 2012


Reflecting on my life since I was forced to leave the home I loved, I realize that pain is something you actually can live with every day.  It eventually settles deep down in your gut and being alone only compounds it.

I am lucky.  I'm not currently out on the street, I have my dogs with me, and friends who love me. There is much to be thankful for.  At the same time, the loneliness is devastating.  A divorce takes not only your spouse but your best friend.  All at once, you're forced to think through and do everything yourself that you always did together.  That is where the pain originates.

I don't believe you work through the pain...I believe you work around it and it diminishes with time.  If you are truly fortunate, you have someone to take the edge off the pain, who has patience with your loneliness and fear, and who is willing to stand by your side.

As I said, I'm lucky.  I have a lot, the pain will diminish, and I will go on.  As the holiday season approaches, this is what I chose to reflect on.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012


One of the hardest things to move past in a divorce situation is the shattered trust.  This is especially true if the person you loved treats you poorly in the division of property and minutiae which makes up a final decree.

How do you get past that and learn to trust again?  I don't have that answer.  I can tell you that if you are in another relationship, absolute honesty and transparency are not optional.  If there are any indications that someone is not being truthful or faithful, it is impossible to give the benefit of the doubt.

I have seen divorces recently (including my own) where exes thought nothing of lying in court, in the divorce papers, and to the lawyers.  This makes you doubt your own ability to judge people and to identify those who mean you harm.  After all, these were the men you had total love and faith in, that you were planning on spending the rest of your life with, and whom you trusted implicitly.  If you could make such a bad decision before, will you do it again?

I don't have the answers.  I'm going to have to muddle through along with my friends, hoping I don't make another heartbreaking mistake.  Keep your fingers crossed for all of us!!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Are You Happy?

As I was on Facebook yesterday, my youngest son popped open a chat box.  "Momma, are you happy?" was the first thing he typed.  He said he was just thinking of me and worried whether I was happy or not.

Am I happy?  I raised a son who takes the time out of his day to check on me.  How could I not be happy knowing that?  He has grown in to a wonderful man who is empathetic, loving, and kind.  There is nothing more a mother could ask for.

Yes, I'm happy.  To have such a son makes me so.  If I have accomplished nothing else in my life, I have raised a boy who became an incredible man.

And that makes me happy.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Roof Over Your Head

Today is National Roof Over Your Head Day.  No one is quite sure of the origin for this day and it's not an official day in any jurisdiction.  It is a reminder to be grateful for that roof currently over your head and be aware of those who don't have that luxury.

For myself and countless other women, a divorce can bring the realization of just what a luxury a home really is.  To suddenly lose your home of years, to not know where you are going to go, steals your sense of security.  You feel lost and off-balance, scared and alone.

For women especially, losing your home can also shred part of your very identity.  We pour so much of ourselves in to the decorating of our home, spend countless hours and unending energy to make it a haven for our families.  When it's taken from you in a divorce, it takes a large chunk of who you are.

Even though it's been almost a year since I lost my home, I still don't feel safe.  I don't think I will until I have somewhere that is my own...that I can't be evicted from, kicked out of, or have it ripped out from under me.  It's a horrible feeling to live with every day but it's also a powerful motivator.  I will feel safe again...with a roof over my head.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Wreaths

Corn Flake Wreaths


1/2 cup butter
3 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Green food coloring
4 cups corn flakes cereal
Small red candies, like red hots


Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Place the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl, and microwave the butter just until melted. Add the marshmallows to the bowl, and microwave until the marshmallows are melted, stirring after every minute. Once the marshmallows and butter are melted and smooth, stir in the extracts and food coloring. Adding the cornflakes will dilute the green color, so make the color a little darker than your intended outcome. Pour the cornflakes over the mixture and stir gently to coat the flakes, trying not to crush them. Place a heaping spoonful of candy onto the prepared baking sheet. Spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray, and gently form a hole in the middle of the candy, working it into a wreath shape. This recipe yields about eight 3” wreaths or one large wreath that can be cut before serving. While the candy is still sticky press three red hot candies on each wreath for decoration. Allow the wreaths to set at room temperature, then carefully remove them from the baking sheet. Separate each wreath with waxed paper so that they do not stick together.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Cyber Week

As Cyber Week winds down, have you stuck to your budget?

I have!!  Okay, I'll be honest.  I don't have a Christmas budget this year so I haven't shopped!!  I have, however, been diligent at working on my money maker sites so I will have some to spend!!  So far, I've built my Amazon credits over $60.  Not a fortune, but it will help with Christmas!

A quick reminder...December 17th is Internet Free Shipping Day.  Thousands of websites will offer free shipping so keep that date in mind for any last minute purchases you need to make.

Have a great weekend!!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Happy Holidays

Every year around this time, you begin to see people complaining about the use of "Happy Holidays" versus "Merry Christmas".  Personally, I don't have a problem with the use of "Happy Holidays".  Allow me to explain.

Why "Happy Holidays"?  Simply put, Christmas isn't the only holiday at this time of year.  You also have Yule, Kwanzaa, and Chanukkah.  Christianity is not the only religion whose major holiday occurs in December.

Is it arrogance that has people assuming it's Christmas and only Christmas?  I don't think so.  I believe it's just too easy to click a share button or re-tweet without taking that extra few seconds to think.

Is it deliberate disrespect to friends and neighbors?  I don't believe it's that reason either.  I think that people live in their own little bubbles and rarely look outside.  It's more a matter of ignorance than discrimination.

I will continue to use "Happy Holidays".  I will also use "Merry Christmas", "Happy Chanukkah", "Happy Kwanzaa", and "Blessed Yule".  I know there's probably still some holidays I missed and for that, my sincere apologies!

And those are my random thoughts this morning...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Winning Christmas

My Christmas budget is pretty non-existent this year.  To try to pad it a bit, I've been entering every sweeps I can find.

The best place I've found for sweepstakes is Facebook.  Almost every store and brand has some kind of holiday sweepstakes in progress.  This is also true of small businesses.  I've already won a gift pack of baking mixes...which will definitely help with the holiday baking!

Also watch your friends' pages.  If they are anything like me, they'll be entering also.  The possibilities are good that they will enter one you haven't seen yet and you can enter off their post.  In a large number of sweeps, if you enter off of a friend's post...they will receive an additional entry themselves.  You not only have a chance to win but you help out a friend!

So log on, start entering, and WIN!!!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cyber Monday Redux

Yes, I know it's Tuesday!  Amazon, though, is continuing their Cyber Monday deals all week.

You have to check the site on a regular basis...the deals change every couple of hours and they sell out fast!  If the particular deal you are interested in isn't available at the moment, click the "join the waitlist" button and hope you can still score one!

So far I've noticed that the best deals seem to be on DVDs and blu-ray discs.  There have also been some incredible deals on laptops but those aren't in my budget so I didn't pay too much attention to those.

Let me know what you score!!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday

Today is the biggest shopping day of the year for online retailers.  Here are a few tips to help with your shopping adventure.

  1. Check to see if the retailer of your choice is available for cash back at ebates.  If you're going to be shopping, at least get some of it back!
  2. Check websites such as CouponCabin for free shipping or discount coupons.
  3. Make sure any checkout page you use exhibits the "https" and is secure.
  4. Keep an eye on Amazon all day as CyberMonday deals will come and go throughout the day.
  5. Stick to your budget!!  Overspending will just cause stress and suck the joy right out of the holiday!
Now, go forth and shop!!!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mint Chocolate Lip Balm

A different recipe today...not one you can eat but a perfect homemade gift for the holidays!


Petroleum jelly
Small metal tin
Peppermint extract or essential oil


Melt the petroleum jelly in either a microwave safe container or by putting the jelly in a plastic bag and submerging into hot water.  In a small bowl, mix together the jelly and cocoa.  The amount used is up to you to achieve the flavor and color you prefer.  Add three drops of peppermint.  Pour the liquefied jelly in to a small metal tin.  Allow to set for at least three hours.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Money Update

First a piece of business.  Due to a change in management, Superpoints is currently unavailable.  Hopefully, they will be under new management soon and once again available to earn gift cards!

Now on to the update.

Even without the use of Superpoints this month, I managed to sock away $40 in my Amazon account.  Not bad for just a few minutes each day!!  Every penny of that is being saved for Christmas more buying books for me until after the holidays!!

Have you checked out the Moneymakers tab above?  Would you like free money to spend for Christmas?  Or how about after Christmas to get what you really want?

Head over to the Moneymakers tab, get clicking, and earn money!!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Change

A slight change has been made to my blog.

Due to some individuals using my blog as a vehicle for disrespect and harassment, anonymous comments will no longer be accepted by this blog.  If you have a legitimate comment to make, there should be no problem signing your name to that comment.

I've also been asked by a few readers who the individual is that tags my more heartfelt posts as "funny".  This person does not deserve to be identified, discussed, or mentioned after this post.  Whomever they may be, the fact that they take the time out of their day to perform a hateful act on a regular basis is just sad and pathetic.  Please realize that I seriously cleaned up the language on the first sentence of this paragraph.  The queries that I received were in much more colorful terms!

I realize as a writer that my words mean different things to different people and that they may have a completely different context for someone than my original intent when writing.  That is the nature of the beast.  I have no control what people read in to my words, or if they think that my posts personally pertain to them.  When I write, it is about situations I have observed, not individuals.  I will also post on friends' behalf when they want a topic addressed and don't have the means to do so.  When doing this, I write from my perspective, both to personalize the post and to protect the anonymity of the requester.

I now send these words out to the world.  There is no telling what will be made of them but as soon as I hit "Publish", they no longer belong to me.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mailbox to Suitcase

One of the freebies I've mentioned before are samples.  You may think that they are not worth your time to get a one-use sample of something but they really do come in handy.

While traveling recently, I used sample sizes of deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, dental floss, and wipes.  That was just on one trip.  It made my packing easier, I didn't have to worry about the correct sizes for security, and when the sample was gone, I threw it away.  I didn't have to worry about packing empty bottles to take home to refill.

Not traveling?  They are still useful!  Do you have an overnight guest on the way?  Pick up a small basket at a dollar store and fill it with sample sizes of various things they'll need during their stay.  You can also pick up a small washcloth to use as a liner for the basket.  Include a few different brands of shampoo, etc. to suit whatever need they may have.  It never fails that you forget to pack something and you'll be ready to fill their need.

Free samples coming in mean less money going out.  Say that you purchase a bottle of shampoo for $4.00.  You get 20 uses out of the bottle.  That's 20 cents per use.  Using a sample of shampoo you received then saves you that same 20 cents.  Is it a fortune saved?  No.  Does it still save you money?  Yep!!

Samples are available all over the internet.  Check the webpages of your favorite brands and follow them on Facebook.  Target, Walmart, Costco, and Sam's Club also offer samples.  For the investment of just a few minutes of your time, you can save money and have products you need.

Happy sampling!!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Flying Away

I'm flying home today.  I am blessed that I was able to attend the funeral of my dear friend's son.

As I prepare to head to the airport, there are a few thoughts I'd like to share.

I get to fly back to my life.  I'll get up tomorrow morning and immediately re-enter my normal routine.  For my friend, there is a whole new normal she will have to adjust to living.  Her world has been forever drastically altered.  I would do anything to ease her pain.

Every moment is precious.  I mean every single moment.  Do not put things off until "later".  Later may not be available.  If there is a person, event, activity that means something to it now. Do not waste time that you may not have.

Let the ones you love know how you feel.  The ones who judge, or hate?  Let them go.  Life is too precious to waste valuable time or energy on those who mean you harm.  That toxicity steals from your very life force.  Don't allow them that power.

Don't be afraid to hug.  The human touch is one of the most valuable gifts we can share that also returns to the giver.  It provides love and comfort to those in need and doesn't cost a damn cent.  Spend your hugs freely.

Be bold.  Take risks.  Life is too short to miss any adventure or new experience.  This is one I personally struggle with but I'm trying to do better.  

If there was one lesson I learned this is to love hard.  Love fully, unconditionally, and without restraint.  Not only do you need that, but the people receiving your love need it also.  End each phone conversation or face to face meeting with those three little words.  It may be your last chance to tell them so.


Monday, November 12, 2012

The Sounds of Heartbreak

The soft rustle of suit coats and fancy dresses as family and friends reach out to each other for comfort and strength.

The laughter as memories and stories are shared and a life is celebrated.

Soft sobs as people sit in quiet reflection.

A mother's cry as the casket is closed.

The revving of engines as the Patriot Guard prepares to ride.

The tick of flashers in the funeral procession.

The snap of flags lovingly placed on veterans' graves.

A 21 gun salute, each volley a virtual assault causing actual physical pain.

The murmur of a Marine's voice as flags are presented to a widow and a mother.

The cry of a baby not understanding why her mother is sobbing.

The click of a camera shutter, grabbing memories for a baby girl to hold what she will not remember.

Car doors slamming as mourners drift away.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans' Day

On this Veterans' Day, I would like to thank and honor all those with whom I was privileged to serve and all those who came before.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Pauline's Corn Casserole

A family will love it!!

Pauline's Corn Casserole


1 can cream corn
1 can whole kernel corn
1 cup sour cream
1 stick margarine
1 box cornbread mix
2 eggs, beaten


Mix all ingredients well.  Bake in 8 by 11 casserole dish for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.  Sprinkle top with cheese if desired.


Friday, November 9, 2012

A Tribute

For those of you that have been following my posts about Sgt. Kenneth (Danny) Reich...this is the link to his obituary and guestbook.  If you would, please leave your thoughts for his family.

There is also a beautiful video at the link.  Please view and celebrate Danny's life.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

From A Mother's Heart

The following was posted by Danny's mother on the Prayers for Danny Facebook page.  It is my privilege to share her message with you.

Danny used to ask me "Mom, if everything happens for a reason, like you say, then why is this happening to me? I have tried to live my life to be the best person possible, I tried to do everything right." I would tell him "Danny, I don't kn
ow, maybe someday you are going to help someone else get through cancer, maybe someday I will have cancer and you will help me. Honey I don't know why." Now after his year and a half fight, I too have been trying to understand what the reason was. Why did he have to fight sooo hard for sooo long to still end up losing his life. Then someone posted something about their pains seeming small compared to what he went through and that he was such an inspiration. That made some sort of sense to me. That maybe Danny went through what he did in order to help others cope, with grace when faced with hard times or pain. I hope in the future whenever anyone out there feels overwhelmed or that they can't go on, you think of Danny and know that you can. I was looking for music for his funeral and I came across this and just had to share it with the legions of facebookers that are hurting right along with us, Danny's family.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A New Day

When I wrote yesterday's post, I was hopeful.  It turns out I was also incredibly naive.  Today has brought a new round of vile, disrespectful, and hate-filled speech.  To say I'm disappointed would be an understatement.  I will let yesterday's words stand again today.  My wish is that people will read and take them to heart.

Election Day

No matter the outcome today, there are things I wish for my country.

I wish a return to:


I wish to see the end of:

Name Calling

You would think that these are every day, run of the mill behaviors.  You wouldn't expect that this would be something that you need to hope and wish for.  This election season has proven that this is not the case.  I hope you join me in these wishes.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day

No matter the outcome today, there are things I wish for my country.

I wish a return to:


I wish to see the end of:

Name Calling

You would think that these are every day, run of the mill behaviors.  You wouldn't expect that this would be something that you need to hope and wish for.  This election season has proven that this is not the case.  I hope you join me in these wishes.


Monday, November 5, 2012


Watching "The View" this morning, I heard a performance by singer Ne-Yo.  The name of the song is "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)".  It really caught my attention.

For someone who just went through a divorce and stood by another friend going through one of the nastiest divorces I've ever seen...that title pretty much says it all.  Divorce beats the hell out of your emotional strength, reducing you to a gelatinous mess.  You spend too much time wondering what you did wrong, what's wrong with you, and if anyone will love you ever again.

What she and I both need are men and friends who live that title.  Our ability to love ourselves is damaged and will take time to repair.  It's a vicious cycle.  Our failure to love ourselves right now makes us doubt everyone.  We push people away or question whether their feelings are true.  Our own insecurities become self-fulfilling prophecies.

It is those who truly love us who are still standing next to us.  They realize that patience and steadfastness will win out and carry us through the gloom.  We are lucky to have them.

For your listening is the link to the song:


Thursday, November 1, 2012

A New Angel

There is no greater pain in this world, I believe, than the pain of a parent who has lost a child.  It happened to one of my dearest friends this week and I cannot imagine her pain.  I don't have the words to comfort her.

But I hope she knows how much her son loved her.  I hope she knows that he felt so safe and secure when she walked in to his hospital room in Hawaii for the first time.  I hope she knows how he loved each and every card she made sure were sent to his hospital room.  I hope she knows the pride he felt at finally introducing his wife to her.  I hope she knows the incredible joy he felt seeing his daughter snuggled in his mother's arms.  I hope she knows how he treasured each moment he spent with his sisters and brother.

I hope she knows she has a new guardian angel watching over her.  I hope she knows he will always be there in her heart.  I hope she knows.

My words are inadequate.  I close this post with her own words.  I hope she knows I love her.

Heaven has a new Angel, Marine Sgt. Kenneth D. Reich passed Oct. 30, 2012 @ 7:30 pm of MDS. He leaves behind his wife Sayuri Furuyama-Reich and 19 month old daughter Nanami Reich. His mom (me) Patricia Kenner, step-dad Grant Kenner. Siblings Brandy Reich, Anna Reich, Kimberly Kenner and William Kenner. A nephew, Jose A. Perez III, and a niece Angelica Perez. Please visit his page, *Prayers For Danny* I lost a huge part of my heart and the USMC lost one of their best.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This Holiday

Whether Samhain, Halloween, All Saints, or Dia de los Muertos...Have a happy one!!



Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Sending thoughts and prayers to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Mourning the loss of life and praying for the safety of the first responders.  Stay safe, everyone!

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Blessing

This morning I am honored and thrilled to introduce my new granddaughter!  Grandma loves you!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Five Minutes!

Here's a quick recipe that will take you no more than five to ten minutes to prepare!  That leaves you plenty of time to enjoy your weekend!

No-Bake Yummies


1 pkg (12 oz) butterscotch morsels
3/4 cup peanut butter
4 cups corn flakes, crushed


Melt butterscotch morsels on low heat and add peanut butter.  Mix well, then add crushed corn flakes.  Drop by teaspoonful on to wax paper and allow to set.


Friday, October 26, 2012

The Weekend

What do you have on tap for the weekend?  It seems that most of the Eastern seaboard will be awaiting the impact of Hurricane Sandy.  I'm sending thoughts and prayers that everyone remains safe and sound.

For myself, I'll be awaiting word on the birth of my latest granddaughter.  That means being glued to my phone and Facebook!!  I'm a few states away so everything has to be electronic.  I would give anything to be there but the budget just doesn't allow!

The time I'm going to spend waiting?  I swear I'm going to use it getting caught up on emails and paperwork!

How about you?  Anything exciting going on?  Whatever it is, I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Shrinking World

I spoke recently with a friend in the midst of a nasty divorce.  She mentioned how her world was shrinking.

What does she mean by shrinking?  Friends that have disappeared off the face of the earth, family that has turned their backs now that she doesn't have the income or resources she had while married, and friends that don't have time for her unless she does exactly what THEY want her to do or say.

In any divorce situation, you expect some loss of friendships.  There are the couple friends you had together who either choose sides or disappear altogether.  The ones that really hurt are the relationships that disappear due to the change in financial circumstances.  As she wondered...would this be the same reaction these loved ones would have if she died?  Would they be focused solely on the inheritance then forget about her?  Divorce is a death in a way and you see a lot of the same reactions from those you assumed had your back.

I've experienced some of it.  Obviously not the money part because I don't and didn't have any!  I do, however, have friends who no longer seem to have time for me based only on location.  Now that I'm not just right down the street or on their way to or from somewhere, I'm no longer convenient for them.  When I was conveniently located for them, I saw or heard from them frequently.  Now that I have started over in another state, even a quick email seems to be too much effort.

Divorce is a major life event.  It's on the list of those stressors that cause heart attacks.  There's a valid reason for that.  It is one of the times in your life when you need your friends and family the most.  For my friend, I am hopefully one of those that pulls closer, not farther away.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I'm A Chicken!!

The other night I was outside on the patio and encountered one of the animals that I sincerely cannot find it in my heart to love.  I'll admit...I turned tail and head back in to the house as soon as my little legs could carry me.  I am an animal lover, but I just can't get over my fear and distaste for this particular species!

Yep, the possum.  I don't care what anyone says about them.  I think they are one of the most vile, evil looking creatures I've ever encountered.  I will stay in my house just to avoid them.  I mean, look at that face!!  These are NOT cuddly creatures!!

I'm publicly admitting I turn tail and run when I see one.  I don't like them, I don't want to be near them, and nothing will change my opinion.

I am a chicken!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Buried Alive


I don't know what happened but I'm buried alive!  I can't see the top of my desk, my email accounts are jammed full, and I'm pretty sure there are a million things I've neglected to do, people I haven't responded to, and I'm overwhelmed!

It's amazing that no matter what system you put in place, what good intentions you have...a healthy dose of life can blow it all to hell.  What is that saying?  When you make plans, God laughs.

Yep, that's the truth.  My plans have flown out the window and right now I'm just trying to keep my head above water (or paperwork, as the case may be).  Above all, I have a fantastic new idea rattling around in my head to write but I don't know when I'll manage to do it unless I start writing in the dead of night!

To my author do you carve out time to write when real life keeps getting in the way? To everyone else...what do you do to get back on track when you've completely lost your way?

Any and all suggestions desperately needed and sincerely appreciated!!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Three Branches

I think one of the things that has caught my attention this election season (besides the utter lack of civility and respect) is the lack of knowledge most people seem to have about how our government functions.

I have seen so many posts on various social media showing people's misconceptions on what each branch of government does, is responsible for, and has absolutely no power to accomplish.  Honestly, I'm not sure if it is actual ignorance of the Constitution or just people caught up in political rhetoric.

For a brief reminder, the three branches are Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.  Each has separate powers granted by the Constitution.  Does anyone remember their civics lessons from elementary school?  If not, here's a refresher lesson from Schoolhouse Rock:

From some of the statements and assumptions I've seen...I believe there is a true need for Schoolhouse Rock to be re-aired immediately!!!

Whether red or blue, conservative or liberal, male or female, white or black...the hate, fear, and ignorance being expressed in this election will only result in one outcome...the American people lose.  Education is, and always has been the answer.

And those are my random thoughts this morning...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Oldie but Goodie

Making lunch today, I had a thought.  There are things from our childhood that retain their appeal no matter how many years have passed.

For me today, it was Campbell's soup.  To me, tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches will always be one of my favorite comfort foods.  It brings back childhood memories, warms both the body and soul, and is a quick, easy fix for what ails you.

Even better is having a book next to me while I eat.  Granted, this is best if you're alone...people tend to get a bit offended if your nose is in a book at a shared dinner table!  As the weather cools, I'm looking forward to more of these meals and treats like peppermint tea.

It's almost snuggle weather...what are you looking forward to doing?


Monday, October 15, 2012

The Pink Ribbon

A while ago, quite a few people were angered by the actions of the Susan G. Komen foundation.  I saw numerous posts saying people would no longer support them and I understand that sentiment.

However, use of the pink ribbon on products in October is not limited to just the Susan G. Komen foundation.  If you choose not to support one organization or another, always check the package before you purchase.

The pink ribbon is used during October by a large number of breast cancer charities.  When opting to purchase a pink ribbon product, the specific charity will be listed on the package.  You can still support breast cancer awareness this month without giving your money to an organization that does not share your views.

Also remember, the Susan G. Komen foundation did reverse their decision and revamped their administration.  Just a thought to keep in mind.

It's October...Buy Pink...and Fight like a girl!!!!!


Monday, October 8, 2012

Mundane Monday

Today is a Mundane Monday for me.  Wait until you see my oh so exciting list for today!

1.  Get gas for my truck.
2.  Clean out my email.
3.  Pay bills.
4.  Fold laundry.
5.  Switch spring/summer wardrobe to fall/winter wardrobe.

Can you feel the excitement in the air?  Bleah.

The truth is...not every day is filled with thrilling, fun adventures.  The blessing is that we have one more day.  Not everyone is so lucky.

With that thought, I'm going to put a smile on my face, suck down some more coffee, and start hitting that to-do list.  I'm going to make the most of this Mundane Monday!!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Money, Money, Money, Money!!!

We all want it, we all need it, and today a new page has been added to Jerri's Empty Nest to help you get it!

At the top of the blog, you'll notice a new page titled "Money Makers".  These are websites I visit on a daily basis to earn extra cash and gift cards.  There are a few things you need to know:

1.  You will NOT get rich using these websites.  But if you wouldn't mind some extra Amazon money, or a few extra bucks every month...these are right up your alley!

2.  When applicable, I have provided my personal referral link.

3.  I spend about an hour day on these websites total.  I have them set up to open when I open my browser each morning.  This works best with Chrome as you can set up multiple home pages.

I will be adding more pages to my blog in the next couple of weeks but I thought I would start with the page that will actually pay YOU!

Have a fabulous weekend and go earn some cash!!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Off and On

Let me start by apologizing for the intermittent posts lately.  I've had a lot going on at home and truly needed to take a break!

I'll be working on the blog over the next couple weeks.  I want to add more pages, and hopefully increase both my traffic and my income.  Please bear with me while I work on my baby...and stay tuned for hopefully a bigger and better blog!

I appreciate y'all's patience.  Thanks for sticking with me!!


Monday, October 1, 2012

Survivor Guilt

It's October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This month, I reflect on my own luck in having my cells found while they were still in columnar formation and hadn't yet invaded past the mammary ducts.  While I personally was blessed to have them caught early, the same disease stole my best friend.

Judy was literally an angel on earth.  She was patient, loving, and kind...always thinking of everyone else first.  She was everything I aspire to be...a great mom, a fantastic grandmother, and the best friend a girl could ever ask for.

We're told as children that life isn't fair.  But when I think of Judy and the fact she was taken far too soon...I can't help myself.  I get angry because it just isn't fair.  It isn't fair that she's gone.  It isn't fair that her children and grandchildren have to live without her.  It isn't fair that I got off so easy and it took her in a matter of days.  It's not fair.

I keep waiting for that famous "time heals all wounds".  In my opinion, it's a crock.  Judy's loss is still a wide open wound that hurts every day.  Cancer isn't fair.

Love yourself, love your mothers and grandmothers, love your friends.  Take them to their mammograms.  It IS that important.


Monday, September 24, 2012


With Christmas rapidly approaching, have you given any thought to what YOU want for Christmas?  For most women, we spend the weeks leading up to the holiday providing for everyone else.  When Christmas morning arrives, we frequently wake up to appliances or yet another set from Bath and Bodyworks.

This year, take charge of your wish list!! offers the opportunity to create your own wishlist.  You can add any item on Amazon that your heart desires.  In addition, Amazon offers a browser extension you can add.  This extension allows you to add items from external sites to your Amazon wishlist so everything you want can be found in one place.  I personally use Chrome and the extension works amazingly!

Head on over to Amazon and start creating your dream Christmas list!  Trust me...your husband will thank you for taking the anxiety out of Christmas shopping!!


Friday, September 21, 2012

Frugal Shopping Online

One of the ways I save money online is through Ebates.  If you enter your shopping destination through the ebates portal, you can receive anywhere from 1-20% cash back on your purchases.

Ebates has over 1500 participating stores offering cash back.  These include Target, 1800 Flowers, and Amazon.  Ebates also offers coupons when offered by the retailer for deals such as free shipping or a specified amount off of your order.

I have to be honest...half the time I forget to go through Ebates when I'm getting ready to shop!  But it's one of my goals to remember and I have a note on my laptop to remind me!!  I'm hoping to save a bundle this holiday season!!

If you're interested in getting cash back on your shopping, check out Ebates!  Here is my personal referral link to get you started:

Happy (frugal) shopping!!


Thursday, September 20, 2012


Keeping in the celebratory mood this week, here's a recipe for a drink perfect to toast with!

Lemon Blast

2 slices of fresh lemon
1/2 ounce of limoncello
1/2 ounce of sour mix
4 ounces of ice cold prosecco

Use a lemon slice to moisten the edge of a champagne flute.  Place sugar in a dish and press the rim of the champagne flute into the sugar to coat.

Slowly add 1/2 ounce of limoncelo, a squeeze of the fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce of sour mix.  Top with 4 ounces of prosecco.  Garnish with the remaining lemon slice.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I Did It!!

Back at the beginning of the year, I told you about a goal I had made that I was keeping to myself for the time being.  Now that it has been accomplished, I am so excited to share it with you.

I assembled some of my blog posts on social media in to an e-book.  I uploaded it to Amazon and held a free event this weekend.  During the free event, I made the bestseller list for Interpersonal Relationship books!!!!

Photo: Hurry....get it while it's still free!!

This was the last ranking I saw though my son did inform me that I cracked the top 10 around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning!!!!  I have my first review on Amazon and it's rated 5 stars!!

Because the free event was for a limited time, my stay on the bestseller list was also limited.  But I can say "I am an Amazon bestselling author!!"  This is a lifetime dream that came true!!!

Although the book is no longer is currently available for just 99 cents!!  You can find it here:  Social Media Musings

I so wanted to share this achievement with you all...thank you for reading what I have to say and making this possible!!


Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday, Monday

It's a rainy morning here today complete with thunder and lightning.  It feels like a lazy day but of course, I have a to-do list three miles long!

Today would be the perfect day to slap on my sweats, crawl in bed, and read.  I have about 5000 books downloaded and I would love to put a dent in them!  The dogs are already napping after their morning walk and the temptation to join them is very strong!

I'm not going to stress myself about my list.  I'll set some reasonable goals for today and do my best. Whatever doesn't get accomplished will most definitely be there tomorrow.  I've already accomplished one're reading this blog post.

What are your favorite things to do on a rainy day?


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Celebrate Womanhood 2012

Today, September 16th is Celebrate Womanhood Day.  In that spirit, I choose to honor the friendship between women as today's topic.

Friendship between women is a precious thing.  Coming out of the worst year of my life, I can honestly say I wouldn't have made it without my friends.

Friends are your legs when you're too weak to walk.

Friends are your spirit when your's has been broken.

Friends are your voice when you are too terrified to speak.

Friends are your strength when you have nothing left.

Friends are your heart when your's has been shattered in to pieces.

Friends remind you how valuable you are when you've been told you're nothing.

Friends pick you back up when you've been beaten down.

Friends sing the song of your heart when you've forgotten the melody.

I am incredibly blessed to have the most amazing women in the world as my friends.  Share this post with your friends to let them know you feel the same.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Kid Fun!

Mini Pizzas


2 English muffins, toasted
1 8 oz can pizza sauce
2 hot dogs
grated mozzarella cheese


Spoon pizza sauce on to muffins.  Thinly slice hot dogs and arrange on top of sauce.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees until cheese has melted.

P.S.  These are also good for big kids to take to work for lunch!!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Beating The Rush

A simple assignment for this weekend!  It's something that needs to be done every year and something that usually gets put off until the last minute!

Christmas cards.

Yes, I said Christmas cards in September.  We're going to take a tiny step this weekend and get a huge jump on the holiday season.

If you order personalized cards, do it now!  This will avoid the problem of your favorite being out of stock and leave plenty of time for shipping.  We all know personalized items seem to take more time than the company ever says it does.

Regardless of whether you need to order cards, get working on your list.  Update addresses, get missing addresses, and figure out just how many cards you'll actually need.  Use your social media accounts to reach friends you don't have addresses for or are adding to the list.

If you have decided that actual, physical cards just aren't in the budget this year (and I completely understand!), spend some time designing an e-card that reflects you and your family this holiday season.  This also entails updating your address's just in this case it's your contact list and current emails.

Now you have your assignment...and so do I!!  Have fun!!


Thursday, September 13, 2012


Do you consider listening to someone vent or express their feelings an indulgence?  Does it matter if  it is a friend or just an acquaintance?

Recently I heard a friend say they weren't going to indulge someone by validating how they felt about something.  That made me so sad to think that someone could be so dismissive of another's pain.

It only takes a few minutes of your day to listen to a friend.  They don't expect you to fix the problem, they just want to share what's in their heart.  To dismiss them or their feelings makes that person feel invisible, that they don't count, and that they don't matter.  No one deserves that sort of treatment, particularly from a friend.

The next time you're tempted to rush off the phone or out the door, stop and think for just a second.  Could those few minutes of listening make a difference in that person's day or life?  Have a seat, get comfortable, and let that friend know that they matter.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Simple Pleasures

In today's economy, people are having to cut back on everything but the basics.  That made me think of things I enjoy that are either free or don't cost much.  Here are some of what crossed my mind.

  1. A good book
  2. An email from a friend
  3. A phone call from my child
  4. Raspberry Zingers
  5. A hug
  6. A soft kiss
  7. Guilty pleasure television
  8. Crossing an item of a to-do list
  9. Winning a giveaway
  10. Petting my dogs
Pleasure doesn't have to be expensive.  Look at just one day of your life and notice the small, simple things that make you smile during the course of a day.  You'll be surprised how many there are!!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall's Treasures

We're getting close to the beginning of fall and I thought I would share a few of my favorite things about fall.

1.  The changing colors of the leaves on the trees.

2.  Brisk morning air.

3.  Pulling out the cashmere sweaters.

4.  Boots, boots, boots!

5.  Apple cider.

6.  Cool evening walks.

7.  School is in session.

8.  Football.

9.  Cool sleeping weather.

10. Stews and soups.

What are some of your favorites?  Let me know!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Back to the Oven

Now that it's approaching fall, it's time to fire up that oven again!  Here's a yummy recipe to get you warmed up:

Oven Steak


1 1/2 lb (at least 1/2 inch thick) round steak
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 package onion soup mix
salt and pepper to taste


Place steak in a greased 9x13 baking pan and salt and pepper to taste.  Pour soup and 1/2 cup water over steak and sprinkle with onion soup mix.  Cover and bake at 325 degrees for two hours.


Friday, September 7, 2012

My Favorite

To celebrate my friends this Friday, I decided to share a few of my favorite friendship quotes.  Hope you enjoy them!

“A Friend is a treasure. More precious than Gold, For love shared is priceless And never grows old.”

“I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.”  Pietro Aretino

 “Even though we've changed and we're all finding our own place in the world, we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we'll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we're not all still friends.”

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”  Winnie the Pooh

“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”  Tennessee Williams

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, September 6, 2012

No Bones

I saw a statement the other day that said "A tongue has no bones but is strong enough to break a heart".  I don't think there were truer words ever spoken.

Repeated criticism and/or name calling can break down even the strongest individual.  If a kind word rarely passes your lips, it speaks volumes more about you than your intended target.  Is kindness really an unobtainable goal?

A while ago, gossip blogger Perez Hilton changed his ways.  He went from writing vitriolic, anger driven posts to writing the same news but from a positive perspective.  He is still telling the truth, but doing it in a manner that is not meant to deliberately cause pain.

Think of your own interactions with those you love.  Do you speak kinder to acquaintances and strangers than you do to the one you love?  Do you greet people with a smile all day and walk through the front door at night with a scowl?  Has your tongue broken any hearts today?


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Another Option

In the past, I've reviewed how to enter sweepstakes through Facebook and Twitter.  There is another option that is sitting in the bottom of your purse or stuffed in your wallet at this very moment.

Pull out your last grocery or home improvement store receipt.  In the majority of cases, there will be a survey opportunity listed on the bottom or the back of the receipt.  These retailers are sincerely interested in your feedback and most offer a sweepstakes incentive to encourage you to complete the survey.  Some offer electronic prizes such as iPods and iPads...other offer cash.

What do you have to lose?  By providing feedback, you can improve your shopping experience and possibly win a prize.  The next time you clean out your purse or wallet...think twice before that receipt hits the trash or recycling bin!!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012


I have a question for y'all.  Have you ever needed to do something, or ask someone something and were just paralyzed by fear?

How did you overcome the fear?  Did you just power through it?  Did you just not do whatever it was?

Did you rely on prayer?  Did you talk it out with a friend?  Or did you internalize it all?  If you internalized, how did you function each day?

Okay, so one questions is closer to a dozen.  I'm interested to hear what y'all have to say!


Saturday, September 1, 2012


Orange Salad


1 pkg orange gelatin
1 pkg lemon gelatin
1 pint orange sherbert
2 11 oz cans mandarin oranges


Place both gelatins in a bowl and add 1 cup boiling water.  Mix until gelatin is dissolved.  Fold in sherbert and stir until thoroughly blended.  Add oranges, pour in to a mold or pan and chill.


Friday, August 31, 2012

Once in a Blue Moon

We all know the expression, and today is the actual event.  The next blue moon won't occur until 2015.

Take this occasion to do something you usually don't do.  You know, once in a blue moon kind of thing.  It doesn't have to be restricted to just today...after all, we do have a three day weekend!

I think that I'm going to take time and clean up my address book.  I have addresses in there from decades ago, including some people who aren't even with us anymore.  It's past due to be done and definitely something I only do "once in a blue moon".

How about you?  Will you achieve something you only do once in a blue moon or will you take this weekend to blow out the unofficial end of summer?

Let me know!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Current Gulf Coast Closures

  Singing River Electric reports approximately 2,800 customers without power

  Mississippi Power reports about 7,300 customers are without power, the majority of those are in Harrison County

  Coast Electric reports approximately 14,000 customers without power

  South Mississippi is under a Hurricane Warning

  The Hancock County EMA is asking residents to not drive anywhere in the County due to deteriorating weather conditions

  For the latest Isaac coordinates, call the WLOX Storm Information Line at 228-897-6897

  Send us your storm photos to

  Long Beach Harbor is closed

  Walmart stores across the coast closed through Wednesday

  Coast Transit Authority has discontinued service until the storm passes

  All South MS casinos are closed

  All Community Bank coast branches closed through Wednesday

  Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is closed

  Southern Mississippi Heart Center, PA closed through Wednesday

  Harrison County will not have garbage pickup through Wednesday

  Gautier Senior Center closed all week

  Ocean Springs and Tradition YMCA closed through Wednesday

  Visit to get all of the storm information you'll need

  Long Beach Senior Citizens/Recreation Facility closed until September 4th

  Long Beach City Offices closed to non-essential personnel through Wednesday

  Harrison County libraries are closed

  Long Beach libraries are closed through Wednesday

  Stone County/McHenry Library Systems closed through Wednesday

  Jackson-George Regional Library System closed until further notice

  All five Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast locations closed through Wednesday

  St. Vincent DePaul Community Pharmacy in Biloxi closed until Thursday

  Gulf South Surgery Center closed through Wednesday

  Listen to WLOX's continuous coverage of Isaac on Bob 105.9, Sports Radio 96.7 The Champ, WOSM 103.1, and WQRZ 103.5

  All Ingalls Shipbuilding Gulf Coast facilities are closed through Wednesday

  The others are at the West Hancock Fire Department, the south barn on Lower Bay Road, Hancock County Horse Arena and the Bayside Fire Department

  Follow Isaac on your cell phones by downloading the WLOX App

  Our Daily Bread Food Pantry in Wiggins closed Thursday

  Gulf Coast Ministries including Food Pantry closed all week

  Loaves and Fishes Biloxi closed through Wednesday

  Catholic Diocese of Biloxi closed through Wednesday

  Edgewater Mall closed through Wednesday

  Stennis Space Center closed through Wednesday

  WIN Job Centers in Harrison, Hancock, Pearl River, and Jackson Counties closed until further notice

  Gulfport Premium Outlets closed through Wednesday

  All branches of Merchants & Marine Bank for Jackson County & George County closed Tuesday

  Coastal Rehab of South MS closed through Wednesday

  All Digestive Health Center, PA offices closed through Wednesday

  Scranton Nature Center closed until further notice

  Veteran's Tower Tribute in Gautier has been postponed

  Pascagoula Senior Center closed until further notice

  All Pascagoula parks and piers are closed

  All Peoples' Bank branches closed through Wednesday

  All First Federal Savings and Loans closed through Wednesday

  Singing River Mental Health Services, Region 14, in Gautier closed through Wednesday

  All Coast Cardiovascular Consultants PLLC closed through Wednesday

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  Jackson's Discount Pharmacy in Gulfport is closed

  Gastroenterology Center PA closed through Wednesday

  Gulf Coast OB-Gyn in Pascagoula closed through Wednesday


  Bay-Waveland Public Schools closed through Wednesday

  Biloxi public schools closed through Wednesday

  Blue Cliff College Gulfport closed through Wednesday

  Catholic Diocese of Biloxi Schools closed through Wednesday

  Cedar Lake Christian Academy closed through Wednesday

  Chris' Beauty College closed through Wednesday

  Christian Collegiate Academy closed through Wednesday

  Coast Episcopal School in Long Beach closed through Wednesday

  Gaston Point Community Center after school tutoring canceled the rest of the week

  Grace Baptist Academy in Ocean Springs closed through Wednesday

  George County Public Schools closed through Wednesday

  Gulfport Public Schools closed through Wednesday

  Hancock County Public Schools closed through Wednesday

  Hancock County Child Development & Early Education Center in Waveland are closed

  Harrison County Head Starts closed through Thursday

  Harrison County Public Schools closed through Wednesday

  Holy Trinity Catholic School closed through Wednesday

  Jackson County Public Schools closed through Wednesday

  Lamar Christian School in Purvis, MS closed through Wednesday

  Long Beach Schools closed through Wednesday

  Lumberton Public Schools closed through Wednesday

  Miller Motte Tech College closed through Wednesday

  Moss Point Public Schools closed through Wednesday

  MGCCC campuses closed through Wednesday

  Ocean Springs Public Schools closed through Wednesday

  Our Lady Academy closed through Wednesday

  Our Lady Fatima & Nativity Elementary closed through Wednesday

  Pascagoula Public Schools closed through Wednesday

  Pass Christian Schools closed through Wednesday

  Pearl River County Schools closed through Wednesday

  Pearl River Community College closed through Wednesday

  Resurrection Catholic School in Pascagoula closed through Wednesday.

  Picayune School District Schools closed through Wednesday

  Sacred Heart Elementary School in D'Iberville closed through Wednesday

  St. Alphonsus School in Ocean Springs closed through Wednesday

  St Vincent De Paul Schools in Long Beach closed through Wednesday

  Stone County Public Schools closed through Wednesday

  St. James Elementary School closed through Wednesday

  St. Stanislaus closed through Wednesday

  Tulane University Gulf Coast Campus closed through Wednesday

  University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast closed through Wednesday

  Vardanan Street Christian Academy closed through Wednesday

  Virginia College closed through Wednesday

  Westminster Academy in Gulfport closed through Wednesday

  William Carey College Tradition campus closed through Wednesday

  Jackson County Boys and Girls Club closed through Wednesday.

  Kelli's Steps School of Dance closed through Wednesday

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  Highway 90 is closed in Harrison County

  Many roads in South Mississippi are flooded, officials ask that you stay off the roads

  The following roads in the city of Gautier are closed: Graveline Road at the Lamotte Subdivision, Old Spanish Trail East if Guillotville, Old Spanish Trail Train Bridge, Seacliffe Drive, River Oaks East of Mary Walker, Rue St. Denis, Frazier Park Area, Oak Street

  The following roads in the city of Pascagoula are closed: Magnolia St./Dupont St., Canty St./Dupont St., South Pascagoula Street @ the Harbor, Cedar Street @ the bridge, Martin Street @ the Yacht Club, Pascagoula River Road/Margie Moore, Beach Blvd @ the Point (Boat Launch area), Ford St./Little St., Parsley St./11th Street, River Park

  The following roads are closed in the city of Moss Point: River Road @ the Riverwood Subdivision, Cochran Road (Forts Lake/Kreole), Orange Grove Road (Forts Lake), Magnolia Street near Bryan Street, Rose Drive, Highway 613 near Dantzler Street/at bridge, Dantzler St. at Arthur St., Magnolia St. at Jefferson St., Dantzler St. at Torres St.

  The following roads in Gulf Park Estates are closed: Beachview near the Marina, Octavia Street to 1409, Center Street/Webb Landing, the ramp at Fort Bayou, East North Street, Front Beach, West Belle Fountaine, North 18th Street

  The following roads in Gulf Hills are closed: Shore Drive at Washington, West El Bonito, Hermosa, • Gulf Hills up to 609

  The following roads in Ocean Springs are closed: Front Beach/Washington, East Beach, Holcomb, Halstead, Brittany

  Northbound Hwy 603 in Hancock County is closed due to flooding

  The following roads in Gulfport are closed: Magnolia/Cleveland, Mill Road, Switzer/John Evans , Kremer Landing, Hwy 605/Three Rivers, 41st Ave/U.S. 90, Old Lorraine, Ashton Lane, Courthouse Road, 48th Street, Dolan Avenue, West Pine, Plantation/E. Taylor, River Road Drive, Fisherman's Trail, Old Lorraine Road at the Biloxi River, Colonel Wink, Dedeaux Road/Three Rivers, Fishermans TRL, Hancock Place, Kremer Marine, Old Pass Road, Old Lorraine, Texas Ave,

  All of the beach road in Bay St. Louis is closed from Bayou Caddy to Cedar Point

  The following roads in Henderson Point are closed: Sandy Hook and Natchez

  Popp's Ferry Bridge is closed

  The following roads in Biloxi are closed: Cedar Lake Bridge north of I-10, the causeway on Popp's Ferry road, Bayview Avenue west of Crawford Road, Back Bay Blvd south of Lee Road, Lee Road, and Hudson Krohn Road south of Old Highway 67

  Lorraine Road on the Biloxi River is closed at the bridge

  The following roads in Pass Christian are closed: Highway 90, Clark Avenue, Henderson Avenue, Menge, Cuevas Delisle, Magnolia, Prentiss, Ponce de Leon, Gulfview Drive, Audubon Lane, Canal Road, and Pinecrest Road, Whitman Road, Railroad west of 2nd Street, and Clark Road

  Harrison County Emergency Management want motorists to avoid Highway 90 because of flooding

  The following roads in Gautier are closed: Graveline Road north of railroad tracks, Spanish Trail - East End

  The following roads in D'Iberville are closed: Racetrack Road, Boney Road, located between 5th, Goodman Road, Santa Cruz south of Moran, Bayshore Road, Moye Drive, Bells Ferry Road, River Bluggs Drive, Tupelo @ River Heights


  Copiah County shelters open in the following locations: Antioch Missionary Baptist Church: 13146 Highway 51 S, Hazlehurst, Sylvarena Baptist Church: 1119 Old Sylvarena Road, Wesson , Camp Wesley Pines: 1095 Camp Wesley Pines Rd, Gallman, Living Water Baptist Church: 124 S. Ragsdale, Hazlehurst, Highland Baptist Church, 505 North Jackson St. Crystal Springs. Gallman Baptist Church, Gallman, and Springs of Praise, 26114 HWY 47 South, Crystal Springs

  Forrest County "Pet Friendly" Shelter at 946 Sullivan Road in Hattiesburg is open

  George County shelters are: George County Middle School: 330 Church St., Lucedale, Benndale Elementary School, 5204 Highway 26 West, Lucedale, George County Senior Citizens Center: 7102 Highway 198E, Lucedale

  Hancock County Shelters Kiln Shelter 18320 Hwy 43 and Dedeaux Shelter 1095 Road 350, Kiln

  In Hancock County anyone needing "special medical needs" assistance or transportation to a shelter, call the Hancock County Emergency Operations Center at 228-466-8320

  Harrison County shelters open in the following locations: County Farm Road near the Fairgrounds, Lubouy near E. Dubuisson in Pass Christian, Saucier Lizana at 23771 Saucier-Lizana Road, D'Iberville High School, West Harrison High School and Harrison Central High School. Harrison Central High School is the designated pet shelter.

  Hinds County shelters currently open are: New Horizon Gym: 1779 Ellis Ave. Jackson, and The Mississippi Coliseum: 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson.

  Jackson County Shelters at St. Martin High School, Vancleave High School (pet friendly shelter), East Central High School and East Center Community Center/special needs are open

  Lamar County shelter is Lamar Community Center, 99 Central Industrial Row, Purvis

  Marion County shelter is Woodlawn United Pentecostal Church: 1452 Highway 98 East.

  Pearl River County shelters are at Manna Ministries in Picayune and Poplarville First Baptist Church, both are open

  Perry County shelter is Perry Central High School, 9899 Highway 98 East, New Augusta.

  Rankin County shelter is Hudspeth Regional Center: Highway 475, Whitfield

  Rankin County shelter is Hudspeth Regional Center: Highway 475, Whitfield.

  The Stone County shelter at Stone County Elementary is open

Public Information

  Hancock County has extended its curfew until Noon

  Jackson County has extended its curfew until noon, the curfew will resume tonight at 10 pm through 7 am Thursday

  Harrison County has extended its curfew until Noon

  The Tchoutacabouffa will crest at 13 feet at 1:00PM on Thursday

  The Wolf River will crest at 11.5 feet at 7:00PM on Friday

  The Biloxi River at Three Rivers will crest at 16 feet at noon on Friday

  Transportation provided by the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency has been discontinued due to dangerous driving conditions due to high winds. All transportation requests must be made through local law enforcement agencies

  All Burnham Drug locations closed through Wednesday.

  The Harrison County beach is closed, people should stay away from the beach

  Harrison County has a mandatory evacuation for low lying ares for zones 1-3

  Hancock County has mandatory evacuation for all low lying areas

  Diamondhead has mandatory evacuation for all low lying areas

  Waveland has mandatory evacuation for all low lying areas

  All George County Government Offices are closed today

  Bay St. Louis has mandatory evacuation for all low lying areas

  Jackson County has mandatory evacuations for anyone south of Highway 90 and all other low-lying & flood prone areas

  In Moss Point Bayou Heron @ Forts Lake is closed

  MS Department of Marine Resources closed through Wednesday

  Singing River Electric customers call to report an outage, 228.497-1313, 601-947-4211, 228-392-0041, or 601-989-2345

  All Pearl River County Government offices will be closed to the public through Wednesday, essential personnel report only

  All non-essential personnel at the Seabee Base in Gulfport should not report to work until further notice

  Ocean Springs has mandatory evacuation for anyone south of Hwy 90 and low lying areas

  Moss Point city offices closed through Wednesday

  The Seabee Base in Gulfport entrance limited to the Pass Road Gate only

  MEMA/The State Joint Information Center line 1-866-519-6362 or 866-472-8265

  Delta Sanitation garbage pickup canceled through Wednesday

  Advanced Disposal will be closed through Wednesday, missed garbage pick up will not be made up

  GC Solid Waste will not pickup household garbage and trash on Wednesday

  Dan M. Russell Jr. Federal Courthouse and Annex closed through Wednesday

  County Court proceedings canceled in Poplarville Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

  To report a MS Power outage call 1-800-ITS-DARK (1-800-487-3275) or 1-800-532-1502

  Coast Electric Power Customers can call 877-769-2372 to report power outages

  Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association customers can report power outages by calling 855-277-8372

  Atlantic OB-Gyn closed through Wednesday

  Biloxi VA closed through Wednesday


  New Birth Holy Ministries Bible Study canceled tonight

  True Deliverance Outreach Ministry Biblestudy is canceled Wednesday night.

  Greater Antioch Church in Pascagoula will be closed for all services for the remainder of week until Sunday.

  East Howard Baptist Church in Biloxi and Edgewater Christian Fellowship in Biloxi will not have services Wednesday

  Pilgrim Bound Baptist Church in Picayune will not have any mid-week services but will resume Sunday

  Morning Star Baptist Church in Gulfport ministries office closed through Wednesday, Mid-week Service canceled for Wednesday


  Cedar Lake Christian Academy Pre-School closed through Wednesday

  Christian Collegiate Academy and Daycare closed through Wednesday

  In The Zone all locations closed through Wednesday

  Kids Connection Gulfport closed through Wednesday

  Kinder Learning Center in Biloxi Closed through Wednesday

  Ocean Springs Parks and Leisure after school program closed through Wednesday

  The Little Angels Learning Land Gulfport closed through Wednesday

  Tiny Tots Day Care in Kiln closed until further notice


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