Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Gray Hair

I've been going gray since college. I started coloring my hair just after my first son was born. I was 25. It has become a real hassle and I'm tired of it. The gray has been winning for awhile, so this year I have been letting the gray grow out. A couple of days ago, I went to get it cut short so that most of the artificial brown color is gone. So now it is a mixture of my natural brown and my natural gray, and it is short.

I'm thinking it would be much easier to color now!

Proverbs 16:31 - "Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life."

Hmmm...decisions, decisions....

Monday, April 12, 2010

Income Taxes

"Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today." - Herman Wouk

It has been 8 years since I worked in public accounting, but I have not missed the tax seasons at all. The stress and overtime of tax season is why I got out of it. I did it for 8 seasons. And while my children were young! What was I thinking?!?

We just got ours done and I am so relieved! I always dread it, not the doing it part, but the bottom amount. This time we get a refund! I never know how our income will fluctuate in a given year. It seems to be like driving in the mountains, up and down and winding all around.

Thank you IRS! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Came across this quote from Jack London: "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

Well, I am always looking for inspiration! Now I got my club ready in case I find it!

If I could draw, I would try to illustrate the cartoon-like image in my head right now.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Time to Blog!

Man! The weather got hot in a hurry! But I still love this time of year. Everything looks so fresh and new! And I just can't fight the urge to clean something! And I just want to spend some time outside - at least until I start sweating too much.

I have not felt like cooking lately. I have not been logging in my food either. But I have still been eating healthy stuff, for the most part. My home is filled with healthy options, so it hasn't been too hard.

Work is making me nuts! Work-related stress has always been my downfall. I try to avoid it but it keeps creeping back into my life.

Let's get rid of a bunch of people and then let's just change the whole accounting system. It's no big deal, we just need to build a system that will give us any kind of information we ask for at the push of a button. No problem! The current system is not designed for what we need, but we've been waiting 10 years for this to happen. You have 30 days. Well, obviously, the accounting department has simply been holding back this information. Not that they told you in 1992 that the system you bought wouldn't work for what you want. Maybe let an accountant help pick out the software instead of going with what the production manager heard about at a seminar. So, NOW you want to do an efficiency analysis of all the procedures?

I have to blog to keep my brain from exploding and, hopefully, keep my blood pressure from skyrocketing.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What's Wrong with a Little Routine?

By nature some people are more comfortable with routine than others. I realize that many people shudder at the thought of the mundane of daily routines. But some of us literally THRIVE on routine. It's not our fault. It's in our DNA. That's why we can do things like accounting and other seemingly boring jobs. Yes, I get bored. Both with life and with work when there is NO break in the routine. But sometimes I JUST NEED A LITTLE ROUTINE!!!!!

I know all the expressions and beckoning of those other people. I've heard it all my life from my mama, my sister, my brother, my husband, my coworkers, my friends and my therapist. (I was actually in therapy at one point.)

Expect the unexpected. Be prepared for anything and everything. (Thanks, Mama and the Boys Scouts of America!) You need to be more flexible. Go with the flow. Be a willow tree. (That's my sister's favorite.) Learn to let go of things. Let's just play it by ear. (I can hear my husband say that like a broken record.) Accept the things you cannot change. (The oh so irritating serenity prayer.) Don't worry; be happy. (Crazy islanders!) Serenity now! (Frank Costanza) We plan; God laughs. (That one is on my kitchen wall.)

It feels like the unexpected is ALWAYS happening; and I never have time to restock my preparedness kit; and I already flexed myself into a knot; and the flow is coming at me like white water; and my willow tree got hit by lightening; and I cannot loosen my grip on that last little bit of sanity; and my ears are tone deaf; and I don't know that something cannot be changed unless I try, right?

Why does everyone think that it's the rigid person who should change. If the others are so flexible, why can't THEY adapt to MY ROUTINES?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


I am sooo ready to stick a daffodil under my nose and sniff deeply! It's one of my most favorite fragrances. And daffodils are such a sure sign of spring.

The ground is still wet from the melting snow and there still are some stubborn bits of snow lingering in parking lots, but spring is near.

You can smell that earthy smell of spring. The birds are flocking and singing and flying and nesting. The tree buds are plumping up. And there is just a general feeling in the air that spring is going to spring very soon.

I think we all have a little seasonal affect disorder that looms during the winter months. It magnifies the impact of spring's approach for everyone. People come out of their houses more and walk their dogs longer. Neighbors are more likely to exchange a nod or wave and a smile.

I can't help it. Spring makes me feel young again because it takes me back to the carefree days of youth and the joy of watching the daffodils and honeysuckle bloom.

Life is good today!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Rain is Way Better Than Snow!

It's a rainy day and is supposed to be rainy all weekend. That's okay with me, though, as long as it's not snow! Like the snow, rain is most fun when observing from inside. I have noticed, however, that I don't mind being out in the rain as much as I used to. I used to ALWAYS keep an umbrella in my car because you just never know when it might rain. I wouldn't want to be unprepared. But I gave up umbrellas a few years ago. Somehow, learning to camp in the rain with children takes away the fear of getting soaked. Turns out I am not made of sugar and will not be ruined by the rain. It really doesn't hurt to stand in the rain. Sometimes it's even fun. I really don't mind walking in the rain as I go from my car to wherever. I don't run and cover my head with my purse or whatever. I just walk at a brisk pace and smile the whole time, knowing that I really do dry out and so do my clothes.

Driving in the rain is still no fun, but that's another story.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Phew! That was a close one!

Driving in to work today, I suddenly noticed that the cars ahead of me went from speed limit to crawling about 50 yards ahead. So, naturally, I put my brakes on. Not too hard. My purse did not go flying or anything, but I had a serious reduction in speed. Automatic reflex when I brake suddenly is to check my rearview mirror. My heart jumped and my stomach flipped when I saw a big old truck speeding toward me! I was simultaneously aware of 2 cars in the right hand lane, one just a car length back and one barely a car length ahead. No way was this truck gonna fit in that space! Instinctively, as I checked my rearview mirror, I lifted my foot off the brake to get ready for another quick tap. At the last millisecond, the truck swerved into the right hand lane and whipped around me. I still don't know how he missed me and the two cars in the right lane, but I couldn't breathe for like a minute. Thank you, God, for your grace!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Yay Me!!!

This year I have been working on eating healthy. Sounds good, right? But I have had a really bad relationship with food for practically my whole life. It's a love affair gone bad sort of thing.

Anyway, I have been researching cookbooks and online recipes and nutrition sites. I've been experimenting with recipes and planning my daily meals and snacks and recording everything I eat. All the while I have had in mind to develop my own diet plan. (or healthy lifestyle plan, since "diet" is no longer in my vocabulary.) I am, also, creating my own healthy recipes to go along with my new healthy eating program.

Well, today I had a big breakthrough! I have developed an actual meal plan! Now I can use this plan to guide me through the tedious, wretched task of planning my meals. Instead of making it up as I go along, I have actual guidelines and meal suggestions to help me make that horrid decision of what to eat today.

Now I have to follow and document and track my weight to see how it actually works, and tweak as needed.

I'm really psyched! Oh, and so far I have lost 12 pounds!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Spring is Coming!

We have had some warm days lately and the snow is melting! The roads have shoulders again. (Well, most of them) The ugly gray snow piles are shrinking, too! But I am concerned that March has arrived with such mildness. Does that mean the lion of winter is going to raise its snowy head again before March can go out like a lamb?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More Chatter

Facebook is awesome because I know all these people and I get little glimpses into their lives and have reconnected with people from years ago and can keep connected with the ones I really want to. I love it because my friends and family are on there!

Blogging, for me, here is entirely different. I follow blogs of people who are strangers to me and I write stuff down here that I don't expect anyone that I know to see. It's the anonymity that I love about blogging. I can just be me! Isn't that awesome!

Friday, February 12, 2010


I just want to say that February sucks! It feels like winter will never end. I'm sick of counting calories since Jan 2. I'm tired of closing the books for 2009. I'm sick of the SNOW!!! I need a nap. I feel like a grumpy bear.

Friday, February 5, 2010


I love snow! Actually, I love the idea of snow more than the actual snow.

I love watching it come down! Any kind of snowfall - light, heavy, flurries, blizzardy, big snow flakes, little snow flakes, falling fast, floating down slowly, swirling all around - it's always fun to watch. And I love looking at the snow on the ground and on the trees before anything is disturbed. It's so pretty when it is that fresh, white blanket. And on the trees, the even, white layer on top of the branches makes the trees look like they are proudly dressed in crisp white uniforms. Even when the branches sag from the weight of the snow, the trees still seem strong in their commitment to persevere. I love watching the wind blow wisps of snow off the trees, making it look like more snow is falling.

And ice storms are especially beautiful! The trees sparkle and shine in that glassy ice coating. And icicles from the trees and roofs are so lovely!

I like to watch children (and adults) playing in the snow. It looks like a lot of fun. And snowmen always make me smile.

But I enjoy all of this from inside my house! Even as a child, I found the snow to be less fun up close than from afar. It's so cold and wet. Thank God for picture windows and warm fires!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Why Is That Cat On The Table?

I wouldn't want any potential dinner guests to know this, but my cat loves to be on the table. We cannot leave anything on the table that he could think is a toy (or food).

Like the mailbox key that is on a seashell lanyard. Or the pills I am about to take with the breakfast I am making. Or earbuds for the ipod. Or a pencil or pen. Or a flash drive. Or a glass of iced tea. Or a vase of flowers. Or reading glasses. Or a hair bow. Or an orange. Or a tablecloth!

Just don't leave ANYTHING on that table!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Imitation of Life

I love that movie! "Imitation of Life" The first time I saw it, I was a teenager. It made me cry and I really liked the movie, but I did not understand the title. It wasn't until I watched it in my 30's that I understood. Wow! How profound that title is!

Lately, I keep thinking about how so many people around me seem to be living an "imitation of life". It's just my perception, I'm sure. But what makes those lives seem "charmed"?

My life is blessed in many ways! But I wouldn't call it a charmed life. Whenever I think I would like to have an easier life, I have to remember that each of life's trials and tribulations has made me better and stronger than before. Real life includes struggles of all kinds - even pain and suffering. Real life is not supposed to be without suffering.

My mama used to say, "Pain is part of life. You may as well get used to it!" Hmmm...
As a child I thought she was just being mean. Turns out she was just giving us fair warning.

This, too, shall pass.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

This Economy

When did the economic decline begin? It's hard for me to be sure because at the beginning of it I was dealing with my father's illness and eventual death, followed by a lengthy grieving process. There are about 5 years that have blurred together. And I know that my husband and I have had an economic decline for about that same amount of time, but nailing down the precise timing is impossible at this point. Not important though, really. What IS important is that we have been working on our own economic recovery. (And, of course, my emotional and physical recovery has also been my focus recently.)

The first set back we had, financially, was when my husband had to leave his highest-paying job ever because he refused to commit medicare fraud. Fighting an employer who is committing fraud is very risky because you have to be able to prove it. But continuing your employment without a fight is not a viable option if you don't play along. They will find some reason to fire you or they will make sure you are dissatisfied enough to quit. And, of course, playing along is illegal, unethical and immoral. I fully supported his decision to leave. (It's like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.)

My husband started a new job right away, but for a lot less money doing clinical psychology instead of directing a program. But he was a lot happier. Unfortunately, our health insurance coverage was with his former job. I asked if I could add my family onto the plan at my job and my boss said no. I did not want to argue because I was having go out of town a lot to help take care of my father. So, we got our health insurance independently for my husband and kids and I was able to get myself covered at my work. All of this was 100% paid for out of pocket. It was about $800 per month. It was painful. We were not in good financial health before, but now we were steadily declining. After 4 months we found out that due to some timing error in the dropping of one insurance and adding the other, my husband and kids were not covered. So, I went to my boss and insisted that I be allowed to cover my family on the plan there. By this time I had gotten the auditors involved in the interpretation of the benefits policy, and they agreed with me that this should be allowed. It did, however, cost more than the independent coverage. Now, our total cost for all four of us was $1,100 per month. (We were almost among the uninsured, employed.)

Understand, the increase in the insurance cost for my employer was 100% REIMBURSED out of MY payroll deductions AFTER taxes. This sucks for me and has zero impact on my company. Anyone who can understand this is smarter than my boss. (He was mad that I mentioned this to our auditors. That was the beginning of the end for me.)

Another aspect of my employment that the auditors discovered (because I told them) during all of this health insurance issue was that I was supposed to be a part time employee, even though I actually worked at least 40 hours every week. The job had become more and more complicated with an increasing volume of grants, projects and transactions. (I had not complained about working so many hours because I actually cared about the organization and wanted to help them succeed in completing their mission.) All this hassle and inadequate project management to understand the concept of doing a job within budget and time parameters required by grant contracts. Add that to a complete inability of project management to provide accounting with documentation required to issue accurate reports upon the completion of each job. Not to mention an executive director not willing to address any of these problems.

After these discoveries were finally conveyed to the board of directors via the auditors (I counted this as a great victory because I had been telling my boss about these issues, but he apparently did not say anything to the board), the board decided that I needed an assistant. And they were not happy about the fact that this had to be brought to them by the auditors and not by the executive director. Of course, his response was to insist that he was unaware of the problems because I had not informed him. This is where my fury began. He hung me out to dry. I made sure to tell him that I did not appreciate the way he handled that situation with the board. He did not apologize. In fact, he said he didn't think he had anything to apologize for.

So, I cut my hours back to part time, interviewed, hired and trained an assistant. I no longer had any respect for my boss, but because I cared for the organization, I hoped that my boss and I could continue to work together. He was angry with me that he had been put on the hot seat in front of the board. I guess, he blamed me for that, even though he was told by me repeatedly (at least once per month) about the problems I had with the volume of work and the lack of cooperation from project managers, including him. Apparently, he lied so much that he believed his own lie. I really think that he convinced himself that he was not responsible for not knowing that no one working for him was doing their jobs.

My assistant was great! She understood very well what I meant by a lack of cooperation from the project managers. We worked together to improve the whole accounting system and we TRIED to teach proper procedures to the project managers. But without the authority to enforce compliance with procedures and a boss who was unwilling to enforce their compliance, we still had problems. At the same time, my boss continued a very strange practice of asking me to "find" money in the budget to absorb overages on some projects. Every time I would explain why that could not be done and what HE needed to do to amend a contract in order to change the scope so that it COULD include funding for another project, he never would do it. I would think that he understood and that we were both in agreement with where the projects stood and then next time we'd meet, I would have to go over the same things again.

So, after another audit where we were found to be sloppy in our tracking of project costs and finalizing reports for the grants received, my boss began to plot against me. He thought I didn't know what he was doing, but I figured out that the "secret" meetings he was having were with an "accounting consultant." I knew that he wanted to get the consultant to find something wrong with my work, so he could get rid of me. Because I am human and DO make mistakes at times, I was not comfortable with having someone come in with the specific purpose of finding my errors. I discussed with our auditors what was going on and asked if they had been consulted at all. It would make sense that if you wanted to find my mistakes you might want to check with the people who have been checking my work for the past couple of years. Being familiar with the organization and the procedures involved, they would be able to find my errors faster. Less time in the consultant world means lower fees. Of course, our auditors had not been consulted. This just reinforced my belief that my boss was trying to get me fired.

I did not feel I could go to the board and tell them that my boss was either not understanding the information given to him OR was choosing to ignore the information given to him. There was really no proof that I had given my boss all the information he needed. It was just his word against mine that I was withholding information from him. I did not want it to get ugly. And I did not want to destroy my career or his. (I figured it had to be one or the other.) So, I resigned.

I did not find a job first. In fact, I did not find a job for about 6 months. Luckily, we had been able to transfer all four of us over to my husband's insurance by this time. However, the loss of my income was devastating to our financial well-being. The bills were piling up fast. I was able to get some part time work at Target. A CPA working as a cashier at Target. It was quite humbling. And it did not help a whole lot with paying bills and it did interfere with my job search. When I called a former employer to ask for a reference, I ended up talking to him about a job. It was part time, paid a lot less than my previous job, was a much longer commute, but was better than not having a job. So, I took it!

As my husband and I were struggling to crawl out of the financial hole we were in, my current employer responded to their own economic crisis by implementing a 15 % pay cut for their employees. Well, okay...

Did I mention that my oldest child is in college and my youngest goes to Catholic school? We have tried not to disrupt their lives too much. We can't afford certain activities, clothes, gadgets, but they have not been deprived of anything essential. (Unless you count movies, video games and eating out as essential.)

Schools require annual doctor visits, dental and eye exams. The schools don't care if you do not have dental or vision care insurance. So, the kids get to see the doctors, but my husband and I do not. So, it was time for our younger son to get braces. Good luck paying for that. And the car our older son had been driving died. So, we needed to find another used car for him. And my husband's car had been past due for an inspection, but we kept putting it off because we knew it needed more than we could afford. Christmas was coming. And we still owed a balance on our prior year school taxes. And we were out of heating oil because we could not afford to refill the tank. So, my husband was going to buy kerosene every couple of days just to get us through. And our "grace period" for various creditors had expired and the telephone was ringing all the time with collection calls. And my car needed to be inspected by the end of the next month and it was going to need tires and brakes to pass. And it was cold in our house a lot.

That's about where we are today. I don't know how we are making it from one day to the next except for the grace of God. And through it all, my husband and I love each other and we love our kids and we keep God in the middle of it all. It's scary, but we keep praying and we believe that God will provide and that's all we can do.

Monday, February 1, 2010


I know I am getting better, but I still have a long way to go! This whole counting calories and exercising and tracking recipes is really going well. I have lost a few pounds, but, more importantly, I feel so much better! Plus, I am still very excited about my cookbook idea!
Work is also going much better. I feel less distracted and less irritated about the work itself and the people. Well, there is really only one person that has irritated me, but I'm dealing with it better than before. Every job I have had, it seems, there is someone that challenges my patience. I've been at this job just over a year now and I am finally coming to terms with the fact that I am in a much lower level position than my last job. Lessons in humility are never easy. Financially, it has been a real struggle, too. I know I have not fully let go of the resentment and anger I have had for my last boss, but my blood doesn't boil when I think about that place anymore. And I have visited my friends there a couple of times. That's healthy, I think. I have not come face to face with my old boss yet. That will probably take another year.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Cooking Challenges

I love cooking, but a lot of my cooking is done out of necessity. I certainly cannot afford to eat out every night. Who can? But I also have a serious problem with onions.
Some people call it an allergy, but it is actually a food intolerance, much the same as being lactose intolerant. But, unlike a lactose intolerance or a food allergy, people don't recognize this onion intolerance. Therefore, I generally tell people that I am allergic to onions. For some reason, that makes them understand better that I cannot have onions. Otherwise, they assume I simply do not like onions. On the contrary, I love the flavor of onions in many foods. My mother used onions very liberally when I was growing up and I always loved her cooking. But even as a child, I had problems with eating raw onions. As I have aged, even cooked onions, dehydrated onions, minced onions and onion powder can have adverse affects on my digestive system.
It is very frustrating because I have to be so careful about what I eat at restaurants and parties. Even worse, I have to read all food labels of the foods I buy at the grocery store, including the components of anything I use in cooking a meal. I will sometimes allow some onion powder if it will truly be minimized as part of the overall meal. But I will still have to suffer a small amount.
The only way to eliminate the gastric distress from onions is to prepare EVERYTHING from scratch. I simply do not have the time for that. Let me just list a few of the things that most people would never consider making from scratch. Spaghetti sauce, soup, salsa, refried beans, meatballs, eggrolls, barbeque sauce, steak sauce, salad dressing, rice-a-roni, sloppy joe mix, taco seasoning, gravy, baked beans, soup mixes, dips, stuffing mix, hamburger helper, pizza, frozen meal in a bag, alfredo sauce. The list goes on and on. What I do is find a few things that I can buy that don't have onions (or only have a little onion powder) and use those things to make my sauces and soups.
So,I have been cooking a lot from scratch because I have to. I use Prego Traditional sauce for many Italian recipes, including pizza and spaghetti. It does have a little onion powder, but I go easy on the sauce and add unseasoned diced tomatoes. My family loves all kinds of Italian cooking.
Another popular item is salsa. Try making that without onions. I have to keep my homemade salsa around all the time. I have several variations. One uses nothing but canned tomatoes and canned peppers and a few spices. That's the easiest one because I don't have to do any chopping. While it is good, it is not the best, but it will do when I'm in a hurry.
Soups without onions have been a real challenge. Vegetable soup, chicken soup, chowders, chili. Imagine them without onions. Well, I think I have come up with some pretty tasty soup recipes. I love soup, so I always make extra to freeze for later.
On top of this onion problem, I cannot tolerate much garlic either. Sadly, this is common for people who have problems with onions because the two are related. So, most of my recipes are garlic free or have very little garlic.
Now, on top of all of that, I am trying to develop recipes that are lower in fat, cholesterol, sodium, sugar and calories. That's right,folks, healthy foods without the flavor enhancement of onions or garlic. I may be the only person in the world who needs these kinds of recipes. Who knows?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Blah, blah, blah....

Ok, so I've had a little set back this week. Some stomach thing has been messing with my insides, but I'm still trying to stay focused. Missed work Tuesday; tried to go in yesterday, but had to leave early after not being very productive; tried to make it in today, but had to turn around and come back home. I can't stand to waste another day! I still have a little energy now, so may as well blog, right?
I am definitely going to write a cookbook! As I am eating healthier, I am developing and recording recipes that go along with my new healthy lifestyle. I have plenty of "before" pictures to show me at my top weight. I will have to take a new picture every month, or so, to show my progress. Then, when I make it to my goal weight, I'll be ready to put together my own healthy eating cookbook.
Keeping myself focused on my health and cookbook goals is already making a big difference in my attitude toward life and work. I am very excited about this journey and, I think, it would be really fun to share this with others as I go, and maybe more after I am done.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Making Progress

I have refocused much of my attention and energy on becoming healthy. Planning meals, preparing meals, shopping for meal components, eating meals and recording meals takes a very big chunk of my time. And I'm trying to find time to exercise and record that too. Plus, I am trying to do more around the house and be a better employee at work. And it all seems to be working so far! I have lost my holiday weight gain and I'm already feeling much better. I am thinking more clearly and staying focused longer. Almost like a regular person! Life is good today!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Fresh Start

I'm a few weeks late but I am beginning my New Year attitude today! I have started this blog to help me clear my brain every now and then. That's very refreshing! I am cutting way back on my facebook time. That just eats away too much valuable time. I will still use FB to keep track of my people, but those games are just way too addicting! You just can't expect to fully participate in all of them. So I am setting myself free from the chains of FB gaming. That is going to be a huge relief! I am going to recommit myself to my work. I have struggled to stay focused but I am determined to do my job with more gusto and perseverence. It doesn't have to be fun. It's definitely not hard, so I may as well do what needs to be done every day as quickly as I can. That will make me feel better about myself! The biggest part of my attitude change is going to be creating a healthier me! I have let myself go for too long. I am changing my daily routines to include more movement, and I am going to make healthier food choices. I know from experience that this will require me to spend more time and energy on planning and preparing and tracking my food and exercise. In the past, I have become weary of the effort and the obsession required to really make myself stick to these kinds of routines. But I am determined to keep going with it for the rest of my life. I cannot afford to ignore my health any longer. It's too important. Being healthy will make me better able to do things that I really want to do in life. I'll have more energy for fun! It's a brand new attitude!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I'm blogging!

My brain never stops chattering. It gets very distracting when I am trying to work and this chatter pops up and interrupts my concentration. It's kind of like an IM box popping up on your computer when you are trying to type a letter or something. You lose your whole train of thought.

Lately, the chatter is filled with things I would rather be doing. Not just at that moment but for my life. I still haven't figured out what I want to be when I grow up. Why did I choose accounting? How did I get to this point in my life? Where has my life been leading me? Do I need to leave the path I've been on and find a new path? Is there a fork in the road here? What other directions are there? Why am I so tired? Change is scary. Where will I get the energy and the courage to start something new?

I have thought about being a writer my whole life. I would like to write children's books. I have tons of ideas based on my own life growing up on a farm. I would love to write a cookbook, too. I also have ideas for short stories or novels. Where would I start? How could I find the time and energy to take on a writing project?

Another fun idea I've entertained is having a craft business. I love doing all kinds of crafts. I could make quilts and afghans. I could make wind chimes. I could make greeting cards. I could make beaded jewelry. I could make wreaths. First I would need to invest some time and money into creating some inventory. Then I could sell online or at craft shows or at flea markets. Maybe I could eventually have my own shop.

I have also thought about having my own little diner/cafe/sandwich shop. Or a bakery. Big draw back to that is the hours. I would only do this if I had someone else helping me.

And there are still more ideas bouncing around in my head!

I'm a blogger.

I need to have a place to dump the brain chatter in my head, so I created a blog. Kinda hoping that no one reads it. But it's probably open for anyone to see since this is Google and the world wide web. Oh well....