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Fun Fads…

Bananagrams – a great solitaire word game that is perfect for writer’s block, dinner conversations, and self challenges. It is relaxing and seems to be something I have more time for during the Covid-19.

Homemade Quesadillas! Have you ever tried them? They are fun! You take whatever meat or veggies (precooked) you have left and sprinkle some taco seasoning on them, throw them on two fajitas with shredded cheese and put them in an oiled pan. Yum! Great leftover and very fast meal.


Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Harpen is no read for the easily offended, adverse to cursing, or faint of heart! I think that many of us will find at least a little of our own fathers and grandfathers in this narrative, if only in the masculine projection of confidence and appreciation for common sense. There were times as I read this that I laughed and there were times that I cringed, even a few times I became embarrassed and had to skip. But overall if you have a rough and tumble, say-it-like-it-is, peppered-with-salt-and-cursing, male in your family you will get a kick out of this.

Up next:
Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown The Mindful Self Compassion Workbook by Dr. Kristin Neff 24 Hours by Kendall Keeler Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics by Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Quirky Thoughts…

How in the world does my 2 year old nephew manage to be more charming than 95% of the grown men I’ve encountered?

Rick and I were mistaken for senior citizens recently. I couldn’t see how until we took a selfie to “prove” we don’t look old. On second thought…we may qualify! (picture below!)

I always feel strange for my self-improvement habits but found Ben Franklin also kept a tracking log of his virtues!

Personal Praise & Prayer Requests…

Covid-19 and for it to be eradicated globally. Strength and healing for those affected. God’s peace for all.

Wisdom and God’s direction for my writing and blog.


My first inspirational post in a long time is up! Enjoy spring with a fresh set of eyes; who said a little dirt isn’t a good thing? Enjoy and let me know your thoughts in the comments!