family: My Favorite Christmas Was Spent In The Hospital - 12/30/17 06:52 AM
My favorite Christmas memory? Spending Christmas in the hospital, of course!
You have probably been enjoying, as much as I have, all the "Christmas memory" posts written this month. We have Kathy Streib to thank for all the great stories being shared.
Kathy's December Challenge is to share a favorite memory or gift.
Well, this one is a no brainer for me. My favorite Christmas memory just happens to also be one of my best gifts. 
Every year my immediate family celebrated Christmas and opened our presents on Christmas Eve. We visited my grandparents and other relatives on Christmas day.
Our Christmas Day traditions changed over the years. … (39 comments)

family: Merry Christmas To All My Cat Loving Friends! - 12/25/17 09:58 AM
My brother sent me a funny
Elf Yourself
video of himself this morning.
Of course I couldn't resist making my own fun video.
Three guesses who the stars of my video are...  

If you would like to elf yourself,  elf your family or your friends...
check out Elf Yourself 
made available by Office Depot and OfficeMax. 
There are many different songs to choose from and you can make a video of just one elf or up to 5 elves.

family: It's Not The Same As Being There But It's The Next Best Thing - 11/17/17 07:39 AM
We are all writing about the things we are most thankful for and, not surprisingly, most of the things mentioned are what you would, health, home, job, etc.
One of the things that I'm very thankful for is Skype.
Skype may not be something you would consider as a "blessing"....more of a technological convenience in our web obsessed lives. However in my family Skype has more of an emotional attachment.
My parents are snowbirds. They spend the majority of the year in Florida, safely tucked away from the cold, snow and ice during the winter months. As much as my mom loves the … (33 comments)

family: Thankful My Dad And My Husband Are So Handy Around The House - 11/14/17 11:19 AM
I've been blessed with two very "handy" men in my life. 
My dad could do and fix anything.
Growing up as a kid I don't remember ever seeing my parents hire others to do improvements and renovations around the house.
Dad built porches, changed flooring, added windows and even remodeled the entire kitchen. Plumbing, name it, he could do it.
He did it all and he did it right.
I'm talking about quality work that withstood the test of time.
They say that women choose men like their dad.
I guess that's true, because my husband is another man who can do and … (21 comments)

family: I Captured The Moment The Moment Was Captured - 10/29/17 06:25 AM
In July my husband and I were on our boat with our daughter and her boyfriend. It was a beautiful day and as the sun set it became an even more beautiful evening.
Of course, we all grabbed our phones to capture the moment.
While the others went for the obvious shot, I captured something else....
I captured the moment that the moment was captured.
"There is one thing the photograph must contain,
the humanity of the moment. "  Robert Frank
"Photography is an art of observation.
It has little to do with the things you see and
everything to do with
the way you see them.  "  Elliott Erwitt
Entry: 2017 ActiveRain … (36 comments)

family: A Self Absorbed Self Reflection On Selfies - 10/26/17 05:49 AM
As a professional Home Stager I tend to be a bit obsessed with image and perception.
 I admit to being overly sensitive when it comes to appearance, on many levels, including my own self image. In my profession, that's not a bad thing. In real life it's not always a good thing. 
I've made great progress as far as accepting myself for who I am. I am no longer the insecure, self conscious young girl I used to be. Key word being "young". LOL 
With age comes great confidence!
With today's selfie-centered culture we are bombarded with social media selfies on a daily basis. 

Personally,  … (30 comments)

family: Jack and Thomas Review 110 Grill In Rochester NH - 08/28/17 04:51 AM
Last month I wrote about a local restaurant offering FREE children's meals through the month of August. 
Rochester NH Restaurant 110 Grill To Offer New Concept In Kids' Meals
Sounded like a great concept to me! I mentioned I was going to check it out with a couple of the grandchildren.
Many of you suggested I have the kids do a review, but it was Michael Jacobs who had the best idea....have the kids do a video review.
Well last night we did just that.
My husband and I took grandsons, Jack and Thomas, to 110 Grill and the boys were happy to do a review.
The atmosphere is … (33 comments)

family: At The End Of The Day All That Matters Is Love And Memories - 08/21/17 10:58 AM
Many, many years ago, when I was very young I found an old photo album in my parents' closet.
Some of you may be old enough to remember when photos were placed in albums using little paper corners. The album I found had pages full of  little corners, but no photos. Underneath the corners, where photos used to be, were captions....
"Sharon at the beach, age 2"
"Sharon's 3rd birthday party"
"Sharon at the zoo"
Not one photo.
Like a cruel my history had been erased.
I remember thinking that it would have been better had I never found that album. Why on earth was … (44 comments)

family: Happy Father's Day To My Monkey Boy - 06/18/17 06:27 AM
That's right..... I call my dad "Monkey Boy".I originally wrote this several years ago, but thought it was time to share once again...
 Several years ago our garage door opener was broken.  The very heavy door had to be opened and closed manually.   We had to wait for a part and dealing with the door was becoming a real pain for me.
My parents came for a 2-week visit.  Each time we went anywhere Dad handled the door.  It was so nice not having to do it myself.
One day I drove up to the garage door and Dad immediately jumped out to … (27 comments)

family: First Words, First Steps, And A Very Special Neighborhood - 03/20/17 06:17 AM
What makes a house a home? What makes a home special?
Some people have lived all over the very interesting and exotic locations. Whether you are one of those people or someone who is still living in the house you were born in, our experiences in our homes help make us who we are today.
My first home (that I actually remember) was my childhood home, in Massachusetts. I lived there from the age of six until I got married fourteen years later. My parents continued to live there for many more years before retiring to Florida, so my children also have fond memories … (36 comments)

family: Giving Money As A Gift - Three Ideas For Cash Giving Presentation - 12/20/16 06:35 AM
Money isn't the most original gift, but sometimes it's the most practical.... and sometimes it's exactly what the recipient wants.
My grandchildren love money. 
I was preparing a gift for one of them recently, which involved $25 in cash. He's only 5 so I knew giving it all in ones would be more impressive. I wanted him to see the money, but at the same time I didn't want 25 one dollar bills scattered all over the floor at his party. I wanted the money to remain contained.
Here's what I came up with:
I placed bunny in a gift bag, holding a box of … (36 comments)

family: It Is Best To Eliminate The Bad Odor Rather Than Attempt To Mask It - 12/16/16 04:46 AM
When preparing a house for sale, it's very important to make sure there are no unpleasant or strong odors that could be offensive to potential buyers. Whether from smoking, cooking, pets, mold and mildew, or a general lack of's best to eliminate the odor, rather than attempt to mask it.
When you use a form of air freshening product to cover up an odor, it usually makes things worse.
1. It probably won't hide the smell completely.
2. The perfumed smell and the bad smell may not mix well.
3. Many people are highly sensitive, and even allergic, to perfumed products.
Buyers who aren't comfortable … (40 comments)

family: Count Your Rainbows - 11/29/16 05:06 AM
Count your 
your thunderstorms
I took this photo, this summer, as my husband was mowing the lawn.
I was looking out the window, just as the sprinklers came on,
creating a rainbow across his path.
Taking the picture through the window screen created an interesting effect.
Entry for:  ActiveRain 2016 Photography Contest
Category:  Real Life, Miscellaneous

family: Did You Know Anastasia Was The First Teen To Share A Selfie - 11/28/16 06:17 AM
A self-portrait photo, usually taken with a cell phone held at arm's length, for the purpose of sharing on social media.
You may think selfies are a new thing. They really aren't.
According to Wikipedia:
Robert Cornelius took a picture of himself in 1839.
 It is the oldest known existing photographic portrait in America.
You could say it was the first selfie.
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II
(the famous Anastasia of the Russian royal family that was murdered in 1918),
 took a photo of herself, using a mirror, and shared it with a friend via mail.
Anastasia was the first teen to … (22 comments)

family: Happy 7th Birthday Zack!! - 10/28/16 10:46 PM
HaPpY  7th  BiRtHdAy ZACK!! 
Zack:  Year Six
Zack:  Year Five
Zack:  Year Four 
Zack:  Year Three
Zack:  Year Two
Zack:  Year One

family: Storyjumper Is A Great Resource For Introducing Children To Writing - 10/27/16 10:25 PM
Last year I was looking for a way to print out a book that my young grandsons, Jack and Tom, had written.  I was excited to find Storyjumper.
It's a great resource for publishing your very own book.
I purchased Jack and Tom's book, The Pumpkin King, in paperback and they love it.
After successfully publishing Jack and Tom's book, I helped another grandson write his own book.
 Zack not only wrote the story, he chose all the illustrations,
including photos of his mom and dad which he wanted included in his book.
It was a great way to spend time together.
It was a learning experience, for … (41 comments)

family: Throw Back Thursday - The 1938 New England Hurricane - 09/22/16 06:03 AM
Yesterday, September 21, marks the 78th anniversary of the
Great New England Hurricane.
It was a Category 3 hurricane when it hit landfall.
 It was estimated to have killed 682 people
and damaged or destroyed over 57,000 homes.
It remains the deadliest and most powerful hurricane in recent New England history.
According to Wikipedia
"Over 35% of New England's total forest area was affected. 
In all, over 2.7 billion board feet of trees fell because of the storm."
Photos of my husband's parents, Mae and Stan, after the hurricane.

family: I Hope We Inspire Our Children The Way Our Parents Inspired Us - 09/08/16 10:26 PM
Thirty eight years ago today I said "I do".
I said it then, and I would say it again today. I still do.
I married my best friend and he remains my best partner in life.
It wasn't always easy.
But no matter what life has thrown at us, we have managed to find strength from each other and we have always found a way to go forward. 
We had great role models in our parents.
Rick's parents were married just under 60 years, when his dad died. My parents will celebrate their 60th anniversary next year.
Like us, neither couple was perfect. They … (70 comments)

family: Two Salesmen - Two Very Different Impressions Made - 07/24/16 10:42 PM
My husband and I are currently looking to buy a new RV. Our interaction with salesmen has been interesting and inspired this post.
Who we buy our RV from will be a direct result of how we were treated by the salesmen.
Let me say up front that I'm having a difficult time finding something I love because they all pretty much look the same (style and decor) inside.
For whatever reason the trend is very dark fabrics, flooring and cabinets.  It's frustrating that all the manufacturers are offering basically the same thing.
We have met with many salesmen in our RV search, but … (103 comments)

family: Five Fantastic Father's Day Gift Ideas - 05/26/16 10:30 PM
Father's Day is Sunday June 19, 2016.
It's rapidly approaching....just three weeks away.
Buying for my dad has never been easy, and his birthday is the end of May so every year I'm trying to come up with two gifts for him in the same 2 week period.
Today I'm sharing some gift ideas that I personally have used for my dad with great results.
Gift Idea #1
The first gift idea is one I have shared before...
It's called Bottlekeeper. After my husband got one and LOVED it, we got one for my dad. Dad was pretty impressed and really likes the product, but … (28 comments)

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