I came home from the retreat so calm. I had found my glow!

Thanks you for the beautiful women.

The house was filled with laughter.

The studies were well received. Themes of soul searching,sisterhood and  reliance on God.

Emotions surfaced. Tears and hugs. Caring and sharing.

The lake enticed me to view the sunrise twice. Quiet times,

Fantastic food. Fun and games.

Then yesterday life  reminded me I was home.Back to work.  Calls from my sister, Problems with work scheduling. The cat threw up. The dog pooped. Meatloaf for supper. No good food. Yes I was grateful to be home but line up problems and stop stealing my glow.

I ran away . Roamed the aisles of Market District trying to reclaim my serenity. Where is glow?

When I felt it was safe to return home, I checked out.Told the checkout boy I lost my glow. He pointed out the sunset and said hurry you can still catch the afterglow.

Took a picture. It will remind me that while we can’t stay in the glow the afterglow lasts a long time!


Be it ever so slovenly -there’s no place like home.

I move things off the couch so I can stretch my weary legs out on my couch with my shoes off AHH!

Pile up the dishes to reach the spigot. Cuyahoga Falls water is better than Chautauqua,

Making a pile of dirty laundry from the retreat. A sign of a weekend well lived.

Very hot Friday. Very cold Saturday. I wore almost everything even my winter hat.

Hello laptop.  OK where’s my mouse? Located it under the bed. I start to answer emails.

Smile to see pictures of the retreat on Facebook already.

I saw the most incredible sunrise. Fifteenth year best sunrise. When I find my camera ,I’ll post a picture too!

Full nights sleep. Though the pets who missed me decided to snuggle.

Back to reality . No question I was missed. Grateful to have gone. Grateful to be home.

Gratitudes, Sep 18-24, 2016

  1. Sun Sept 18, well rested, pleasant meeting, beautiful sunny day, good meals, haircut, conversation with family, cooking projects prepared for tomorrow.
  2. Mon Sep 19, well rested, inspiring music and talks on internet, progress at work, success with cooking projects, bed early.
  3. Tue Sep 20, well rested, inspiring music on internet, progress at work, good meals, conversation with friend, noticed discrepancies between my belief system and habitual attitudes and the actual realities.
  4. Wed Sep 21, on time to work, inspiring music, cheerful help from co-worker, progress at work, good meals, stretching, and baking project preparation.
  5. Thur Sep 22, on time to work, inspiring music, cheerful help from student, progress at work, good meals, stretching.
  6. Fri Sep 23, on time to work, help from co-workers, progress at work, good meals, productive shopping trip.
  7. Sat Sep 24, on time for appt, convesation with friends, beautiful day to be outside, progress at work, nap, helpful info from internet.

  • Nice rain
  • Refreshing walk, cool before it rained
  • 4.0 earthquake south of Helena
  • Family milestone birthday celebration at the Silver Star…
  • …animated conversations, interesting and fun :)
  • Crème brulee…..s w e e e e e t !:)
  • Winter travel advisories on mountain passes
  • Preparing for GPa’s neurosurgeon checkup in Great Falls next week
  • Signs on highways to watch for Bighorn Sheep
  • Two beautiful deer ran across the road while we were traveling here in town


I got up to find my screen was sideways on my laptop. Grateful for solutions. I turned it on its side.

Then figured out how to make it right.

If something preposterous happens first thing the day has gotten it out of the way. (I Hope)

Coffee only made a small amount. Grateful I got part of it.

My materials and belongings leave tonight. Grateful to Cheryl for taking my stuff.

As I pack my clothes I am so grateful for the variety and abundance of my clothes.

An email asking if we coming to the retreat this year. I will be grateful to find out they are expecting us.

Grateful  to go out to eat. Grateful for pie!

Signing off- see you next week. Be absurdly grateful!



Holy Guacamole

I have been calm and relaxed but now it’s almost time to leave. Thank you for our women’s retreat in Chautauqua.

Setting a time to leave early Friday morning makes me glad I’m not driving

Daughter who starts asking things of me for Friday and Saturday. The adult feeling of saying “I won’t be here! : )

Need to pack. Grateful for laundry I did. One more load tomorrow. Thank you Sue that I can use your washer.

Need to find an easel. Good assignment for hubby.

Need to review my session.

Do I have everything? Probably not. Grateful for stores in Jamestown,NY.

Coffee for fun I’ll count pots and report back Monday. Late nights and early mornings means lots of coffee.

Now breathe,relax and remember to enjoy!





Sounds like a name of a character in a Harry Potter book (which I love by the way) but actually means utterly ridiculous. I am grateful for these moments because they give me perspective.

Grateful for the reminder that if I go faster-I go slower. Feeling time pressed I went to do laundry only to transfer one load to another washer. Deep breath enjoy your extra 45 minutes there and know that load is really clean!

Hubby looking for anti-itch cream wakes me up so I am grateful to be up early. He fell right back to sleep.

I told the man next to me at choir that  I have trouble hearing out of my left ear. Not only did he sing  very loudly during the hymn. He took my arm coming off the altar.  Grateful for my sense of humor.

Realizing I left my folder at home I left service to race home. Sermon was still in progress. I picked up his read along and read along till I caught up with him. Grateful I didn’t get a speeding ticket!

Told the financial secretary I had two questions for her about retreat. She said only two I would have expected ten. Grateful only two but what am I missing?

Grateful to be packing. I have covered all the bins with towels because cats get nervous when they see you packing. Grateful we aren’t expecting company!

Door blew open during the storm and Catalina ,an inside cat, was no where to be found. I went out in the rain to search for her but like the Cheshire cat she later reappeared. Grateful she wasn’t outside.

Search for the ridiculous and give thanks for it!

  • Good Morning WLG Friends…..I have a story for you this morning…I’ll make it as brief as possible.
  • In July I posted about GPa falling, going to the ER, having a CT Scan taken….no damage shown, all was well….very Thankful
  • On Sept. 4 GPa had disturbing signs that prompted us to take him again to the ER.
  • A CT Scan showed bleeding on the entire left side of his brain…
  • …He was transported by ambulance (it was early evening and dark, weather was too bad for the mediflight) to Great Falls (90 miles) where they have neurosurgeons.  (Weather didn’t stop son David; he showed up only minutes behind the ambulance.)
  • GPa had brain surgery on Sept. 5 and all went well.  Praise God!
  • He was in the hospital for nine days.  Very Thankful for the neurosurgeon and medical personnel who are skilled and showed us loving hearts!
  • We are completely grateful for our amazing family!  They immediately stopped everything they were doing and came to us from moment one….
  • Thankful to Cathy for giving us organization and holding everything together by keeping family who are not in MT updated….we could all talk by phone and texting for moment to moment updates.
  • Thankful for the abundant blessings of many many healing prayers!  
  • God’s Blessings of safe travel for Cathy and I while she drove us to Great Falls each day….only 90 mi. and a beautiful drive…looking on the bright side.
  • God’s continuing Blessings for our granddaughter and family who call every day while GPa recovers.
  • GPa is back to “normal”  and moving his body as much as he can, walking in the yard, etc…..he’s not one to sit around :)
  • And that, my dear friends, is my story today.