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Grieving, part 1

When I was little, every once in awhile my dad would go on a business trip and while he was away, my mom & I would eat at Bridgeman’s.  Bridgeman’s was my very favorite restaurant–the one on the east side of St. Paul.  Bridgeman’s has been gone for years, replaced by a liquor store, but […]

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February

I pressed “publish” on my Tuesday morning blog post at 5:23 a.m. and went upstairs to refill my coffee.  I had taken Monday off of work.  I wasn’t really supposed to take a day off and when I was asked the reason, I stumbled through a flimsy-sounding answer.  The truth was, I just wanted to […]

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More Lists

Things I don’t know: 1-Where to start 2-The right things to say to someone with a terminal illness 3-How much money is in my checking account, even a ballpark amount 4-How much I should be working 5-How much of the Bible is literal 6-Where the noise is coming from – the one that sounds like […]

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An Eventful January

On January 6th we found out my dad has pancreatic cancer and then life changed.  My parents have been snowbirds in Arizona for the past several winters, but now they live in Minnesota full time.  We love having them here.  We wish it was because they grew tired of Arizona sunshine and longed for the […]

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Thanksgiving Gratitude List

Giving thanks for… 1 -Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner at French Meadow Bakery Café, enjoyed with people I like a lot. 2-Four day weekends with no gifts to wrap. 3-Friends with unshakable faith…the ones whose default is to go to scripture for guidance and to their knees in prayer for help, who are quick to turn things […]

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Rough Days in the RV

We had so much fun traveling in our RV in 2016, and have treasured the memories ever since our return to Minnesota. However, there were some challenging days… October 5, 2016 in Portland, Oregon.  We were still newbies, having been on the road for exactly 2 weeks.  We were looking for a good place to […]

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House Search – Continued

Although the search is slow, I have remained unusually calm.  For whatever reason (God), I believe the right house will come along at the right time.  However, I suspect the uncertainty has caused a bit of subconscious stress that my sleeping self processes for the awake me.  For example, last night’s dream of a house […]

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Now that I’m 50

I have some thoughts…unsolicited advice…or mere suggestions. 1-Age is just a number.  And 50 is a really big number, but so far I like this new club I joined. 2-If in doubt, send a thank you note. 3-Friends are everything.  They fill our hearts, entertain our questions, keep us accountable, make us laugh, accept our […]

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House Hunting

Evidently we move a lot.  I realized it recently because all of my Facebook “on this day” memories are: 1-Hey look that’s a “for sale” sign in our yard – come buy our house 2-Hey look, we’re packing, it’s so much work 3-We just moved in!  We love our new house! 4-Repeat 1 through 3 […]

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Thinking about Books

It started with Dr. Seuss…Green Eggs and Ham.  My dad read it to me over and over and I still have the book.  It was my favorite, until my next favorite, probably by Judy Blume, and then all the other Judy Blume books I could get my hands on.  And Flowers in the Attic.  My first series. […]

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