SOCs: Yard of Wishes

They wish upon a star They could be in out in the yard Furry beasts, hunters, finding prey They wish upon hope The yard, with its long, green scope Crouching, hunching, waiting for prey They wish for that glorious day When they are granted a way To sneakily catch its squeaking prey They wish in their sleep In their dreams so deep To be in the grassy yard with their prey Hunting, crouching, stalking, lurking, sneaking, jumping They wish TheyRead more

#WATWB: The Cycles of Love

Those who know me know that I love my bicycle. They know I ride as much as possible in the summer, as it is a passion on two wheels. While attempting to find a positive story for this month’s “We Are the World Blogfest,” I found two local, cycling-related projects that I hope will bring as big a smile to your face as they did mine. Riverview Gardens – Earn a Bike Riverview Gardens is a non-profit organization in Appleton,Read more

To Ignore…

“Sleep is like a cat: It only comes to you if you ignore it.” ~Gillian Flynn~ This one likes to sleep and ignore, to embrace disinterest and shun me, as if I were a horrible bore. So you have waved me off, to leave you alone, Could I do that to Gibbs during his 4:00 am roam? To ignore, perchance to sleep. This post has been brought to you by Ziva cat, sleep and the ability to ignore. It’s also beingRead more

Spring Buds

A tree may be lovelier than a poem, but it is nothing without its spring buds. The buds that bring life to the earth after a long winter. The buds that shout, “Hello! It’s time!” Time for beguiling beauty. Time for the richness of color. Time for Mother Earth to bless us with renewal. This past week, as I spent time walking on two different trails, I took note of the buds. Buds on the trees, buds on the bushes, budsRead more

SOCs: Spell my Name

Spell my name, spell my name If a noun is around you Say baby I love a place or thing If you ain’t down with the letters… Spell my name, spell my name You spellin’ kinda shady Mary is not spelled baby Why can’t you get it right? Spell my name, spell my name If a verb  is around you Say baby I love the action But if you ain’t bustin’ a move… Spell my name, spell my name You spellin’ kinda shady Mary is not spelled babyRead more

There’s No App for That

“There is no APP for getting your a** to the gym”! ~ Coach Jimmy ~ Darn it all. I was hoping for one. Getting my a** to the gym can be a futile exercise in laziness and excuses, rather than determination – especially during the cold months of winter. I know I need to. I know my back will feel better for the effort. I know I will be stronger for it. Yet… I seem to find many excuses. Today’sRead more

Mom at Easter

April 16, 2017 Beautiful Smiling Mom at 97 Another holiday to celebrate This a Sunday, mother/daughter date Adorable Diminutive Mom at dinner Waiting for today’s special meal Asking, “Is there coffee for me?” Quiet Demure Mom at Easter Her hands long and slender Her fingers painted purple and silver Joyful Grateful To have mom at 97 I hold her hand firmly tight She smiles, I smile, the day blessedly brightRead more

A Worldly Warning

In another two weeks, lightness you shall seek from bloggers around the world. It’s the second leg of the blogfest peg, “We are the World” unfurled. Join us, please (I’m asking from both knees) with a noteworthy story of good Just one little link and a written wink for someone farthest from rude. A positive tale, all glory and hail, to those who make life grand. Of those who give us a smile and afford worthwhile love, kindness and aRead more

Armpits

“Sometimes, when I get nervous, I stick my hands under my armpits and then I smell them like this!” Yes, I know William T. Riker didn’t really say this one-liner to Captain Picard. I couldn’t help myself. The photo… So, who actually said those words circa 1995? Fifty bonus points for the correct answer! Extra 25 points if you’ve used your deodorant today. Hint: Her character had absolutely nothing to do with Star Trek or Riker unless an encounter with alienRead more

Friendship & Bike Legs

This past weekend was fabulous. It included the company of long-time friends, good conversation, fantastic weather and a bike ride. After work on Friday, I headed south toward Milwaukee to catch up on the past nine months with friends I have known for a long time. We had not seen each other since the end of July 2016. I had not seen the new house they moved into last August. There was “catching up” to be done, along with aRead more

When a Door Closes…

Trinity Lutheran Church of Appleton was founded in 1915 with 15 charter members and three children. Construction of the Allen Street church (shown below) began in 1923 after Trinity’s congregation outgrew its small chapel at Oneida and Harris streets. The building was dedicated in 1925. Sadly, this church and its history will soon end. I came to know the lower level of the church several years ago when I began volunteering for Loaves and Fishes of the Fox Valley. This non-profit, well-runRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Beer

“I need a beer more than I need pomp and circumstance.” I’m not much of a drinker. But I like to talk a good story. Last week was crazy busy…and my boss wasn’t even around. By Friday, I felt good about what I had accomplished; however, the stress of it all had my shoulders pinned to both ears. Facebook friends noted that I required a foam roller and a beer. The foam roller and I had a date Friday evening,Read more