Is it worth it????

In 2016 we had a National election to elect a new President. I am not going to dwell on the fact that our choices were less than the best. There are people who walked into the voting booth and closed their eyes and whomever they pointed to, got the vote.  People changed party affiliations as well as there have been on going protests, flag burning, name calling,  and in general ……plain ol’ unhappiness.  I was always taught that to burn our flag in protest was treason.  People used to face a firing squad for treason. How times have changed!

All of this aside……what is really disturbing to me is that people are losing friends over their beliefs.  Facebook used to be a fun place.  I love my family and friends on face book.  Reconnecting with so many people and also making new connections is something I  am really enjoying and look forward to.  I certainly respect your right to your beliefs regarding politics and religion…….as I hope you respect mine.  Most of all, I certainly do not or will not engage in ANY heated discussion on Facebook with you about it. It is a no win situation.

You have a right to what you think and believe and so do I.  It boils down to this……..the election is OVER. No matter what side you are on, we have a new leader.  GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE!!!! If it were Hillary Clinton I would say the same thing – give her a chance.  We have given every President elected, good or bad, a chance to prove themselves.  Mistakes will be made. They have all made mistakes.

Is it worth it to lose a life-long friend because you can’t come to agreement on something that neither of you can change?  Remember, words hurt and can’t be taken back.  Once said and there is no turning back…….feelings are hurt and in some cases there might be a friendship gone bad.  John Lennon said it so well back in the ’60s…….”all we are saying, is give peace a chance.”  Let’s make Facebook fun again. I respect your right to tell me to write my Congressman about something….and I probably will do it if I agree, but let’s get over it and get on with life and keep the arguments off of Facebook.  This is not directed to any one person, because there are many doing it. It is strictly my thoughts on the subject.

And with that I will leave you with a big ((((((hug)))))) until next time………




It was December 0f 1966 and my mom and I were starting to decorate for Christmas. This year it was not going to be Christmas as usual for us. One of us was not going to be there this year and none of us could really speak of it. Looking back, it was the worst Christmas ever.dove-054

I was a senior in high school.  My brother, who had already graduated five years ahead of me, wouldn’t be home this year. You see, he was in the Marine Corp. and was stationed in some little country across the big ocean,  called Viet Nam.  There was a war going on there. They tried to call it a police action, but for those fighting there and those of us with family there, it was a war.  Now my brother wasn’t in the infantry so he wasn’t on the front lines.   No one was safe over there, it didn’t matter what you did.  My cousin’s husband was killed getting on an airplane to come home.  If the enemy could get at us, the did.

And so Christmas was coming upon us quickly.  Mom and I were out shopping and we came across this beautiful white dove with it’s wings spread as if in flight. Mom said she was going to buy it for the top of the tree.  I found this strange at first because we had always had an angel at the top, so why now a dove?

When we got home, she took the angel down and placed the dove on top, just as you see it on my tree.  I asked her at that moment why she was doing this?  She said to me that this was the white dove , the symbol of peace.  She hoped with placing this dove on the top of the tree that not only would peace come soon to Viet Nam, but also that my brother, Larry would be safe and come home unhurt.

Every time I walked by the tree, somehow the dove gave me hope and helped to get us through that very scary, sad Christmas. You know what? It still does.  Since that Christmas, the dove has been  at the top of my family’s tree every year.  It is missing its feet and beak, but she is still there in flight.  I honestly do not know if Larry even knows this story.  As long as I continue to put up a tree, the dove will be there.

Question for you……can you ever imagine a Christmas where there will be no fighting going on anywhere on earth? Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me…….

I hope you enjoyed the tale of the white dove and have a very Merry Christmas!

Until next time………..


PS.  And yes……my brother came home and was not hurt.  Thank you God.

Did You Hear It?

Were you listening?  Did you hear it? I can’t describe it to you……it was just there.  I know that when I discovered it, I surely enjoyed it.  What am I talking about?

For the last nine days this country had something else to think about, cheer about, and celebrate other than Hillary or The Donald.  There was camaraderie like there hasn’t been in years with the people of this country.  Two baseball teams,  wanting to  not repeat history, were in a battle for a “winner take all ” prize.  We had something else to focus on and it sure felt good!

Game seven, the final game it felt like the earth stood still.  People were riveted to their televisions.  We laughed, we cheered, some cried.  No matter which team you were for, you woke up this morning with a smile on your face and a pride in your heart. For this short period of time these two teams let us escape from our problems and seemed to make life a little more fun. It has been a very long time since this country has had something like this to bond us.  This wasn’t just any World Series, this was two teams that had been the underdogs for years. People could relate to this.  Some people gave up on these two teams.  But now, win or lose…….these teams were going to sprout wings and fly.

Thank you Cubs and Indians for giving us a much needed break in our lives.  Thank you for the joy you brought to all ages and the fun you gave us. My Dad is smiling up in Heaven knowing the Cubs finally won the World Series and I am smiling for him.

For a few short hours last night………well……. it seemed like there was peace on earth.  Did you hear it? I sure hope so.

Until next time……..


While reflecting on the real reason we are celebrating with a three-day weekend, I remembered some pretty incredible Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkies) who participated in the wars.

One such Yorkie who was called Smokey, served two years active duty in the Asiatic and Pacific in WW2. She was found in a foxhole when she was a little over a year old.  Even though the war was  scary place for Smokey,she lived through 150 air raids and was a crew member on 12 air-sea rescues and never got motion sickness.  Her true service came when she was asked to take a wire through a seventh foot long pipe that was under an airstrip. Her owner Bill, knew in his heart, that she could do it. She was smart and definitely the right size as the pipe was only eight inches high. However the pipe had mold in it and in some places mud partially closed the pipe to about four inches.  Both Bill and Smokey were a little more than apprehensive.

As a trial run, Bill tied a string to her and pointed her into the pipe. He then went to the other end and called out for her to come.  Smokey headed through the pipe only to have the string get hung up once, but then was able to release it to keep going.  Finally Bill saw the gleam of her eyes and called her name and she ran the last 15 feet.

Smokey ate C-rations and took vitamins. Bill’s helmet was her bathtub. She traveled over 40,000 miles in her lifetime and lived a full and rewarding life with her best friend Bill.

My dad was stationed in France for part of his tour and he used to tell me that the French army used Yorkies to deliver messages.

Yes the Yorkie is not just another pretty face or fluffy lap dog.  They have the heart of a lion and the soul of a wolf!  Both my Chloe and Bella gave years of service visiting hospice patients and their families.  To quote my favorite commercial:

“You’re my buddy, my pal, my friend ……..and we’ll be that way til the end.  Wherever we go I want you to know………you’re my buddy, my pal, my friend.”

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend – remembering those those who have fought to protect us so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have and those who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their life for it all .

Until next time……..

Aspartame Followup

Because so many people have been asking me how I am doing since I decided to eliminate Aspartame from my life …….it’s nineteen days and going strong (more ways than one)!

Nineteen days ago this 66 year old was weak and sore all over. At times I walked slightly hunched over and couldn’t stand up to cook over 2 or three minutes.  I used whatever help was around to pull myself out of a chair and I couldn’t sleep curled up anymore because if I were in that position too long, it would hurt to straighten my legs out.  Now all of that has changed.

Fortunately or not so, I think I will still be able to predict the weather with my knees as they are bad and will need some attention someday. However, to be able to stand and do my morning primping without discomfort, or to cook a meal and not have to sit down and rest every couple of minutes is a MAJOR breakthrough and a cause to celebrate.

Aspartame poisoning is real folks!!! Don’t doubt it for a minute. Do I miss Diet Coke?  Only until I get up and walk around, then the missing goes away quickly!

Here is to good health and being Aspartame free!

Until next time……


Aspartame Poisoning

For the last 9 days I have been doing an experiment with me. If you are a regular follower you know that I am afflicted with an auto immune disease that may or may not end up in MS. Those of you that have seen me (especially throughout the winter) have noticed at times I can barely walk. My daily diet consisted of Tylenol as the first course just to get me moving in the morning Diet Coke.  The fear of what might be coming had nightmares haunting me regularly.

Over the last year, on several occasions, I have received on my Facebook page, articles regarding Diet Coke and Aspartame poisoning. I have read them with great interest and then said to heck with it, I am not giving up Diet Coke. How do I know it’s true? Well I received another one of those articles last week and it had someone’s blog connected to it and so I went to it to read her story. It sounded like I was reading my own tale. Time for me to do my own investigation.

Nine days ago I quit drinking Diet Coke. I have to admit to you that for me this was harder than quitting smoking. By days 2 and 3 and part of 4 there were withdrawal symptoms.  I had headaches, I couldn’t sleep, day three I even had the shakes.  But even through the withdrawals, I could feel the pain and stiffness in my body going away. Yes I have bad knees. The are damaged from skiing and very arthritic so that will always be there. However, getting in and out of a chair – no problem. Getting in and out of the car – no problem.  Walking, bending………NO PROBLEM! Does this mean I won’t be able to predict the weather anymore by the degree of stiffness and pain I was in?

Yesterday there was a wee bit of stiffness but nothing that required Tylenol or slowed me down.  I am sure it is going to take some time to get this poison all out of my system.  I am not going into all the specifics here as you can Google Aspartame Poisoning and read lots of articles.  I will just tell you that when Diet Coke or anything else with aspartame is stored above a certain temperature, the aspartame turns to formaldehyde and you get enough of it in your system through regular drinking you are inviting many undesirable side effects. Side effects that can greatly alter your quality of life. It can cause seizures, brain damage and symptoms very similar to MS and Fibromyalgia  just for starters. Many people have been misdiagnosed  only to quit products containing aspartame  and after a period of time were symptom free.

So that is what I have been up to this new year of 2016.  There is no more Diet Coke in my home or anything else with aspartame. On diet products in the future I will read every label. Maybe when Spring comes I can start walking some distance again. I sure hope so!

Until next time…….


Many of you have heard me say at one time or another……”no animal has ever hurt me like people have.” Sadly my friends, it is very true.  Why do people set out to deliberately hurt one another – either emotionally or physically? I am not saying I am innocent of this by any means. There have been times I wished I could have bit my tongue clear off, instead of saying what I have said to someone.  Remember folks,  once it leaves the lips, you can’t take it back.  It is there hanging over you for all time.

Take for instance the people currently seeking a nomination to represent their party to run for President.  Do we really want any of these “loose cannons” with their back alley vocabulary representing us in negotiations for peace or anything else? I certainly don’t.  These people scare me, some more than others. But unless we get people to take off their “blinders” and start looking at the whole big picture with 20-20 vision and some good old fashioned horse sense, we are going to be in big trouble.

In a few hours it will be 2016 and we will be bringing 2015 baggage with us to the new year. Let’s see…..there’s the political race, Isis and terrorist threats, leadership that is less than adequate, and I am not just referring to one person.  We have many homeless and hungry people that we seem to not have money for but yet we are being asked to take in immigrants and roll out the red carpet for them. I think not!  Let’s take care of our own first and that includes our veterans. Let’s respect and thank our police, fire department and armed forces for keeping us safe on a daily basis. Until we get back to being whole and good again, we have no business bringing anyone else into this country.

Well folks I have a big year ahead for me and Bella.  I ask for your prayers and God’s help to keep me strong so that I can get through the rough stuff and find the peace when its over, that I think I will have.  As I close this post for 2015 I want to thank you for following me and I want to leave you with the following: My mom’s favorite song was Let There Be Peace On Earth.  The first line is “let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me”……… think about it.

Happy New Year everyone from Bella and me!

Until next time……..