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I’m On Fire

July 3, 2016

Good gracious, Gertrude! I burn everywhere. There was a t-shirt on Facebook that said, “Everything Hurts And I’m Dying.” No inspirational quote has ever captured my truth better. Just to give you an idea of what my head is going through while my body is being tortured, here are more journal excerpts from the last…

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Cooking With Grease Now

July 1, 2016

Well actually, I’m cooking with extra virgin olive oil, but that doesn’t have the same ring. Before I get going on this post, let me state for the record I am NOT a trained cook. I just play one on my blog. I’ve been so enamored with my breakfast this week that I decided to share…

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I’m Still Standing

June 30, 2016

Today is the fourth day of my 21 day challenge. So far I have eaten well and exercised my 30 minutes every day. The best news of all is that I can still walk. Yesterday was 30 minutes of lower body exercises and I really despaired that I wouldn’t make it down the stairs this…

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So Far So Good

June 27, 2016

I thought the challenge was supposed to start yesterday, but found out Saturday that it began today. My coach told me I could start yesterday if I wanted, but this new knowledge felt like such a gift. One more day to be lazy. And it turned out to be a great thing because we ran…

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It’s Only 21 Days

June 24, 2016

I’ve spent all morning working on a meal plan for next week and preparing the grocery list. Which means I need to go to the grocery store. Which is probably why I’m writing this because y’all know how much I love the grocery store. (And if you don’t, then let me explain. That was sarcasm.…

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Remembering Daddy

June 20, 2016

This is the first time I’ve ever observed Father’s Day without my own dad’s feet firmly planted on this earth. I’ve thought about him all day, but not with sadness. Instead, I thought about him with thankfulness and joy that I was blessed to be his daughter. I struggled all day with the want to write…

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Forget Me Not

May 30, 2016

It’s kind of funny that I chose the word “Remember” for June over at Grace & Such. I had no idea just how far into reminisce mode I would be as the month began. Todd and I came to Arkansas for a Thompson Family Reunion – the first time we’ve been back in 8 years.…

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So Much Love

April 12, 2016

Last Friday, only a few hours after I posted I Wait, my father peacefully took his last breath. My mother and one sister were there with him and there was no struggle, no suffering, just a calm passing from this life to the next. The response to my post was astounding. So many people expressed…

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I Wait

April 8, 2016

As I write this I’m waiting to hear from New Mexico that my father has passed away. He stopped swallowing the other day and was struggling to breathe yesterday. This is the natural progression of advanced dementia and it feels merciless to me. I am sad. My mom is sad. My sisters are sad. We’re…

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Tea and Quilts

January 11, 2016

Today was a lovely day for me and The Girl. She goes back to school on Sunday and we decided to finally make our way to the Penn Museum in Philadelphia, a place she’s wanted to visit since we moved here nearly ten years ago. Turns out, however, the museum is closed on Mondays. Undaunted,…

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