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December 26

Birthday thoughts about my late husband

Remembering Dane Tyler

In twenty-one years of marriage, he only let me make him a birthday cake once, for a milestone birthday, and even then it wasn’t a cake, but a pie, a homemade version of a French Silk pie. 

My husband hated his birthday.  The day after Christmas, he often felt as an “afterthought” as a boy.  As a man, things like the JonBenet Ramsey murder, and the tsunamis of 2004 that killed nearly a quarter-million people gave him a very negative view.  “It’s just a bad day all the way around and I don’t want to celebrate it,” he’d tell me.  Once, we were in the grocery store around his birthday time and from behind me, he caught me glancing at cake mixes out of the corner of my eye.  How he saw I have no idea but he exclaimed, “Don’t even think about it!”  The kids could make cards for…

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Dear WordPress

Please stop putting comments from bloggers I follow into the spam folder!  😡

Thank you!


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In Remembrance of Pearl Harbor


USS Arizona Memorial

Rare and Unseen Pics: After Pearl Harbor

via Rare and Unseen Pics: After Pearl Harbor | Fox News. [The link is from 2013 but still works, the pictures are worth seeing.]

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Stan Lee With Grumpy Cat

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9 Things That Quiet, Awkward Introvert Wishes You Knew

Yes!  Oh, so much yes!  😀  Please click the link below if you’d like to read the whole article, and if you know any introverts (or are one!) you’ll find it pretty informative!  ~Vanessa

Later, a woman who was probably the most extroverted person in the room asks my boyfriend, “Was Jenn okay? She was so… quiet.”

I’ve heard something like this more times than I can count, but it never ceases to sting.  I never got to respond to that woman, but if I could, here are nine things I’d want her (and others) to know about introverts.

What Quiet Introverts Wish You Knew  

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Le Sigh

I am not one of the cool kids and can barely type on my phone to save my life.  So here are 1000 words in picture form.
My favorite tech pet is dying.  Blue screens of death all week long (and I suspect a MS update is to blame for that).  Now the network card is dead. 

I am scrambling trying to find a refurbished Windows 7 machine.  *sigh* 

It has been a crappy week.  But thankfully not a week from Hell.  Had that fun for a year in 03-04; nor do I live in TX or FL.  So, things could be a lot worse.

Love, hugs, and many prayers for my TX and FL friends!!  💓

Hopefully I’ll have another computer set up soon.  At least I have a few posts pre-posted, lol. 

That’s what’s been going on for me. Aren’t you just pea green with envy?  lololol 😂😂

I miss you. 


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Monday In Bloom

07-02-2017 GW09 (57)I popped some cupcakes in the oven and figured I had enough time to go outside and take some pictures.  As I was outside, the wind whipped up and the storm clouds moved in.  I came back inside with 2 minutes left on my timer, and when the timer beeped, the rain came down in sheets!  Just made it!

07-02-2017 GW09 (32)Everything seems to be doing really well now.  Everything is established and for the most part, thriving.  The pansies are trying to come back from the near death caused by Morticia Rabbit – keeping them high out of her reach is helping.  My lavender plant though seems to be dying off, at least partially.  I’ll be keeping an eye on it.  I need to do some serious dead-heading and weeding.  Not sure if I’ll be able to get to that before next weekend as we start back to homeschool this week.  We’ll see though!

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Sunday morning, I had lilies!  Woohoo!

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Daisies are thriving, shining steadily like a beacon. 
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Snapdragons are looking bold and beautiful.
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To stand by this pot, you get the sweetest scent of sweet alyssum, it’s heavenly!
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The salvia are really healthy, too.  They’re very lush and full.
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Yes, I’m pretty sure I over-planted this pot.  And you know what?  I don’t think I care!  lol
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I love these pots! 
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The hanging baskets are filling up nicely, too.  That icicles plant might be too big for these pots.  I’ve never planted it before so it was kind of a test.  At this stage, it looks nice though!
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For Sue.  🙂

And that’s how my garden is growing this week!  How’s yours coming along?

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Thanks for looking!

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