How to Help A Grieving Friend

How to Help A Grieving Friend

A young woman I know just lost her mother. Suddenly and tragically. Another young woman I know just lost her mother to breast cancer. Those sad losses made me realize that though I lost my parents, I was so very fortunate to have had them in my life for as many years as I did. They were a constant presence in my life until they slipped away. I know my grief is different from those young ladies, but grief is grief, pain is pain, hurt is hurt. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do or say to help a grieving friend, but I have a few suggestions, speaking from experience. Continue reading “How to Help A Grieving Friend”

Girlfriends and Grace…The Importance of Friendship in Midlife

Girlfriends and Grace…The Importance of Friendship in Midlife

Have you ever had such a good time with friends that you laughed so hard it hurt? You know that kind of laughter that’s almost cathartic? That almost makes you cry? Heck, you might even snort. Not me of course, I never snort. Much. Well, I just experienced that at a girls’ night out with a group of my long-time girlfriends.Because of our move, I don’t see them as much as I used to. But somehow, we just pick up and carry on as if nothing has changed.  I’m so fortunate to have these friends, and it made me think about the importance of friendships in our midlife years. Continue reading “Girlfriends and Grace…The Importance of Friendship in Midlife”

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Oh it’s that time again! The tree is down. The Christmas decorations and lights are tucked away for the year, though I really miss seeing the pretty lights every evening. I kinda think we should enjoy a little sparkle every night!  My grandkids agree. christmas eve kids

But, it’s now time for resolutions, and to set goals for healthier living, saving money, and getting organized. In other words, it’s a clean slate, and our chance to start the new year right. I take advantage of my holiday break to get things lined up and organized while I have the opportunity and am off work for the holidays. Here’s a few of my “Get Fresh Quick” Strategies for a Happier New Year. Continue reading “Happy New Year!”

Five Last Minute Gift Ideas!

Five Last Minute Gift Ideas!

Yep. It’s pretty much the last minute y’all! Did you blink like me? I am stunned and startled and mind-blown at the rapid speed of December. It’s kinda like a train that rolls so quickly we barely see it coming (and going)! Don’t panic y’all! I’m here to help! I have a few “last minute” type ideas for you. Go a little above and beyond  the simple gift of a gift card and make it special! Quick and easy, yet still thoughtful. Ready? Here ya go! Continue reading “Five Last Minute Gift Ideas!”