Happy Father’s Day!!!

I can not let Father's Day go by without posting a post about my Daddy.  Now I know most of you out there think that you have the best dad in the world but I beg to differ with you.  I did.  No doubt about it.   My daddy was kind and gentle.  He was quiet and mild mannered.  He was funny and had a great sense of humor.   He was a loving father and husband, a caring and compassionate man.  Everyone that knew him commented on his sincerity and honesty but most often his sense of compassion.   He … [Read more...]


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Drum Roll, Please!!!!!

For those of you have been following me for a couple of weeks or more you may remember the post on June 1st I posted a picture of a whole bunch of stuff that I had bought at Archiver's on a recent trip with my sister to the store at the Mall of America. I promised a $25 Hobby Lobby gift card to the person who guessed the closest to what the actual cost was.  And we have a winner!!!  It is none other than my friend Diane from Simply Diane.   Diane guessed $140 and sad to say my total was … [Read more...]

Happy Flag Day!!!!

Two posts in one day but I would be remiss if I did not add my thoughts about Flag Day.  Today we went to Put In Bay and had the pleasure of going to see Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial.  It is a pretty neat thing even if it is under restoration right now. More on that later.  The coolest thing was that they were retiring two flags today and the park rangers conducted a pretty neat ceremony.  They fly an English, Canadian and US flag there and it was very cool to watch them … [Read more...]

If It’s Tuesday It Must Be Teapot Day

A recent Ebay acquisition---no special meaning or significance other than I liked the Mad Hatter!!!  Now I need to look for more Alice in Wonderland themed pots!!!!  Help me out if you see any!!! If you want to be a part of a really neat and fun thing hop on over to Poems and Ponderings by Jake.  He is creating a story ---one sentence at a time.  Read what is up so far and add your sentence to the comments and Jake will include it ---if he deems it worthy  :-)    Pretty fun little exercise … [Read more...]

And Are We Yet Alive?

This week I am enjoying my annual retreat from reality.  Though my husband would probably say that I retreat daily.....nonetheless--I am enjoying R & R, family time, vacation, and worship all rolled into one!   I am at Lakeside on Lake Erie for the week ---I grew up coming here this time each year with my family as it is the week of East Ohio Annual Conference for the United Methodist Church.  Since my Daddy was a UM minister it was part of what we did each year.  While he sat in business … [Read more...]

Rules for an Extraordinary Life

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99 and Proud of It!

I went bowling tonight.   I don't want to brag but I took Bowling 101 in college----oh those good old days at Ohio Northern University.  I have been honing my skills on the Kinect but obviously not enough.   We needed a diversion today ---been pretty serious around the old Chiles household and today my sister in law, niece and brother in law and I ventured out to go bowling.  Now my brother in law was pretty good at the game a few years back when he was bowling regularly so I was a little … [Read more...]

Smooth Waters

I have had a lot of time to think and read this week and it has been good.  Not that I don't think every day---I promise I do even if my blog posts don't always give evidence of that!  I have always believed that we go through seasons in our lives---some seasons are like spring and full of hope and new beginnings and fresh stuff.  Some times our lives are like summer where we feel carefree---run through sprinklers, eat ice cream and stay up late playing or in my case sitting outside on the deck … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

                                                                                                                                              Modern art ?  Or neglect?????     … [Read more...]