Becoming the best version of yourself

It’s Been A Rough Week . . .

This quote popped up on my feed last week, and I was going to share it, then like everyone else felt, the world went sideways in Uvalde.

I meant to research WHO Noah is, or was, then did not get it done. Will still do it, but for this weekend, I’m going to try to enjoy the good things out there, while praying for healing and recovery and a better path forward for our nation.

You might have to read it several times, as I did. Each time sinking a bit deeper into it. Have a good weekend everyone.

“But nothing can save you. Not your friends, not the best Fred Astaire musical you’ve ever seen- the grace of it, not your mother’s beauty, not a line from a letter you find at the bottom of a drawer, not a magazine or the next day. Nothing can save you. And you stand in the moonlight and a sweetness comes off the top of the trees, and the fence around the yard seals you off from the dark and you can’t breathe. It is all so familiar and possible. It is too simple that there is this much good in the world and you don’t know how to have it. And it makes you wonder when it was you lost your place. Then you catch a breeze, so warm and ripe, it makes you hope that someone will come who also cannot save you, but who will think you are worth saving.” – from Noah’s wall- 1/31/04


It’s Monday, ‘Nuff Said . . .

Do I really need say more???

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Happy Mother’s Day To All Moms!

I had an awesome Mom. I lost her in 2019 just one month shy of her 101st birthday. She was an East Texas born firecracker her whole life. The good parts of me are attributable to her, she taught by example. Though I knew in my mind that the end was near, my heart chose to believe I would have her forever.

The photo today is from my first time being a Mother. My eldest, and as he refers to himself often, #1 son. Being a Mom is like no other experience you’ll ever have. The highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows, and sometimes both of those in the same 24 hours.

An experience I would never trade, even in the lowest of the lows because the highest of the highs are just plain magical. Now watching those that made me a Mom, being parents themselves? Well, it’s just the best.

So, here’s hoping that all of you have a most amazing Mother’s Day in 2022, and that you are shown the well deserved appreciation for having the title of “Mom” that you deserve.

Happy Happy Mother’s Day! : -)

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More Food For Thought – – –

The donkey told the tiger, “The grass is blue.” 

The tiger replied, “No, the grass is green .”

The discussion became heated, and the two decided to submit the issue to arbitration, so they approached the lion. 

As they approached the lion on his throne, the donkey started screaming: ′′Your Highness, isn’t it true that the grass is blue?” 

The lion replied: “If you believe it is true, the grass is blue.” 

The donkey rushed forward and continued: ′′The tiger disagrees with me, contradicts me and annoys me. Please punish him.”

The king then declared: ′′The tiger will be punished with 3 days of silence.” 

The donkey jumped with joy and went on his way, content and repeating ′′The grass is blue, the grass is blue…” 

The tiger asked the lion, “Your Majesty, why have you punished me, after all, the grass is green?” 

The lion replied, ′′You’ve known and seen the grass is green.”

The tiger asked, ′′So why do you punish me?” 

The lion replied, “That has nothing to do with the question of whether the grass is blue or green. The punishment is because it is degrading for a brave, intelligent creature like you to waste time arguing with an ass, and on top of that, you came and bothered me with that question just to validate something you already knew was true!”

The biggest waste of time is arguing with the fool and fanatic who doesn’t care about truth or reality, but only the victory of his beliefs and illusions. Never waste time on discussions that make no sense. There are people who, for all the evidence presented to them, do not have the ability to understand. Others who are blinded by ego, hatred and resentment, and the only thing that they want is to be right even if they aren’t. 

When IGNORANCE SCREAMS, intelligence moves on.


As Winter Thaws Here – – –

Hope springs eternal. Have a blessed Easter/Passover and know that new beginnings are always possible, even in the harshest of circumstances! Hugs to you all from the mountains!!

When In Doubt – – –

Have you ever just been SO tired, so exacerbated, so frustrated, so longing for back-up, support, an “atta girl” or two?? I know I have.

The past two years, and the beginning of this one have pushed me sometimes past my limit of “being nice”, LOL!

When someone says, “Hey, how’re ya doin’?” and you say, “Great, all good!” But you’re not, and you’ve been brought up to be polite, and to basically slide past that question with a bit of a “white lie” because really, does anyone want to hear that you’re not really OK?

When you’re faced with a dilemma and you make a decision and you wait around for someone to validate you, to tell you that you’re right, great decision, I woulda done the same thing! Don’t hold your breath.

When those times come along, please remember this post and the words of wisdom above. Be a warrior, believe in yourself, don’t wait for others to tell you that you’re right. Deep down in your gut, make the decision that is right for you, then smile. Put on your Wonder Woman suit and seize the day!


It’s The Week Of LOVE!!

Happy Valentine’s (Gal’entine’s) week everyone. It’s been a full week and it’s not done yet. Started with watching the Super Bowl, no “dog in this hunt” but I did prefer one team over the other because of some of the players, their stories, their journeys . . . and they won.

Then – a sweet new neighbor, widowed within the past year, showed up at my front door with a flower bouquet and offered my a Happy Gal’entine’s message of cheer.

Then – I learned my “refinance” of this home was approved and I close tomorrow. You know we ladies of a certain age, and no “earned” income, face an uphill battle with banks, mortgages and the black hole of underwriters. BAM! Never missed a payment, fabulous credit score and still, it can be like pulling teeth.

Then – yesterday my other house that has had offers (some good, some ridiculous), faulty inspection reports, two different agents and so many house showings that the wood floor must need to be buffed, FINALLY got a “real” offer. We countered, we played the game, but we finally came to a deal. Inspections and appraisal in two days. First family in to NOT ask for all the walls to be painted, all new carpet, etc etc etc. They actually like my house the way it is – how refreshing?

Don’t wanna count my chickens though, so I’ll wait till after Friday to celebrate.

Then – last but not least, it’s been ten wonderfully full years of “Suddenly Single Women – the Blog”! Started just after Valentine’s Day 2012, it’s been a real learning experience and a very cathartic way to get to the “other side” post divorce.

My book published in 2016, becoming a #1 Best Seller on Amazon, then “THE” lawsuit from the ex (that I never really addressed on this site) happened. Six months of idiocy till he finally dropped it, then getting the book back up on the market. It’s never really fully recovered from the momentum it had.

But that’s OK. It was never published to make money, it never would have BUT it’s been read and appreciated by so many – and that was the purpose. To remind those women they were not alone, and to hopefully help them find their smile again.

So … hope your week is going great! Send up a prayer or two that the former house passes inspections and sells, but most of all Happy 10th Anniversary to all of us who write/follow/inspire this blog!

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Tracking Steps – Not For The Sedentary!

So . . . I wear a FitBit watch. Haven’t sprung for an Apple Watch, don’t really need one more Apple product to figure out. FitBit is pretty basic for my needs.

Remember when some Doc somewhere decided to tell the world that we needed to take 10,000 steps a day? So I got on board to track my steps, gave up wearing my really pretty watch, and off I went. Clearly some days involve more activity than others, but it is surprising how many steps you can compile in an average day. Full disclosure: I have dogs that get many walks, even in the snow, so that helps!

Yesterday I got my annual summary from FitBit.

My busiest day? November 13 where I walked 27,011 steps. I can tell you it had to do with going to a college football game. Some of those steps might’ve been jumping up and down in the stands, just sayin’ . . . We must’ve won that day?

My total steps for 2021? 3,444,190 and I recorded “exercise” stats for 310 days out of 365. My average bedtime was 11:04 p.m. and my average wake-up time was 6:59 a.m. That would imply I got a whole lot more sleep than I feel like most of the time.

All in all, I think I did pretty good for an ol’ gal of a certain age.

Gotta go now, the couch and my DVR are calling, LOL!!

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Truth – For Today

As I watch the continuous news feeds about Covid, Delta, Omicron – wondering what do we do when we run out of Greek alphabet letters? Makes me appreciate my health and living in my little shell here in the mountains. Be healthy and stay well.
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Wise Words – – –

We have all been greatly challenged the past two years. I, myself, grew up in a house full or faith and religion. I was told, “God never gives you more than you can handle!”

There were times I would roll my eyes and think, If I’m a good person, then why all the challenges?

But’s that life, and no where has it ever been promised that it would be a walk down “easy street”.

I plan on 2022 being a year of growth for me. New address, with a healthier focus on what’s the best for me. I’ve spent a lifetime of giving, something I learned watching my parents. But they also took care of themselves and made decisions taking care of themselves and the family’s needs.

I’m going to take care of myself this year. I’ll receive plenty of “input” whether I need it, request it or want it. But in the end, as my Father used to tell me, always “take care of Number 1”.

Thanks for sharing your time with me.

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