The Night Sky

It’s past midnight. Most of the people in my world are sleeping. Why aren’t I?

The night sky beckons me.


I wrap myself in a warm robe and step out into the 56 degree night. Since I live in the country, the yard is dark. The trees are unrecognizable, crickets create a soft symphony of sound, almost lullaby-like. The sliver of a moon that was visible earlier is now nowhere to be found.

I can’t resist the urge to pull up a lawn chair and I begin to contemplate.

Genesis 1:14-18

14-15 “God spoke: “Lights! Come out!
Shine in Heaven’s sky!
Separate Day from Night.
Mark seasons and days and years,
Lights in Heaven’s sky to give light to Earth.”
And there it was.

16-18 God made two big lights, the larger
to take charge of Day,
The smaller to be in charge of Night;
and he made the stars.
God placed them in the heavenly sky
to light up Earth…”

stars in night sky

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I look at the night sky and I’m amazed. I wonder how the stars and planets found their place in the universe. Did God put each in place one by one? Did He stand back looking at His newly created canvas and place each star and planet in just the right carefully chosen spot “I’ll put a small star here, a larger star there, a planet here,” thinks He, and so on until the night sky is sprinkled with light?

Or did He have a handful of stars and planets of various sizes resting in His mighty yet tender hand and gently toss them out into the universe, each landing where they may?

No matter the method, God put them in the sky for our enjoyment. Tonight, stop and admire the night sky. What thoughts come to your mind? Sit with those thoughts for awhile and feel free to share them with me.
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Today is National Cat Day

To celebrate National Cat Day, October 29, I’m writing a short post about our family cat, Pickles.

Pickles 1

Pickles is actually my son Sasha’s cat. When he was 9 years old, our mama cat had kittens. Since he wanted a pet of his own we let him pick out a kitten. Now, I know Pickles is an odd name for a cat but at the age of 9, Sasha loved the really big dill pickles that come in a huge jar, I mean really loved those pickles so much so he named his beloved pet after them.

Pickles is 10 years old and going strong. Here’s to 10 more years with Pickles!

Spread the word about National Cat Day by sharing your cat pictures on your blog.

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Sept. 29, National Coffee Day

Today is National Coffee Day!

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For today’s favfotofriday, I’m sharing a photo I took Saturday, Sept. 5 on Gray Lake in Michigan where my family was spending the Labor Day weekend.

Foggy Sept. morning at the cottage

The photo was taken from the top of the stairs that lead to the beach. This 45 acre lake was shrouded in fog. Visibility was less than a quarter mile. It was a beautiful morning.

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Fav Foto Friday

Today I’m participating in Fav Foto Friday prompted by Scribbles & Musings of an Introvert.

This is a picture of my sunflower during a recent Michigan sunset.

Sunflower 2

I love sunflowers. My sunflower is finally blooming after a late planting season.


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Fav Foto Friday


Today, I’m participating in Fav Foto Friday  Sandy at Scribblings and Musings from an Introvert .

I took this photo while driving home from work about 5:20 pm Wednesday, Aug. 19. A rain shower had just gone through the area when I saw a rainbow in my side view mirror.  I’m usually a careful driver but I couldn’t resist getting this picture.

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Books vs Movies

Books 1I am an avid reader. I also like movies. I love to read a book and watch the movie version then compare the movie and book versions.

In 2014, I started working my way through a buzzfeed list of books that are or will be made into movies. Since then I’ve added the 2015 buzfeed list. Some of the books I want to read before they become movies, some books I won’t read but wait till they become movies and watch the movie instead and some I’ll determine if I want to see the movie based on how much I enjoyed the book version.

Although I love my Nook tablet, I still enjoy the feel of a book in my hands. There’s nothing like curling up on the couch with a good book and warm blanket while the wood stove warms the living room and the Michigan winter is swirling angrily outside, or reading for hours inside during a summer rain or out on my deck on a bright spring morning.

So far, here’s my progress:

To read:
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais (currently reading)
“Labor Day” by Joyce Maynard
“Winter’s Tale” by Mark Helprin
“The Giver” by Lois Lowry
“Still Alice” by Lisa Genova
“In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick
“Paper Towns” by John Green
“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (2014)
“If I Stay” by Gayle Forman (2014)
“Where She Went” by Gayle Forman (2014)
“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed (2015)
“The Martian” by Andy Weir (2015)
Movies to see:
“Mockingjay (Part 2)”
“The Scorch Trials”
“The Martian”
Paper Towns” 
“Where She Went”
“The Hundred-Foot Journey”
Movies already seen
“Divergent”  and “Insurgent”
“The Monuments Men” 
“The Maze Runner”
“The Fault in Our Stars”
“If I Stay” 

My goal is to read all seven books in my “To Read” category by the end of 2015 then watch the movies as they are released or when the movie comes out on DVD. Seven books by the end of the year is a lofty goal, but I’m going to try it.

Avid readers and movie watchers, please share your favorites here.

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Day 26 of my 30 Day Blogging Challenge: Your hidden talent

I do not have a hidden talent, and I’m not being modest here, I asked a few friends and family members and got the same answer! So, although I do not have a hidden talent, I have a daughter with a hidden talent.

Click this YouTube link for a short, mediocre quality cell phone video of my daughter Lisa’s hidden talent.

Lisa shared her hidden talent one night while my family was sitting around a bonfire talking about, you guessed it, hidden talents! Oh the fun that can be had around a bonfire.

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Day 25 of my 30 Day Blogging Challenge: Your biggest regret

Fortunately, I don’t have big regrets, only small ones. I live my life by “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” philosophy. And I believe regrets can’t be undone so make good and move on.No regrets

My biggest small regret is spending $7.99 for a four-pack of Starbucks Double Shots at a small general store by my family’s cottage in Clare County. When I mentioned to the store clerk how glad I was that the store carried my favorite drink, which can be hard to find, he said he’d keep them in stock. Now I feel I must put my money where my mouth is and support the store by buying Double Shots whenever I go to the general store.

I don’t mean to trivialize regrets, as there are some who live with them daily. To those I say, forgive yourself, learn from your regrets and move forward. Beauty can be made from ashes.

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Day 24 of my 30 Day Blogging Challenge: What attracts you (in love)?

Dale and Mary, April 2014

Dale and Mary, April 2014

What attracts me in love is simple. Someone willing to do scrub the pots and pans which saves wear and tear on my already less than perfect right shoulder. Someone who loves me, in spite of myself. Someone who knows I’m less than perfect and doesn’t remind me of my faults but occasionally my limitations. Someone who looks out for my health, even when it annoys me, because I don’t do it myself. Someone who is blends his imperfections with mine making us imperfect together. That someone is my husband Dale.

I have to thank my then-best-friend Nanci (David) Klein for putting into words that which I could not.

It was May 1981 in the girl’s bathroom at Midland High School. As high school juniors, Nanci and I had excused ourselves from home economics class so I could work out a personal crisis. I was pacing the ugly tiled bathroom floor, ranting about a girl (another friend of mine) who liked Dale. I couldn’t figure out why I was so bothered, annoyed, worked up about the situation. Afterall, I had recently introduced Dale and this girl to each other. I had known Dale since I was 12 or 13. He was my cousin Roger’s best friend and since Roger was like my brother, I saw Dale often and as a family friend only.

I had never considered Dale a potential love interest until that fateful day when Nanci, sitting on the bathroom sink, stated the obvious: “You’re in love with Dale.” It was like the proverbial light bulb going on in my head. Suddenly it was so clear, weird but clear. Dale and I were polar opposites. How can this be? But I knew it was true.

Dale and I dated for three years before marrying in 1984. On July 7, 2015, we celebrated 31 years of marriage. We love our three daughters, one son, two son-in-laws and two grandchildren. We’ve battled many storms together but always come out closer. We are a team and together, we can handle anything that comes our way.

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