How many destinations are on your to-do list today? I know it’s Saturday, but it seems like we pack more into our days off lately, than in our regular work week. It keeps me echoing my daily mantra of “I NeEd A vAcAtIoN!!!” But in reality we’d do the same thing there, we try & pack so much into our vacations, that we need another one, as soon as we get home.

If I was journaling today, I’d reread my notes on what I was doing this time last year, tracking my progress or if I need to revisit any of tasks at hand, but like I said, its raining outside, I don’t want to spend too much time rehashing past events. I’m looking forward to the upcoming week; I need to prepare for that instead.

Are you going many places or just a few, in spite of the weather(or none, if it’s a stay-at-home day)?

I think I’ll be going to the Mall or Flea Market. I’m in need of a big black round mirror for the bathroom in the pole barn shop/lot & a few other car related memorabilia items to add to the walls. [Less is more.] We spent a few hours in there yesterday, painting it Dove Grey, adding hounds-tooth contact paper as a removable covering behind the sink & toilet for quick changes(if its get too messy in there), & tossing out some old clutter/junk. Its still a long way from where it needs to be, but its a start.

What about you?

Research shows you get multiple tasks done faster if you do them one at a time. It also decreases stress and raises happiness. ~ Shawn Achor


I’ve had some major events happen this week; some good… some???

I felt like a funeral crasher yesterday when one of my favorite uncles when I was a young girl, and still is today, died this week and I attended his funeral, without my older sister Shirley by my side. I can honestly say, that I only knew 3 or 4 people there, it was uncomfortable to say the least.

I slid in – in my usual manner; late.  Realizing at that moment, I’d forgotten to send flowers, for the first time ever in my life. I don’t know where my head was at? But in the grand scheme of things, I guess it was par for the course. Hopefully, no one really noticed, few people there knew me anyway.

Afterward, I attended the farewell gathering, where I was hit with, yet another big bombshell… when my aunt just plainly announced to the woman seated across from her and talking about her husbands family, that the son she had cared for since he was only two years old, after the death of his mother, was not her husband’s son, but my dad’s.

I know… she nor I had a clue what to say, so I thought… just roll with it… shake it off.  So in my usual fashion, I got his name and the name of his late mother. You know the genealogist in me… I was going to get the story. Not gossip since my other aunt sat there and agreed to it all. I guess it was common knowledge. Not to me or her, but you know that dang elephant in the room.

I have to admit… I do love those sudden foot-in-mouth experiences. They tend to always get you stirred up. But somehow, way down deep, I must admit it felt deliberate. Maybe I’m wrong. But I guess, I now have yet another brother. Don’t worry, I won’t drop his name – like it was dropped on me yesterday.

I come from a long line of goings-on, so this came as no shock to me. My dad had admitted to me years ago when we lived in California that he had a son with Doris Fox, but I shook it off as just more stupidity aka a drunken confession.

I don’t really have any desire to meet or to know him, but would like to hang him off a branch of this twisted old family tree. That is all I’m going to say on the matter.

I knew my father had lived with other women when he and my mother split up and had numerous affairs. He carried on an affair with Helen for years – the old bar maid from Hello Dolly’s in Trenton. She was married at the time but I don’t think any of my dad’s friends and family were too faithful to anyone. One uncle carried on and affair with some old lush by the old Dry Cleaners for years and years and yes, she was married to. Yuck! Luckily, they never had any lasting evidence.

I’m thinking things must have been really different back then, because everyone we knew at the time had been married three or four times and still carrying on with anyone that would have them. Men and women alike.  Not sure how their marriage vows read… (they had to have been very different from mine)… all I can say is Nasty… is the word that comes to mind now. No excuse. And Tiger Woods thinks he invented it. (shaking my head and laughing here) The bible says there is nothing new under the sun but there are still things that make me crazy.  This just heads the list.


I did get a major answer to prayer this week. I had prayed for 7 long years for a wrong to be made right and not two hours after I finished praying… it happened and all I can say is… “THANK YOU, LORD!” Now, I will continue to pray that it is made known.


I called my brother Ralph today, I know… he was shocked too… if you know me, then you know I never dial the phone, I just wait for it to ring. So after he was over the initial shock and after assuring him that there was no emergency, we had a nice long conversation about dad and his numerous affairs. Then we started reminiscing about our childhood. He was cracking jokes about how we were related to everyone around Middletown and the surrounding areas. He told me that whenever he was sneaking around doing something he wasn’t supposed to be doing, someone would have already called Mom and alerted her to the situation. He felt like there were relatives aka spies everywhere. We laughed and swapped a few more similar stories before we hung up. It was almost a very nice talk.

I had called him while I was on my way to the worst dinner I’ve had in a very long time at Lone Star in Middletown. I let Steven pick between Olive Garden & Lone Star before he drove back to college tonight and of course to ruin the evening, he chose Lone Star. It was a nightmare. I think they were trying to break the sound barrier with the noise and the volume was actually louder outside than in, if you can imagine that. So there was no escape. Babies screaming and numerous dishes breaking, I will repeat… a NIGHTMARE! I swore I will never return but I said that the last time, when it was all things considered,  were actually worse.


My niece Teresa Ann Parsons has a birthday this week, so I’m thinking, if her mother is feeling better maybe… just maybe we will go for a Girl’s Night Out! I know that I for one… could use it.


That’s about it for this week, I did get several genealogy requests that I will try to look up tomorrow with a heavy work week ahead, but we all know that it’s my passion in life. So until I get the time to read more books, write more posts about what really needs to be said and done, I will just wish you all a very happy work week and may God watch over and keep you all. And to my newest discovery I will just say, “Welcome to the Family!”

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. ~ Joel Arthur Barker

Ohio (OH)


Nickname: Buckeye State
Capital: Columbus
Motto: With God all things are possible.
Flower: Scarlet carnation
Bird: Cardinal (Northern Cardinal)
Tree: Buckeye
Song: Beautiful Ohio
Entered Union: March 1, 1803
Rank: 17




Famous people from Ohio

Ulysses S Grant

Halle Berry

Kim Seelbrede (Miss USA Germantown, Ohio)

Jane Harrison


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I was looking at today’s day planner and I had a lot of crazy little things to do but I said, “Pass I’m just going to enjoy this day”.  I will go pick up Craig & Trin and go running around, then come home a handle the little things. My foot and is still killing me. Tammy remarked yesterday, Oh you, and your foot… (well it hurts). She’s still in the bed with the flu. So to that, I said, “Oh you, and your stomach flu”.  

  • Task management can be broken down into four concepts: prioritize, track, capture, and retrieve.

 I chose PRIORTIZE: Not Urgent!

Take a day and see how many activities you can label both “unimportant” and “not urgent.” How much time did you spend on them? Revealing, no? 

Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish, and don’t ever let anyone tell you it is!


Yesterday was amazing, I took Trin for a badly needed haircut; a short shag, to refine the do, she had given herself a few weeks back. Then we went to Claire’s to get her ears pierced. She picked some tiny little light blue sapphire daisies and it took some coercing to get the second one done but after a getting purple sucker she came around a said yes to the second ear piercing. After all you can’t walk around with only one. She looks absolutely beautiful. I hope they heal quickly.




I received this little ditty – Oh so true… from Lena – Cookie’s sister this morning.


It’s winter in Ohio.

And the gentle breezes blow,

40 mile per hour at 10 degrees below!

Oh how I love Ohio,

When the snows up to your butt;

You take a breath of winter air,

And your nose is frozen shut.

Yes, the weather here is wonderful,

I guess I’ll hang around.

I could never leave Ohio

Cause I’m frozen to the ground!

Time changes March 08, I can’t wait!




I wanted to say “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” to Kathy Lee Reamy today and wish her MANY MORE!!!





  • You know the cemetery is full, it can’t hold anymore of the Adkins Clan so one them needs to be famous, I think if we start publishing something that someone there had written, we can claim a famous author or poet resides there and make it a famous landmark. What do you have on hand that we could make them famous with?
  • Tammy & I were talking last night and we think that plot should have gone up on eBay and let us all bid on it. Who decided he got it anyway? I’m only teasing. But he better run for office or publish a famous manuscript as soon as possible if he wants to keep the old place from falling into the archives.
  • Thank you, to Carolyn Pigg for today’s recipe the Mexican Lasagna. I really appreciate your sharing this with the rest of the family.


“I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.”  ~ Margaret Thatcher

Headlines That Could Stand Some Editorial Oversight…


·          Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says      Really?


·          Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers     I’ll bet even the Chief W. L. Wilcox would think this a bit excessive.


·          If Strike Isn’t Settled Soon, It May Last Awhile     I suspect that is the case.


·          Kids Make Nutritious Snacks     I’m sure I’d prefer peanuts or chips or something.


·          Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant     Seems like a fair and impartial trial might be better.

love what you do… till you do what you love!


“Feel the fear, and do it anyway.”
-Susan Jeffers

Stuff to do…

  • Christmas buying list
  • Card list
  • Guest list
  • Things to do list
  • Things to buy, Anthony wants a new GPS system
  • Things to bake
  • Things for people to bring
  • Music (All I want for Christmas is you! by Vince Vance and the Valiant’s)
  •  And so much more  

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