Holiday Quotes to Get You in the Spirit

December holidays are plentiful and different and yet… they each offer more than shopping, and gift getting, and partying. No matter which day you celebrate, here are some holiday quotes to get you in the spirit. Happy Bodhi Day A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. Buddha Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha Happy Kwanzaa Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb Happy Hanukkah “To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, every cubic inch of space is a miracle.” – Walt Whitman  “At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. Often, it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light.”~ Rafael Goldstein “A candle is a small thing. But one candle can […]

Are We Having Fun?

It’s been an exhausting month so far (and Thanksgiving is yet to come!) I’ve been elbows to @$$holes with plumbing issues and caregiving and buying a wheelchair van AND continuing to write. It’s 6:30 pm CST Thursday and I don’t have a blog post for Friday morning. I have to ask myself, “Are we having fun?” Plumbing issues You can read a bit about my plumbing issues in my post, Life is Like Plumbing. Do I enjoy plumbing problems or fixing plumbing problems? Hmm. Not really. And yet… As long as you’re having fun, that’s the key. The moment it becomes a grind, it’s over. Barry Gibb Learning Tons Buying a wheelchair van has been stressful. I did a lot of research. Who knew there were different conversions? Different ways to enter the van? Not to mention the different vans with installed conversions. Do the tie downs come with the van? Is it ADA compliant? Is that important? So many things to learn, an overwhelming amount. And a lot of fear. We’re retired, on a limited income, how can we afford it? Can we qualify for a loan? And yet… Missed Goals My word count has suffered. I haven’t met […]

Life is Like Plumbing

For the past two weeks, my life has been an adventure in plumbing. Over the years, the plumbing in my old house had filled with the debris of years and years of water flowing through old black pipe. The flow of hot water to my kitchen sink had decreased to a trickle. And when my family asked if I would host Thanksgiving dinner again this year, I put my foot down. “Not without hot water in the kitchen,” I said. Unexpectedly, I realized that anything you do, that life is like plumbing. The Assessment My son looked at the problem, opened and shut valves, and studied the pipes in my house. Then he gave me the news. To fix the hot water in the kitchen he had to fix the flow into the hot water heater. To fix the flow into the hot water heater he needed to fix the cold water shut off—for the entire house. And the bill for all the bits and pieces cranked higher and higher. Yikes.  “I can’t afford a plumber to do all that,” I said.  His answer: “I can do it.” I imagined the mess and the long hours of no running water. […]