Laughs After Cancer

Running Into Fire

Running Into Fire

Gene and I were mowing over the weekend, with headphones in place and music playing, when I noticed that Gene had stopped his mower and was looking over his shoulder.  Being the paranoid person that I am, I stopped and looked around as well. I had no idea what caught...

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What Anchors?

What Anchors?

After several month's of not traveling due to Covid, we decided to purchase a house in Texas near my mother and siblings so we could visit over the winter and periodically the rest of the year.  We had a house hunting trip lined up, but a family member became ill, so...

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

We recently spent three months in Texas visiting my siblings and my mom.  This was an exciting time for us as we have not lived near family our entire married life.  Depending on your family, this could be either a good or a bad thing.  But I was very excited to have...

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The Winter Apocalypse

The Winter Apocalypse

As many of you have seen on the news, Texas recently experienced severe weather with a week of power outages, frozen water lines, loss of cell signal and/or internet, and in some instances, a loss of sense of humor. Gene and I were extremely fortunate that we only had...

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The Lariviere Flexible Holiday Rule

The Lariviere Flexible Holiday Rule

Years ago, Steven was in fourth grade and his teacher wished him Happy Birthday. He responded, “It’s not my birthday today. I’m using the Lariviere Flexible Holiday Rule.” His teacher laughed and asked him what that rule was. He explained that in our family, if your...

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Merci

Merci

One of the great lessons my mother taught me was to thank the people who quietly work for you all year long . . . the mail person, the trash collector, the UPS delivery person. Over the years, I have come up with various gifts, but for the past ten years, I have...

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Blondie

Blondie

I was listening to the 80’s music channel this morning when I heard a Blondie singing Heart of Glass. It took me back to my Amarillo roots and teenage years.  My dad LOVED Blondie – to the point of annoyance. If you knew my dad, you would never expect Punk Rock to...

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Nothing Happened

Nothing Happened

Day 10 of our Great Montana Adventure (or Day 29 of our road trip): Homeward Bound We drove from Sioux Falls to Home. Nothing happened.  Absolutely nothing. For those of you wondering how Gene has stayed married to me for 37 years when I post stories about our...

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The Badlands

The Badlands

Day 9:  Custer to Sioux Falls. (Badlands) If you want to social distance and see stunning scenery, then the badlands is where you need to go.  We left Custer and drove Hwy. 16A through Custer State Park on our way to the Badlands.  Sure, there are faster ways to go,...

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Day 8:  Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse

Day 8: Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse

I have wanted to visit Mt. Rushmore for many, many years, but the opportunity never presented itself.  I was so excited that I woke up early; I mean really early.  I'm like a kid on Christmas morning.  Gene got up early as well and we walked to the local “Our Place...

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The posts on this page were added at the request of several of my readers who wanted “the fun stories to continue.” Some are dedicated to a friend in her last weeks of life. These posts are a mix of travel adventures and random experiences and are in date order with the newest post on top.

Help Support Breast Cancer Patients

All proceeds from book sales are donated to two local non-profit funds to help breast cancer patients afford diagnosis and care. Virginia Gay Hospital Gifts of Hope provides free mammograms and diagnostic services and is supported by the Benton County Survivors Group; and the Hall-Perrine Hope Fund helps cancer patients pay for emergency needs.