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    The answer to life, the universe, and everything - Feb 21st, 2016
    Today is a special day in my life. Today is the day I become the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Yes, today I am 42! [more...]

    But for freedom - Mar 23rd, 2014
    I had a wonderful day in Arbroath yesterday, and though I’m very tired after a long weekend of fun with friends, I thought I’d best share a quick post (and some photos) now before I completely forget! [more...]

    Keep living until you feel alive again - Feb 23rd, 2014
    “You will feel better than this. Maybe not yet. But you will. You just keep living, until you’re alive again." I heard this quote the other day and it struck a chord with me. The words were spoken on an episode of Call the Midwife by one of the nuns who was offering comfort to a young woman who had just lost her boyfriend and was going away to grieve. [more...]

    Just four years - Feb 15th, 2014
    Just Frances is four years old. Wow! Can you believe that I’ve been spewing this utter nonsense for that long? And if you thought I might be nearing the end of rubbish things to talk about, you’re wrong. (No apologies. If you don’t like it, you can just stop reading!) [more...]

    Inspiration from writers - Jan 4th, 2014
    Tucked away in a wee close off of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is one of my favourite museums in the city. It’s the Writers’ Museum in Lady Stair’s Close and despite the fact that it’s small and the exhibits don’t change, I find it to be a place of inspiration each time I go. [more...]

    Inspirations; Part 8 - Sep 21st, 2012
    It’s been more than a year since I’ve shared some bits of inspiration and since I’m really feeling the need for some positive thinking, I thought I’d share some this evening. [more...]

    Moleskine inspirations - Mar 4th, 2012
    I write. In fact, I think it would be fair to say that I’m a writer. And as any good writer does, I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go so that when inspiration hits, I am prepared! [more...]

    More than gifts - Dec 24th, 2011
    It’s Christmas Eve already. Wow! It seems to have jumped up out of nowhere. But, I am pleased to say that I have all of my shopping done. And I’m pleased to say that a couple of unsuspected gifts have arrived for me from America, too. [more...]

    When sadness comes - Oct 6th, 2011
    Life is mostly good these days. It’s mostly happy and mostly bright and mostly cheerful. Mostly. Of course, the problem with mostly is that mostly isn’t always. [more...]

    Inspirations; Part 7 - Jun 29th, 2011
    Life is very stressful for me right now and I am feeling the effects in the core of my being. I have a sneaking suspicion that it will get worse over the next week or two as I finish up my time at the office and leave my lovely home behind in the hopes of a brighter future. [more...]

    For love of country - May 28th, 2011
    This weekend, families around America will gather for barbeques and picnics. Campgrounds and parks will be filled to capacity. Parties will be held; laughter will be had. Yes, Memorial Day Weekend has become synonymous with the start of the summer season! [more...]

    Inspirations; Part 6 - Feb 3rd, 2011
    It’s the second day of the second month of a new year. I’m convinced this year will be a good one, but I’ve got to keep myself inspired or I might lose sight of the dream. [more...]

    Inspirations; Part 5 - Jan 7th, 2011
    Nearly a week into the new year and I’m wondering if I can keep a couple of ‘secret’ resolutions I made to myself. So, I need a bit of inspiration to remind me of what I know I must believe in order to succeed. [more...]

    I can do it! [So says The Kid] - Dec 7th, 2010
    My foster daughter is pretty excited about my plans to run a marathon. She thinks I’m an amazing runner and that I’ll do really well. In fact, she is convinced that I will be in the top 10. [more...]

    Kid questions - Nov 18th, 2010
    Kids are great. I love the way they don’t mince words. I called a friend on Tuesday to ask for help after claiming it “Ask for Help Tuesday”. Tuesday was a bad day for me [more...]

    The good, the bad, and the uncertain - Nov 17th, 2010
    I have a lot on my mind right now. The good, the bad, and the uncertain. I’m not willing or emotionally able to share the bad and uncertain and the good would all be memories, dreams, or made-up rubbish. [more...]

    Clay play - Nov 10th, 2010
    As part of my on-going mission to relax and find a bit of silly joy in life, I broke open a box of coloured clay this evening. I didn’t do much with it today, but I’m inspired now and have a great idea for some fun time with my foster daughter this weekend. [more...]

    Becoming a butterfly - Oct 28th, 2010
    I was in need of a bit of inspiration today, so I turned to one of God’s most amazing creations. “How does one become a butterfly?” she asked. [more...]

    Inspirations; Part 4 - Sep 23rd, 2010
    I’m in need of bit of inspiration to remind me that I am working toward a brighter tomorrow. And in the process, maybe you’ll be inspired, too! [more...]

    Hump day haikus - Sep 23rd, 2010
    The Squeen, in her most noble and wise ways, has declared that: “Wednesdays, today and forthwith and here-on-after, are haiku Wednesdays.” I’ve thought about posting random things related to haikus (including actually writing my own) in the past but haven’t actually done it. [more...]

    Thanking the anonymous - Sep 22nd, 2010
    When I arrived home from England last week there was a happy surprise waiting for me in the post. It was a simple gesture: A short note and some cash directing me to do something nice for myself as a way of ‘paying forward’ the loving reach of a foster mom a couple of generations ago. [more...]

    Closer to a better tomorrow - Sep 18th, 2010
    Today’s quote from my “Be Good to Yourself” calendar came at just the right time. For a few weeks now I’ve been telling myself to get in gear and start working toward next year when I hope plan to attend graduate school in the UK. [more...]

    Remember yesterday - Aug 20th, 2010
    Oh yeah, I’m totally remembering yesterday* today. It started with a text message from my 13-year-old niece who has found that she loves my music collection. Her text was letting me know that one of her new-found songs from my past put her ‘in high spirits’. The song was Good Love by Poison. [more...]

    Being positive - Aug 18th, 2010
    I’m in full-on “fake it ‘til you make it“ mode these days. Or, at least, I’m trying to be. So today’s bit of inspiration from my way-awesome “Be Good to Yourself” calendar seemed fitting. [more...]

    Inspirations; Part 3 - Aug 13th, 2010
    I’ve done a lot of praying this past week in the hopes of finding the strength, courage, and inspiration I need to accept a challenge facing my already fragile world. My fears are great and my confidence is weak but I have faith. And my faith will see my through. [more...]

    A nice cuppa tea and a sit down - Aug 4th, 2010
    When I got home from work today, I realized that I’ve not enjoyed a nice cuppa tea and a sit down after work since my last work day before Paul died. And I realized that I sort of missed that little bit of down time between arriving home from the office and making dinner. [more...]

    Set in stone - Jul 30th, 2010
    I struggled with how to start this post, or if I would even write it at all because it’s hard to know what how to ‘announce’ that your husband’s headstone has finally arrived to mark his grave. It’s hard to know if it’s something that should be shared with the world, or kept as a silent occasion. [more...]

    A cup of inspiration - Jul 29th, 2010
    The smallest things inspire me. I find it surprising at times because one little, seemingly-inconsequential thing can draw the most amazing ideas from my mind. A simple smell can inspire me to write a short story; the sounds of children laughing... [more...]

    I SCREAM! - Jul 22nd, 2010
    My nephew and I enjoyed a nice picnic dinner before spending two hours hiking Kamiak Butte last night. We’d decided before the trip that we would treat ourselves to ice cream after we were done. We’d also decided that licorice ice cream would play a role in our double-scooped treats. [more...]

    Inspirations; Part 2 - Jul 15th, 2010
    Because we all need a bit of inspiration from time-to-time… [more...]

    God bless the USA - Jul 4th, 2010
    On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress of the United States of America signed the Declaration of Independence, announcing their departure from the rule of Great Britain. [more...]

    Heading east - Jun 29th, 2010
    About three months ago I wrote that I was getting ready to watch The West Wing. All of it. Seasons 1 through 7. At the time I thought I’d be able to plough right through and accomplish the task within a month. Well, that didn’t happen but I’ve finally watched the last episode this evening. [more...]

    If God used sticky notes - Jun 26th, 2010
    A woman I’ve never met gave me a small book a few days after Paul died. “If God Used Sticky Notes” is just a little picture book but I’ve probably read it 30 times in the last year. [more...]

    Shaken, not stirred - Jun 23rd, 2010
    My love for Martinis developed sometime in the summer of 2008. It was a drink that Paul and I spoke about trying for a long time, but we needed Martini glasses and it took us quite a long time to find ones that we liked. (We ended up with very simple Ikea glasses.) [more...]

    Funny forks - Jun 22nd, 2010
    I love the way people can share the most mundane everyday details of their lives with the world thanks to the Wonderful World Wide Web. And I think it’s funny that so many people I know share photos of their food on various online mediums. [more...]

    I like peanut butter - Jun 18th, 2010
    When I first began this blog, I jokingly commented that: “The content will be all over the place. You may visit one day and see a 1,500-word essay on why I think creamy peanut butter is better than crunchy and the next day there may be some random quote from some random song lyrics that I like.” [more...]

    Lap cat - Jun 11th, 2010
    It’s been a little over a year since I got Schrodie and the stupid thing is acting more and more like a cat every day. This is evident today in that she loved me for three minutes when I came home (right up until I fed her) then ignored me for the rest of the evening, moving back-and-forth between the love seat and wing chair staring at me all night—but not interacting. [more...]

    Green with envy - Jun 9th, 2010
    I got a new toy today. It’s a lovely new, bright, and shiny 4 GB iPod Shuffle. It’s a pretty shade of green with a personalized inscription. [more...]

    Inspirations; Part 1 - Jun 8th, 2010
    My sister gave me a little desk calendar with daily inspirations. The theme is “Be Good to Yourself” and features a short quote on each of the Post-It-size tear-off days. (You get gypped, however, because it doubles-up on Saturday and Sunday, which is silly because the weekends are the days when you’ll want to make notes of events and happenings, but whatever…) [more...]

    Retro mowing - May 12th, 2010
    When Paul and I bought our house two years ago, we decided that we wanted to continue our “hippy-granola-freak” lifestyle in our yard care efforts. So, I picked up the old (and I mean old!) lawn mower from my folks’ house the weekend we moved. [more...]

    Miss you much - Apr 27th, 2010
    It’s been a year since Paul died; a year since I became Just Frances again. I made the drive to his grave in Cle Elum today to bring him some tulips from our yard. He would have loved to see how bright they are in the flower beds and I wish that he was here to admire them on our mantle. [more...]

    Fortunes - Apr 7th, 2010
    I completely pigged out on Chinese take-away tonight. I mean completely pigged out. I’m sure it wasn’t a pretty site to watch me wolf down so very much monosodium glutamate laden food. But whatever, I have a happy belly for it so that’s all that matters. [more...]

    Music to my ears - Feb 16th, 2010
    I bought an iPod Classic in October because I was feeling down and shiny things normally cheer me up. I had it engraved with the last line from one of my favorite poems, Desiderata (by Max Ehrmann). [more...]

    Soothing words - Jan 14th, 2010
    In the hours and days after Paul died I received countless emails, Facebook messages, and sympathy cards. Everywhere I went I was bombarded with the most inane and superficial platitudes. “Time heals all wounds.” “At least he didn’t suffer.” “You’re young; you can start over.” “There will be better days.” “He’s still here with you.” The list goes on. [more...]