Category Archives: 55 Things

55 Things # 9 – Understanding Dogs

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I recently finished reading Dogs Never Lie About Love By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. It is aptly subtitled Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs. As a dog lover I found this to be a fun read because I could identify with much the author had to say.

Today I decided to share one passage from the book that had me nodding my head in agreement.


“It has been often said that humans are on an arrogant mission when they seek out life on other planets before they have adequately understood the alien lives on our own planet. I think this is particularly true when it comes to dogs, for here is another life form that is both immediately understandable and familiar, while at the same time there is an unyielding mystery at the heart of a dog. Just when we think we know them completely, we look into the eyes of a family dog and something about his radiance, his depth, gives us pause. “Who are you really?” we are inclined to ask at that moment. The dog might smile, a familiar smile, but will not answer. They keep their deepest mysteries to themselves.” ~ Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

I don’t think we will ever really understand dogs. 🙂

Thanks for reading.













55 Things # 8 – Send Me Some Sunshine

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We have been blessed with four days of delightful blue skies and sunshine, and while we have a mix of sun and clouds this morning our forecast is for increasing cloudiness today followed by several days of rain mixed with snow.IMG_6248 (2)



Before you read any farther let me suggest that you look out the window. If the sun is shining, stop whatever you are doing (reading this) and go outside and soak up some sun. You can always come back here later. 🙂 I was out earlier with the boys before it started clouding up.

I thought maybe creating a “Sunshine Page” might help (at least figuratively) chase those clouds away. I am going to ask for your help though. I have started off by selecting and posting three “sunshine” songs. Click to listen and feel free to sing along.



Now here is your assignment should you choose to accept it. Send me some sunshine! Think of a sunshine song (there are many) and either send me the link in the comments section below or send me the name of the song (and artist if you know it) and I will try to find a link and add it to this page.

Wishing you all blue skies and sunshine and feel free to return to this page anytime you need to chase those clouds away.


This piece of sunshine was sent by Julie.


Please check out the other sunshine songs sent by readers in the comments section below. 🙂

55 Things #7 – Celebrating Our Love

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February 17, 2007 my husband and I stood at the alter and spoke our wedding vows before God and our family.

I remember my husband asking “what if I forget our anniversary?” My reply was “if we celebrate our love every day then that one day is really not that important.”

This scripture that was read at our wedding reminds us of what love is.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Happy Anniversary Sweetie and Thank You for loving me – every day.

55 Things #6 – A Sweet Treat

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With Valentines Day just around the corner I thought I would share my secret candy recipe with you. Up until this point it is only a secret because I have not told it to anyone so now my secret will be out.

If you are a chocolate lover like me then you probably get excited when you hear or read reports about the health benefits of chocolate (cocoa) – right up to the point that they add something like “but all that sugar (and potentially other ingredients) in that candy bar are still bad for you so be sure not to eat too much”. 😦  What a let down!

So I decided to make my own chocolates using what I believed to be better ingredients.

Here’s my recipe:

1/2 cup dark cocoa

1/2 cup raw honey

1/2 cup cold processed coconut oil

Since coconut oil has a melting point of 76 degrees F (24 C) I put the whole jar in a bowl of hot tap water to melt. I then measure the amount of liquid oil I need and pour it into a bowl. I add the cocoa and honey and stir until they are combined. The mixture will be smooth and as the coconut oil cools it will become firmer. I line a pan or plate with wax paper and drop by teaspoon on the wax paper. I then pop them in the frig or freezer for a while. Once they are set I remove them from the wax paper and store them in a dish with a lid in the frig (because coconut oil melts at 76 degrees room temperature might be too warm for them).

To change it up a bit raisins, dried cranberries, coconut or chopped nut can be mixed in.

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I won’t make any claims about these being healthy but if you research the ingredients you can draw your own conclusions. I will tell you that they are rich in flavor and have a creamy texture that melts in your mouth. Yum!!! I also find that just one is enough to give me my chocolate fix.

I haven’t really given them a name but the first time I made them my husband told me they looked like turds so I told him they would be “the best s**t he ever ate”. 🙂

Are you a chocolate lover?



55 Things #5 – You Never Know What You Will Find On The Internet

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Imagine scrolling through a website filled with random funny pictures and coming across a picture of yourself – a picture that you had never seen before and perhaps didn’t even realize existed. How would you feel?

This happened to my husband. He likes to visit a website called Dump A Day and one day he came across this photo.


It was captioned “Men Are Crazy”.

When he showed me the picture I immediately recognized the guy standing up as my husband even though he was much younger and this was taken long before we met. He proceeded to tell me the names of the other guys in the photo and the name of the guy he remembers taking it (Dom says Hello Randy).

It was taken in 1979 while he was serving in the US Coast Guard. They were on a trip from Milwaukee, WI to Greenland on the USGC Westwind (WAGB 281).

It brought back memories of his Coast Guard days and those he served with, but it also begs the question “How did this end up on Dump A Day?”.

P.S. This is not the craziest thing he has ever done.