Praise the Lord, I have an apartment.

Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!

I was shocked. I was told a 5 to 10 year wait list. It hasn’t been even been 2 years yet, but this is senior/disabled housing and the wait list is shorter.

I was terrified I wouldn’t get it because I am still in the throes of bankruptcy and my credit score is very low, but high enough to make it.

I am excited, but terrified. I have only lived aione for no more than 2 years in all of my life.

I have to leave the town I have lived in for 14 years. Though this place is over across the street from one of my past homes.

I will supposedly have a move-in day of March 1st, Being low income my rent will be 30% of my gross adjusted income. It includes heat and hot water. The stove is electric and I am not used to one,


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The marriage saga- and why this generation is afraid of it.

Long Island Iced Tea

Let me be honest- the idea of marriage petrifies me and as I sit here typing these words out, my folks are probably busy sending my marriage-worthy-profile-photo to someone else, whose son, I believe would also be as jittery of this development as I am. (For those of you who are curious, I am talking about arranged marriages). This is funny given the fact that we, as girls, have been raised since the beginning of our childhood in a very prepare-your-daughter-for-marriage environment. I bet almost all of you ladies would have heard the sentence ”If you do this, who is going to marry you!”. The only difference is these words actually instilled fear in me back then and these same words evoke a response of “so what” now. So how did a child who wanted to grow up and get married ended up repelling the idea of marriage, HOW?


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My Week 176: First Thursdays, Naptime at the Movies Part Deux


First Thursday

Sometime in January, I made the fatal mistake of saying to one of the Directors at the secret agency, “Whatever happened to First Thursdays?” ‘First Thursdays’ is NOT, as you may have imagined, a clever code name for a secret agent, but refers to a social event that is held on the first Thursday of every month. After work on this special day, we would all head to the nearest bar for drinks and food. It was a great way to mix, mingle, and watch senior management get tipsy. The event had fallen by the wayside over the last year, but we had a lot of new staff, and for some crazy reason, I thought I should bring it up.

“Oh yeah!” he said. “That was always a lot of fun.” Then he said the 5 words that filled my heart with dread. “Why don’t you organize it?”

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Pets as Good Medicine – Let Them Entertain You

Being Lydia!

While everyone with a chronic illness (physical, emotional, or both) has a different set of health circumstances, one factor remains constant. We all feel lonely, trapped in a world of feeling crappy.

I hadn’t checked the daily prompts for awhile now and since I have not been able to get a post written lately, I decided Sunday I would see if it could generate some inspiration. It didn’t let me down – in fact, I had already thought of what I would try to write about and it all just came together! I just wasn’t feeling well enough (fatigue and pain mostly) to finish it.

Dogs have been known as “Man’s Best Friend” for generations. They can be trained to do many things from fetching the newspaper to guiding the blind and everything in between. The one thing that doesn’t need to be taught is unconditional love.

And while cats…

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Welcome Dream Big Partner: Healthcare Job Openings!

I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: Healthcare Job Openings

healthcare jobs

Here is info from the Healthcare Jobs about page:

“Hi! Welcome to Vyvian’s Healthcare Job Referral blog. Here, you’ll find healthcare jobs hiring right now.  Once you find a job you’re interested in or qualify for, click on my referral link, fill-out the form and submit.  Good luck!”


You can find the rest of Vyvian’s story on her page and if you are looking for employment in the healthcare field be sure to reach out to her through her contact page.  Her logo is in my sidebar and on the Partners’ Page at the top of my website!  When you visit be sure to tell her Danny sent ya!

Frozen Waterfalls and Other Snowy Beauties


Here in the NC mountains we have been experiencing colder than usual temperatures for extended period of times. As much as I detest my face hurting when I walk outside, the frozen beauty the single digits bring is almost worth it. My hubby and I started the year off with a couple of chilly hikes. It was so cold my phone stopped working mid-hike and had to be warmed up before I could take more pictures. So these aren’t my best work but I risked hand frost-bite to get them! I’ve coupled the pictures with some motivational quotes to get the year started right!

“The most successful people are those who are good at plan B.”~James Yorke

frozentombranchfalls photocred:cperciaccanto             Tom Branch Falls

“If you want your dreams to come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.”      ~J.M. Power

snow trees photocred:cperciaccanto…

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Appreciation post

It's Me Saraa


How are you all?

I decided to start posting Appreciation Posts dedicated to people/animals/stuff i admire and appreciate.

Today… my 1st Appreciation goes to Kash. Kash is my horse. I’ve had him for 4 years now. He’s my therapist, my friend, my buddy… he’s more than an animal/pet.

I Love you Kasho!

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Welcome Dream Big Partner: Writing Outside!!

I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: Write Outside


Here is an excerpt from the Write Outside about page:

“I am a Southern Yankee. Raised in Jersey, grew up in North Carolina (yes there is a difference). I am part Irish and part Italian. What parts you may ask? I inherited my freckles and fish belly white skin tone from the Irish and my petite midget-esque stature from the Italian. So I’m kinda like a leprechaun minus the gold. My brother got the tall dark and handsome genes, and yes I hold a grudge. I married my high school sweetheart, and we’ve been enamored with each other since 6th grade (insert gag reflex here). Where you find him, you find my foundation, my best friend and my happy place. At 6’2 and 5’0, we resemble green giant and sprout.

My parents both died young and I think those experiences fueled my adrenaline junkie spirit. I love jumping out of perfectly good airplanes and scuba diving into the deep. However, that toughness fades when I have to kill a spider.

I am obsessed with coffee ( cappuccino please!), traveling (I left my heart in Italy), all forms of chocolate (except white chocolate- what’s the point?), and great music (my playlists range from Dean Martin to Imagine Dragons). I can’t stand tail-gaters, those whose don’t use blinkers, mopeds or people who are “past their prime” driving ten miles below the speed limit. Hello, my name is Cara and I have road rage.

I work in the land of physical therapy, which I find both rewarding and challenging. However now I am attempting to follow one of my childhood dreams. I started with three: 1st to be the first woman president 2nd to be Paula Abdul and 3rd to be a writer of great things. Since I hate politics and confrontation, a presidential campaign is out. Though my dance moves are epic, dogs cower into the fetal position when I sing, so following in Paula’s footsteps isn’t an option. Which leaves becoming a writer of great things.

I have entered the blogosphere as a means to start this journey. So far it has been fraught with fear, inconsistency and self-depreciation. I am attempting to use my blog as a way to practice my writing skills, gain feedback and network with others who may have similar dreams.

Life continues to demonstrate its brevity to me, so I strive to fulfill my hopes and dreams now. I wish I knew what God has planned for my future, but since I don’t I pray for His guidance daily.
My current hope is to become a mother at least half as good as my own, finish my memoir and through my writing move people to think, laugh and live in the moment.

2018 Update:

Keeping to our manta of “Life is short-live it now”, my husband and I have moved to the mountains of North Carolina so he could follow his passion. We have opened up two successful fly-fishing outfitters and guide services. So you can say my husband is living the dream! I continue to work in physical therapy land in an inpatient setting, but this time I have a 180 degree view of the mountains. I have completed my first memoir and started work on my first work of fiction. I hope to find an agent for my memoir this Spring- fingers crossed! An new addition to the blog was my  amateur photography with encouragement for others to get outside. I find nature can be a great muse for writing.

Leave me a comment and introduce yourself!”

You can find the rest of Write Outside story on her page.  Her logo is in my sidebar and on the Partners’ Page at the top of my website!  When you visit be sure to tell her Danny sent ya!

5 Reasons You Can’t Break The Cycle Of Living Paycheck To Paycheck

Elena Peters

On my drive back from yet another Christmas meal with family yesterday, 3 turkeys in 3 days, I could not help but notice the 5 mile long traffic jam surrounding every shopping mall I passed. I realize that it is Boxing Day and that I have seen some great deals in the flyers but holy cow, you couldn’t pay me to sit in traffic, fight for a parking spot, and stand in line to pay (or credit) something else I don’t really need or can’t afford.

Sure, I would love a new computer or a larger screen TV for our family room (Our 40 inch seems tiny compared to today’s standards). I certainly have enough actual cash in my hands right now and lots of room on my credit cards. So why not? I deserve it right? And honestly, yesterday morning while sitting at my old, slow computer, I was…

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Welcome Dream Big Partner: Elena Peters!!

I am pleased to welcome the latest blogger to become a Dream Big Partner: Elena Peters:

Elena Peters

Here is a more about Elena Peters: explains why she writes:

“Fifty. Unfreaking believable. I know it is a cliche but where did the time go? It seems like yesterday I was finishing university and getting my first “real” job in an Accounting Office. Being a true Capricorn, I made major job changes every ten years, ending up at the age of 49 at a major international retail company in upper management. Unsatisfied and thankfully supported by my husband, I quit my job and began my journey of self-realization.

I spent the first six months cleaning and being the perfect housewife. And I soon found out that the more I did, the less everyone else did because, “Mom doesn’t work now, she will do it”. Strangely, this thankless and never-ending vocation did nothing to give me direction or purpose.

I literally fell into blogging through a back door, so to speak. My husband was diagnosed with Bipolar very soon after we were married. I would constantly be on social media, connecting with other spouses and people who have the same disorder. After a few Internet chats, I connected with a woman who had a blog about bipolar. She asked me to write some guest posts from a caregivers’ point of view. Most of those posts have now been transferred and reside on Living With Batman. You can also find me talking about my experiences or on YouTube.

I fell in love with blogging and decided to create my own blog for midlife women. Thus, was born. I like to cover all topics concerning baby boomer women but have an affinity for quality of life posts. I love to help women find a new purpose and true happiness in the second halves of their lives. I hope to create a space that is filled with parts laughter, information and inspiration.

Join me as I share my humour and bits of wisdom as a woman entering the prime of her life. I’m not afraid, I’m walking towards the light! I look forward to retirement, afternoon naps, 4 o’clock suppers and speaking my mind. Sounds pretty awesome to me!

Personal, quirky, need to know info about me:

  • I am the youngest of 4 siblings.
  • I live in the city I was born in.
  • Huge, huge Corrie Street fan.
  • Deathly afraid of needles
  • Ironically, oldest son has type one diabetes.
  • Married the man of my dreams (second time’s a charm).
  • My husband is a native San Diegan and we hope to retire there.
  • Together, we have 4 wonderful children, 3 dogs, 2 cats & one very busy, noisy house!
  • We love them all but we are so ready for them to leave.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy your stay.”

You can find the rest of Elena’s  story on her page.  Her logo is in my sidebar and on the Partners’ Page at the top of my website!  When you visit be sure to tell her Danny sent ya!