You know you’re a mom when…

Essential Living with Dakota

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  • You never eat hot food.
  • ‘Don’t eat off the floor’ turns into ‘thanks for cleaning up’.
  • You warn a grown man that his coffee is hot when you hand it to him.
  • You have to smell a pair of socks to see if they’re clean.
  • You start getting everyone ready to go an hour before you have to leave in hopes of getting out the door on time.
  • You threaten that whoever pees on the toilet seat next cleans the whole bathroom every day for a week.
  • Sleeping in feels like winning the lottery.
  • You have to microwave your coffee 5 times before enjoying the full cup.
  • Wearing leggings and an over sized shirt counts as dressing up.
  • You haven’t had time to clean your house windows in 11 years.
  • You double knot your own shoes, too.
  • You STILL worry about your kids, and they’re in their thirties.
  • You…

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Happy 137th Birthday Helen Keller


Today is the 137th birthday of the activist and role model Helen Keller. We seemed to learn a lot about her when we were kids and then her lessons seem to fall out of style as we grow older. The truth is, her lessons are important for all ages, but most important for adults as we are the ones that can put those concepts into action. I have included some quotes of hers below that resonate with me, I suggest you do some investigating and find some that do the same for you. The world is a better place because she was in it and still feels the loss that she has left.

hellen keller 1NAME: Helen Keller
OCCUPATION: Educator, Journalist
BIRTH DATE: June 27, 1880
DEATH DATE: June 1, 1968
EDUCATION: Radcliffe College, Horace Mann School for the Deaf, Wright-Humason School for the Deaf

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I might be on the telly…


So – you know how it goes.
You’re bored.
At a loose end.
Facebook has the looney left, the rabid right and the cautious centre all abusing each other for the debacle which has become British government – or lack of it.
What’s a chap to do?
I know, how about that old table up the corner, the one we inherited when we cleared Dad’s house?
Is it worth anything?
What’s it’s story?

I’ll Google it out of idle curiosity.
But what do I call it?
Well, it has a marquetry picture of Muckcross Abbey on the top and it’s a gaming table.
That’ll do for starters.
Tongue stuck between teeth I type, ‘m-u-c-k-c-r-o-s-s_a-b-b-e-y_g-a-m-e-s_t-a-b-l-e_enter’
Got a few results, so stick tongue back to where it should be.

Try this first one.
BLOODY HELL! There’s a photo of it here.IMG_0448
An exact match.
And it’s in – wait for it –…

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Share Your Favorite Blogger!


So I want to do something different which is to share the link of a blogger you enjoy following that you think others would enjoy also.  It seems to be working nicely so I’m going to continue the post via the link below.

Be sure to visit the other links and meet some great bloggers.  I’ll also be running the standard Meet and Greet this weekend so check that out as well.

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Danny’s World: I Slept Better Last Night


Last night I made sure I went to sleep a bit earlier and I actually slept well.  This morning I feel rested and ready to go.  I’m headed to Shelby to help a funeral home with their Google My Business page and then back to Charlotte to help a client shoot a short video for their Facebook page.  I have such a cool job!  I hope everyone has a great hump day!

She Spoke…

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She spoke
I heard her say
something, I wanted to hear
She sighed,
I imagined, she wanted to leave me
I dreaded to hear
She stretched
her arms out,
until they encompassed me
she sighed a sigh
and told me
that I was the best thing
that ever happened to her
and that she feared,
losing me to another-
She reflected
the insecurities
of loving someone
like we did
with each other
She spoke, then
I spoke, and we
reassured each other
that the good times
were yet to come
with each other…

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Danny’s World: I’m Thinking About Acupuncture

Treatment by acupuncture

Yesterday a friend recommended I try acupuncture for my shoulder and for helping me sleep better.  I am strongly considering it, but have always thought of it as a bit “quacky”. Anyone every tried it?

Blog Networking: 6/27/17


Blog networking is one of the most undervalued and underused strategies for most.  But I believe it is at the core for growing a blog.

You will find links in this post to help eliminate some of the work; all you have to do is LIKE, COMMENT and FOLLOW others. The more you network with other blogs, the more other blogs will network with you!

Therapy Bits

Diary of a Recovering Codependent

Mind Elate

Getting Fit For Forty

Tales From the Cabbage Patch

Fearless-Jo Ann Maxwell

Multiple Experiences

Horse Addict

Lucky Otter’s Haven

Lucinda E. Clarke

Rendezvous En New York

Peace from Panic

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Danny’s World: Beautiful Carolina Afternoon

One thing that we rarely ever have in the southern part of the United States is low humidity. The last two days have been very low humidity and 80° temperatures. It makes for incredibly comfortable afternoons!  Bentley certainly loves it!