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April 14, 2024

Jelly-Belly Hangover

I should be outside admiring my pretty flowers in the sunshine instead of slipping into a Jelly-Belly hangover nap on this fine Sunday afternoon.

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April 11, 2024


Ran into a little hiccup planting my commemorative tree. But, Ken and I persevered and got it in the ground. Now to sit back and enjoy watching my long-coveted Alaska cedar (“Weeping Alaskan Blue Cedar” according to the tag) grow as I celebrate another 15 years of being cancer-free.

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April 10, 2024

Weeping Alaska Cedar

So, about that Alaska cedar I mentioned in my last post: it is now sitting in a wheelbarrow in my back yard, waiting for me. Guess I better start digging.

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April 6, 2024

Yellow Lilies

I wanted to mark my “15 years cancer-free” by going to Christianson’s Nursery and buying a huge Alaska cedar which I’ve always wanted. Instead, at Fred Meyer’s, while I was buying my customary pink geraniums for my patio pots, I saw these and couldn’t resist. I mean, they’re yellow and cheerful. How could you not […]

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April 3, 2024

The Little Things

What did I do on this momentous occasion of being fifteen years out from my advanced cancer diagnosis? Got up at 3:33 a.m. Cleaned house Taught three piano lessons Sent my demo to the singer in Nashville Got my music ready for praise-team practice tomorrow Washed three loads of laundry Froze some leftover Easter ham […]

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April 3, 2024

The Joy of Living

Today marks 15 years since my Stage III breast cancer diagnosis. You know, I could go on and on about how I feel (like I tend to do in my posts), but I’m going to simply say that I am thankful. Thankful that God is not done with me yet. Live life to the fullest, […]

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April 1, 2024

Hiking Goals

That glorious moment when you think you are going to just end up cleaning house on your day off from teaching piano lessons and instead you go on a 19,000-step hike up the side of a mountain with two pretty cool guys and a) you make it to the tippy-top without having a heart-attack, and […]

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March 19, 2024

The Joy of Teaching

I talked about “loving who you teach” a few posts ago. The wonderful thing is, my piano students love me right back. How cool is that? This cutie’s middle name is “Joy,” and that describes her to a T. Her face lights up every time she walks through my door for her lesson. Not only […]

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March 12, 2024

Stretchy Pants

February 25: Celebrated the release of “Peace” with Katie Lynch at Coconut Kenny’s… big box of Milk Duds for dessert. February 28: Celebrated the release of the “Redeemed” official lyric video with Ken at Taste of Thai with mango sticky rice AND ice cream for dessert. Before I go and celebrate the release of “Redeemed” […]

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March 10, 2024

Bribing Piano Students

Speaking of “loving who you teach,” I bought a whole bunch of Pokémon cards because one of my piano students kept hinting that they would be a great addition to my reward basket. Okay, I don’t even know what Pokémon cards are. My daughter-in-law had to come over and help me separate them into sleeves, […]

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