Life, Family, Blogging and BAMC16

  It has been a month! My last post was March 31 but it seems it’s been ages. Since then we’ve buried my father-in-law’s ashes and he is now at rest with mom. It was quite an ordeal putting it all together. Dave was obsessed with making sure nothing was left to chance. The only thing he hadn’t counted on, and none of us had, was freezing rain and snow on April 9th! Despite Mother Nature, it was a beautiful service and a wonderful send off with family and friends. We spent the night in town, which was good because
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Randomness

I realized this morning it has been over a week since my last post. I try to get at least one out every week but, sometimes life requires me to step away from the computer. When I wasn’t away from the computer this past week I was working on the memoir. Today it is gorgeous outside and heading toward 70 degrees so, this will be a short post because I have to get outside and take a long walk. It seems writing isn’t good for the size of your ass and, spring is springing up all over which means, well,
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The Academy Awards, My Review

  Tell me, were you as bored to death as I was watching the Academy Awards? What the hell were they thinking?     “Ok, I think it would be fun and entertaining to take the lowest category, say, stand-in for an animated character, and make that the first award then work our way up to best picture!” said no one ever! I wasn’t sure if it was just me, or not, because we had a busy day and by the time the show came on we were semi-comatose nibbling on cheese and drinking wine. We even watched the whole
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Memoir Can Be Painful

  I’m into the first edits of the memoir and I can’t lie, it’s difficult. I found this chapter from the very first time I attempted to write this book. It was NaNoWriMo of 2011, believe it or not. It was so difficult to relive these experiences I dropped out. But, this year I succeeded in getting through all 50k words and calling it a first draft. Some of the stories bring tears to my eyes to this day. My heart breaks for the little girl. Me. Trying to be a parent at twelve years of age because the real
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Warm and Fuzzy Faces

  I will end this Blogaversary-palooza with a little poem I wrote years ago and shared early on this blog. I’m no Elizabeth Barret Browning, I know, but sometimes things come to me in rhyme. And, if you can, I would love for you to share a photo of your pet, if you have one, in the comments.  These are all pet portraits I’ve painted, so if you’re interested in having a portrait of your fur kids, please let me know. I love doing them!       Benson   Cosmo   Duffy   Ode to Pets By B. Hammond
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There is Always a Silver Lining

As we continue the retrospective here during Blogaversary month I thought I would share this post which has links to some of the darker moments I’ve written about but, also explains, (as best I ever could), how a positive attitude can keep your spirit alive. There’s also a link to a guest post I wrote for Daisy HIckman’s Sunny Room Studio. If you’re not familiar with Daisy I hope you will take the opportunity to explore her blog and get to know this amazing woman. b The entire Worst Step-father EVER series, (links are on the about me page), was very
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A Tribute to My Mother-in-law and, Welcome Owen!

While celebrating the 6th Blogoversary here, I’m sharing some of the favorite posts from years past. This one, from 2010, is definitely in my top 3 favorites. I miss her every day and with dad in hospice now I try to imagine them reuniting in a joyous way someday soon. I apologize for any technical glitches, the old posts don’t always cooperate, but the words stay the same. Comments and shares are always welcome! b I want to write about my mother-in-law today… so I will.  My friend Lee at Madness Mom and Me put up a funny guest post of
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Make Your Dreams Come True!

  It is blogaversary month and I’m sharing some of the early posts. I know many of you have been following this blog for all six years and I LOVE YOU ALL! But, for those who may be new to it, I thought we’d take a trip down memory lane this month. I hope you will share your thoughts in the comments. Thanks for keeping me going all these years! b (I apologize for the formatting issues. The old posts have a mind of their own.)   After writing about following my dream and getting a beach house, it made
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In the Beginning…

  This blog will be SIX years old next week. When I started it I never thought it would keep on going but, thankfully, many people liked it and continue to support it and I am eternally grateful to you all. So, I’ve decided to choose some of my favorite posts through the years and share them again. Many of you haven’t been reading since the beginning, so they’ll be new to you. I’m going to cut and paste them in because with design changes over the years some are a little hinky and it’s easier to cut and paste
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Optimism, Robert Burns and Haggis?

  I’m an optimist by nature. It’s probably how I survived childhood and I’m grateful for it. But, the first few weeks of 2016 have tested a lot of optimists.   Let’s start with David Bowie, 69, and Glenn Frey, 67. Legends in music. Gone too soon. Alan Rickman, esteemed British actor, also gone at 69 years old. Is this the time in my life when people near my age start dropping off the planet? Should we take better care of ourselves? Is it too late? I started blogging to sort through ambivalent feelings about turning 60. Now, at 65,
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