A Friday the 13th Rant, No Politics Involved!

It is Friday the 13th. You know what that means…? I don’t. I’m not much for superstitions. I do know it looks like gloom and doom outside here on the NE coast. The trending weather pattern is driving me crazy. It was sunny and beautiful yesterday. Today, rain and fog. Sunday may not hit 50?! Wtf?? So, at the risk of sounding grumpy, I’m using this post to unload some of the things that have been driving me crazy lately. 1st: Local car ads on TV. I will preface this by stating, I sold cars for two years. Not in
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An Excerpt from the Memoir

  The memoir is coming along and I thought I would share a piece of it here. This is still in the first draft, so many changes will be made, I’m sure. Comments and sharing are always appreciated!     I was still adjusting to a step- brother who was physically my size but four years younger. He was a nice enough kid but, he came with as much baggage as I had. Leaving a brother who had developmental problems that I still don’t know about, and moving in with a father he barely knew, plus a step-mother and siblings, it had
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What Happens in Vegas? #BAM16!

  It is Friday, April 22nd and it has been a week! Let me explain. This time last week I was sitting in the Phoenix airport with my friend, Doreen McGettigan, (who was kind enough to let me stay with her Thursday night because she’s 10 min. from the airport as opposed to my 2 hrs.), wondering what the hell we were doing in Phoenix. Our flight on #americanairlines was supposed to be a direct flight from Philadelphia to Las Vegas, where we were heading for the #BAMC16 blog conference. The first we knew anything about going to Phoenix was
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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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