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Joanne has published more than 2,500 articles and was award recipient of the 1990 Woman of the Year for Beaver County, Pennsylvania, for her accomplishments and excellence in journalism and to the community. Her co-authored book, “Unforgettable Journey,” won fifth place in the Grand Beginnings romance contest. An excerpt from her WIP, “Unearthed,” placed her fifth in the Absolute Write Idol contest. Most recently, her essay, “Perseverance,” is published in the Stories of Strength anthology in which 100% of the profits are donated to disaster relief charities. Her most recent articles were published in ByLine Magazine, Writer's Digest, AbsoluteWrite.com, and Moondance.org. She has a monthly freelance writing column at Absolutewrite.com. Currently, she is the sole caregiver for her 85-year-old mother.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

I've been tagged.

Nita (ritinrider) at Absolute Write tagged me.

It hasn’t been all that long since I've played tag, but I do know I’m getting too old for the real run-around-and-touch-someone-game that we used to play as kids. A few weeks ago, both my daughters visited and brought my grandchildren and we were playing tag with water balloons. That’s why I said I’m too old for this stuff; I don’t run fast anymore, so I was totally soaked.

Anyway, back to this tag game, according to my friend Nita, this is how it works; I write eight interesting things about myself on my blog. Then I send it to (tag) eight friend-bloggers. Not sure what’s left about me that everyone doesn’t already know and I’m not sure how interesting I can be since I lead such a boring life, but here it goes.

1. I found out that the most interesting things about me were already posted, that’s sad. So now you know I need to get a life. LOL
2. I’m a daughter, a mother of two beautiful young women, and a grandmother of nine wonderful grandchildren (counting Two’s grandkids, too.)
3. I’ll hit the double nickels on my birthday this year. In case you don’t know what that means; I’ll be 55, get it, double nickels.
4. I have a pop-up camper I’m dying to use again, a truck that’s 2 ½ years old that has only 2,800 miles on it, that I’m dying to drive again, and a boat I’m dying to put in the water again.
5. In case that wasn’t a clue, I love camping by the water and my first trip when I’m able to go camping again will be to return to the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina and camp along the Oconaluftee River at Wolf Creek Campground. That’s the last camping trip Two and I made nearly four years ago.
6. I take better care of other people than I do myself.
7. However, I did quit smoking, but I will admit it wasn’t by choice.
8. I wood burn and paint. Here’s a picture of a recent painting.

Oh yes, I'm suppose to tag eight blogger friends. I tag Anne Watkins-Writes With Feathers, Unique--Blowing Smoke, Ray-I the Author, September Skies--Midnight Writings, Jason--Clarity of Night, Mark--The Bluff, Julia--Mrs. Write Right, and Jeff--The Write Thing.

So if you eight wonderful people tag along, please link back so I know you're playing. I really do want to read what you've written. Thank you Nita for thinking of me. I needed to get back to my blog.

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Always Playing Catch Up

Just the other day I thought about my blog and wondered how long it had been since I updated. Life is so hectic taking care of Mom, I hadn’t realized it’s been nearly five months since I posted here. There hasn’t been a whole lot going on since February, so it shouldn’t take but a few moments to play catch up this time. March and April were filled with doctor’s appointments for Mom and me. She checked out great, health wise. And there are always the visits to the nursing home to see Uncle Joe. He’s adjusting well, eating much better, and even making a few friends there.

Saturday, May 12, I actually called in a home nurse to watch Mom for a few hours of respite care. Several of my online friends came into Pittsburgh to meet and I was able to spend a few hours with them. It was wonderful meeting everyone. I wish I would have had more time to spend with everyone.

It was great seeing Ray and Sara again. Little Finn is getting so big. Here are a few pictures of the gang.

Of course they had to catch me at my worst, or as some at AW would say, at my best when I’m being myself—outspoken and silly. Everyone, especially Ray, kept telling me I needed to eat more. I’d eaten all I could and decided to offer up the sticky buns to anyone who would have them.

Anyway, that explains me holding the sticky buns at Eat ‘N Park. Things are not always what they seem. LOL

May 26th was my granddaughter’s First Birthday party. Her birthday was May 16, and my daughter, Angel, made arrangements to hold the party at a local park to make it more convenient for all the relatives to share in the day. Katie had a great time eating the cake and smearing the icing on her face. Of course everything was so hectic with so many people there, we didn’t get any pictures of great-grandma and grandma with Katie. Yes, we took Mom to the party from 1-3. That was about all she could handle.

The rest of May and June sauntered by without too much going on. Angel and Stacey did visit again with the kids a few more times. They manage to visit Mom and me at least once a month.

And here it is July. No fireworks here. Nothing to celebrate really. Unless of course you can get excited like I do about watching the rabbits, squirrels, turkey, and deer play in the yard. We have three fawns this year. They jump and play and run too quickly for me to snap a picture. I really have to get some of the tree limbs trimmed so I can see them better.

Oh wait…there is something to celebrate! I quit smoking. I think it was on Friday the 13th, but who’s counting?

Well, that’s it for now. See you soon.

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