Will it ever end?

As I write this, the wind is howling, the rain is bordering on turning to snow, and it’s just plain miserable outside. The forecast for the next week or so doesn’t look a whole lot different than the one for today. A day here and there of warmer temps and glimpses of sunshine. Will it ever end?

I remember penning a cheery column back in February regarding the soon to be ending winter. Boy was I wrong.

I had actually packed my winter stuff away a few weeks ago as I was sure I wouldn’t need it. Boy, was I wrong again.  At last week’s ball games I sported my wool hat, mittens, and winter coat.

As I was about to start whining this morning when I looked outside I heard yet another report regarding the southern part of our country. Several states have been plagued by tornadoes and severe storms. Many people have died in these storms and the damage has tremendous.

I guess my winter coat doesn’t seem so bad in light of  what could be.

Say a prayer for the people in the states south of us and don’t forget to bundle up.


Year 42…

By the time you read this I will officially be a day into year 42 of my life. I honestly can’t believe I’m this old.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think people in their 40’s are old- it’s just that I never actually I imagined myself as a 40 something. In my head there are many days I’m still 18. Luckily though, I no longer act like it.

Every year I go through a mini depression around the time of my birthday. I beat myself up over the things that I haven’t accomplished yet. Things I thought for sure I would have by now.

This year though, I only let myself have only one day of mental torture before I decided to look at all of the things, by the grace of God, that I had accomplished in my life, choosing to look at the blessings in my life and not my failures.

I have been blessed with incredible kids, family, and friends. I have two really cool jobs that I am extremely thank ful for. I have a home and a car to drive.

I may not be at my “ideal” weight or in the financial position I thought I would be at 42 and I have some educational goals left to attain but I am learning to be okay with the fact that these aren’t failures but only things I have yet to accomplish. And you know what? I have vowed to keep plugging away at achieving what I have set out to. I’m carrying that positive attitude forward into year 42 and I’m feeling like it’s going to be a good one.

I guess anytime you can say that you have celebrated another year of life (considering the alternative) it has to be good right?

Great tuna casserole recipe!


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1 or 2 cans tuna
1 tsp garlic salt to taste
just a shake of salt
just a shake of pepper
a little over 1/2 cup of Italian bread crumbs
3/4 cup Ranch dressing
1/2 bag of egg noodles
Boil egg noodles until done; drain.Drain water from tuna and place in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients.
Be sure mixture has a creamy enoughconsistency, and taste to see if enough garlic salt has been added. If mixture is too creamy, add more bread crumbs, and vice-versa (Ranch Dressing).
Stir in cooked egg noodles and serve immediately or place a couple slices of cheese (of your choice) on top and bake in the oven JUST for a couple minutes until the cheese melts.
Overcooking will make tuna dry.
Submitted by: Jennifer Smith