Random 5 Sunday – 5 years

It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday (yay!) so here are 5 randoms from my little corner of the universe.

1  Cooked yesterday and doubled everything. Why? I’m dropping off half to oldest boy and the grands later today.   The work/school/homework schedule is just nicer when you have “extras” around.  Homemade soup, sloppy Joe’s, Game day brownies  and more.   To quote Mom, “Love is Groceries.

food ina garten

2 It was Mom who taught me the significance of caring for others.  On Mothering is just one of many posts I’ve written about her. She taught me so many things but, most importantly, she taught me how to mother.  And, like her, I’m fierce — no apologies.  Because of that, I can’t wrap my head around that our grand children’s mother left them like she did.   But it was my wee Mom who reminded me He gave our boy big shoulders for a reason and sometimes Mom & Dad are the same person.

smell the color 9

3  Stopped the other day to take this picture – October will end soon and all of this will pass.  Don’t miss it.

Country Club trees

4  I write as means to formalize my thoughts, connect-the-dots and express myself.  Through this experience I’ve connected with many of you, and one I’ve even met in person (lucky me).   When I write what I know – posts about life, relationships, personal growth, faith and home – you chime in and I love that so much.


5 Going back to Mom, she was moved to Nursing Home placement this week and, when asked how things were going, her response made me laugh.  “I’m doing the best I can and managing to stay out of trouble… so far!”  This center is small, 17 beds, and in a rural setting, which is much more her style.  Both my sisters are certain she’ll get more personalized care and that’s of comfort to us all.  Thinking of her it hit me that 5 years ago today I published my very first blog and, not surprisingly, I wrote about  another life lesson learned from Mom.      5 years, 824 posts,179,273 visitors, still writing.    Thank you for reading along.

yes i can

Happy Sunday to you!  When you look back over your blogging lifetime, what do you see?





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17 thoughts on “Random 5 Sunday – 5 years

  1. Diane Helminiak

    I am glad your mom has a wonderful attitude about her new home. I think often of how I want my final years are going to play out. I have two boys who I don’t know will have the time or patience to take care of me in my home. I guess “attitude” will get me through all things. Thanks for sharing your mom’s lessons.

    • I’m sure it’s trying at times but she has never been one to complain and encouraged us to always try and find the good in everything. I have no doubt she is trying to do the same .. Hugs, MJ

  2. That is a wonderful nursing home. I can’t believe they can be profitable and so small. Yay!

  3. Aw, lucky me (and Motor Man) for meeting you in person, MJ! I love what your Mom had to say about your son having been giving big shoulders. She’s a wee, wise woman, isn’t she?
    Your fall foliage pic is gorgeous; ours haven’t started changing yet…we’re waiting!
    Amazing that you & I began blogging within about a month of each other. It’s a friendship I wouldn’t have wanted to do without!

    • She is very wise, and still gives me great advice. I love that we met, and yes, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way 🙂 MJ

  4. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    MJ, your Mom sounds like a very wise lovely woman. I am sure she taught her girls well how to be good mothers. I am sure your Son and grandchildren appreciate the food. That will give your Son more time with his kids. My hubby and I took a short trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains last week to see the fall foliage. Just beautiful! I love fall. Have a good weekend ❤

    • She is a great Mom and I am very grateful for all she taught us – and continues to do so 🙂 Yes the kids enjoyed the extra food, it made the week schedule a little less crazed. I am loving Fall, too, but the leaves are coming down and the splendor is nearly over … thank you for weighing in 🙂

  5. You have highlighted how the blog changes with the changes in our lives. And pinpointed the people with the most influence. Sounds like you have found the most amenable place where your Mom will be cared for and where they will appreciate her wonderful sense of humor.

  6. Wonderful post MJ

  7. I’m so glad you all found a good place for your mom to live safely and be cared for. Bittersweet, isn’t it?

    I get what you mean about writing. I’ve missed it. I’m hoping to get back to it more often. I get out of sorts when I don’t!

    • so far so good, Terri. She has even admitted that it was “time” and that she hadn’t realized how much she’d missed the company of others.
      I have been thinking of you and your Dad, and hope things are coming along for him as well.

  8. Sorry I’ve gotten behind. So much going on lately. If I didn’t have to sleep, I could get so much more done! LOL I’m glad you’ve found a nice place for your mom. The size and area sound lovely. The biggest (and unexpected) change to my blog was learning photography.

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