Blessings, Challenges, Life

I Voted Today…I Hope YOU Do Too!


I voted today sticker
I voted…have you?

Today, across the United States, citizens are exercising their right to vote. It is a beautiful day here in the mountains of Virginia. A brisk, cold 35 degrees greeted me as I walked up to our polling place when the doors opened at 6:00 a.m.  In my hands, I held a container of sausage pinwheels to give to our hard-working poll workers. Something I’ve done for them every year for the last twenty years. Hard to imagine it’s been that long. It is hoped each of you have either already voted early, or you plan to vote sometime today!


It is appropriate we have a voting day this week with Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11. My parents — both my father and my mother — served our country. My mother during WWII as a WAC, and my father in both WWII and Korea. And, my husband served as well during Vietnam.

Many times when I took Dad to the Veteran’s Hospital in Salem for his monthly visits during the last two years of his life, he would maneuver his wheel chair over to a fellow veteran, offer his hand, and say, “Thank you for your service.”

He never waited for Veteran’s Day to thank a veteran. He gave thanks for our veterans’ service each day through his morning prayer and when he read his bible. To me, watching him make an effort to shake each veteran’s hand he saw added to his heartfelt desire to let him or her know that he was glad he saw them, even on the street. To this day, I try very hard to emulate his actions. It is my challenge to me to be mindful of fellow veterans every where. May this election day, after voting, you take up that challenge as well.

Let our Veterans know that you appreciate them, their sacrifice, and that because of that dedication to love of our country, we have this privilege above all else – the Right to Vote!

Happiness to each of you, Always…

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Family, Life, Love, Magical Moments, Writing

Thirty-eight — The number of years we’ve loved each other!

Friday, August 26 will be our thirty-eight year anniversary! Here are few snap shots from way back then…

Wedding Invitation – Thirty-eight years ago!

Invitation to our wedding in 1978 -thirty-eight years ago.
Invitation to our wedding in 1978.

















Here is the inside:

Thirty-eight yrs ago - Invitation

















Here we are cutting our cake. The wedding was such fun and we were looking forward to getting out of our clothes. It was a hot August day.

Thirty-eight years ago. Cake is old.
Cutting the cake.

















My pose for the paper

Back then, b/w photos were the norm. Look at our napkins. The letter “N” was going to be part of my initials!

Pam posing and napkins from thirty-eight years ago.
Pam posing and our napkins.
















We had matches as souvenirs, too. Wish I had a picture of the matchbook. It said “The Perfect Match” with our names and date. Course, back then, everybody smoked.

Hope you’ve enjoyed our little trip down memory lane!

Hugs and Write On!

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Life, Magical Moments, Writing

No Sleep — So, I’m writing

Have you ever gone to bed wanting to have a good night’s rest only to wake at the slightest sound? And then, to make matters worse, you are wide awake!

No Sleep – that was me this morning. I tossed and turned in the bed until my back was hurting. So, I got up so I wouldn’t disturb my husband. I looked over in his direction. I couldn’t see him, it was too dark. I wished I could snore like he was doing. That was 3:00 a.m.

It’s now 6:15 a.m. After working on FB and catching up with a variety of folks, I thought I might as well try writing a blog post. So here I am. Rambling. No sleep. My brain in a fog.

The saving grace is that it is Monday. Yay! So, for that I leave you with this lovely picture I found:

Little girl dreaming her story as she reads...
Little girl dreaming her story as she reads…

Write on!

The post No, Sleep.–so I’m writing was first published on Pam’s Blog.