Celebrating Boss’s Day: Are You A Boss?

Today is Boss’s Day!

Boss Day

 Being a boss is many things.  It is sometimes being in charge of the actions of others.  Being the person they report to, the person they complain to.It includes being the person that sometimes takes the heat for the rest of the group.  Sometimes it also means being the person who has to lean on people to get a job done.  It also means you get the pleasure of watching people grow and learn and become leaders themselves.  It means you get to be their cheerleader at times.   It means being happy for other’s successes. 


Are You A Boss?


Are you a boss?  If you are self-employed I hope you treated yourself to something special today to celebrate. 


What is the best thing about being a boss?   What is the worst thing about being the boss? Please share your “Boss” thoughts.


Happy Boss’s Day!

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Happy 31st Anniversary


Marriage is not a thing of nature but a gift of God. ~Martin Luther

Happy 31st Anniversary

Thirty-one years ago, I married the love of my life.

We have built a life that we both enjoy.  Together we have raised our son (now a junior in college), traveled to the majority of states, volunteered in our communities, adopted, loved and said goodbye to many pets and loved each other through the ups and downs of life.

Our Family

Recently, we seem to have experienced lots of downs as we said goodbye to both our fathers.

Through all of these events, there has always been some constants, the love and respect we had for each other and faith in our relationship.

If I wanted to try something new, start a business, take a course, etc. he would be there to support me and encourage me.  I can honestly say he has never once stood in my way or said, I don’t think you should try that.

Sure we have disagreements like everyone else.  No marriage is perfect.

Great Choice

I made a great choice when I said, “I do” all those years ago. I’m blessed!  I thank God every day for the opportunity to spend my life with the person I love.  Our marriage truly is a gift from God.

31 years

So Michael, Happy Anniversary! I loved you 31 years ago and I love you even more now!

I hope we enjoy 31 more years together.

A similar post for 2011, Happy Anniversary.


Can You Afford Your Child?

Afford Your ChildCan You Afford Your Child?

Childrearing is expensive.  I remember how I couldn’t wait till I didn’t have to pay for childcare and thought it would be like getting a raise.   And when I didn’t have to buy pampers anymore.  But no raise…the money just went for something else he was growing into. 


According to a 2010 estimate by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a parent will spend $160,000 to $369,000, (Updated in 2013 to $245,340 or $304,480, adjusted for projected inflation) to raise a child from birth to age 18. This does not include college. That is a staggering amount when most people I know don’t have six figure incomes.  

The Bigger They Get, The Larger The Toys

As children get larger their toys get more expensive and their outings cost more.  Slinky Action Zone was cheap compared to Tennis Camp, Ziplining, and White Water Rafting.  I used to complain that my son didn’t eat enough to keep a bird alive, and when he became a teenager, I couldn’t keep groceries in the house.

How About You?

Are you experiencing the same thing?
If you would like to check out the actual cost of your child, use this handy calculator. http://www.bankrate.com/calculators/savings/raise-child-calculator.aspx

They Are Worth It

So children are expensive.  But I still think they are worth it.  The rewards of parenting are far greater than any expense I could ever have. 
What are your thoughts about parenting  in this economy and the cost of raising children today?

Top 10 Best Places to See Fall Foliage

Autumn is a beautiful time of year with all of the shades of yellow, orange, and red leaves that can be seen in some states.

Top Ten Fall Foilage
Photo courtesy of Adam Watson

Are you wondering what areas of the country to include on your leaf peeping to-do list? Here are some of the best places to see fall foliage.

Top 10 Best Places to See Fall Foliage

  1. Salem, Massachusetts

    Salem comes alive with vibrant colors during the months of fall! You’ll be able to take in the beautiful fall scenery, all while enjoying a city that’s rich with history and fun fall festivities!

  2. Fall FoilageCatskills, NY

    The Catskill Mountains are one of the most beautiful places to witness the changing leaves! The Kaaterskill Falls, Pepacton Reservoir, and Alder Lake are just a few of the gorgeous places to see here in autumn.

  3. The Poconos, Pennsylvania

    Known for its beautiful fall foliage, the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania are a sight to see in autumn. From the scenic Delaware Water Gap to Bushkill Falls, you will find plenty of photo opportunities in this area!

  4. Portland, Oregon

    While it may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of fall leaves, Portland is a great place to enjoy the autumn season. Downtown Portland and the Hawthorne Bridge over the Willamette River are some of the beautiful places you won’t want to miss!

  5. Eastern Tennessee

    Knoxville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge, which are all located in Eastern Tennessee, are some of the best places to witness the changing leaves! When you visit in fall, you can experience the Great Smoky Mountains at the most beautiful time of year!

  6. Burlington, Vermont


    Beautiful Fall
    Photo credit: Robin O’Neal Smith

    Undeniably one of the most gorgeous New England cities in fall, there are so many places to witness the scenic fall foliage! Lake Champlain and Church Street Marketplace are just two of the places you will want to include on your to-see list!

  7. Bar Harbor, Maine

    This New England state is known for its beautiful fall foliage! Bar Harbor is a great place to observe the vibrant fall colors. You’ll want to see Cadillac Mountain, which is located within Acadia National Park.

  8. Lake Tahoe, California

    With locations in California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a great place to enjoy fall! The changing leaves will make a beautiful backdrop against the lake and mountain scenery!

  9. Davis, West Virginia

    When you visit Davis, you’ll get to witness the changing leaves in the gorgeous Allegheny Mountains. You won’t want to miss out on Blackwater Falls State Park, where you will get to see the beautiful fall colors amidst beautiful waterfalls!

  10. Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania


    Fall Adam Watson
    Photo Credit: Adam Watson

    This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my home area. The beautiful colors reflecting in the lake are a sign to behold.  A hidden treasure of Pennsylvania in the fall.

These are just a few of the best places to see fall foliage! No matter what state you live in, there’s probably a nearby location where you can see the beauty of autumn!



23 Haunting Halloween Decorations You Can Make

Halloween is a fun time of festivities and parties.  Trick or treating and haunted houses are traditions.

23 Haunting Halloween DecorationsAnyone who knows me knows I love Halloween Parties and decorating.    I’ve hosted many a party for family, friends, and my son’s classmates and friends.

While all the Halloween celebrations can be fun, it can also be expensive.  I have found many of the  things you want to use for decoration can be made at home for a fraction of the cost.

23 Haunting Halloween Decorations You Can Make

Here is a roundup list of 23 decorations you can make.  Some scary, some fun and all for a fraction of the cost of purchasing the items in the store.  Plus you and your children will have fun making them.

1. Jade Louise Designs – DIY Candy Feeder Dish

2. Design Dazzle – Whimsical Witch Legs

3. Family Thinking Outside the Sandbox – DIY Felt Ghost Bean Bags

4. Carolyn’s Homework – Halloween Scary Jars      This is one of my favorites!

5. The Nerd’s Wife – Melted Crayon Pumpkin   Great project for upper elementary students!

6. Tried and True Blog – Vintage Halloween Tassels

7. R and R Workshop – Burlap Boo Bunting

8. Design Dazzle – HWitch Crashing Decoration

9. A Pumpkin and a Princess – Halloween Apothecary Jars  Another one of my favorites, especially the glow in the dark slime!

10. Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom – DIY Glitter Pumpkins  – Great for teens and adults.

11. R and R Workshop – Personalized Trick or Treat Bags (Picmonkey.com Tutorial)

12. Craftulate – Spider Craft for Toddlers

13. Design Dazzle – Mummy Hand from a Dish Glove  This is fun!

14. A Pumpkin and a Princess – Halloween Spider Pumpkin

15. R and R Workshop – DIY Halloween Shadow Puppets

16. Uncommon Designs Online – Treat Buckets

17. Taking Care of Monkey Business – DIY Monster Wreath

18. Typically Simple – Halloween Pillow Cover Using a Freezer Paper Stencil  I’m planning to make one of these.

19. Overstuffed Life – Tulle Halloween Wreath

20. Crafts By Amanda – Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries

21. Create Craft Love – Raven Inspired Porch  Love this idea!

22. Princess Pinky Girl – Tomato Cage Ghost

23. Tater Tots and Jello – Easy Black and White Topiary

Have Fun

I hope you found one or two to make and maybe you got a few new ideas of your own. These do-it-yourself decorations will certainly help you have a hauntingly happy Halloween!

Let me know which items you decided to make and if you know of any others, I would be happy to share.