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Backyard Chickens: Some Hard Truths

Ever since I was a kid, I thought chickens looked like a lot of fun. In the 1980s and 1990s (first marriage), I tried to find a house with an acre or two, so that we could have a few chickens running around but it never unfolded that way. To satisfy my inner gardener,...

Thank You For Your Prayers…

Four years ago (today), was my husband's 63rd birthday. I remember that day all too well. Wayne had always been "eccentric" and he had plenty of odd and unusual behaviors, but I assumed that this was part and parcel of his brilliant mind. He had an IQ well north of...

Yesterday, This Site Had 2,630 Views in One Day!

For many reasons, I haven't been doing much with this site of late. And sadly, Photobucket has been down for 30 days, and more than 5,000 images went with it. Hopefully, it will return one day. However, yesterday, I had 2,626 views in one day. Typically, I have about...

My Temporary Death Experience – Now on Youtube!

In September, I attended an NDE conference in Pennsylvania, and while there, I met Roberta Moore, who asked if I'd be willing to share my story with her Youtube viewers. I agreed, and here's the result! I'm finishing up my book on this same topic. All I need now is a...

So Many Losses…

After my "temporary death experience" in September 2018, I realized that I'd been miserable since my idiot husband decided to commit suicide. After glimpsing heaven, I knew that I had to make some draconian changes, so I sold off everything in a big hurry (including...

Today, I Turned 60!

As my friend Rhonda said, this may be my 60th birthday, but it's my first "zombie birthday"! On September 5, 2018, I bled out (subsequent to a botched medical procedure), had a heart attack and died. I was dead (no vital signs and no heartbeat) for more than 10...

Teddy and I Are Together Again.

Moving to the Midwest was a big deal. Just this week, I spent some time in the local DMV and obtained a new license, new plates for the car, and a new title. A few days ago, I applied for Social Security benefits. I've been working since I was 11 years old, and this...

Three Years – and a Request for Your Prayers

Three years ago today, it happened. I still can't look at pictures of him without bursting into tears and becoming physically unwell. As my friends know, I bled out, had a heart attack and died on September 5th and everything changed after that. I saw heaven, and I...

Ridin’ Around in My Automobile…

It's utterly shocking how much I'm enjoying having no encumbrances. My house sold and closed two weeks ago, so there are no taxes to pay and no mortgages to worry about and no trees that need trimming and no gutters that must be cleaned. I'm currently living with a...

An Important Anniversary…

Today marks an anniversary for me, and a very important one. Six months ago, on September 5th, 2018, I went into a hospital for a minor medical procedure (a "lady parts" thing). When I stood up (in the recovery room) to get dressed, I was bleeding profusely. Despite...

My New Life…

As of yesterday, my new life in the Midwest has begun. I'm now living in a bedroom (with a private bath) and there's even space for Seabiscuit (my Prius C) in the garage. For the first time in a long time, I awakened this morning feeling only a deep settled peace and...

The World’s Most Beautiful Kitchen…

When I moved into my current home in Suffolk, it was my intention to stay in this house until I breathed my last. And it did work out that way - sort of. On September 5th, 2018, I was carried out of my house and transported to a local ER when - despite the efforts of...

Thus Begins The New Chapter…

I died. But apparently, it was only a "temporary death experience." I'm hesitant to use the word "near-death experience" because I was good and dead. No vitals for more than 10 minutes. Seriously, completely gone. Kapoot. Out-of-town with no forwarding address. Good...

The Final Touches of a Career…

When I started the "Sears Kit Homes" group on Facebook in 2009 (thanks to Rachel for remembering!), I dragged 12 friends into the group just so it wouldn't look so pitiful. As the years passed, the group grew in numbers and I was gobsmacked when we passed the "1,000...

Blame Canada…

Every now and then, I get requests to ship my book out of the U.S., and typically, I refund the buyer's money (go Paypal), and call it a day. But last month, this nice fellow talked me into shipping a couple books to Canada, and I hesitantly did so, explaining that...

The End of an Era…

Sears appears to be going out of business, and in a few months, my little book business will follow suit. In 1999, I started working on a book about Sears kit homes. In early 2002, it was self-published, and I used 50% of my net worth to produce 1,000 copies. In 2004,...

Road Trip!

I'm thinking about hitting the road, and taking a long trip. In the last few weeks, I've met so many wonderful people (all of whom are history lovers) and each and every one of those people have brought me such a blessing. Each encounter has lifted me up a bit, and...

If I Could Wave a Magic Wand…

Four months ago, my heart stopped for a bit and I got a glimpse of heaven. Ever since that day (September 5th, 2018), I've had a new view on life*, and it's time for me to enjoy whatever remains, because some times, everything can change in the blink of an eye. *...

Built in 1907? It is NOT a Sears House!

Why do all the wrong things go viral? This 1907-built farm house (shown below) is being promoted online as a Sears Kit Home and there's so much wrong with that. And that post - with an accompanying photo - has gone viral on Facebook. Sears didn't offer their first...

Moving To The Chapel?

Two weeks ago, an interesting listing popped up for sale in Bedford County, Virginia. I've always been a fan of Bedford (about four hours west of my home in Suffolk), so I hopped in my little red car and drove out there to investigate. It's my hope that my next home...