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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She attended journalism school where she majored in professional writing. She loves to decorate, garden, read and spend time with her Yorkies.

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What I'm Reading & What I Will Be Writing About


I am deep within the pages of a book my daughter brought over some time ago.

The Woman In Cabin 10... 



Oh, the twists and turns in this book! I think of myself, like the main character, stuck on a boat, wondering who is terrorizing her. And though I've never wanted to go on a cruise of any variety, now I KNOW I never want to go on one! 

It has finally cooled off enough that I don't mind having the lamp light on to read by. All summer I was reading on my back-lit Kindle.

Speaking of reading, some of you have commented that you are enjoying reading about my day recently. Well, I've decided to get back to that type of blog posting that I kind of backed off there for awhile. 

So I will natter on about everything and nothing. And probably bore you to tears. 

If you have suggestions for what you'd like to see me post about, I always encourage you to let me know in the comments. Or email me.

In other news, it finally stopped raining. The sun is out today. The birds are chirping away. 

I can hear the TV on next door. I don't think they ever turn it off. 

I've learned that most of the people around here stay inside when/if they're not at work. I seldom see anyone doing anything outside. 

I find that sad.

We are lucky here to have large fenced patios. Why not use them?

Most just sit vacant with crazy weed vines growing up the fence. Which I keep tearing down on my side.  

Why don't people garden in containers? Grow some veggies to eat? (I finally have peppers ripe now.) 

Put a chair out and watch the birds? 


I just don't get it. I could not sit inside all day in front of a TV watching heaven knows what, and not get outside in the fresh air. Seems unnatural.

Well, I'm off to my mammogram.

Surely I will be finished with painting soon. My ankle will thank me for sure. 

But as you well know, paint is about the cheapest way to redecorate. You can make some mighty big changes with a few coats of paint. 


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  1. Hi Brenda. I love your conversational posts about your day and your thoughts on things. Thanks for posting that saying "Life is about using the whole box of crayons." I love that thought. I will tell about a literal box of crayons to show how true it is. Years ago, I got as a gift a big box of Crayola crayons that had fragrances. A shade of purple smelled like grape, for instance, and a shade of brown smelled like leather. It was the best box of crayons ever. And, because I liked them so much I didn't use them. I put them away somewhere for safe keeping, and then one day I looked for them and couldn't find them. I was so disappointed. They probably got misplaced during a move. I realized I should have kept them out and used them. Life and its many parts and pieces are for using, not hiding away.

    As for unused patios, it seems like some people just have never been properly introduced to the outdoors. They grew up hearing someone say negative things about insects and allergies and hot sun and so on, so they think of the outdoors as a bad place to be. I've known more than a few people who feel that way about the outdoors. You are blessed to have learned that the outdoors can be interesting, soothing, healing -- whatever you need it to be.

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    1. I loved reading your story, and what you took away from the experience! Or maybe I should say, non-experience.

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  2. I wish some of that rain would make it's way here. We are having brush fires now so scary. I enjoy your writing voice and so always like your daily posts. I am on a waiting list for that book, it really sounds good.

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    1. I was lucky that my daughter gave me her copy after she read it. She also gave me The Girl On The Train, which I read last month.

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  3. Thank you for paying attention and deciding to share more about your daily life. That is what attracted me to your blog in the first place. It makes me feel like you are a personal friend. I especially liked it when you first moved in and was trying to get settled, I so enjoyed hearing how you settled in and started decorating your place to make it a home.

    I love hearing simple things like how the next door neighbors run the television all the time. I also live in an apartment and have an upstairs neighbor who for the most part is very quiet, but he gets up early for work and blasts the television so loudly for about one hour every day. He also chops kindling on his hearth which is very noisy downstairs in my apt. But these things are just part of living in an apartment.

    I used to think I wanted to live in a house, but now as a senior woman, I find it comforting to have neighbors so close to me.

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    1. Living in an apartment can be trying. I am fortunate that I only have one person next to me, and no one over me. I chose this place and this apartment with that thought in mind, knowing noise would not be as bad as other places. I did listen, and I'm glad you voiced your thoughts.

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  4. Glad to see you will get back to writing and sharing more of your writing. You have a gift Brenda with the wonderful way you write. So glad you will be doing more of that. Glad you enjoy being outside and taking in nature. I cannot see how living inside all year round would be a good thing either. Have a great day today.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. I guess I thought my day to day life was just too boring. And then again, it felt "safe" to rely on other information.

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  5. That book sounds interesting. I love suspense novels.

    Glad to hear that you'll be going back to writing about your day. It's where you shine.

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    1. Well I thank you for the compliment, Doreen! I really respect your opinion. I like women's fiction and thrillers. I just can't get into romance novels, science fiction, etc.

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  6. I have never had the desire to go on a cruise either - and has nothing to do with that book! I don't want to be out on a huge ship in the middle of the ocean with hundreds or thousands of people. My idea of hell, lol. I could never sit inside the house all day either. Have to get out and get some fresh air, even in the winter!

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    1. I can just imagine being out on a big ship, looking out and only seeing water for as far as I could see. I think I would feel trapped. Knowing there was no way on earth I could possibly swim to shore!

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  7. I am one of those readers happy to see you posting about your daily life again. I was just lazy and didn't let you know that yesterday!

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  8. I like to hear your about your personal day. pictures of apartments or furniture arrangements are good occasionally, but I prefer how you do your thing and how you think about different scenarios. I also like participation posts when you pose a question and invite readers thoughts. I am a person with strong opinions and cheer when I see that others feel the same way. I would like to see a conversation about how living on social security or a small pension has effected their previous way of life. mine has personally been effected after having to buy a newer car and the increase in car insurance. I hope you have a great day in the sunshine.

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    1. Thank you for the suggestions. I will think about them all. And I appreciate your reading!

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  9. I feel so lucky to have this screened in patio area. I can go out every day and watch the birds and listen to the birds and listen to the waterfall going into the pond.

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  10. That book sounds amazing! Like you, I have never wanted to go on a cruise - I need to be free to move around where I want in peace and not be stuck on a giant boat with a billion other people - it sounds like torture, honestly!

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  11. I also enjoy hearing about you and your daily life. I prefer that to the sharing of others personal space who I don't even know. I might as well live in the country because my neighbors are never outside. I live across the street from a park and try to walk it every day just to get outside for awhile. There is no school tomorrow so I am taking my foster daughter on a day trip to take pictures of fall foliage. Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Sounds like a wonderful thing to do! I wish we had more fall foliage for me to get out and photograph right now.

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  12. Dear Brenda,
    I have read your blog when you were in Texas and have followed you ever since. I responded in the past but than had PC problems off and on. Finally, got my google ID and password straighten out and can finally comment.
    You always have interesting posts. I have enjoyed them all and I am so envious of your gift of writing. I love reading about your every day life, your talent of decorating anything and its beautiful and cozy, your love of your fur babies, your photographer, your lists of books you read, etc. You have made life an adventure no matter what you do. Keep it up and don't ever stop. Yours is the first blog I read every morning!
    Hugs,
    Connie, IN/FL

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    1. Well, I'm so thankful for your kind words! And grateful for readers like you.

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  13. so happy to read that you plan to write more blogs about your daily life and your reactions to it. You are a great writer and I love any reflection that you share.

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    1. I'm happy to make my readers happy! When I was a kid, I didn't do well with social interaction. But when I started telling a story, truth or fiction, it just flowed.

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  14. I love your posts about your day, your decorating style, your world and your opinions. Best ever. Never miss your blog. Your pictures are great too. Look forward to each new post.

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    1. Thank you kindly. I guess not much of great interest happens in my world. But if that's readable, I'm happy to accommodate.

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  15. It's good to hear about your everyday life again Brenda...

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    1. I think you and I both know that there for awhile, I had some readers that just weren't happy with much of anything I wrote. So I went back into my little cave for awhile. The sun is out and I am out of hibernation.

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  16. I, too, enjoy hearing about your days, and your projects, and your fur-babies.
    And weren't you going to do some posts about finding clothes for those of us without "perfect" (per society) bodies? I'd really love to see more of that!

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    1. I emailed you about this. But when I can summon up the interest about fashion, I will post on it some more. I guess I dropped the ball because my interest simply waned.

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  17. The book sounds really good, I will put it on my book list. The hubster and I prefer container gardening...much easier to maintain! NO cruises for me either..I'm a land lover! Hope you are doing well!

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    1. And seldom if ever any weeds! Finished the book last night. It was a keeper.

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  18. I like that word 'natter'!! And I do love hearing about your day to day life. It's not always about the happening but about your perception of them.

    As an outdoor lover, I often wonder the same about neighbors. When I first started blogging I was awestruck that not all women liked to cook, that some never did and some had husbands that did the cooking. That is how naive I was. Or traditional. But you learn that not everything is cookie cutter.

    The book sounds good. I think I've been seeing it here and there. If only I didn't have this huge pile...

    Jane

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    1. Okay, now I get it. Doesn't matter what happens in my day, then. But how I process it and tell it?

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  19. Like so many others, I really enjoy your posts about day to day life as well, Brenda. I have always thought you are such a talented writer and you have a wonderful way of connecting to so many of us through your writing!

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    1. Funny, I don't exactly converse well with people. But I can write about most anything. Guess if I wasn't given the gift of socializing well, then maybe it came in the way of simply communicating on paper or keyboard. Blessings come in all shapes and sizes I suppose.

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