Summer Vacation is a Must

We all need to take time off for our and others’ sanity!  I will be taking time away from my blog to de-stress, refresh and get some sun.  I will be back for Merry Monday and Happy New Week on August 6th.

Please take some time out for yourselves this summer!  You deserve it!!!! 🙂 ❤

Until next time, you are NOT alone!  –Jenn



Let’s Have Some Fun!!!

As you can tell from my blog, I try not to focus on the negative and big topics constantly.  I mean, who needs that?  Not me.  Today, I have found some riddles to have some fun.  I love this kind of stuff especially because I often find I cannot figure them out.  Well, not at first.  🙂    Have Fun!!   Answers at the bottom.

  1. There is a dead man in the middle of a field, nothing is around him and there are no footprints of any sort.  There is an unopened package next to him.  How did he die? HINT: As he approached the field he knew he was going to die.
  2. I can be crushed to pieces but only if I am given away first, I can be clogged and attacked but that’s usually my own doing. No matter how many problems I have, you wouldn’t dare let me go. What am I?
  3. You can find me in the Earth, Mercury, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter but not in Venus and Neptune. What am I?
  4. What did the smelly feet and smelly shoes say to each other before going on a long day of walking?
  5. I am short, I come second among a dozen, and every four years I change in a way that none of the other dozen do. What am I?
  6. I have a home and a big space, I have keys but I have no locks, I have lots of letters but I have no mailbox. What am I?
  7. Every day people all over the world come to see me, but they rarely stay for more than a few minutes. I am considered very dirty by most people yet they still wouldn’t want a home without me.  What am I?

Until next time, you are NOT alone!  –Jenn


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  1.  His parachute didn’t open.
  2. A heart
  3. The letter R
  4. This socks
  5. The month of February
  6. A keyboard
  7. A toilet


The Hump Day Scoop

Welcome to Hump-Day ya’ll!  You are halfway there, you can do it!!


Hump Day Facts for July 25th

  • Today is the 206th day of 2018.
  • July 25, 2018 in Roman Numerals is: VII • XXV • MMXVIII
  • There are 159 days left in 2018.
  • Today is the 30th Wednesday of 2018.
  • Here in PA, sunrise is 5:54 a.m. and sunset is 8:23 p.m.
  • Today is:
    • Annexation of Guanacaste
    • Constitution Day
    • Revolution Anniversary
    • Feast of Saint James the Apostle
    • Republic Day
    • National Hot Fudge Day
    • National Wine and Cheese Day
    • National Hire a Veteran Day
    • National Merry-Go Round Day
    • National Threading the Needle Day
    • Culinarians Day
  • July is also:
    • National Blueberry Month
    • National Anti-Boredom Month
    • Unluck Month for Weddings
    • National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
    • National Hot Dog Month
    • National Ice Cream Month
    • National Picnic Month
  • The Moon today is a Waxing gibbous.  The moon is 96% illuminated.
  • The zodiac sign is the Leo.  The lion.Strengths: Creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted, cheerful, humorousWeaknesses: Arrogant, stubborn, self-centered, lazy, inflexible

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  • 1866 – The United States Congress passes legislation authorizing the rank of General of the Army. Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant becomes the first to be promoted to this rank.
  • 1868 – Wyoming becomes a United States territory.
  • 1956 – Forty-five miles south of Nantucket Island, the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria collides with the MS Stockholm in heavy fog and sinks the next day, killing 51.
  • 1965 – Bob Dylan goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival, signaling a major change in folk and rock music.
  • 1978 – Birth of Louise Joy Brown, the first human to have been born after conception by in vitro fertilization, or IVF.
  • 1984 – Salyut 7 cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the first woman to perform a spacewalk.
  • 1994 – Israel and Jordan sign the Washington Declaration, that formally ends the state of war that had existed between the nations since 1948.
  • 2000 – Concorde Air France Flight 4590 crashes at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, killing 113 passengers.
  • 2007 – Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India’s first female president.
  • 2010 – WikiLeaks publishes classified documents about the War in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in U.S. military history.

Here are a few random water cooler facts:

  1.  There are more fake flamingos in the world than real flamingos.

  2. You replace every particle in your body every seven years. You are literally not the same person you were 7 years ago.

  3. It is illegal to sell pickles that do not bounce in Connecticut since 1948.
  4. No person convicted of a felony may operate a Bingo game in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
  5. When a male bee climaxes, their testicles explode and they die.

Aren’t ya glad you’re a human?! 😉

Until next time, you are NOT alone!!  –Jenn






Tuesday’s Trilogy of Inspiration

“To be inspired is great, to inspire is incredible.”  –Bogdan

Happy Tuesday!  Here are another 3 stories for Tuesday’s inspiration. 

Are You Looking for a Cup or a Coffee?

A group of computer engineers, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. The conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups, some ordinary looking, some expensive, some exquisite. He told them to help themselves to hot coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in their hands, the professor said: “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap looking ones.

“While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups and worse, you were eyeing each other’s cups.”

“Now if life is coffee, then the jobs, money, and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, but the quality of Life doesn’t change. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee in it. “

Moral of this story is: don’t let the cups drive you, enjoy the coffee instead.

Soar Like an Eagle

Did you know that an eagle can foresee when a storm is approaching long before it breaks?

Instead of hiding, the eagle will fly to some high point and wait for the winds to come.

When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind can pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle soars above it.

The eagle does not escape or hide from the storm instead it uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the stormy winds which others dread.

When the storm of life or challenges hit us, we can rise above them and soar like the eagle which ride the winds of the storm. Don’t be afraid of the storms or the challenges in your life. Use it to lift you higher in your life.

How Would You Like to be Remembered?

About a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in the obituary column. The newspapers had reported the death of the wrong person by mistake. His first response was shock.  Am I here or there?

When he regained his composure, his second thought was to find out what people had said about him. The obituary read, “Dynamite King Dies.” And also “He was the merchant of death.” This man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words “merchant of death,” he asked himself a question, “Is this how I am going to be remembered?”

He got in touch with his feelings and decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered. From that day on, he started working toward peace.

His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by the great Nobel Prize.

Just as Alfred Nobel got in touch with his feelings and redefined his values, we should step back and do the same.
What is your legacy? How would you like to be remembered? Will you be spoken well of? Will you be remembered with love and respect? Will you be missed?

Until next time.  You are NOT alone!  –Jenn


Photo by Jenn Freese

Lazy-Day Sunday Blog


I must admit, I have been ignoring my blog content lately.  It is funny how coming up with good ideas for every day can be hard and confusing.

I am returning again to one of my favorites but different episodes.  Kid President.

I am also including a little taste into one of my favorite cartoons “Simon’s Cat.”  I hope you enjoy!


Until next time.  You are NOT alone.  –Jenn



You Can Only Do Better!


A friend of mine sent me this quote today.  My oh my, how I love Maya!  I had never heard of this one before, and I love it.

Life can creep up on us quickly!  Smooth waters can turn into raging tides in the blink of an eye.  Nature gave us an example of this yesterday in Branson, MO when a seemingly uneventful Duck boat ride on a placid lake, turned into a death show.  God bless all of you!  Sometimes things happen so fast we cannot even catch our breaths.

When things feel out of control we need to breathe, focus and realize what we need to do first.  I usually stress-out, hyperventilate, eat, scream and say the first thought in my head.  Unlike the Life cereal slogan, Do NOT be like Mike, or in this case Jenn. 

Why do we go to anger or not dealing with things?  People go into different modes when confronted with life and all of us are so different Why do we let words fly when we should reason through our thoughts and then speak?  I go to anger because it is safe.  It is familiar.  It protects me in a warped sort of way; even though it truly does not.  Anger for me is a constant something in the forefront; however, it is seldom addressed, and that is why for me it is the first thing to fly!

If you pretend not to be something, you can still become that thing.  Does that make sense?  Okay for me, I have anger because I have a leg, back injury and undiagnosed pain that has limited my life experiences for 6 years.  Instead of dealing with these changes and adjusting my lifestyle,  I have let it (my injury) define me.  So, I understand why my knee-jerk reaction is anger.  I am not justifying it, only stating it. 

Do you have a go-to emotion?  One that jumps out at you or others?  Do you have a knee-jerk reaction instead of letting things settle first?  I just started learning about the Languages of Love in therapy.  I do not know much about the languages, but I do know that I do not always react with anger.  I react with love, compassion, gift giving, physical love, etc…  I feel that most of us love on so many levels and that love also includes our self-love.  🙂

I have not yet begun to read my book, The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, yet but I cannot wait to learn new ways to help love last and succeed.  Love is love and should be worked on in all of our meaningful relationships.  I cannot wait to read about the secret to love, how to communicate and how to help love last.  Because who of us cannot use a good love story??!!  🙂  Oh, that is not what this is, dammit!!

Until next time.  You are NOT alone!  –Jenn

Photo by Jenn Freese

Fun Fact Friday

Friday is here again, and you made it.  

Have you ever listened to someone for a while and wondered…”Sweetie, who ties your shoelaces for you?”  🙂  –Unknown 

Today’s topic: Cats  I am a proud cat Momma of 11, yes, 11 cats.  I know that many people are not cat people and I was one of them.  Then a little ball of black and white with giant eyes, named Maddie, came into my life.  Oh, and I am Leo, so I was born a cat and act the party proudly!!


Cat Facts

  • A group of cats is called a Clowder.  A group of kittens is called a Kindle.
  • Cats have 30 teeth.
  • Cats have 32 muscles in their ears (humans only have 12).
  • When a family cat died in ancient Egypt, family members would shave off their eyebrows as they mourned.
  • A cat lover is called an Ailurophilia (Greek: cat+lover)
  • 230 bones in their bodies, humans have 206.
  • In 7 years, a single pair of cats and their offspring could produce a staggering total of 420,000 kittens.  Please SPAY & NEUTER!!!
  • A female cat is a Queen or Molly.
  • There are over 60 million feral cats in the U.S.
  • The technical term for a hairball is a “bezoar.”
  • A cat cannot climb head first down a tree.  That is because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same direction.  To get down, they must back down.
  • The oldest known pet cat was found in a 9,500-year-old grave on the island of Cyprus.
  • Approximately 40,000 people are bitten by cats annually in the U.S.
  • A cat’s hearing is better than a dog, in fact, cats can hear two octaves higher than a human.
  • Most cats give birth to a litter of between 1-9 kittens.
  • A cat brain is more biologically similar to a human than a dog.  There are regions responsible for emotions in both cats and humans.
  • Cats usually have 12 whiskers on each side of its face.

10 of my 11 kids are ferals from around our neighborhood.  We have helped to catch, spay/neuter and release over 30 cats, significantly lowering the reproduction of new kittens and increasing the health of the existing cats. 

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Clockwise from top: O’Malley, Skyy, Kitty, Presley, Clementine, Jaxx, Moose (crockpot), Gabby, Tillie, Graycen, Zander

I never gave cats a chance, and now I am a complete Ailurophiliac.  I have come to understand them and my kids act more like dogs than cats.  Honest!

PLEASE: Spay/Neuter your cats, update their shots and keep them inside if you can.

Have a wonderful week!  You are NOT alone.  –Jenn

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Drive and Determination For All the Small Things Too!

_Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success._ --Swami Sivananda 1

The drive in the eyes of Philadelphia Phillies Left Fielder, Rhys Hoskins at the Home Run Derby coming in as the very bottom 8 seed was excellent.  That “look” he had in his eyes is one I have seen in my own eyes and the eyes of others.  I think the look was actually terror because he had not had a home run since June 29, 2018. 😉  Love ya Rhys, and great job!!!

Yes, I confess, I watched the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game.  Yes, I am a baseball girl.  Go Phillies!  Not only were both of the games entertaining, but they were also nerve-racking, and I was not even participating. 

I noticed so many things about the two nights:  the youth of the players, how much fun they were having, their physical strength and mostly that “look” in all of their eyes.  Determination, Drive, Conviction, Dedication.  They did not appear to look at the game any differently than any other day.

I do understand that most of these men get paid great money to play a game, but it is the “look” that I am talking about.  It is more than the money and fame because I also see it in the eyes of my bowling friends, my parents, a tee-baller or even a famous singer. That drive, determination, fierceness, it is something that once seen cannot be forgotten.

We, humans, get that look in our eyes but why does it waiver?  Why do our eyes sparkle when we get a reward for a task or a promotion and not when we are doing chores and working?   Should that “look” not be there for every aspect of our lives?  My answer is yes, but how to make that happen, in the words of the main man Yoda, “Have the answers I do not!”


I can offer some suggestions, words, help, and hope but not answers.  One reason I think we forget that fierceness is that we change.  We change physically, emotionally, mentally but we also change because of our experiences as we age.  I know I see things now at 39 much differently than when I was 18.  I have been through things that have made me accept new ideas.  But those ideals should not change my drive, dreams, hopes, giving 100% of myself in everything I do.

Another problem we may encounter is dismissing/devaluing things within our lives.  When others dismiss our feelings, trials, and beliefs or even if we discount our own beliefs, it can change the way we perceive and deal with everything in our lives.  Have you ever had an experience, thought or belief be entirely discounted by another?  Not only does it feel crappy, but it might also change the way you perceive things.  And as I have been hounding since I started my blog, we don’t dismiss/discount, and it is all about how someone perceives things.  🙂

I see all too often we put ourselves wholly into things when we get something tangible out of it.   But why are we not driven when we do the small stuff?  I know they may not be the same, but everything we do should be with 100%.  I fall into this trap all too often, but I am trying to recognize it a DO better.  Remember: there is no trying, do or do not only.

Lastly, we must keep in mind, everything we get to do is a gift.  Breathing, living, having fun.  Every little thing and every day are gifts.  If we put it in this light, maybe we can remember to have that “look” in our eyes for everything we do.   

Watching these hugely talented young men reminded me of perseverance, drive, and inspiration in my own life and seeing that “look” within my own eyes.  It helped me to perceive things in a little different light and hopefully, you can too!

Remember, you are NOT alone!  Until next time.  –Jenn


The Hump Day Scoop

Welcome to Hump-Day ya’ll!  You are halfway there, you can do it!!

Hump Day Facts for July 18

  • Today July 18th is the 199th day of 2018.
  • July 18, 2018, in Roman numerals, is VII • XVIII • MMXVIII
  • 166 days remaining in the year.
  • Today is the 29th Wednesday of 2018.
  • Here in PA, sunrise is 5:48 a.m. and sunset is 8:29 p.m.
  • There are 66 days left until Fall.
  • Today is:
    • National Caviar Day
    • National Hot Dog Day
    • Nelson Mandela International Day
    • Perfect Family Day
    • Take Your Poet to Work Day
    • World Listening Day
    • Constitution Day
    • July 15-21
      • Rabbit Week
      • Captive Nations Week
      • Everybody Deserves a Massage Week
      • National Body Piercing Week
      • National Parenting Gifted Children Week
      • National Zoo Keeper Week
      • National Independent Retailers Week
    • July 18-21
      • National Baby Food Week
      • National Ventriloquism Week
    • July 18-25
      • Restless Leg Syndrome Education & Awareness Week
  • The Moon today is a Waxing Crescent.  The moon is 36% illuminated.
  • Cancer is still the zodiac until July 22nd.


  • 1927   Ty Cobb hits his 4000th career hit.
  • 1931   1st air-conditioned ship “Mariposa” is launched.
  • 1936   Spanish Civil War begins.
  • 1969   U.S.A. Chappaquiddick – Senator Ted Kennedy’s car plunges off a bridge killing his passenger, Secretary Mary Jo Kopechne.  Kennedy is later convicted of leaving the scene of an accident.
  • 1976   Nadia Comaneci receives the first perfect 10 ever recorded in Olympic gymnastics.
  • 1984   21 people shot dead, 19 injured in San Ysidro, California at a McDonald’s.  James Oliver Huberty said he was “hunting humans” as he left his wife.
  • 1986   Videotapes are released showing Titanic’s sunken remains.
  • 1998   A 23 ft. tidal wave runs along the coast of Papua New Guinea killing over 3,000.
  • 2003   Kobe Bryant is charged with sexual assault, charges are later dropped.
  • 2005   The Olympic Park Bomber, Eric Rudolph, is sentenced to life in prison for a series of bombings from May 5, 1998, until May 31, 2003.

Here are a few random facts to use around the water cooler.

  1. The average lifespan of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
  2. Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained.
  3. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
  4. From 1999-2014, 2,167 people died from……Constipation.  🙂
  5. The dot over the lower case “i” is called a tittle.

Until next time.  You are NOT alone.  –Jenn