SCABBLE is a word game.

Who is up for a game of Scrabble?

Besides my family, does anyone play the board game Scrabble? Some of my earliest memories of the game are watching my grandmother, mom, and my aunts play during visits. We played various games of cards, dice and scrabble most competitively. My grandmother won most of the games as she was an avid reader and loved to learn new words form the dictionary.

Now that I am grown, I play with my mom and my sister(they are very competitive). My niece, nephews, my children and older grandchildren play at our family gatherings. Our 6 year old grandson was excited that he knew how to connect words on the board.

Our goal is to learn new words, have fun and to win. Not shy here, we will challenge any unrecognized word.

Our daughter bought a used scrabble game at a thrift store and created a work of art for my mother. She took and glued all the names of the grandchildren and great grandchildren’s names on the board. Then she had a frame made for it. My mother just loved it. Noted- we had to add a few more letters to the board as their are 7 Grandchild and 7 Great Grandchildren.

What are some of your favorite games of childhood? What games do you play with your family and friend today?

Amazing benefits of Frankincense Oil.

I was maybe 8 years old the first time that I heard the word Frankincense. Yes, it was during Christmas. If you have attended one or more Christmas Padgents you to have heard of Frankincense, Myrrh, and Gold.

I have recently learned more about what Frankincense is. It is made from the resin of the Boswellia Tree grown in Africa and in the Middle East.

Frankincense Oil is most often used topically or in aromatherapy methods. A few benefits of using this oil are:

  • as an anti-inflammatory
  • to help gut function
  • to help with asthma
  • can help fight certain types of cancers

I use Frankincense Oil daily with my vitamin regiment. As always check with your doctor before trying new things and do a little research on your own. There is a lot of useful information today on the use of essential oils.

Thing that you should know about Peppermint.

Hello Sunshine. When I think of peppermint my thoughts go straight to the holidays: Peppermint candy canes, candies, cookies, teas and candles. I know right!

I learned from my grandmother at a young age that peppermint(candies) could soothe a tummy ache and/or relax your mood. She always kept a candy jar filled with wintermint, spearmint and peppermint hard candies on the coffee table.

Currently I am learning about the many benefits of Essential Oils. One oil at a time. I am taking a Certification in Aromatherapy through the Aromahead Institute, School of Essential Oil Studies for my own knowledge base and personal use of essential oils.

Peppermint :

The Peppermint plant is a Hybrid mint, a cross plant of watermint and spearmint. It is a a hardy plant and is easy to grow. These plants grow quickly into a peppermint patch and return every Spring.

Bonus: Peppermint plants are known to repel insects such as spiders. I find this a plus around the back porch area.

Fresh mint can be added to teas, deserts and smoothies.

Peppermint oil, 100% pure grade, there are a few companies that I trust with my oils. Doterra Oil Company is one that I use. Do your research. Safety and your well being are priority.

Benefits of this oil: promotes healthy respiratory functions, clear breathing, aids in digestion, helps with bad breathe, helps relieve tension head aches and muscle aches. As you look more closely into peppermint oil you will get a better understanding of what this one little oil can do.

Learning about Essential Oils together.

Do you know about essential oils? The health benefits that they support? We will take a look at different oils, their properties and health benefits to help you to understand them better.

I have always been intrigued by natures healthy influences on the the body as a whole. There are plants and plant extracts that help with things from minor aches to mental instabilities. We are truly blessed to have these oils as alternatives to or even in addition to medicines for better health.

OILS: one at a time.

Peppermint, Lavender, Patchouli, Vetiver, Ylang-ylang etc.


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Good morning! Cup in hand and thoughts are up and running on this chilly, damp May morning. I have few different projects going.

I have be thinking about my mom. Yes, she is well and busy on these spring days. As we have just celebrated Mother’s Day, I would like to reflect a little. I understand that ALL mother relationships are different. With that being said, I would like to tell you a little about my mom.

She just celebrated another birthday(70+) this month. Quarantining has been hard on her. My step dad has been able to work throughout the quarantine shut downs. My mom is a very social person. She is now retired and busier than ever, as she is bowls weekly on her bowling league, a member of the of the ladies auxiliary in her church, a member of the Senior Center in her town, she keeps up with her gardening and fruit trees, she cans her produce, always sewing, bakes goods for everyone and many organizations, visits her younger sister who has Alzheimer’s twice a week, makes her weekly rounds to visit and check on friends and family. When someone ask me about my mom I tell them “She runs circles around me before I even know what I am doing for the day”.

My mom is one of 11 children (third from the oldest). They are a close bunch. Her siblings have always told her that she is different, being that she thinks different, acts different, that she is to trusting, a little naive or gullible. No disrespect to my grandparents but I asked her once if she belonged to the milkman. HAHA!

Let me state one thing right here. No, mom and I do not always agree on or see things in the same light. We have different views on so many things. We do not argue, yell or get loud with each other even in passionate conversations. Excited maybe. We are at a time in our lives where we talk daily and more when time allots it.

My mom is a constant moral compass! She is loving, giving and compassionate, does not lie, does what she says, works hard and lives as an example of this daily. I am so blessed to have her guidance.

Taking a moment!