Hug Your Grandparent!

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It’s Grandparents Day today!

Whether you have zero or four (or more!), remember to honor your grandparents.

Grandparents Day is always observed on the Sunday before Labor Day since the 1970s.

Did you know there is an official flower for this day?

It’s the forget-me-not.

There’s also an official song: “A Song For Grandma and Grandpa” by Johnny Prill.

These were chosen by the National Gransparents Day Council. Didn’t know about that either, didja? (Me, neither).

You don’t need to get them a gift-except the gift of your time! Grandparents love to spend time with their grandkids! Enjoy! Sonja


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Today is the day to celebrate anyone in your family who has survived cancer. According to the NCSD website, this applies to any living person who has overcome cancer-from diagnosis to today. NCSD is observed on the first Sunday of June worldwide.

It’s a day to celebrate life, in a month set aside to recognize these survivors. The website highlights words such as celebration, inspiration, support, and outreach.

There are events in many locations around the world to recognize those who have beaten the ‘Big C.’

These days, since we shouldn’t gather in large groups, you can connect online. I recommend doing an Internet search for an event that works for you.

Today, there are more than 16.9 million cancer survivors in the United States (according to the website). They are supported by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, which is a nonprofit that collects information for cancer survivors. The Foundation “works to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors by raising awareness of the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship.”

So, if you have someone in your life who has survived cancer (I have many!), today is the day to recognize their amazing battle and recovery!

Take care of yourself and others, Sonja


It’s Sunday. That means it’s a day for fun!

It doesn’t matter what your preference is for your free time (hiking, sitting by a river, soaking in a tub, reading, writing). Just remember to protect others by following social distancing and wearing a mask.

It isn’t just for your health, but for those who are around you.

I plan to spend the day writing and reading. Those are my preferences. I am scheduled for a bit of surgery on Tuesday, so I want to make sure all my ducks are in a row before I lose function in my wrist (that’s where the surgery will be).

I’ll be in a cast, so using the laptop will be difficult. I plan to try, though. I don’t think I can go weeks without writing. It makes me happy.

What makes you happy? Let me know. Sonja

Did you know-

Did you know that Guinness the Therapy Dog is drawn by an artist in England?

He is.

Isn’t she talented???

I’ve always wanted to be able to draw, but the best I can do are lopsided trees and animals that look like they’re melting. It’s always the nose-and proportion-and the eyes-basically everything.

My great aunt was a talented artist and was world-renowned for her florals on super-thin porcelain and China. I don’t have any of her work, but her daughters have lots of pieces.

I plan to gather her books, which are available on eBay, to enjoy her work. I wish her talent had jumped into my genes! (Even just a drop!)

Her daughters are talented, as well. Their homes are torn from the best interior decorating magazines. I’m always jealous about how effortless their homes and decorating are. My sister has the decorating gene, too. I am NOT that way. My house is clean and comfy, but the decorating finesse has bypassed me.

Hmm. Maybe they feel the same way about my writing. I love it. Lots of people don’t. I can spend hours plotting and writing at my laptop. I love the research, too.

I hope you find that thing that sparks your inner fire. Sonja

Merry Christmas!

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IT’S HERE!!!!!

The day Christians wait for has arrived as everyone, young and old, wake up and look under the tree for gifts labeled for them.

It’s also the time to remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. This is the day Christians celebrate his birth and remember that he died on the cross to save mankind from sin.

My Christmas wish for you is to enjoy your family, spend time together, and tell a story or two to learn where you came from. Family history is an important part of being together.

Enjoy your Christmas! Sonja