I’ve fallen and I can’t get back up

If you’re near my age, you remember that commercial.  An older woman has fallen down in her home and is unable to get back up by herself.  Thanks to the Medical-Alert necklace she’s wearing, an ambulance quickly comes to her rescue.  I’m 47…

It’s neither here nor there…

The year was 1933 (or as my dad would have stated “Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-Three”) and my father, Thomas Grimes Jr., was born in the middle of the Great Depression.  Add to that, he was born to a very poor sharecropper’s family in the rural…

What’s Your Biggest Regret?

Today is February 1st, and I just reviewed my goals for 2016 that I made on January 1st.  And, guess what, I instantly became depressed.  What should have been an uplifting exercise, turned into me chastising myself for not being proactive enough.  So, it was very fortuitous that I saw…

My two worst Mother’s Days

I’ve had two really crushing Mother’s Days. The first happened in 1984. The church were I grew up had a horrible tradition. Every Mother’s Day, every female was issued a rose corsage. If your mother was living, you were given a red one. If she had passed…

7 Words I’ll Never Say Again

Two weeks ago I lost my father, and then one week later, we lost Boots to cancer.  Then, our plumbing went out, flooding our bathroom and ruining the floor.  One day later, I lost a hard drive containing all my photos of my childhood.  Then, my car broke down. I…

Goodbye to our sweet Boots

On March 15, Grant and I lost our sweet Boots.  She was the sunshine of our home, always playing, always light in spirit and always making us laugh.  From the way she slept, to the way she would jump in the air to play with her toys, she always made…

5 Tips for Successful Bird Watching

Can you name the number one spectator sport in North America? It’s not baseball, figure skating or racing. It’s bird watching. That’s right, more people are watching birds than football and hockey combined.  Yay!  Go Birds! With so many people hoping to see a…

My favorite town – Chattanooga

I remember after I graduated from college, I couldn’t wait to get out of the Southeast.  My adverterous heart needed more.  My father, who subscribed to National Geographic, was always pointing out the beautiful places in the US and how, while I was young, should go out and…

Losing Boots

Today I don’t have the capacity for words.  My heart is heavy and I can’t find anything to say.  But sometime, when there are no words, there are photos to help replace them. Here’s a collection of some of my favorite photos of our…